Review: Sulwhasoo – Perfecting Cushion Intense (2023 Updated)


Embrace the Cushion Craze with Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting Masterpiece

Remember the days of foundation fumbling? Trying to decipher BBs from CCs, juggling coverage vs. lightness, and wrestling with brushes until your wrist ached? Thankfully, the makeup universe has blessed us with the cushion revolution, and I, for one, am head over heels.

Since high school, I’ve been captivated by the ease and artistry of cushion compacts. They’re the Swiss Army knives of makeup, effortlessly morphing into BB creams, CC creams, or light foundations, depending on your mood and skin’s needs. Plus, with their intuitive dab-and-blend magic, they’re perfect for makeup mavens and novices alike.

No surprise, cushion technology keeps evolving, leaving us spoiled for choice. And if you, like me, have a soft spot for Korean beauty innovation, prepare to be dazzled. Korea’s cushion scene is a wonderland, each brand offering unique textures, finishes, and ingredients that spark endless exploration. (Think about it as skincare and makeup in one delightful, portable package!)

Of course, this cushion obsession can wreak havoc on a budget. I’ve shamelessly admitted in past reviews my love for IOPE’s Air Cushion in Matte Longwear and Intense Cover (they’re that good). But today, we’re venturing into the luxurious realm of Sulwhasoo, a high-end brand from the renowned Amorepacific Corporation.

Review Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense SPF50+ PA+++ Cover

I’ll be honest, Sulwhasoo was once uncharted territory for me. Yet, the whispers of its epicness and the promise of skincare-infused perfection piqued my curiosity. So, buckle up, beauties, as we dive into the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense review. Get ready to discover if this high-end cushion lives up to the hype, or if it’s just another pretty face in the crowd.

A Luxurious Touch: Unveiling the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense

Before we delve into the heart of our review, let’s set the stage for some Sulwhasoo splendour. This high-end brand, born in 1966 with the iconic ABC Ginseng Cream, embodies “the magnificent beauty of winter blooms leaping forward in the snow.” It translates to a core philosophy rooted in ancient Asian wisdom, aiming to harmonize the skin’s natural balance from within.

Unlike other Amorepacific brands like IOPE or Laneige, Sulwhasoo sits at the pinnacle of luxury. Its foundations lie in potent Asian medicinal herbs, most notably ginseng, which infuses both skincare and makeup. Think of it as an indulgent blend of beauty and botanical therapy.

About Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense

But let’s get back to our star of the show, the Perfecting Cushion Intense. Joining its siblings, the Perfecting Cushion and Brightening Cushion, it elevates the cushion game even further. The trio, compared to its IOPE and Laneige counterparts, shines with exquisite formulas, textures, ingredients, and packaging. The key magic lies in their extraordinary skincare-infused goodness, enriched with those precious herbal ingredients.

The original Perfecting Cushion boasts apricot kernel oil, a skin-delighting hydrator that restores a healthy radiance and whispers sweet nothings to aging concerns. Meanwhile, the Brightening Cushion, wielding the power of magnolia extract, tackles unevenness and discolouration while keeping sebum in check.

The Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense: Where Luxury Meets Science

Now, let’s zoom in on what truly sets the Perfecting Cushion Intense apart from its siblings. This cushion reigns supreme with the inclusion of red pine extract, one of Sulwhasoo’s most prized herbal treasures. This potent ingredient acts as a skin superhero, revitalizing and replenishing your complexion like a magical elixir. It gently nudges your skin to regenerate collagen and elastin, paving the way for firmer, smoother, and youthfully radiant skin.

But the pampering doesn’t stop there. The formula also welcomes a plum blossom-derived ingredient, a champion of rejuvenation and a steadfast defender against environmental aggressors. Think of it as an invisible shield guarding your skin’s precious beauty.
Speaking of beauty, the Perfecting Cushion Intense delivers a flawless canvas with its vigorous wrinkle-smoothing prowess. Fine lines and wrinkles tremble in its presence, surrendering to a velvety, translucent surface. This smooth perfection is orchestrated by Sulwhasoo’s unique Radiance Pearl Powder Complex, which beautifully reflects light, leaving your skin positively glowing.

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense Opened

And let’s not forget the essential shield against the sun’s wrath. This cushion provides powerful, broad-spectrum protection (SPF50+ PA+++) thanks to its physical (mineral) filters, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. You can conquer your day knowing your skin is safeguarded from harmful UV rays.

Finally, to cater to every skin tone, the Perfecting Cushion Intense comes in a beautiful spectrum of 7 shades, ensuring all complexions can experience its luxurious touch.

  • No.11 Pale Pink
  • No.13 Light Pink
  • No.21 Medium Pink
  • No.17 Light beige
  • No.23 Medium beige
  • No.25 Deep beige
  • No.33 Dark beige

Finding My Sulwhasoo Soulmate: A Flawless First Impression

The first hurdle conquered: shade selection! I snagged Number 13, a perfect match for my light, slightly yellow skin tone. Seriously, it’s like someone blended my face and body seamlessly. That alone sparked my intrigue, but little did I know the depth of Sulwhasoo’s luxury lurking beneath the cushion compact.

Let’s talk texture. Compared to other Korean brands like IOPE, Laneige, or Innisfree, this Sulwhasoo masterpiece takes the crown. I’m not exaggerating (well, maybe just a smidge!), but seriously, this is unlike anything I’ve ever dabbed onto my skin. It melts in instantly, spreading evenly like a dream, refusing to cake or cling. Instead, it’s pure, refreshing magic, gliding flawlessly without a single streak or patch in sight. The finish? Silky, satin perfection that whispers radiance, not screams it. Unlike some dewy Korean foundations, this cushion delivers a subtle, healthy glow that banishes dullness and sagginess with a sophisticated touch. It doesn’t settle into pores or fine lines, instead, it blurs them out of existence. Honestly, the pigment is top-notch, picking up with ease and gracing my skin with buildable yet high-quality coverage.

Inside Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense

Finding Balance: Texture and Coverage

While the “Perfecting” namesake might suggest dewiness, the Intense iteration leans towards a slightly more mattifying approach. It’s not flat or matte-matte, but offers a subtle velvety finish that diffuses shine without masking my natural glow. If you’re after pure satin and luminosity, the original Perfecting Cushion might be your soulmate.

For my dry, sensitive skin, especially prone to winter dryness and occasional redness, the Intense has become a winter warrior. It feels incredibly lightweight and comfortable, a far cry from heavy foundations that cake and cling. My usual reddish cheeks find refuge under its gentle veil, and even slight peeling around my mouth gets a soft blur without emphasizing texture.

Now, I won’t say it’s a magician, but it’s pretty darn good at camouflaging imperfections. My blemishes and dark spots find about 80% invisibility, with only the most stubborn pimples poking through. Even some of the “whopping lumps and zits” (I feel your pain!) get a welcome softening. The coverage ranges from sheer to medium, buildable without ever turning heavy or mask-like. It flawlessly hides my redness and minor acne scars, while the colour-correcting magic works wonders on neutralizing discolouration without leaving a ghostly white cast. It actually brightens my complexion in a natural, flattering way.

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense tested on my hand

Unveiling the Nuances: A Day with the Sulwhasoo Cushion

This “no makeup makeup” look the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense provides is truly delightful. It feels airy and breathable, like a second skin that doesn’t weigh you down. For days when my acne is under control, it leaves a lively, flawless finish that I absolutely adore. However, if you’re after heavy-duty coverage for blemishes, IOPE’s Air Cushion might be a better match.

One niggling concern I have is moisture. While the formula feels lightweight, it doesn’t offer enough hydration for my dry skin throughout the day. After 6 hours or so, it tends to cling to dry patches and emphasize flaky areas around my chin. Therefore, pre-moisturizing is a must for me to prevent this. This cushion seems better suited for normal, combination, or even oily skin types. In fact, I can see it being a summertime dream due to its lightweight, non-pore-clogging finish. Adding a setting powder might be overkill – its natural breathability is its charm.

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense Foundation

Now, let’s talk fragrance. This is where the Sulwhasoo truly shines. Unlike many fragrance-free cushions that can feel clinical, this one boasts a subtle, calming floral scent. It’s not overpowering, just a whisper of luxury that dazzled me upon first opening.

Finally, longevity is its Achilles’ heel. The coverage doesn’t last a full day, fading around the 7-hour mark. Reapplication might be necessary for all-day wear.

Overall, the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense is a luxury treat for everyday, natural-looking makeup. It shines with its breathable texture, calming scent, and impressive colour-correcting prowess. However, its light moisturization and shorter wear time necessitate some compromises. For me, it’s perfect for light makeup days, especially in warmer weather, but might not be my go-to for full coverage or long-lasting wear.

A Touch of Luxury: Sulwhasoo’s Packaging Prowess

Stepping away from the usual Amorepacific aesthetic, the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense boasts a fabulously deluxe package. Forget plasticky compacts; this one is a slim masterpiece in deep brown and gold, echoing Korea’s traditional brassware with elegance. The rounded border isn’t just a design quirk; it’s a clever way to amplify the built-in mirror for flawless on-the-go touch-ups.

Peeking inside, you’ll be met with a sight that might make you hesitate to break the seal. A plum blossom-adorned gold foil protects the precious liquid foundation from bacteria and debris. It’s luxe minimalism at its finest, and I confess, I almost didn’t want to tear it open!

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense Packaging

Then, there’s the air puff. Ditch the flimsy counterparts you’re used to; this one is a generously wide and plush masterpiece. It feels delightfully soft to the touch, allowing for quick and seamless application without fear of clumsy drops. Plus, the brown color cleverly disguises any wear and tear, keeping it looking fresh even after months of use. As expected, the package comes equipped with a 15g refill tucked away in a neat plastic pouch.

Overall, the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense packaging is an experience in itself. It elevates the cushion beyond mere makeup into a luxury accessory, one that complements the quality of the product within. While other brands might focus on functionality, Sulwhasoo delivers a sensory journey of opulence and care, and it’s a detail that truly impressed me.

The Verdict: A Sulwhasoo Splurge for Everyday Luxury

Rating 8/10

Summing up my experience with the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense, it’s a love story with caveats. The texture and pigment are true showstoppers, delivering a beautifully blended, airbrushed finish that flatters most skin tones. It’s an everyday luxury treat for flawless, natural-looking makeup.

However, as with any love story, there are compromises. The coverage and moisturization fall short of extraordinary, making it a better fit for normal, clear skin types who don’t need heavy-duty coverage or extra hydration. While the scent and packaging are undeniably luxe, contributing to the overall experience, they may not justify the hefty price tag for everyone.

Overall, I award the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense a solid 8 out of 10. It’s a splurgeworthy indulgence for those seeking a lightweight, flawless finish with a touch of Sulwhasoo opulence. But for those looking for heavy coverage, intense hydration, or a budget-friendly option, there might be better matches out there.

I hope this review was both enjoyable and informative! If you have any questions or thoughts about the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense, please don’t hesitate to share them. I’m always up for a lively discussion about makeup! Thanks for stopping by!


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