Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Innisfree Water Glow Cushion Review & Swatches

Innisfree Water Glow Cushion Review
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Cushions, are like collectibles. Once you try one, you want to try them all. At least, that's how I feel about them. It's not so much the way they look that makes me want to try them all but it's more so that I want to find the ones that work's the best for me. Chances are, not every cushion I come across is going to be perfect but that's okay. That's what makes the journey fun and I get to learn a lot in the process too! After all, each new cushion I get to try tells me something more about my preferences for cushions. So it gives me more information on the types of cushions I want to try next.

Having tried both the Ampoule Intense cushion and the Long Wear cushion from Innisfree, it was no surprise that I would also try the Water Glow cushion as well. In fact, I bought the Water Glow cushion the same time I purchased the Long Wear cushion. I wanted to see how the 3 compares and what better way to find out than to try them out. I honestly thought the Long Wear cushion would turn out to be my favorite of the 3, but I was wrong. Instead, the least expected cushion turned out to be the one I like the most.

Innisfree Water Glow Cushion

Innisfree Water Glow Cushion

Product Description: A moisture-rich cushion that works to create a glowy, radiant, and moisturized look. The cushion comes with 3 shades and it has natural coverage. It also feels soothing and cool when applied. The Water Glow cushion also has sun protections with SPF 50+/PA+++.

To Use: Take the puff provided and dab into the BB cushion. Take out a good amount of the product and pat it onto the skin with the puff. Apply the product evenly and reapply when needed.

Ingredients: The green Tea Extract, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Propanediol, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Arbutin, Butylene Glycol, Acrylate/Ethylhexyl acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Stearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Mineral Salt, Rice Powder, Glycerin, Tangerine Peel Extract, Prickly Pear Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Orange Extract, Tangerine Extract, Yellow Iron Oxides, Red Iron Oxides, Black Iron Oxides, Fragrance.

Please Do Not use if you are sensitive to any of its ingredients.
the protective sticker seal

Packaging: Innisfree's cushions all have this simple and sleek look to them. So it's no surprise that the same applies to this Water Glow cushion. The box packaging is printed with soy ink and the container is eco-friendly. The cushion case is simple and it is has a built-in mirror. The case is lightweight as well. The cushion comes with a protective sticker seal (see image above) which needs to be removed before using.

Scent: This cushion, like the other 2, has this scent that I like to call the Innisfree scent. You can find this scent in many of their products that contain green tea. The scent itself is pretty much a mix of green tea, herbal scents, and floral notes. It's not an overwhelming scent, but it is more than mild. Fragrance is also added to this product.

Color: The Water Glow cushion comes with 3 shades, #13 Light Beige, #21 Natural Beige, and #23 True Beige. The shade I have here is #23 True Beige. There will be swatches at the end. Shade #23 is light and is lighter than the usual #23 shade Korean cushion shades go by. It also has a light peach tone to it but it's not really noticeable when worn.

Texture: Innisfree's cushions have this fine liquidy feel to them. They are runnier than BB creams and feels lightweight when applied. The Water Glow cushion has light coverage but can build up to light-medium as well.

Water Glow cushion packaging

My Thoughts: Having tried the Ampoule Intense cushion before buying this Water Glow cushion, I already knew that #23 was going to be the closest shade for me. For the Water Glow cushion, it's still a bit light, but it works okay for me for the winter times. I was surprised to find the Water Glow cushion's #23 shade is a tad bit lighter than the Long Wear cushion's #23 shade. The shades don't look that different when I apply it on my face, but the differences were noticeable when I swatched them. (See the last picture in this post.) I wish Innisfree could expand the color range as they did with the Long Wear cushions. I'm not sure if #31 would be a better shade for me but I would like to try it with the Water Glow cushion's formula.

Anyways, this cushion has a lot more to offer than I expected. I knew the Ampoule Intense cushion is also known as the winter cushion because it keeps the skin moisturized and refreshed. Its formula is perfect for the winter season. The Long Wear cushion is dubbed as the summer cushion because its matte finish helps to keep shiny at bay and its formula is designed to be long lasting while providing sun protection. So, it seems, the Water Glow cushion is an in-between of the two. Which sounds great to me, since I was hopping to find an in-between of the two anyways. For me, the Water Glow cushion feels moisturizing like the Ampoule Intense but it doesn't feel overly moisturizing. It keeps the skin moisturized and settles well on my combo to oily skin. It has the same SPF protection as the Long Wear Cushion and its lasting ability is about as good as the Long Wear cushion too. I like that I can layer the cushion to build its coverage up to light-medium without it looking cakey.    

a close-up of the cushion

I think out of the 3 Innisfree cushions, the Water Glow cushion works the best for me. It leaves behind a satin finish, that gives off the natural glowy look without it looking oily. It isn't overly moisturizing for my oily T-zone but moisturizing enough for my drier cheeks. Plus, it also lasts for quite a decent time. I usually do touch-ups after 6 hours, which isn't too bad. If I don't want the satin finish, I can also mattify with my No-Sebum Mineral powder without making it look cakey. Who knew the cushion I thought the least of turned out to be the best one for me out of the three. I've been using this cushion since November and I think I can still get one more month's use out of it. It's good to note that I don't use this cushion every day, but I do use it often.

This Water Glow cushion works best if you apply a primer first. Without a primer, the Water Glow cushion can settle into fine lines. The primer also helps the cushion to last longer on the skin. When I am doing touch-ups, I found it is best to spray on some mists first. As it helps to prevent the cushion product from getting cakey.

cushion and puff
-satin finish
-light-medium coverage
-easy to apply
-feels soothing and cool
-SPF protection
-travel friendly

-limited shades
-can settle into fine lines without primers

Swatches under natural light.
My Rating: ❤ ❤   

Final Thoughts: I really love the formula of this Water Glow cushion, but I couldn't give it 5 hearts due to its limited color selections. There are only 3 shades, so of course it won't suit everyone. #23 is a close shade and just a bit light for me, but it's still not my shade. I still wish to find a cushion with a (hopefully) perfect match. Aside from that this cushion's formula works really well for my combo to oily skin. It's moisturizing and offers a satin finish. It stays on my skin well and I can build up to a light-medium coverage without it looking cakey. The price is decent as well, especially when shops have promotions on the cushion.

Would I repurchase it in the future? Maybe. If Innisfree offers more shades for this cushion, I would like to try it in a slightly darker shade. If not, I might go back to it because the Water Glow cushion does make a great winter cushion for my skin type. Do I think this cushion is worth a try? Possibly. If the shades are right and the cushion offers what you are looking for, then I say give it a try!

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Disclaimer: This product was purchased by me. All opinions are honest and my own. 


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