Review: IOPE Air Cushion XP Comparison

Everyone’s heard about the IOPE Air Cushion. It’s often lauded as one of the best, high-coverage, long-wearing cushions that’s out there on the market – it’s easily accessible, priced pretty decently, and is just one of the top picks that you’ll always hear about!

Well – when I first started exploring cushions a couple of years ago, I blindly followed the trends and I got myself the original IOPE AIR CUSHION® XP NATURAL SPF50+/PA+++, pictured below.

IOPE AIR CUSHION Natural, N21

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So shiny, so sturdy! This cushion was boasted as “Cushion foundation that provides powerful protection against UV rays and delivers complete coverage for natural, luminous complexion.” I think I missed out this post, but I previously purchased this cushion, as well as the Laneige BB Cushion (somehow in the Anti-Ageing formulation?!), from TesterKorea back before I really knew much.

I’ve already finished using one refill of this cushion, and while I haven’t touched it in months, I’ll just be sharing my opinion of it when I was using it. This IOPE Cushion was alright, and was something that I reached out for on a regular basis, maybe 1-2 times a week. I’d usually reach out for it on days when I needed higher coverage, maybe because of all the hype surrounding it.

But really, as I kept using it, I realised I didn’t quite like it – it didn’t feel special on my face at all, and wasn’t quite able to cover all my light blemishes. My nose would be oily by noon (urghhhhh), and it’d start to break up around dry areas by midday (~3pm). Wasn’t something I was looking for…

So since this cushion isn’t quite available in the market anymore, I won’t be giving this a proper review – my final verdict would be YMMV, probably not suitable for my skin type and environment – dry combo skin, in humid weather, and for long hours. For me, what convinces me that a cushion is good is that I /actually/ take out the refill (that comes with the package) to use – I didn’t open that refill up. That one’s gone to Carousell. WNR

IOPE AIR CUSHION Moisture Lasting, N21

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So around came 2016, and I was in Seoul! The ~new~ IOPE Air Cushion was reformulated and released again! But this time, in four variants: Natural Glow, Matte Longwear, Intense Cover, and Moisture Lasting. And in more shades than ever: C13, N21, W21, N23, W23! That’s much more than the previously widely available N21 and N23.

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Well I saw this in a ton of Duty-Free shops, and Lotte, and Aritaum shops… Eventually, I was tempted enough to pick up one from the Duty-Free shop in Jeju Airport (I can’t remember which Dept. store ran it!!). There was an ongoing 20% off sale, so I snagged it at a pretty great ~SGD$30 🙂 I chose to stick with the neutral tones, and since I still prefer a brighter skin tone, I chose N21 again, in the Moisture Lasting variant.

I will first note the key reasons that drew me in to purchase yet another IOPE cushion (although I hadn’t liked the original):

  • It looks GORGEOUS. This new cushion is considerably thinner than the original “standard” cushion, clocking in at 2.8cm tall
  • Its curved edges and shiny blue rim just drew. me. in. It looks so sleek and classy, and something that I’d carry around out to school/work. I was fairly tempted to purchase the pink cushion case variant in another IOPE store in Myeongdong, but I held myself back
  • Isn’t the new puff pretty? It’s slightly smaller than the original size, but there’s this gorgeous leather emboss on top
  • The hype. Let’s face it, the hype surrounding this cushion has pretty much never died down. When this new version was released, I was like oh my god I HAVE to try this new flashy cushion

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Each cushion set (cushion case + 15g x 2 refills) runs for (supposedly) KRW42,000 on Amore Pacific’s website, but I think you’ll be able to get it much cheaper on Gmarket Korea.

Price: ★★★★☆
Aesthetics: ★★★★☆
Coverage: ★★★☆☆
Glow: ★★★★☆
Moisture: ★★★★☆
Long-wear: ★★★★☆
Overall: ★★★★☆

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It’s an alright cushion, and I really /don’t mind/ using it. One thing that really irks me is that the cushion sponge can’t be flipped around. I’m only “a few weeks” into using this cushion, and I already feel that it’s running out – but I know that there’s a lot of liquid at the bottom! And it’s not coming out! I don’t feel like I’m getting my money’s worth by using this product. 😦

Overall, it’s just not a cushion that blew me away, and isn’t something that I’ll be using with my current skin condition (some small visible acne scars). So once again, the refill test – the refill is still sitting in the box, untouched… Sadly, once again, I think this one’s going to Carousell as well (the pretty case I’ll keep).

Would I buy this again? Maybe, if it somehow turns out that my skin becomes ~perfect~ and this just gives me the perfect minimalistic coverage. In the meantime, I think I’ll stick with my other HGs.

Comparison: Old vs New Cushions

New on the left, old on the right. Huge font size for the cushion color, differences in shape and curvature, gorgeous new ring along the side rather than a fat shiny strip

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Much shorter and compact! Button is also of a different shape, more sleek

IMG_6188.JPGOpened up, the new mirror is slightly more “accessible” than the old one (I lost my IOPE puff, so a Lirikos puff is about the same!!)

IMG_6191.JPGI like that the new puff has this embossed leather look, it is however slightly smaller than the old puff

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Pretty new design

The new foundation-soaked sponge has a special ridged pattern on the top. Note that this is only on the top, which means that you cannot flip the sponge. 

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The new formula in the moisture-lasting variant is a little runnier, I feel, and runs a little more yellow

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My inner wrist is definitely paler than my face, so both of them blend quite well but you can tell that the shades aren’t an absolutely perfect match

IOPE Air Cushion, as lovely as you might seem, I don’t think we’re a match.

I’ll probably do an update soon on my favourite base makeup products! Hint: Hera, Verite, and Lirikos are my baes now ❤

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KBeauty 2016: Holiday Edition

Hey guys! I was hunting for a page that detailed all the holiday edition KBeauty products that were recently released, but I couldn’t quite find anything – so here’s a brief compilation of what the more well-known KBeauty brands have to offer! 🙂

Laneige

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Milkyway Fantasy Holiday Collection 2016:
Milkyway Fantasy BB Cushion (Whitening)
Milkyway Fantasy Two Tone Lip Bar
Milkyway Fantasy Two Tone Shadow Bar
Milkyway Fantasy Sleeping Mask
Milkyway Fantasy Basic Duo Set (Moisture)

Lirikos

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Wave Collection:
Hydrating Pulse Ampoule
Veil Cover Cushion
Melting Midnight/Sunrise/Sunset Hand Cream

Verite

Aurora Cover Cushion: Alice in Wonderland (Limited Edition)

Espoir

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Fake Fur Collection:
Fake Fur Eye and Cheek Palette
Fake Fur Nowear G-AMOR (Lipstick)
Fake Fur Makeup Pouch

IOPE

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Golden Glow Special Kit:
Golden Glow Face Oil
Lavender and Rosemary Moments Candle

Primera

Let’s Love: Winter Delight:
Natural Diffuser Winter Delight
Mango Butter Body Wash
Mango Butter Body Lotion
Mango Butter Hand Cream
Mango Butter Hand Cream Trio

Innisfree

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Green Christmas Collection:
Green Christmas My Cushion Case
Jeju Perfumed Hand Cream Christmas Gift Set
The Green Tea Seed Serum Christmas Special Set
Super Volcanic Clay Mousse Mask Christmas Special Set
Real Color Nail Christmas Set
The Green Tea Seed Cream (Christmas Limited Edition 100ML)
My Body Christmas Miniature Set (Cherry Blossom/Cotton Flower)

Etude House

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My Little Nut Collection:
My Little Nut Perfumed Hand Cream
My Little Nut Pearl Clear Any Cushion
My Little Nut Lucky Cheek Beam
My Little Nut Play 101 Blending Pencil
My Little Nut Play 101 Pencil
My Little Nut Curl Fix Mascara and Curl Fix Long Lash
My Little Nut Colorful Scent Eau De Perfume Holiday Set
My Little Nut Colorful Scent Eau De Perfume Roll-on Set
My Little Nut Fantastic Color Eyes
My Little Nut Dear My Enamel Lips-Talk
My Little Nut Kissful Lip Care Set

Missha

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My Twinkle Holiday (Gold/Silver):
Snow Jewel Mascara (Gold Tiara/Silver Parts)
Crystal Pigment (Merry Gold Dark Sugar/Holistar Rosette Red Punch)
Petite Lip Crayon (Jolly Coral Honey Muffin/Heartbubble Candlekiss Chewingpink)
Holiday Nail Kit (Ladies Party/Magic Snowball)

Nature Republic

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Surpdition:
Snail Solution Cream and Ampoule
Shea Butter Moist Steam Cream
Africa Bird All In One Moisturizer
Sheet Masks
Green Holidays Triple Color Tone Up Cushion
Green Holidays Eco Crayon Lip Rouge Kit
Green Holidays Forest Garden Chamomile Cleansing Oil
Green Holidays Nail Polish Kit
Green Holidays Hand Cream Trio (Shea Butter/Rose/Peach)
Green Holidays Body Lotion

The Face Shop

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The Face Shop x Kakao Friends
Pink Delight Body Wash
Pink Delight Body Lotion

Banila Co.

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Banila Co. x Pink Panther:
Pink Panther Clean It Zero
Pink Panther Foam Cleanser

VDL

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VDL + Pantone 2017:
Expert Color Lip Cube Marble Glow
Color Correcting Cushion
Satin Veil Finish Powder
Expert Color Cheek Book 6.4 No.6
Rouge Supreme Comfortable Lip Oil

Skinfood

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Skinfood x BBH – free gift with purchase of their Royal Honey, Honey Propolis, Truffle, Black Sugar, and Shea Butter products

Beyond

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SUM37

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Sun Away Cooling Sun CC Holiday Collection Set
[Although I believe this was the same cushion released last year as well]

Clio/Peripera

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Turn On The Light:
Waterproof Brush Liner XP
Nail Styler
Pro Single Shadow
Pro Duo Contour Blusher
Kill Cover Ampoule Cushion
Virgin Kiss Tension Lip Oil Tint
Virgin Kiss for Matte Lip
[Peripera] Peri’s Ink

That’s all for now! At the moment, it seems as though quite a few brands have released holiday looks for this season, but haven’t released any Christmas specific products. If I discover any more, I’ll definitely update this post.

Happy Holidays everyone!