Saturday, September 10, 2016

[Review] Innisfree Long Wear Cushion Foundation SPF 50 / PA +++ | No. 23 True Beige

Photo By: Elin Chow

Cushion foundations has been huge hit on the foundation market in the recent years, especially in South Korea. It is basically a portable compact containing a sponge-like cushion soaked in liquid foundation or BB/CC creams. The liquid is housed underneath the cushion and when pressed, an appropriate amount of the product will be released onto a puff sponge.

Cushion foundations are convenient and faster to use than traditional foundations. Application is very simple, not time-consuming, and the portable compact actually allows one to do touch-ups at anytime and anywhere.

I have combination skin and usually, the heat, sweat and oil from my skin will cause my makeup to smear, smudge and melt. Thus, I am always looking for a makeup foundation that is able beat the heat and last an entire day.  A cushion makeup foundation that will keep my skin matte and oil-free for at least 8 hours.

So, after reading numerous reviews online, I decided to give the Innisfree Long Wear Cushion Foundation a try. This is my first cushion foundation and make up foundation that I have purchased, and I must say, it has not disappointed me.

Speaking of which, I am a big fan of the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder. Perhaps, it is also due to my love for the brand that I have decided to give Innisfree Long Wear Cushion Foundation a chance.

What Innisfree Says

Innisfree Long Wear Cushion Foundation is a long wear makeup cushion that is strong against sweat and sebum. Containing sebum control powder, the product provides 12-hours of long lasting makeup while maintaining a flawless and shine-free looking skin without darkening or dulling out after hours. In addition to that, the product also comes with powerful SPF 50++ UV protection to help protect the skin from harmful sun rays.

1. Packaging

The Innisfree Long Wear Cushion Foundation is housed in a plastic compact containing 15g of the product. It comes with a good sized mirror and a small puff for application. There is also an open-flip plastic lid which separates the puff from the foundation-soaked cushion. This prevent the puff from directly touching the product to keep it clean at all times.

The packaging is not very heavy, which makes it easy to carry it around for any touch up. I can simply toss it into my bag without having to worry about spillage. The airtight packaging also keep the product fresh and clean, but make sure you close the lid back properly to avoid the product from drying up.

The cushion foundation is available in three different shades - No.13 Light Beige, No.21 Natural Beigh and No. 23 True Beige. A darker shade No.31 was recently launched to suit darker skin tone. I bought the No.23 True Beige because this was the darkest shade that Innisfree offered at the time of my purchase.

I actually find that the shades offered by Innisfree are a little lighter than many other Korean brands. But luckily, the shade I got is very natural and matches my skin tone perfectly.

I accidentally bought the 2015 limited edition packaging released by Innisfree to commemorate its 15th anniversary. While the liquid formula is the same, the design of the cushion foundation case is different. However, I do not really like the flower pattern on the case as I prefer simple and minimal design.

2. Smell

Similar to the  Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder, the cushion foundation has a very fresh, herbal tea-like scent, which will dissipate immediately once you pat the product onto your skin. The scent is very pleasant and refreshing, but some people might not like the herbal tea-like scent.

3. Long-wear

The Innisfree Long Wear Cushion Foundation has definitely deliver what it has promised. I am happy that this product did lived up to its long-wear claims, giving an amazing matte finish without drying my skin.

The formula delivers a delightfully cooling sensation to the skin when applied, ideal for the summer hot weather. It is great at controlling the excessive sweat and sebum on my face, keeping my skin bright and smooth all day. I could not believe that my makeup still look good after 8 hours without being smudged by sweat and sebum.

But unlike many other Korean BB creams or cushion foundation in the market, the Innisfree Long Wear Cushion Foundation does not give a dewy or glowy finish. It is impossible to achieve a dewy look while keeping it matte at the same time.

This is a very lightweight foundation, ideal for hot and humid weather. My skin does not feel sticky after application as it will usually do. I love it for its ease of use, lightness and long wearability.

4. Coverage 

Surprisingly, the Innisfree Long Wear Cushion Foundation has fairly good coverage, although it does not provide full coverage. A light layer of it is good enough to even out my skin tone, reduce redness and appearance of pimples on my skin. This is an oil-free foundation that provides weightless and buildable coverage. It is easy to apply and blends in naturally and beautifully with the soft puff applicator, fading blemishes and minimizing the appearance of pores with each application.

This product actually comes with high sun protection with SPF 50++. But you might still want to put on your usual sunscreen underneath the foundation, although I did not. I simply do not like the feeling of putting sunscreen on under my makeup, so this product just offered the perfect solution for that.

5. Price

However, the bad thing about cushion foundation is that you will get less product for the same amount you paid. I bought the Innisfree Long Wear Cushion Foundation online from for RM 75. Comparing to many other Korean cushion foundations in the market, this product is not the most expensive among all. But it was not the cheapest too.

For the RM 75 I paid, I basically got 15g of the product. The packaging of the cushion foundation is small for the price and I have to keep re-purchasing this product again and again because it finishes up faster than traditional foundations. So, simply speaking, I am actually spending more for convenience.

How To Use

Press down on the cushion with a puff to release an appropriate amount of the liquid formula. Apply lightly by gently dabbing the puff along the skin to get coverage. Please remember not to rub the product into your skin as this will make your face look dry and cakey.

Basically, this product provides light to medium coverage. You can gradually build up coverage by adding more light layers to achieve a flawless and perfectly natural look. Once you are done, set your makeup with a translucent powder, which will help to smooth the look of your makeup and remove any excess oil and shine. For people with oily or combination skin like me, I would really recommend the Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Powder. This powder will help to control extra sweat and sebum and reduce shine on your face, giving your skin a smooth and matte finish.

Please remember to clean the puff regularly not only to prevent product build up, but largely for hygiene purposes.

Final Thoughts

Unfortunately, this product might not suitable for people with dry or sensitive skin or even for people who prefer heavy coverage. I find that the foundation would not sit very well on dry skin without becoming patchy and cakey. For people with dry or sensitive skin, I would recommend you to get the Innisfree Water Glow Cushion Foundation instead. Specifically caters to dry or sensitive skin, the Innisfree Water Glow Cushion Foundation fills your skin with moisture, giving it a radiant and glowy look.

However, this product is absolutely perfect for people with oily or combination skin like me. The makeup stay strong against sweat and sebum all day and the effect is almost long-lasting. Often, you will not need any touch up. Cushion foundations are rarely oil-controlling, matte finishing or long-wear because it has to stay moist in the cushion, and hence, are usually catered specially to people with dry skin. Thus, finding a Korean cushion foundation for oily or combination is always not easy. I am glad that Innisfree has launched the Long Wear Cushion Foundation specially for people with oily or combination skin like me.

Although it is slightly expensive, I will still re-purchase this product again since it works amazingly well on my skin. This is just great for every day natural look and I would definitely recommend this product to anyone (specifically to people with oily or combination skin) looking for an oil-free makeup that will help you to stay matte all day.

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing this review! I've been searching for a cushion tht wont smudge cos i tend to sweat alot and my face is really oily which i hate it haha. Im using faceshop oil control water cushion but it smudge when i sweat which is really annoying haha. Anyways, thanks for sharing!:)

  2. Oh, i forgot to ask.. Does this cushion cause pimple breakout? I have acne prone skin😭

    1. So far, I have not experienced any pimple breakout after using this cushion foundation.

  3. hi, does this cushion oxidises after a while? Because most of the cushion does.

    1. It does not oxidise on my skin. I have wore it to both hot and cold countries for hours. It is great at controlling oil on my face.

  4. Do you put primer before put the cushion makeup? Will it clog pore?

    1. Nope, I did not put primer before the cushion foundation. You can put if you want to. It does not clog my pores. This is the only foundation I am using now.

  5. My skin type - Tzone is very oily and cheek is very dry.Can I use long wear cushion?

    1. Yes, you can. But I am not sure whether it will be a little too drying on your cheeks

  6. Hey fellow Singaporean! :) When you said you got combination skin, it means you got oily around the T zone and normal skin around the other areas of your face? :)

    1. Hi :)

      Yes, my face tends to get very oily around my T-zone. I have normal skin around the other areas but sometimes it can get oily too.

    2. Oh same! Just wondering but have you tried any COSRX products before?

    3. Nope, I have not tried. But I have heard so much about COSRX products. I might consider trying.

    4. Oh! Alright! Thanks for replying :)

  7. Hi! I've also been looking online a lot and am interested in buying it too but I can't seem to find it in the malaysia's online store or in the international one! :( How did you get your hand on the foundation?

    1. Hi,

      I could not find it in Malaysia's Innisfree and many online stores now too. It seems that Innisfree has stopped this product. You can try looking on shopee. There are some sellers still selling it. Recently I tried out the Innisfree Skinny Coverfit Cushion. It is good too and controls sebum well. But not as good as the Long Wear cushion.