The hottest, most buzzed about Korean beauty trend is definitely the cushion foundation. Cushion compacts are simply just sponges soaked in a very liquid-y (cc/bb) foundation. The foundation is applied using a nonabsorbent puff.
I never really hopped on the cushion bandwagon because many of the first released ones were touted with the popular ‘dewy' or 'water-y’ skin finish. With my skin type, combination oily, I wasn’t interested in many of the most raved about cushions. With the release of many sebum control and more matte finish cushions, I’ve decided to start testing them out. I currently own the Innisfree Long Wear Cushion, the Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control and what I’ll be reviewing today, the Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion.
The Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion is sold as a 6 in 1 cushion. UV protection, wrinkle care/reduction, moisturizing, skin tone correction, whitening/brightening and sebum control. It comes in three shades, 'N02 Light Beige’, 'W13 Natural Beige' and 'W24 Honey Beige’. General rule of thumb for me when it comes to Korean products is just to purchase the darkest shade, so I have 'W24 Honey Beige'.
The packaging is very much like every cushion, there is 15 grams of product. Etude House always has cute lettering and design and it reflects in this product. It is a light to medium coverage cushion.
Unfortunately, Honey Beige is too light for my skin, I am around NW30. It does oxidize somewhat after a couple minutes so it ends up matching me much more than on first application. It accentuates dry patches on the skin so you should moisturize before. I tested the cushion on its own and with Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer Mattifying Primer. Although the primer helps, I think those with oily would benefit more by setting with powder. The cushion is build able but I think it looks cake-y really easily.
Easiest way I found to apply it: Concealer first then I patted some of the product on and blended out with a BeautyBlender then set my T-zone with Rimmel Stay Matte Long Lasting Pressed Powder.
Things I loved! Can be a great lightweight cushion for those who prefer it, but is also buildable for those we need more coverage. A very pleasant scent. A very high SPF (Although I don’t think a light application will actually protect against the sun). Semi-matte finish. Affordable, at $20 (w/o refill) or less it is one of the cheapest and most accessible cushions.
Things that needed work! Limited shade range. White-cast (the whitening effect makes those with darker complexions look sick). Lasting power, on humid summer days this will sweat right off (4-5 hours at most before reapplying/fixing is necessary). Sebum control is minimal with this product after first application, for me at least.
Overall, if you have normal skin and you are in the 10s-20s on the MAC scale, I think you will like this. If you are really dry, oily or have combination skin, I think there are better cushions out there for you. I may pick this up again in the winter to see how it fares (I will be more of a color match and will not have to worry about hot weather) , I will let you guys know!