There are so many multitasking foundations sold in the market to make wonders for our glamor and gratification. I definitely hunt them down and experience as much as I can no matter what. It’s no longer to be merely foundation, they’re possibly whatever you name, BB cream, CC cream, tinted moisturizer or cushion compact. The differences may be their coverage, texture, strength, applicator and ingredients, all of which depend on your desire. But, cushions have triggered a huge crush on me since I studied in high school. This is exceptionally born for everyday miracle I can tell; and also, for someone who’re so lazy and clumsy about makeup, like me.
Undeniably, this sort of product is designed much better than before and keeps dazzling us. A plethora of products I’ve used come from different brands, mostly from Korea, a “blessing heaven” of cushions. Gradually, I’ve figured out every item brings distinctive benefits that make me want to explore more and more. Of course, humiliatingly, a tight budget couldn’t take it easy on my fanatical interest.
So, in very previous posts, I shared reviews of IOPE Air Cushion in Matte Longwear and Intense Cover, which are kinda good. This time is for something new and fabulous, Sulwhasoo, a high-end brand of Amorepacific Corporation. Honestly, I’m a newbie of this brand; however, its’ epic, complimentary words arouse my curiosity. I’m gonna walk us through the review of Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense.
1. About the Product
By the way, I’m gonna recap shortly about the brand to give a comprehensive information in case, some of us haven’t been in-the-know. Introduced with the origination of ABC Ginseng Cream in 1966, Sulwhasoo means the magnificent beauty of winter bloom leaping forward in the snow. That tends to emphasize “its’ core philosophy of traditional Asian wisdom” in enhancing the largest organ’s self restorability by “harmonizing contrasts and creating balance inside out.” Moreover, most of the brand’s skin care and makeup are based on Asian Medicinal Herbs, especially ginseng. This is the most luxurious brand above IOPE, Laneige and other 24 beauty brands, all belong to Amorepacific.
Let’s get back to our main point! Before the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense, the brand also released two cushion versions, the Perfecting Cushion and the Perfecting Cushion Brightening. three of them seem to be much more superior than others of IOPE and Laneige. That’s due to their outstanding, costly quality of formulas, texture, ingredients and packaging. The most astounding is their excellent skin care infused by herbal medicinal ingredients. The Perfecting Cushion mainly consists of Apricot kernel oil to moisturize skin effectively and recover healthy radiance onto the surface with age-defying properties. Otherwise, The Perfecting Cushion Brightening gives a further concern to resolve skin discoloration, even out complexion and control excessive sebum; formulated with Magnolia extract.
Then, the Perfecting Cushion Intense remarkably surpasses those siblings. It extraordinarily includes red pine’s extract, one of Sulwhasoo optimum, precious herbal element, incredibly revitalizing and replenishing skin. Motivates skin’s regeneration of collagen and elastin for firmer, youthful looking skin. Besides, Plum blossom derived ingredient is taken in the formula to boost rejuvenating properties as well as defend skin against external aggressions. Vigorously smooths out fine lines and wrinkle. Furthermore, the cushion is made of Sulwhasoo ’s unique technology, “Radiance Pearl Powder Complex,” providing velvety, translucent surface, beautifully reflecting the light.
The product brings about broad-spectrum sun protection from harmful UV rays (SPF50+ PA+++) based on physical (mineral) filters, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Also, it comes out in 7 shades from the fairest to dark skin color.
- 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
2. My Thoughts
First of all, I’m really satisfied right now with the shade I got (No.13) perfectly matching with my skin tone, which is light with the hint of yellow. Remind me IOPE Air Cushion Intense Cover 2017, I picked shade No.21 light with yellowish undertone; but, somehow, it slightly toned down my skin color, I showed in the photo of my previous post. Anyway, the current shade is literally amazing; it’s hard to recognise the difference between my face and body. I did a little digging into the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense.
Gotta say the product delivers an impeccable, unrivalled texture that I haven’t seen in IOPE, Laneige, Innisfree, the Face Shop or any Korean cushions. Sorry if I exaggerate too much; however, this is just my very candid feeling. When dabbing onto my skin, the foundation immediately dries down and spreads evenly instead of sitting on top. I don’t find sticky, greasy surface at all. It’s utterly clean, refreshing sensation and gorgeously blendable without streak or patchy marks.The foundation is inclined to leave a marvelously seamless appearance, doesn’t settle in pores and fine lines. It’s pigment is really nice, high quality that you can easily pick up and glides onto the surface.
Additionally, the cushion results in an silky, satin finish that provides a healthy glow upon skin. This is not about overwhelming luminosity or wet, soaking coverage like some of Korean dewy foundations; otherwise, the sheen is sufficiently striking. It visibly eliminates the signs of dullness and sagginess. Precisely, compare to the two other formulas, the Intense is inclined to be less shiny; but, show more mattifying effect in subtle way. So, if you crave for a glamorous, satiny finish adding up a bit more radiance, the Perfecting Cushion is absolutely top of your choices.
My skin is a type of sensitive skin more likely to get dry, desperately in winter. Often have redness around cheeks and little peeling skin under mouth. Recently, I wrestle with pimples, dark spots and shallow areas under eyes due to stress and sleep deprivation, such “a pain in the ass.” The cushion dramatically covers up skin imperfections, about 80%, except for peskier problems, like blemishes. Slightly blurs out whopping lumps and zits. It does give a sheer to medium coverage, extremely lightweight without heavy, uncomfortable feeling. Noticeably hides the appearance of redness, dark spots and minor acne scars. One of the most flattering is its’ color correcting effect, effortlessly neutralizing my skin discoloration. At the same time, brightens up my complexion rather than leaves odd, white cast.
The foundation naturally brings about airy, breathable “no makeup” look for everyday, like you’re wearing nothing. If your skin doesn’t cope with acne, it genuinely leaves a lively, flawless look as wish. Or, for higher coverage, IOPE Air Cushion is gonna serve you right. One thing might turn me off about the product is its’ kinda poor moisturizing property. My skin isn’t hydrated enough throughout the day. After roughly 6 hours, it clings to little peeling skin and cracks on chin. So, I couldn’t forget applying moisturizers prior to the cushion. So, the product is preferable for normal, combination and oily skins. In addition, highly recommend it for summer, warm weather makeup that won’t cause oily traces and clogging pores entire the day. Applying setting or finishing powder on top of cushion may be not a wise choice because of unnecessarily draining out your skin.
Eventually, speaking of the smell, I’ven’t ever found any cushions with relaxing, soothing scent of floral like the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense. This really dazzled me a lot at the first opening, not strong, obnoxious fragrance. The coverage doesn’t last long for all day, fading away after 7 hours, you may need to reapply.
The packaging design is fabulously deluxe rather than other brands of Amorepacific. The cushion comes to a slim compact having deep brown with the hint of amber as well as gold presenting “Korea’s fine traditional brassware.” Rounded border of the case is relatively larger than typical ones of other brand’s cushions, even the two other formulas. That is aimed to protect the mirror. Look at inside, the seal is also stunning and luxurious, I don’t want to rip it off. A plum blossom decorated, gold foil seal is attached tightly to shield the liquid foundation from bacteria and debris.
I really love the air puff this time, doesn’t look cheap and small like common cushion air puffs. It’s wider and a bit thicker; but also, very soft when you press on. This helps me to apply quickly the cushion onto my skin; I don’t feel inconveniently to hold it or drop out of hand. Furthermore, the brown color make it look less dirty even when using for a long time. As usual, the packaging comes along with a refill 15g in a plastic bag.
4. Rating 8/10
Finally, I’m literally impressed by its’ texture and pigment, which beautifully amazes upon skin for an airbrushed look. But, the coverage and moisturizing content are sort of average; I think this works best for normal, clear skin. The scent and packaging are especially cool as well. Sadly, the price is obviously expensive, not everyone finds it affordable, you can check it out below. Then, I’m gonna give the product 8 out of 10.
Hope you find this review enjoyable and informative. If you have questions or ideas about the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense, please speak to me. I’d love to hear you out. Thank you so much for spending your time with us!