Sulwhasoo perfecting cushion brightening Review + Demo

Sulwhasoo perfecting cushion brightening reviewSulwhasoo has always been a brand on my bucket list to try.  This cushion in particular is actually the one I have been eyeing from the time I went to Hong Kong till now.  Sulwhasoo US sent this along with three other cushions a while ago, but I haven’t gotten the chance to review it since a lot of other technical stuff happened in my life.  Anyways, I’m here finally to review this BB cushion that have been well requested plenty of times ever since I first started reviewing BB cushions.  Let’s get into the review and see if this cushion is as good as the hype behind it.

Full name of product:
Sulwhasoo perfecting cushion brightening

Limited edition/ Permanent?:

Description of product:
“Perfecting Cushion Brightening takes a deeper approach to treat and vitalize skin for brilliance that stays. Inspired by the radiance of blossoming magnolia flowers, it’s formulated with Magnolia Extract, a skin-brightening ingredient that reduces the appearance of discoloration and promotes more even-looking skin. Wake up to the light refreshing scent of fresh magnolias. A Pearlescent Complex created from extra-fine pearl powders gives skin an immediately luminous look. Sulwhasoo’s unique purified water with licorice extract further purifies the skin so it looks clearer and cleaner. The result is a flawlessly clear and even complexion that looks brilliant immediately, and over time.

Unique flexible film-fixing polymer offers a thin protective barrier for a flawless finish that lasts up to 12 hours.”

SPF 50+


Amount of product:
15g x 2

Refill included?:Sulwhasoo perfecting cushion reviewYes, this cushion comes with a refill so you get two cushions for the price of $65.  If you really think about it, $32.50 for one cushion isn’t really all that expensive.

Duration before expiration:

Country of Manufacture:
Made in Korea
Manufactured by Amorepacific Inc.

Where to buy:
Sulwhasoo US

Shades available:
Left to right: No. 11, 13, 17, 21, 23, 25, 33

Glycyrrhiza Uralensis Root Extract, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamte, Butylene Glycol, Butylene glycol dicaprylate/ dicaprate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Arbutin, Water, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, Dimethicone, Sorbitan isostearate, Sodium chloride, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Aluminum hydroxide, Mica, Poysilicone-11, Stearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, HDI Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer,Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Mother of Pearl, Sodium Hyaluronate, Silica, Propanediol, 1,20Hexanediol, Nelumbo Nucifera Seed Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Lilium Tigrinum Flower/leaf/ stem Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Honey, Magnolia Biondii Flower Extract, Iron Oxides, Fragrance

How to use:
 Use a puff to press into the cushion firmly to pick up foundation. Then, using a stamping technique, pat puff with foundation onto skin evenly, starting from the middle of the face then outwards. For more coverage desired, apply another layer onto areas needed. Use daily in the morning after skincare regimen as your makeup step. Reapply throughout the day for sun protection.
Sulwhasoo cushion foundation reviewPackaging:
Packaging for this BB cushion is simple, sleek but beautiful in an understated way.  The cover has a pearlescent iceberg type of design and when it catches the light, it kind of looks like the aurora lights.  So pretty!

Sulwhasoo cushion swatchesOpening up the case is a nice sized mirror along with the usual air puff you’d find in any BB cushion.

Sulwhasoo cushion anti agingThe air puff itself is slightly different then the usual dark blue ones you’ll find in roadshop cushions.

Sulwhasoo air cushionIt is double in thickness and the pores seem to be tighter then the regular ones.  Dare I say that it absorbs less product?  Maybe since it is thicker.  Does it apply easier?  Kind of yes.

Sulwhasoo cushion best sellerColour/ pigmentation:
I held off of review this cushion because the shades I chose for all four cushions, all were #23 and was unfortunately a little too dark for me.  Luckily now that it is summer time and I’m slightly tanner, this color does suit me.  I’m usually a Mac NC20-25 and I can work shade #23 for Korean cosmetics although it is on the slightly paler side.  I’m not too sure if these shades from the North America division of Sulwhasoo is the same as the ones in Korea, but the shade #23 I got has a strong yellow undertone.  Normally yellow undertones work for my skin color but it seems to be slightly too yellow and on the darker side of the usual #23.

Sulwhasoo perfecting cushion brightening swatchCoverage:
This cushion with one layer gives a medium coverage, slightly lighter then a solid medium but we can say it is a medium LOL.  Two layers gives a nice solid medium and three layers will definitely give you a high coverage.  I personally wouldn’t put on three layers since I think that is way too much.

Texture/ Finish:
Now I already didn’t pick the original Sulwhasoo BB cushion because I read somewhere that it is more of a matte finish, and that isn’t what my dry skin wants.  I purposely chose the “brightening” version since it is suppose to be more moisturizing with a dewy finish.  The finish is definitely really nice from afar and there is a nice healthy glow but if you look up close, my skin looks slightly cakey and it definitely gets drier throughout the day.  It’s quite odd since it doesn’t feel like it is drying on the skin but adherence is not as good as the Sulwhasoo perfecting cushion intense which is moisturizing, high coverage and a satin finish.

Lasting power:
This cushion has no problem lasting on my skin since it is on the drier side, at least for me. For me, the glow lasts about two hours until it settles down to a true satin finish and it just gets drier and drier by the hour.  I’d give it about 5 hours until I look like a raisin.  

Sulwhasoo cushion review Here is my face with nothing on except for some lip balm.  My skin has been reacting quite a bit on the right side of my face, so we can test coverage for redness haha.

Sulwhasoo cushion perfecting reviewI have dry to very dry skin in the fall/winter time and I mainly like a dewy or a moisturizing statin finish.  My main concerns is just to give my skin an even tone and coverage for the redness around my cheeks.  I’m usually a shade #23 in most BB cushions from Korea.

Sulwhasoo perfecting cushion reviewHere we go!

Sulwhasoo cushion

Sulwhasoo perfecting cushion before and afterHere is what one layer looks like.  Before is on the left side and after is on the right side. With one layer, the redness is about 70% covered but the redness does still slightly peek out from underneath.

Here is what my skin looks like with two layers.  The redness is definitely completely covered my redness but if you look really close, my skin looks dry (at least to me).  I don’t like it when my base make up bunches up around the dry bits of my face even though I have moisturized diligently.

Do you see what I mean?  It just looks heavy and slightly cakey on me :'(.

Before and after with a full face of make up.

Far away it really doesn’t look half bad.  Am I just picky?  Yes, yes I am.

The cushion has a slight herbal scent to it but it definitely isn’t strong and it fades away after application.  Smell-o-scale: 4/10 in terms of how strong the scent is.

-good coverage
-nice finish (for those with normal to combination skin)
-great color range

-slightly drying for my liking


Stars given out of 5:

Overall thoughts:
I’m honestly quite sad and disappointed I didn’t fall in love with this cushion like how a lot of other people love this cushion.  I was waiting for the chance to try this cushion and it was slightly a letdown.  I really don’t think it was the cushion itself that was the problem but it was more that it didn’t suit my skin type or my dewy finish bias.  If you are normal to combination skin type,  I think this would be an absolutely lovely cushion for you.  If your an oily skin type, I’d go with the original formula.  Overall I think this cushion is nice and I’d definitely recommend it if you can find a shade without the 7 shades they have to offer. Two thumbs up but not for my liking as a dry-skin type person.

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