I announced you the big comeback of the cushions on the blog, and I wasn’t joking! What’s great with cushions (and you may think I’m crazy) is that it ends relatively quickly… and I, as a superconsumer, like to change regularly. Discovering a new case, a new texture, the sensation of the brand new pad in a fully soaked cushion… I can’t get enough, and it gives a goal to my collection haha.
My current lifestyle allows me not to wear makeup everyday
unlike the last 10 years of study so a cushion lasts 2 good months, but would probably lasts only one with a daily use. Fortunately it’s not that expensive, especially when you have found THE grail and only have to buy refills. ;)
By the time I finished my The Face Shop cushion (that I truly loved), I received the latest cushion of the Korean brand Sulwhasoo sold at the Galeries Lafayette: the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening and its “Golden Birds” limited case!
The Korean brand Sulwhasoo
Korean cosmetics’ addicts already know the brand for sure, or at least have heard about it… but for others: Sulwhasoo is a Korean brand that could be described as medium/high-end with luxurious packagings and ingredients, targeting rather mature skin (and mature wallets as well haha)
The brand is officially distributed in France since September 2017 at Galeries Lafayette Haussman in Paris. Parisians can now get themselves many of the brand’s skincares and also choose between a few cushions… including the one I’m reviewing today!
My review of the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening !
The original case is pearly white with embossed moldings. This limited edition “Golden Birds” features two birds with a red ribbon on a flowering tree branch : As the birds are the symbol of luck and happiness, there’s nothing better to enjoy this cushion at first glance!
This is my very first time with a Sulwhasoo cushion, and we understand immediately the positioning of the brand: All cases of all brands are relatively similar, but this one seems to be better quality thanks to its slightly heavier and more elaborated plastic: It is matte with silver/mirror details, which is absolutely charming! It looks so precious, just like an object of collection. ♡
Inside, we can see an integrated mirror, a pad with the brand’s name and a fresh operculum that retains the famous foundation.
I chose the No.23 Medium Beige shade, which unsurprisingly matches my skin tone since they kept the Korean number as a guide.
The product has a rather strong smell, which suits the image of Sulwhasoo very well to me: It smells like a mix of plants, ginseng etc… I like it. Obviously it’s unique to everyone, but it’s still a foundation product so the scent won’t stay long.
As for the coverage, I didn’t know what to expect: I’m used to look for the strongest coverage because of my imperfections and redness that I wished to hide in the past, but I’m also starting to realize that my skin is less troubled, more unified and that I no longer need an almost opaque coverage. Yay!
So I would say that it is a medium coverage but easily workable for those who always have things to hide. In any case, a single layer works very well on my redness, and if you have nothing to hide… At least apply it for its sunscreen?
‘Cause yeah, it’s one of the most emphasized (a little too much) proprieties in this cushion: Its sun protection! They talk about it everywhere on the packaging, the directions etc… but they don’t say anything on the index of protection itself. The brand confirmed me SPF50 PA+, which is downright optimal but it wouldn’t have been a luxury to display it directly on the product right?
Sunscreen is the kind of “more than indispensable bonus” for a cushion in my opinion: It means that I apply it to unify my complexion in order to replace any foundation, but I don’t apply it FOR its sunscreen. You get it? It’s probably the same for you? haha
In addition of unifying, this brightening version really illuminates the complexion: The color of the product isn’t dull at all and it doesn’t turn orange or oxidize over the hours. The Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening is enriched with extracts of:
- Licorice root
- Sacred Lotus seed
- Lily Tiger leaf
- Chinese Peony root
- Solomon’s seal root
- and Pearlescent Complex developed by the brand itself, in order to get a radiant, luminous complexion. What a success!
Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening, the results
Regarding the finish and how it lasts, this cushion is also a very good student: It doesn’t mark dead skins and dry patches at all, and unifies the color as well as the texture. It’s extremely important for me! My dehydrated skin can’t stand products that mark even a little, I just can’t. It also lasts very well all day long on my skin combination to oily skin, with a little bit of translucent powder on my T-zone.
According to the little paper in the package (that nobody reads except me to be able to make you a complete review), there are not less than 7 different shades – which is a great point for a Korean brand that is setting up on the Western market.
The limited “Golden Birds” case was broadcasted in store only, and the classic Brightening version will be sold on the Galeries Lafayette website very soon according to the brand. Future limited editions should also be available online, so stay tuned!
For my fellow Americans, Sulwhasoo has a US eshop and it’s available for $65 so serve yourselves.
In the meantime, you can shop the Brightening version (classic white case but just as pretty) at Jolse for around $47.50 shipping included, missBeautyKorea or TesterKorea for the same price (shipping not included), always with the refill! If you have links to shop the Golden Birds version, don’t hesitate to put them in comment. ♡
Did you know the brand Sulwhasoo? Which products would you recommend?