Korean Cushions: Splurge vs. Steal

Cushion foundations have been taking over the beauty world- they’re lightweight, portable and provide seamless coverage. What could be better? We put two of the highest-rated Korean cushions to the test to see if we’d rather splurge or save.

Splurge: IOPE Air Cushion ($32)

IOPE is one of the higher end brands from Korea but still cheaper than some of the pricier brands we’re used to in America. For those days you’re not up for the full foundation look, the cushion is the way to go. The cushion provides light coverage in the morning and is also purse packable for random touch-ups throughout the day. The compact includes a mirror, applicator sponge and the cushion of product.

The IOPE cushion provides such light coverage that you barely even need to blend- it just melts right into the skin. I lightly press the cushion with the applicator sponge and gently dab the product around my face. I love the natural look it gives me.

My favorite part about this cushion is that it’s the perfect beach day product. It contains SPF 50+ to protect you from the sun, while providing light matte coverage that will never run down your face in the heat like foundation. I use W21 which is the warm beige tone but there are tons of color options to match your skin tone!


Steal: MISSHA M Magic Cushion ($10)

This cushion is an excellent dupe for a lot of the more expensive alternatives like IOPE’s. Because MISSHA is a Korean brand, this product was around way before the American drugstore alternatives. From my experience, this cushion outshines the American versions by a long shot, like the Maybelline Dream Cushion.

I’ve found this cushion to be the easiest, quickest and most affordable way to get a seamless airbrushed look.. Because it’s so blendable, it just looks like you woke up like this. I have actually been complimented on my skin while wearing this cushion. One time, I wore it to a doctor’s appointment and my doctor told me my skin looked great without makeup on. LOL.

The applicator sponge works well, but I find it tough to blend the product into narrower areas like the inner corners of the eyes. For those areas, I usually just use my fingers or a brush. Since the coverage this cushion provides is pretty sheer, I’d recommend using a concealer after this to nab blemishes and dark circles. And since the finish is a bit dewy, I’d recommend using a translucent powder after to help your coverage last all day.

The Bottom Line: These products are extremely similar but there is one main difference: While the MISSHA cushion is exclusively foundation, the IOPE Air Cushion is a double duty-product. IOPE promises anti-aging and anti-wrinkle results if you use the cushion regularly. Besides that, both cushions contain SPF 50+ and give your skin an airbrush finish. However the MISSHA cushion leaves a dewier finish, while the IOPE cushion is more mattifying. Whether you splurge or steal, you’re guaranteed a gorgeous Beyonce-status glow with either of these cushions!