Happy Easter, friends! Because today is a special day, I’m also posting about something special: the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX! Yes, I’m finally writing about it after several months of delaying it haha! I have gone through one of these and opened two re-fills already (but one was by mistake). I use shade no. 25 (Sand, has a pink undertone), but I also have shade no. 23 (Natural, has a yellow undertone) in my stash because I’m normally shade no. 23 in Korean cushions. But apparently Sulwhasoo cushions run light, so you should go a shade darker with this cushion. I would have repurchased it in shade no. 27, as this one is darker and would have looked better on my skin with its yellow undertone, but @altheakorea has only shade nos. 23 and 25. But it actually comes in 10 shades, which is A LOT for a Korean cushion. Korean cushions normally come in only 2-3 shades, which is a real bummer. So it’s quite a big deal that Sulwhasoo now has 10.
Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX is actually the reformulated version of the Perfecting Cushion Intense, and from the reviews I’ve read from people who have tried both, it seems EX is really a leveled-up version of Intense. I haven’t tried Intense, so I cannot compare the two, but I can tell you in detail why I love this Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX so much!
Korean cushions are like a 3-in-1 hybrid product: base makeup, skincare, and sunscreen. As base makeup, this Sulwhasoo cushion looks very natural and when I use the right shade (no. 25, in my case; though I think no. 27 would have been perfect on my tanner days), it looks almost exactly like my skin BUT SO MUCH BETTER! You know the dewy, radiant, and healthy-looking skin of Korean actresses in K-drama? The finish is like that, no-exaggeration. This definitely has a dewy finish, so I think it’s perfect for dry skin. But it’s also not overly dewy, so it looks good even on my oily skin. I just set my T-zone with powder because I oil up quickly in those areas and the product tends to disappear first in those areas. But then most of the time I’m too lazy to set any part of my face with powder and I just use this cushion by itself and it still looks amazing. It doesn’t emphasize my pores or settle in lines. In fact, it does the opposite; it makes my skin look smoother and kinda gives the illusion of flawlessness. Coverage is medium to high, but not full; darker acne marks can still peek through (as you can see in my before and after photo below). It feels light on the skin and I can tell my skin can breathe. Also, this cushion has no gray cast (at least on my skin), unlike most other cushions I’ve tried.
As for longevity, Sulwhasoo claims to use this so-called “Flexible Film-Fixing Polymer” that builds a protective barrier for a 12-hour wear. I’m not sure about the 12-hour claim, as I’ve only tried wearing this for up to 8 hours. There’s some fading on my T-zone on the 4-hour mark when I don’t set it with powder, but the product on the rest of my face is still intact (and I’m talking about being both indoors and outdoors on a humid day in those 4 hours). There was no caking or patchiness, whatsoever. I can also touch up over the 4-hour old makeup on my T-zone and it would only look fresher. The product definitely lasts longer on my T-zone when I set it with powder, so I should really be more diligent, no?
As for the skincare part, I can say it is definitely hydrating. And as I said earlier, it makes my skin look healthy and glow-y. A quick check on the ingredient list will explain this, as it contains a lot of skin-caring ingredients. You’ll see niacinamide—a brightening and skin-barrier-strengthening ingredient—high up on the list. It also contains humectants, like glycerin, butylene glycol, and sodium hyaluronate; emollients like, lecithin, caprylyl glycol, and several flower and root extracts (some of which also have anti-oxidant properties); and other skin-caring ingredients, like adenosine, honey, and beta-glucan.
As for sun protection, this cushion has a high SPF and PA level: SPF 50+ PA+++, so I can also just use this if I need to reapply sun protection in middle of the day. It contains UV filters: Zinc oxide, Titanium dioxide, and Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, and they are all in the Top 5 ingredients.
I won’t talk about the packaging in detail anymore because the photos will speak for themselves. Everything about it is just super lux and elegant! Even their 2018 Christmas Edition looked so pretty and so festive!
As for the cons of this product, there are a few possible sensitivity triggers on its ingredient list, namely silicones, fragrance, and alcohol. I actually like the floral scent of this cushion, but I’m not sure how you guys would like it. Also, it has a white flasback in flash photography, probably because of the physical UV filters high up on the ingredient list.
Will I repurchase? I already have! Twice! And I think I will continue to repurchase this cushion until a new Sulwhasoo cushion becomes available. But so far, this is the best cushion I’ve tried. At first I thought it was pricey, but when I saw the quality and the amount of product I got, I realized the price was actually reasonable. I bought my Sulwhasoo cushions from @altheakorea, where they retail for P2,420 (US$47), but each cushion comes with a refill, so it was like paying a little more than P1,000 per cushion, which is almost the same price as the cushions from Moonshot and Laneige. Also, a little goes a long way with this product, so one cushion lasts a long time. I’m totally satisfied with this cushion, so I haven’t bought a different brand ever since I’ve tried it. HOWEVER, Moonshot recently came out with a new cushion and because Moonshot cushions are my second favorite, I’ll be trying that new cushion soon!
I hope you found this review useful. If you have any questions or if there are any cushions you would like me to review, let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading!
If you’re looking for more info on the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX, here’s the link to Sulwhasoo’s official English website.