Cushion Foundation originated in Korea and is essentially a liquid formula housed in a compact. This makes it more portable and easy to apply. So what’s the big deal? The formula usually includes skincare benefits to improve skin health. Sounds familiar? Yes, it’s like BB Cream in a compact. I’ve heard of cushion foundation before. But I never really looked into trying it out. Bad beauty blogger. I know. So when I received the K-Beauty (Korean Beauty) Brand Innisfree Cushion Foundation for review through the Preen.Me VIP Program, I was excited to try it out. I could now redeem myself.
Innisfree is the first Korean beauty brand to offer a “diverse” selection of shades for “darker” skin tones. The Innisfree Cushion Foundation comes in 14 shades and two finishes- matte full coverage and aqua fit. The formula includes Jeju Green Tea Extract to help hydrate skin. And SPF for sun protection. Innisfree has over 100 compact case designs to choose from. So you can personalize your cushion compact and make it your own. Innisfree also has a nice variety of puffs to apply the cushion foundation.
I was sent the four darkest shades of both the Innisfree Matte Cushion, and the Aqua Fit Cushion.
The Matte Full Cover Cushion is a velvety soft liquid that dries down into a smooth, matte finish. Waterless oil-dispersion technology forms an even yet flexible featherweight film on skin’s surface. While Cover-Lock Technology with oil-absorbing powder provides all day coverage. Broad Spectrum SPF 50 provides sun protection.
Innisfree releasing “dark shades” was supposedly innovative. But it’s more of a gimmick. These shades are not diverse, nor dark at all. The deepest shade, Chocolate, is the only one geared toward dark skin. And it’s barely dark enough for me. If you’re darker than me, forget about it. As far as the formula is concerned, the Matte Cover Cushion provided pretty good coverage but required a few layers. I tried to use Golden Cinnamon to highlight. But by the time I took these pictures (about 4 hours later) it faded from under my eyes and revealed my dark circles. So I wouldn’t suggest using it for that purpose. Overall the formula wore well but did not absorb oil well. I had to blot the excess oil every few hours.
The Aqua Fit Cushion is a lightweight, dewy liquid cushion. It’s more of a BB Cream than a foundation. Like your skin but better. Cover-Lock Technology is supposed to provide all day coverage. While Green Tea Extract and Hyaluronic Acid replenishes the skin with deep moisture. Broad Spectrum SPF 40 provides sun protection. I have not used this formula as I know I will end up looking a hot, greasy mess. It would be better for dry skin.
Overall I like the idea of cushion foundation, but I wasn’t blown away by the Innisfree Cushion Foundation. The formulas are not geared toward oily skin. So they are not right for me. But the shade selection is a joke. I did some research to find brands that actually offer cushion foundation in shades for dark skin. Here’s a few…
I haven’t tried any of these formulas personally. But it’s a start for the brown skinned beauties interested in trying cushion foundation. I may snatch up a few for myself to try out for review. Hopefully I can find one that works for my skin.
Have you tried Cushion Foundation? Leave your favorite brand in the comments!
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