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?
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!
|Decent size mirror! Sturdy packaging too|
|Peel off the sticker cover to reveal the sponge beneath|
|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?
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.
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.
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|
|Lipstick is Etude's Princess Etoinette Crystal Shine Lipstick in PPK005 Peony|
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 ^_^
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