AmorePacific CC Cushion SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Review

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

amore pacific cc cushion spf 50 broad spectrum review 104 tan blush

The sensation that's sweeping many a nation is the Korean-born cushion compact. These are products that have been getting a lot of coverage (couldn't resist) in Western media and some very high profile beauty blogs. There are many varieties containing BB and CC creams for varying levels of coverage, but the main benefit is the natural, flawless-almost-airbrushed finish that can be achieved with these types of products. I would argue that these cushion compacts are the ideal base for anyone with dry to normal skin and is not particularly acne-prone (since they are generally not full coverage).

I purchased the AmorePacific cushion compact because it has earned wide acclaim as the best in the category time and time again. While the price tag is steep at $60, it comes equipped with a refill to cushion the blow. So it's like buying a cushion compact for $30, and not just any compact, the best compact... at least that is how I justified it to myself. :)

The shade below is 104 Tan Blush which is probably best suited for NC25-30 skin tones. I am a bit fairer, but usually get darker in the summer so I thought this would be a nice shade match for my summer skin. Unfortunately, the AmorePacific range of shades is one of the most limited that I've seen. There are only 4 offered to those of us shopping at U.S. beauty counters. They seem to only accommodate light to medium skin, ignoring the fairest and darkest consumers. Hopefully that will change in the future because this is an amazing product.

The cushion comes packaged in a substantial silver compact. Size-wise, it is comparable to say a MAC powder compact, or perhaps 2 Covergirl compacts stacked on top of one another. Once you open the compact up, you will see

  • a cushion applicator made of "ruby cell", a self-sterilizing antibacterial sponge
  • sitting on a white plastic divider which can be opened to reveal
  • the cc cream-soaked cushion

amore pacific cc cushion spf 50 broad spectrum review 104 tan blush

To apply the product, I just take the cushion applicator on the left, and press it into the sponge on the right. It will coat the cushion with a thin layer of fluid, which you can then use to press onto your face. I usually just tap it onto my forehead, cheeks, and chin, and then spread it out from there.

It applies a thin, even coat at a medium coverage, which will hide discoloration, mild redness, and uneven texture. It basically gives you skin that looks like skin. You can see it on both my hand and my face below.

amore pacific cc cushion spf 50 broad spectrum review 104 tan blush

The only complaint I had is that since the coverage is so thin, I basically have to wear concealer on my under eyes for my dark circles to recede. (That is, if I actually cared about covering them up.)

Below are before and after photos. I included a shot of a fully made up FOTD to show how it blends with other color cosmetics.

AmorePacific CC Cushion Before After Look FOTD
Note: This was applied over the Mentholatum Sunplay Super Block
On me, this beautiful product wears for about 6 hours. This is a potential drawback for those with preferences for longer-wearing base products. I'd also wager that if you have oily skin, you may need to reapply sooner than that.

Ingredients List:
Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Alcohol, Arbutin, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Aluminium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Isostearic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Dimethicone, Disodium Edta, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ethylhexyglycerin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Water, Silica, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Camillia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492, Ci 77491, Ci77499).

Each cushion lasts around 3 months. There are 2 cushions included, so this compact will net you 6 months of usage. To extend the life of each refill, make sure to turn the cc cream-soaked cushion upside down, to get each and every bit of product out of it!

Have you dived into the world of cushion compacts? Or are you planning to do so in the near future? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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