Back today with another review as promised!
If you follow me on my instagram (id: MissyHimeko),
you would have seen me gushing about this a few days back.
This also explains why I am so motivated to get this up ASAP because I simply LOVE it and can't wait to share it!
I know I am pretty slow on jumping onto the bb cushion bandwagon because I thought "is it really that awesome? Do I really need something else other than my trusty Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer?"
Well, to answer that, YES
I will get to that in a bit.
BB Cushions have been heavily promoted for their flawless yet natural finish. In Singapore, the most common one you will hear is probably the Laneige BB Cushion. However, before I went to Korea about 2 weeks ago, I did my research and found out that the most popular BB Cushion in Korea is actually from IOPE, followed by HERA. Both brands are under AMORE PACIFIC, which also has bb cushion released under the brand name as well but strangely enough, did not make it to the top few cushions in Korea (it's like the kids are doing better than the mother). Just a little more information for you, other brands like Etude House, Innisfree and Laneige are also under Amore Pacific. Therefore, I've decided to get the IOPE and HERA cushions in both Cover and Natural so I have at least a different brand to compare against. I did not get the Laneige one though it is much cheaper in Korea because I thought I should buy something not readily available in Singapore instead of something I can find here, though it is at a higher price.
As if I needed more convincing, when I was trying to purchase the IOPE Air Cushions, the Air Cushion XP Cover in C21 was actually sold out in the whole Korea and they were not too sure when the stock will be replenished! Imagine how popular it must be to be sold out across so many stores in Korea! Disappointed, I only bought the IOPE Air Cushion XP Natural in C21 while keeping my fingers crossed that there will be stock at some secluded shop in some lonely corner. Thankfully, a day before I left Korea, the shops received fresh stock and I could get my IOPE Air Cushion XP Cover in C21! Having experienced being unable to purchase the product that was sold out in the whole country, that made me really look forward to giving this a shot after I successfully purchased it.
A little about this product:
- Has a cooling effect during application
- Long lasting wear up to 12 hours
- Many benefits such as whitening, brightening skin tone, wrinkle care
- Doubles as sunblock with SPF 50+/PA+++
- 1 compact is sold every 6 seconds
- More than 10 million compacts sold to date
- 1 in every 4 woman uses this brand in Korea
Firstly, let's take a look at the packaging
Each box comes with 1 compact as shown and 1 additional refill.
Upon opening it up, you can see the rubbery puff sitting on top of the flap which separates it from the product.
Product sealed for hygiene purposes
You can pop the compartment with the product and rubbery puff out from the bottom of the compact and fit in your new refill.
How the cushion looks
I was going to insert a picture of the swatch but I found that unnecessary as the product will definitely be of the right colour for my skin and I'm pass the time of plastering my face all over because let's be real, I definitely will only show good shots in which the product is applied well on my skin. Therefore, I will be skipping them. However, if you guys think you need a shot, let me know and I will add them in the next time I use them and take a picture.
Iope Air Cushion XP Cover in C21 [에어쿠션 XP 커버 21호]:
I think more can be done to the packaging. It is too simple for my liking. Also, one thing about cushions that I wish they can improve on is probably the size - compact is a little bulky.
Being a creamy product, it is highly blendable. I have no problems with the product being incompatible with the loose powder I put on top, still giving me the flawless finish I hoped for.
I bought the one in cover, obviously expecting coverage from it and it is absolutely amazing. It is definitely buildable as the rubbery puff that comes with it is meant to pick up minimal product to prevent you from slapping too much product on your face and end up looking too made up (we want a natural, flawless finish afterall). No worries about caking either (reiterated in my next point).
It is ridiculous how great the lasting power is! I was skeptical about claims that say it can last up to xx hours because usually it does not live up to those expectations but this one performed even better than claimed! My makeup stayed fresh looking from the time I stepped out of house to when I arrived back home! Just so you know, I finished my makeup around 2.30pm and got back only around 2am. Imagine how shocked I was to find my cotton pad full of makeup when I was removing - it was as though I had removed it right after putting it on!
I bought this in Korea and as far as I know, there are no places in Singapore that sells this offline. However, you can get this from certain online shops - just beware of fakes and buy it from trustable sellers instead of looking for the cheapest deal.
It cost 40,000 Won (Approx. SGD $50.00) per box which comes with a compact case, 2 refills (1 already fitted into the compact and 1 in a plastic package), which means each refill only cost $25.00 (excluding cost of compact case). Very reasonable for a product that works so well.
Yes, yes, yes, yes, YES
Overall Rating: 10/10
I'm so sold and if you aren't, you are missing out so much.
I can totally understand why this is making waves all over now and feel regretful for catching on so slow!
I can't wait to try the Natural one and see how it compares with my Laura Mercier which I use for minimal coverage.
Next review will be on a product from StyleNanda 3CE.
(P.s. Yes, I managed to get this up before 12 midnight!)