The Korean beauty industry is a gift that keeps giving, and cushion foundations are but a few of the many wonderful inventions that K-beauty has bestowed to us.
A far more natural-looking alternative to foundations, cushion foundations are much like compact powders in terms of packaging and application. What’s more, they often come infused with added skincare goodness too, which is not surprising considering that cushion compacts were birthed in the mecca of skincare.
Thanks to its fuss-free, convenient nature, it’s no surprise then that cushion foundations are preferred by makeup users in Asian countries for day-to-day use. A case in point? Aprilskin’s Magic Snow Cushion, which has sold over three million units (and counting!) globally following its launch in 2015.
Here are five reasons why you should jump on the bandwagon and try this cushion foundation that’s loved by makeup wearers from around the world.
Aprilskin Magic Snow Cushion review: What’s special about it
Stays put without the need for primer
The Aprilskin Magic Snow Cushion hardly budges once applied onto the skin, thanks to a 3-Step Smooth Fill System. But with this technology, it will stay put even if you don’t use any makeup primer beforehand!
That’s because it starts by filling pores with high-molecular polymer to first create a smooth base before covering blemishes in a velvety finish with Micro Multi-Powder. Then, it finishes with Flexible Film Former which leaves a light coating over the skin to retain moisture and create that long-lasting coverage that lasts up to 24 hours.
Offers good coverage of pores, blemishes, and redness without concealer
Although providing fuller coverage that lasts longer, the stereotypical liquid foundation can sometimes weigh on your skin and clog pores, eventually creating other skin problems like acne and blemishes when the sole purpose of the makeup product is to cover them up.
To save yourself from these skin woes, cushion foundation is the way to go – and Aprilskin’s Magic Snow Cushion offers sufficient coverage to give you the natural, your skin-but-better look.
The best part? A little goes a long way for the cushion compact, so you only need very little to get flawless coverage on your skin, regardless of the skin concerns you may have.
If you wish to cover up dark undereye circles like me, you’ll be happy to know that the Magic Snow Cushion is the right cushion compact to get the job done! All I need to do is gently tap on the buildable formula a few more times just under the peepers to give me slightly more coverage and it’ll instantly mask the telltale sign of insufficient sleep – no concealer required.
And when it’s capable of concealing dark eye circles, you know that you can count on the cushion to expertly hide any other skin blemishes like acne scars and make them look less obvious without making you look like you’ve just piled on a ton of makeup – isn’t that what we all look for in a makeup foundation product?
Provides lasting smoothness all day without the need for touch-ups
As mentioned earlier, Aprilskin Magic Snow Cushion is equipped with a unique 3-Step Smooth Fill System that offers you long-lasting smoothness – a pat here, a pat there is all you need to complete your base makeup and conceal blemishes.
This ease of application is especially ideal for us busy urbanites who are frequently rushing from one place to another and doing our makeup on the go to save time – no need to get your fingers dirty or fuss around with your bottled foundation in one hand and a foundation brush on the other.
Because of this technology, you can pretty much skip any touch-ups during the day too even if you spend time outside under the sweltering tropical heat as the formula remains natural-looking and in place through perspiration.
Mine stayed put through a two-hour-long brunch and a full afternoon out in the sun – and rain! – at Little India. While my makeup didn’t look as fresh and flawless as when I’d just applied it (which is to be expected), it hadn’t completely disappeared from my face either and it still kept my skin imperfections covered really well despite the rain and sweat.
What’s even better, the mochi ushion applicator is specially made in such a way that it deposits all the foundation that it picks up entirely onto your skin to prevent wastage so you won’t get any of the unsightly leftovers that you’ll usually see on other applicators.
A cushion foundation that doesn’t budge or require much of a touch-up throughout the day – what’s not to love?
Hydrates the skin
Another reason why the Magic Snow Cushion gets extra brownie points from us?
The cushion foundation is more than its promise of 24-hour skin smoothness, it is also formulated with a 45% moisturising serum formula that contains blueberry and aloe vera leaf extracts to comfortably hydrate skin without any sticky afterfeel.
As a moderate makeup user who wears foundation sparingly, I especially appreciate this additional skincare benefit given that most foundation formulas I’ve tried either give too heavy a coverage (which is not what I’m after) or can be drying to the skin after full-day wear (yikes!).
With this lightweight and hydrating cushion, it felt almost next to nothing on my skin from start to finish – as if I wasn’t wearing any makeup at all.
Suitable for all skin types
Thanks to its hydrating formula that offers a smooth, velvety base, Aprilskin Magic Snow Cushion is made to suit all skin types – combination skin included.
Makeup users with oily skin will not have to worry about excess sebum ruining their makeup because the cushion compact has the ability to stick well on the skin. On other hand, those with dry skin will appreciate just how hydrating this cushion foundation feels on their skin.
What’s even better is the mochi cushion application, which feels so soft on the skin and works for all skin types, is also antibacterial to maintain hygienic use each time so those with oily skin that’s prone to breakouts will certainly appreciate the Magic Snow Cushion!
And if you have combination skin like me, the Magic Snow Cushion is quite literally a godsend because it works so well at providing coverage for your oily T-zone and blemishes while keeping your dry U-zone hydrated even if you wear it all day.
Aprilskin Magic Snow Cushion: Where to buy + price
Aprilskin Magic Snow Cushion retails for S$43.90 (comes with one refill) and is available in three shades: #21 Light Beige, #22 Pink Beige, and #23 Natural Beige.