Can you believe it’s already snowing in Toronto? Unacceptable. Where has summer gone?! That being said, the cold weather is bringing in the super dry air, which in combination with the cold makes my skin freak out and get either reallllly oily or reallllly dry and flakey! *cries* But fear not! All the changing seasons is making me really excited to try new skincare and makeup products, and this review will be on the ever so popular IOPE Air Cushion XP. 2014 was THE year of the BB cushions – BB cream in a moist compact formula. Check out my Holika Holika BB Cushion review here!
|Ta-Dah! The packaging looks soooo pretty!!!|
This Air Cushion was gifted to me by Cosmetic Love, which carries a wide variety of korean beauty and skincare products. I always feel like a kid at halloween when I’m browsing their store!
Every IOPE Air Cushion XP comes with the original compact, mirror, sponge, and the cushion itself, ALONG WITH a refill of the cushion!!! Hence with one price of $43USD, you’re literally buying one getting one free. It’s awesome.
|Close-up of the Air Cushion XP|
|IOPE Air Cushion XP in shade N21|
There are 2 shades: 21 (Fair) and 23 (Light) and 3 Finishes: Natural Finish (N), Full Coverage (C), and a Shimmer Finish (S). I picked the N21 because I do get quite light in the winter times, and given my unpredictable skin finishes I didn’t want to risk going either Full coverage or Shimmer. A natural finish is best for everyday wear anyway!
You know what else I want to rave about? IOPE’s Air Cushion Compact has a SPF50 and provides both UVA and UVB protection! SPF is soooo important, yes even in the winter!
How I usually apply it is I use deep patting motions to go over one area, then when it semi dries, I go over it again if I need additional coverage (since it’s super buildable!)
Results time! Look at the amount (and size) or pores on the BEFORE shot! O.O It seems to be very prone to oiliness and acne right? No. Checkout the “after” shot, you can’t see my pores anymore (YAY!) but the flakey skin is so much more visible. It’s like my skin can never win! But overall the cushion covered most of my imperfections without caking over!
|After full face makeup|
O Hai!!!! Here’s a full face shot after I applied the IOPE Air Cushion and finished the rest of my makeup! Did I also mention I changed my hair color too?!?!?!?! #soexcited OK but back to the cushion:
The IOPE Air Cushion XP feels extremely natural on my skin, it doesn’t cake up my pores and doesn’t make me shine like a greaseball either. Compared to the Holika Holika BB Cushion, it’s definitely lighter and more for daily wear. It does have SPF50 and PA+++ , which if you know me, will know that I am the sunscreen POPO and will give anything with sunscreen a HUGEEEEE checkmark! Another thing I like about it is that it is very buildable. The initial coverage is set to be sheer, but if you wait for the first layer to settle into your skin then apply a next over the first, it can give you more coverage if that’s what you need. You could also layer some loose powder on top if you want to set the Air cushion and provide additional coverage. Another thing I like is that it does not break me out! That’s super important especially when my skin is already going nuts. I would recommend this Air Cushion to those with dry to combination skin, and who is after that natural finish!
In case you don’t know much about IOPE, its a brand under the Amore Pacific umbrella which houses Laneige too! You can find a selection of their products HERE, or at Cosmetic Love.
Have you tried this? Or any other BB Cushion Compact products?
Which ones are your favorites???
Let me know!!!! <3