Review: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact SPF50 PA+++

Yes, another cushion. But this will be the last for quite a while, trust me. I don’t have any other cushions in my backlog now πŸ™‚ I personally really like cushions. Most of them give me skin like finish, and now that my skin is a little drier, I appreciate a little glow in my foundations for a healthier look. I alternate between cushions and regular liquid foundations and for the past 2 weeks, I’ve been reaching for this Bobbi Brown cushion and the RMK liquid foundation which remains one of my favourites.



cushion cover



Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact is a little different when it comes to packaging.Β It’s black, for one. And the refill looks like coffee pods instead of the cushion refills you expect – which comes with the puff and its own lid which you snap in place. To show you what I mean, here are what the Korean ones look like.



refills open



And Bobbi Brown ones look like this






Also, the cushion is not pre-soaked. See the hole in the middle? When you press the puff onto the cushion, the liquid foundation will then soak the cushion. I’ve already used it quite a few times when I took the above photos. Usually, I’d pick up some product using the sponge provided and pat the foundation onto my face. After a few uses, I like to wash the sponge because I’m strange like that. I like to keep the sponge clean and white, but what I found is that there’s still a lot of product IN the sponge. When I tried to get all the gunk out, I broke it.



rubber sponge



So now, I can’t use the sponge anymore. I use a buffing brush to pick up the foundation and apply on my face. Works just as well, actually. As you can see in photos above, the sponge holder looks moist. It’s actually residue from the foundation. Maybe it’s more visible because it’s black, but it does make me feel like I need to wash and dry the sponge before placing it in the compact! Is the sponge still a little wet because of the foundation it retains INSIDE the sponge?

Packaging aside, I do love how this foundation looks on me. It goes on like skin, and nearly undetectable even closeup. It evens out redness and hides some of the marks. I’d say it has medium coverage, and concealer is needed if there is heavier pigmentation. It is weightless and I can touch up without looking cakey. There is a beautiful glow when the foundation is applied and even after a few hours, my skin does not look or feel oil slick. The general consensus (from a few reviews I’ve read) is that this cushion goes on glowy, and turns a little matte as it wears. I won’t say it is matte, but it definitely looks less glowy, more dewy. I can apply powder over this cushion for a matte finish and it still looks good.



before after



Here’s a close up where my problem area is. I have larger pores and flaky skin around my nose.






You can see that the pores are still visible (no primer) but the foundation does not sink into the pores which emphasize their enormity. It just smooths over, and does not pick up flakiness. As the day goes on, the redness around my nose is more visible. Foundations tend to break around my nose first, but for this cushion, I can easily touch up and look fresh as ever. It does not oxidize throughout the day, and I do not sweat beads of foundation when it’s hot.

I like this cushion very much, and I’d give it 5/5 if not for the sponge. Perhaps change the sponge to something more like the traditional Korean ones, which are more rubbery but does not pool the foundation inside it? There are 6 shades of this cushion from porcelain to dark (my shade is Light) so there should be something for everyone. Light is actually a tad darker on me, but Extra Light looks a little too light. I think I’m in between. It retails for RM185 (the case with the cushion inside) and the refill is sold separately at RM145. My friend Paris has swatches of all the 6 shades so you can hop over there to have a look. We also have differing opinions about this cushion, but I like that there are so many options out there that we can choose what we like.

I know some of you are sick of cushions already (just like when I was so sick of those alphabet creams a couple of years ago) but it’s not going to stop any time soon. In Korea, there are cushion blushes, cushion lipsticks, cushion liners, cushion everything. I think Lancome already has cushion blushes. I’m not surprised we’ll be seeing more of them soon.

Do you do cushion? Do cushions freak you out? If you don’t share your makeup, I don’t see why you’d be grossed out of your own germs, but hey, what do I know? LOL!



xoxo Lily



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