BB Cushion Round-up!
After a royally bad sun rash from my trip during the summer, I’ve been hiding out for the past month and a half; I’ve had to do a major overhaul in both my skincare and makeup arsenal to accommodate my super red, dry-flaky and sensitive skin 🙁
On the makeup front, I’ve moved on to powder-free formulas and looks that were a) lightweight and b) forgiving on my angry, flaky skin. I now welcome you all to my newest love(s): BB Cushions! I used to have this feeling that the cushion itself would be a hotbed for bacteria and that I would be grossed out to the max pressing my sponge into it and patting away on my face. I now have learned the errors of my ways as clearly, the sponge can be cleaned up very well and I could spray a bit of alcohol onto the sponge itself to (quickly) disinfect it if I felt the need to, without ruining the formula itself — or my face for that matter — in the process. These products were the only base products that helped my skin look semi-presentable in broad daylight and at work 🙂 As a general introduction, the BB cushions I have listed below are in chronological order of when I purchased them and are now on a regular rotation for me:
Missha Line Friends Cushion (Magic and Magic Cushion Moisture BB Cushions)
I tried both formulas from Missha, and really, for the fact that it was part of the Line Friends series <3 Brown is the Magic Cushion one, which is supposed to have a little more oil control while still maintaining a relatively dewy look, whereas the Sally one is the Magic Cushion Moisture version and it leaves you with a relatively dewier look than its Brown counterpart. I noticed that there was a slight scent that dissipated quite quickly upon application; in fact, the scent was not as significant as Sulwhasoo’s. However, given that Sulwhasoo is known for its herbal formulas, I can’t say the same for Missha’s at this point; luckily, I didn’t break out or react to the scent in either of these cushion but if you’re adverse to (lightly) scented products, take note 🙂 I’d also like to note that I found that it’s easy to end up looking a little paler than usual with this cushion as it has a considerable amount of coverage for one layer, especially since it doesn’t have the distinction between a Natural or Cover version like other Korean BB cushions; thus, I would suggest to start off with one layer first and go from there without going all tap-happy with it because both of these formulas have decent coverage from the get go 🙂
The Face Shop CC Cushion
Out of all the ones on this round-up, it was my least favorite as it really did leave me with a mask-like look upon initial application and it looked quite patchy even just before midday. This is the Cover version of the line so although the shade with quite good for my NC20 skin tone, this left me looking (very) pale, almost greyish, after applying one layer, Although this was the cheapest one in terms of price, I don’t think I would repurchase this particular one mainly because I can get the same hydrating and overall coverage with the other cushions. I would say this is a good cushion for beginners or those who are a little tight on budget but if you’re looking for a real wow-factor, you can try other ones 🙂
Considered to be the granddaddy of all BB cushions, this was my first foray into the higher-end cushions. When I bought this one at the time, I had a couple of blemishes to cover up so I chose the Cover version of my shade, 21. To be fair, since I DID choose the Cover version of this BB cushion as opposed to the Natural version, the higher coverage was to be expected and as such, with the higher coverage came with the…slightly whiter cast. I mean, I was a full shade paler. I almost looked slightly sickly had I forgotten my cream blush; the oxidization helped by mid-afternoon but still, even for me it was a little too pale to be touched up. Therefore, for those of you who choose the Cover version, go in with a light hand and if in doubt, I’d opt to get the Natural version and use a separate concealer on problem areas; I know it’s counterproductive but at least you don’t end up with a mask-like appearance? 😀
Hera Age-Reverse Cushion
I find myself reaching for this almost every day as it leaves me with the most natural finish; it’s truly a “my-skin-but-better” type of look. By this point, the blemishes on my face had significantly receded and all I was left with was…just sahara-dry but relatively clear skin; as such, I chose the Natural coverage as opposed to the Cover version because of my skin condition. In addition to having little to no fragrance, this was the most hydrating cushion for me out of the entire round-up; I chose this one over its sister product, the UV Hera Mist, mainly because of my need for a more hydrating cushion as opposed to an oil-control one; once my skin gets better though, you can bet I’ll be trying it 😀 This cushion was also easy to touch up midday or post-meal as it didn’t leave me with a visibly paler face. I LOVED this one 🙂
Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion
Shade: Medium Pink 21
I find myself reaching for this one on those days when I’ve had enough sleep as it has quite a sheer finish; this high-end cushion was one of the more hydrating products for me compared to the rest of the ones in the round-up. It’s also worth noting that this cushion has a distinctive herbal/floral scent that is characteristic of Sulwhasoo products; personally, I didn’t break out or react to the scent itself possibly because it’s a result of its herbal ingredients, but for those of you who would prefer a scent-free option, this is definitely worth considering about. With this in mind, I’d choose the Hera one over this one primarily a) based on its (slightly) better coverage and b) minimal fragrance, but it does lose out on the SPF coverage compared to Sulwhasoo.
YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation
SPF: 23 PA+++
As a new addition to my collection, this cushion came highly recommended from a girlfriend of mine who loves YSL products. As of this cushion, I am now a YSL-convert <3 Much like the other cushions, I personally enjoy using BB cushions for touch-ups during the fall/winter months as my sensitive-dry skin embraces the dewy look and since this is a liquid-to-powder kind of formula, it’ll basically dry to a satin finish (for me) without needing any powder on top. For this cushion, I noticed that when you first start using it, just a light press on the cushion with the sponge will give you enough coverage for the entire face; this cushion gives off more product with less effort than the other cushions I have tried. In addition, I will note here that this cushion does have quite a perfume-y scent upon application, however it does dissipate quite quickly; those of you who are sensitive to scents might want to bear this in mind when doing a swatch test at the beauty counter. Aside from being a little disappointed that this only has SPF23, I normally use a separate sunscreen as a base so it’s not necessarily a dealbreaker for me at this point; those of you who generally don’t use a separate sunscreen, this might be something to bear in mind. In addition, you have to buy the refills separately; the YSL cushion only comes with the one cushion already in the case 🙁
All in all, I found it very easy to re-apply moisturizer on the drier parts of my face and then reapply with any one of the cushions in the round-up, depending on the level of coverage that I would prefer for that day. I had beautiful, dewy and an even-looking complexion even at the peak of my angry, flaky skin situations.
Major love for BB cushions right now <3