It has been a long time since I started using cushions. It’s been exciting to see this Korean beauty trend break into the US market with larger shade ranges and more affordable pricing. Although I am used to the typical cushion foundation or lip tint, I am entirely new to cushion highlighters, bronzers, and color correctors. I stumbled across the Wet ’n Wild Mega Cushion line at Walgreens and couldn’t help myself.
The Spring 2017 collection included the Mega Cushion Highlight and the Mega Cushion Contour. Both cushions come in one shade, the highlight, ‘Who’s That Pearl?’ and the contour, ‘Cafe Au Slay!’ Wet ’n Wild boast that they have a featherweight finish, are ultra-bendable, and are super convenient. There is 0.24 oz of product in each cushion and they retail for $5.99USD.
For those unfamiliar with cushions, the liquid product (usually foundation) is soaked in a sponge and comes with a puff/cushion applicator. The cushion packaging is supposed to make it quick and easy to apply and touch up with a liquid foundation, which is why I question it’s convenience as a highlighter or a contour product.
The packaging differs from traditional cushions in that it is not a compact. The cap comes off completely and the plastic divider that separates the product with the applicator also comes off completely. To me, this completely destroys the ease of use that a cushion is supposed to give you. You wouldn’t want to throw this in your bag for touch-ups, as it is essential three separate parts. The puff included isn’t the best, I find that US brands haven’t invested as much into the technology of the puff applicator as they have in higher end or Korean brands. Brushes and a BeautyBlender works better with both products.
Like most cushions, the liquid product is very watery, this allows you to customize how subtle or strong you want to wear them. The bronzer is buildable so it can work across a range of light to medium skin tones . The watery texture sets quickly so blending after applying it onto the face is important. When it does set, it really does not move and has a matte finish. It lasted all day on me and a small amount went a long way. The highlight has the same texture and it is a light pearly shade. I found that this set similarly to bronzer but did not last as long. Like the bronzer, it is very lightweight and a very small amount worked well for me. It can get very dewy and intense so a little does go a long way, especially if you have oily skin.
Overall, I was impressed with the staying power of the Mega Cushion Contour but the packaging is just not worth it to me. Any other way to bronze or contour your face might be more convenient. The highlight is gorgeous and last quite well on my oily skin on it’s own. I like that it can be a light dewy highlight or an intense one just by layering it. Wet ’n Wild really knocks it out of the park with the claim of featherweight finish, While I like both products, I don’t know if either one necessarily needs to be a cushion product. Both would be easier to use if they were packaged differently.
Besides the gimmick-y packaging, the products themselves are pretty great and a bargain as well. You can purchase them on the Wet n Wild website or on Amazon. What do you guys think about these cushions?