On a visit to a local Korean beauty store my intentions were to test and purchase the Laneige Snow BB Soothing Cushion which other bloggers have been raving about. However, they only had no.23 in store which seemed too dark and a tad orange for my skin. Quickly my attention was diverted to its neighbour IOPE Air Cushion XP. The SA told me that IOPE was a more prestigious sister brand under the Amore Pacific beauty group. Of course, I already knew this because I do my research ;) The product isn't marketed anywhere on the packaging as a BB cream but the SA told me it was (I'll just go with it - correct me if I'm wrong). With next to no convincing I snatched one up in the shade C21: Ice Vanilla.
Retailing at $59AUD (you can definitely find it cheaper online), it also came with a refill. Working out to be under $30 per compact, around the price of a mid-range BB cream. I also wish it had came with an extra puff or had them for sale separately because we all know how nasty and unhygienic those little things can become. But the magic does lie in the packaging and in particular the puff.
In simple terms the cushion technology is suppose to improve BB application by making it smoother and more natural looking. It's achieved in 3 ways:
1. Cooling down the skin by 3 degrees celsius using air cushions on pressure and double barrier packaging which keeps the product cooler. Cooler skin is ideal for makeup application as well as touch up.
2. Breaking up the particles in the cream and hence creating a finer product.
3. Breakthrough puff allows for a more effective application and better moisture retention. Resulting in glowingly flawless skin.
Now for the gruelling part of the review. My skin is definitely nowhere near perfect as a result of acne scarring. For comparison purposes I did pick the most severe area, my cheeks. I do apologise if you find the images below slightly gross. The before and after:
As you can see I have hyper pigmentation, redness and large pores. After one swipe the product did counteract most of it. Especially that horrendous scar towards the right. You can also see that my skin is immediately more even and radiant. Application is easy, a gentle press of the puff onto the cushion dispenses the perfect amount. You have to be careful not to press too hard or it may cause an overspill of product. I must admit the puff did work very well and I did feel a cooling sensation. The puff feels really refined and application was quite even and no much is absorbed either. The shade C21 was also good match for my skin.
Overall, I love this product as it provides decent coverage and yet it is still so lightweight. It blends quite quickly into the skin unlike other BB creams that take more time to adjust. I can't comment much on its "sweat-proof" abilities as I don't really sweat that much but it does last until the end of the day. The oil control is average meaning if you're oily like me you may need to powder on top as I do. It is a more natural finish so its coverage isn't supreme so if you prefer more coverage this one isn't for you. I however love light-medium coverage for everyday and prefer to switch to fuller coverage foundations for special occasions.
This product has definitely left me with a temptation to try similar products like Laneige's mentioned earlier and also Clio CC Cushion. So even though I love it I want to try others before I repurchase.
Rating: 4 out of 5