Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Innisfree Mineral Melting BB Cushion Review *sponsored product*

Hi Lovelies! Hope you're all well ^_^

Today's review is hopefully going to be of interest to you -  a while back Beautynetkorea kindly sent me a bb cushion to review for you. The bb cushion has been trending in Korea in the last several months, and I've had a request or two from readers to review some, so today I will show you Innisfree's version of bb cushion. 

I've used Innisfree's melting foundation before and really liked it, so I was very curious about their bb cushion. The bb cushion is basically a new bb cream concept, where instead of a tube, the bb cream is stored in a compact and soaked into a sponge. Weird huh? 

innisfree mineral melting bb cushion review

Well, it's known that sponges can soak up, and hold liquids very well, but I still think it's rather odd to use it to store liquid makeup! But read on to see how it performs! 

Innisfree has very clean and simple packaging. The compact is sturdily made, comes with a mirror, and a separator to hold the puff applicator. 

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Decent size mirror! Sturdy packaging too
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Peel off the sticker cover to reveal the sponge beneath
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This bb cushion comes in 3 shades, and I'm using the middle shade. 

Can you believe that in that sponge there's 15 grams of bb cream? 

innisfree mineral melting bb cushion review

Notable things - this bb cushion has SPF50+! It also contains organic Jeju (an island in Korea) green tea water (green tea does good things for the skin since it's rich in antioxidants), instead of distilled water for that little bit extra bit of hydration for the skin. 

It's five purposes are whitening, UV protection, cooling, sebum control, and makeup.

innisfree mineral melting bb cushion review

Aside from the unusual wet sponge packaging, the other notable thing about this bb cushion is the scent - Innisfree uses some natural ingredients, and their products tend to reflect that with herbal-ish scents, and this cushion is no different. It has a noticeable herbal scent, however I don't find it unpleasant - though I'm sure if you dislike fragranced products then this cushion may not be the one for you. 

innisfree mineral melting bb cushion review

The best method of application is definitely by the sponge puff provided. And although it may appear as if the puff hasn't picked up much bb cream, even if you press it hard, trust me, once you pat it to your skin you'll definitely see it. 

I've noted that many bb cushion reviews always mention a very cooling effect during application - Innisfree claims this too, but whenever I apply this I don't feel a very noticeable cooling effect. It is a little more cooler than regular bb creams or foundations, but not something I notice much at all >_< 

I was pleasantly surprised by the bb cream itself - I'm not sure if I'd call it a bb cream as it's very light and liquid-y, instead of the thicker bb creams I'm used to, but it's actually really decent!

Before - needs coverage for dark undereye circles, redness on cheeks/upper lip area, and old acne scarring
After - not quite covered redness on upper lip, or under eye circles, but decent job concealing old acne scarring

It has just the right amount of coverage suitable for day to day wear - it has light coverage, but can be built up to not-quite-medium coverage. I'm surprised by how buildable the coverage is, considering how thin and light the formula is! It doesn't cover bad acne scars or very red patches, but it's good for overall evening of skin tone. 

And it looks pretty natural on the skin - it must be the light liquid formula that allows it to adhere to the skin so well. I like how it makes my skin look fresh and glowy. 

Note that this bb cushion works best on hydrated skin - I wouldn't recommend this to dry skin types unless you use good moisturisers, as this could look patchy on dry flakes, or powdery on dry skin. Having dry skin I use a really rich cream underneath, and this bb cushion applies really naturally over it. 

As for the not so positive elements - I think it takes longer to apply this, as one pat of the puff into the sponge doesn't cover a whole lot of my face. Maybe I have a big face lol! And secondly I just find the whole sponge concept a bit gimmicky - I'd be happier just to have the bb cream in a tube or bottle, cos it's a really nice bb cream. If it's all soaked into a sponge it just doesn't appeal to me as much (when I think of sponges I think of dirty dish sponges). Would the bb cream not apply the same if it were in a bottle? 0_o

But that's just my personal opinion about sponges - I'd still highly recommend this if you are on the lookout for a good bb cushion to try. Innisfree has always pleased me with the quality of their products so far. 

Here's some piccies of me wearing this bb cushion - even I was surprised by how nicely it photographs! Believe me, my skin is not that good without the bb cream to smooth, conceal, and glow-i-fy it >_< 

Just one light layer all over, and then patted some extra on my cheeks to help conceal the acne scarring
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Lipstick is Etude's Princess Etoinette Crystal Shine Lipstick in PPK005 Peony
innisfree mineral melting bb cushion review

Thanks for reading lovelies! If you want to check out this bb cushion, it's available on Beautynetkorea here, and with free shipping too~

Haave you tried any bb cushions yet? Gimmicky or amazing? Let me know what you think ^_^

xoxo Tulip


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42 comments:

  1. Hi, product looks really good. Do you think the darkest shade would fit NC 30? Does it have grey undertone or yellow?

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  2. This BB cream looks great for daily wear. I haven't tried any cushion BB creams, but I think they are a bit complicatied to work with. I would prefer the usual squeeze tube or pump.

    Great reviw!

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  3. It looks very good on you! I am not quite sure if I wanna try one of these. If something gets inside the sponge it will be bacteria paradise.

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  4. I haven't tried any cushion foundation or BB cream mainly because of the same reason like yours about the sponge concept. I think it is so interesting but kind of unnecessary and unhygienic..
    the finish is so radiant though! looks very nice on your skin, healthy and natural looking ^^

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  5. I really like the result! For now I have tried only one Cushion, and every cushion look awesome!

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  6. I think BB cushions are mostly for convenience- and it is! I don't like how the air puff gets dirty so easily though. It's easy to get the BB cream onto the white part so it makes it look dirty/unhygienic. I've tried Etude House's Precious Mineral Any Cushion and I like it better than their BB creams, but I'm not sure if I would repurchase it yet. ^^; I think the Innisfree one looks really nice on you :)

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  7. I didn't tried yet and I don't know if I will - they are quite expensive for only a 15ml of product and usually only in 1-3 shades :/ But many people like them so I am still tempted :D:D By the way this one really suits you :)

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  8. I want to try a BB cushion just for the experience. Plus I think it will be really convenient!

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  9. Definitely want to try this out when I've decreased the size of my face makeup collection!
    I've tried a serum from Innisfree which was amazing so I really want to explore the brand more

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  10. I really want to try bb cushion but back then being NC35 is really hard to look up shade that can match my skin color

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  11. Your face already looks sooo good before any BB cream! *_* I agree that I don't really like all the product soaking into the sponge. It almost feels like a bit of a waste. :S The BB cream itself seems to do a pretty good job though!

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  12. as usual love your glowing skin, Peggy :D
    actually i like using sponge better than brush, easier but yeahh I have to dispose the sponge once in a while >.<
    i never tried innisfree cushion though, i'm quite satisfied with Etude (for the cheaper version) and IOPE (for my everyday use!) ^^

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  13. I am more interested in CC cushions but I am interested in all innisfree products ^^
    Actually, this seems like a cc cream on your face; so light, radiant and healthy. I like light textures so ı always go for cc's but this could be a nice choice because of its properties ~~

    Thank you for the nice review meishenmeweishenme.blogspot.com

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  14. I think the cushion thing is such a weird gimmick, to be honest I can't even believe it has caught on. It's great that it can't really leak in your purse, but like you said it seems thin since it has to soak into the sponge and it takes too long to pat it around your face. I bought a "make your own cushion" thing from APIEU but overall this is a trend that I hope passes. Great review!

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  15. what shade u got here? which one u prefer between this n mineral melting foundation?

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  16. Back then I always thought using sponge would be inconvenient but I think its better to use it than brush..

    Would love to try cushion bb one day though..haha (I think it would be out if trend if I do)

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  17. I think the BB cream looks gorgeous on you! Though I'm not sure about the sponge thing because of hygiene reasons... wouldn't it get dirty over time, especially as you said one pat doesn't cover your whole face...

    So glad to have found another Perth blogger!! Yay! :)

    x

    Phoebe

    Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

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  18. I'm actually really interested in the product. I feel like it can be a travel friendly product. One time i was in the train, i saw a korean lady with a bb cushion. It looked so easy to apply and travel friendly ^^ Must be great for touch ups or on the go cause you don't have to whip out a brush or use your hands (if on the go, ew).

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  19. I got it too and I wish it was a bit more moisturizing because as you said it might look patchy. It always looks a bit patchy on my nose :( And also I wish it provided a more dewy-ier finish. But other than that it's a good product, I'm quite happy that it matched my skin color :D

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  20. I haven't tried it before, but I love Innisfree products so I'd probably love this one too! :D
    Thanks for the lovely review! ^_^

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  21. The third shade is called 'true beige' so I think it has yellow-beige undertone. Mine is the middle shade and it suits my yellow undertone skin just fine. I'm not sure whether it would fit NC30 as unfortunately most bb creams in Korea tend to suit NC20-25 best. The darkest shade does look like it could match NC25-30, though I'm guessing it may be too pale for NC30 since this bb cushion focuses on whitening and brightening the skin.

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  22. Hi Tulip - wow this sure has gals talking, great review and I really appreciate all the detail you've gone into :-)

    By the way, I've nominated you for a Liebster Award - no obligation hon :-)
    http://katscolourings.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/liebster-award.html

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  23. I'd have to agree with you - tubes/pumps are so much more convenient to use ^_^
    Thanks for reading!

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  24. Thank you Teti :) Yes, that's another aspect to think about when using these cushions! Unless you use it often and quickly, there definitely could be a lot of bacteria growing over time o_0

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  25. Hehe, I wonder what the next bb cream concept will be? I don't think I will try any more cushions now that I've satisfied my curiousity!
    I do love how radiant it looks on me, hopefully I can find a regular bb cream that can do this one day :P

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  26. The result's really nice! I haven't seen much negative reviews on any cushions yet, seems like you can't go wrong whichever brand you choose :P

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  27. Hehe it takes me longer to apply bb with a puff than with my fingers >_<
    I've heard good things about the EH cushion too - seems like most cushions are getting really positive reviews no matter the brand ^_^
    Thank you!

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  28. For me it's more the hygiene factor rather than the price./amount, but I get what you mean! Hehe, I think my curiosity about these new cushions are satisfied now :P
    Thank you!

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  29. Hehe, they are being blogged about a lot at the moment so I don't blame you for being curious about them! :P

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  30. I think you'd like this Jing Jing ^_^
    Same, I'd like to try more from Innisfree too - really liked what I've used so far~

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  31. I wish Korean brands had more shades too! Since they are getting so popular internationally I hope they can expand more!

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  32. Omg not at all! Usually there's more redness T_T I imagine once it's nearly finished it'll be hard to squeeze out any last remaining drops! Yup, I do like the finish of the bb, it's nice and light :)

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  33. Thank you Rini - I'm obsessed with glowy skin :P
    I like applying bb with my fingers since I'm clumsier with a sponge :P
    I remember reading your reviews on those - IOPE seems to be a really popular one too!

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  34. It felt as light as a cc cream, but almost had the coverage of a bb cream, so the best of both worlds I guess!
    Thanks for reading ^_^

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  35. Agreed! I'm curious as to what the next trend will be :P
    Though I guess people like it because the runny texture adheres pretty naturally to the skin.
    The DIY cushion thing sounds interesting! Don't think I've seen that around. Thanks for reading ^^

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  36. I think I prefer brushes to sponges, but I prefer applying with hands most of all! :P
    But I liked how well the sponge applies the bb here, it looked quite natural and even.
    Hehe, I wonder if a new bb concept will be coming soon?

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  37. Yes you definitely need a hydrated base before applying this! I always find it tricky to apply any foundation/bb on my nose since my pores are more obvious there T_T

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  38. Innisfree is definitely becoming a brand I'm getting more interested in! Thank you for reading ^_^

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  39. Hi kats! Thank you, I always tend to go into more detail when it comes to foundations/bb creams :)
    Aww, thank you kats, I'm thrilled! Will definitely check it out! xoxo

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  40. That's a good way to look at it! Yep, it seems the iope one is getting heaps of rave reviews! It's more pricey though >_<
    Thanks!

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  41. I have shade #2 (the middle shade of 3 shades). Ooh, that's a hard question! I think this cushion is more suitable for Summer as it feels lighter, but the melting foundation has better coverage!

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  42. I have oily skin (specially the T-zone) would I need to put powder over it ? And how long is the staying power ?

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