I’m Wan from the UK. This is my blog about all things Korean beauty related and I am a big skincare enthusiast. Here you'll find Asian beauty & skincare reviews,recommendations, tips, info and help guide.
My skincare empties for the start of 2018, which technically were emptied a couple months ago and I just had the photos waiting for a blog post to be written up. I am trying to be better about sorting through products I’ve finished before I amass a huge amount (like in my last empties post), so this one is mostly…
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I’m back with my skincare and makeup empties of 2017. Even though its not the end of the year yet, it’s been 11 months since my last empties post, so this is long overdue. >< I probably shouldn’t leave it so long next time because I have a lot to talk about in this post. I wil probably do another…
I made 2 large hauls from Koreanbuddy a couple months ago but wanted to specifically share just the Amore Pacific products I purchased. I only bought 3 items, but thought it worth showing for anyone considering buying AP products, because of the sheer amount of deluxe samples and freebies they give you. It is awesome. Amore Pacific is the epitome…
One that I initially tried to resist was the YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation. It first launched early 2016 as an Asia exclusive and I’m glad I didn’t immediately jump on it because the price was just painful. It finally launched here in late 2016 for £38.50, and while still super expensive for what you’re getting, it’s much more reasonable than in Asia (for a high-end luxury brand, that is). Coupled with the fact that everyone who’s reviewed it seems to love this, curiosity eventually got the best of me.
(Note: I still don’t think this has been released in the USA, but I believe they have a USA-first exclusive release of the new 2017 spring ‘YSL Touche Éclait Cushion Foundation’, which will be coming soon to the UK/Europe which has just been launched in the UK/Europe).
YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation | SPF23/PA++
Shade B30 | Price £38.50 | 14g of product (No refill included)
This cushion claims:
Shine-free flawless coverage all day – provides a matte, light-diffusing finish with a powdery effect
Ultra-fresh smooth texture that melts into skin which feels weightless and comfortable
Protects, perfects and hydrates the complexion – enriched with Tamanu oil which hydrates and boosts luminosity
Perfect on the go for easy touch-ups – applicator specially designed to apply just the right amount of product
This comes in 6 shades ranging from B10-B60. I went for B30 because I heard B20 runs very light even for people who use No.21 in Korean foundations and B40 would just be too dark for my pale skin. Nevertheless I don’t think B30 is an accurate match for me because despite YSL claiming these all have neutral undertones; this has a very strong pink undertone. It looks very off tonally compared to my neck/chest when I first apply but after a few hours it gradually colour matches to my skin tone better (although it doesn’t noticeably oxidise and become darker).
Both cushions have a cool pink undertone but the YSL has a stronger pink base.
This comes in standard YSL black and gold packaging which looks really classy. However this case feels quite chunky and big in comparison to the 2nd/3rd generation cushions I’ve now become accustomed to with Korean brands. The logo on the top is embedded rather than embossed on the lid so you don’t have to worry about it scratching off; this is a high quality cushion afterall.
This isn’t sold together with an extra refill, but you can buy them separately (for slightly cheaper) and pop out the old one when you’re finished with it. The downside is that you probably need to buy the expensive cushion case first because the refills aren’t compatible with any other Western/Korean brand cases I’ve tried it in. (They haven’t even made it compatible with their own Touche Éclait cushion because that refill is square.)
Push up from the base with your thumbs to pop out the refill
The applicator puff sits on the black plastic tray inside
Inside it has the standard mirror on the lid, a tray holding the air puff applicator, and the cushion underneath to protect it from drying out. As YSL is owned by L’Oreal, you’ll immediately notice that it has the similar cushion with the large pores. If you’re more familiar with Korean cushions, this is definitely inferior because it doesn’t preserve the liquid foundation as well and evaporates quicker over time meaning you get less use out of the product. This cushion is very saturated at the top during the first few uses (so you only need to push down very lightly), but after that you notice it quickly becomes harder to get product out. Coupled with the fact it only contains 14g of product, and no extra refill, this won’t last longer than 1-2 months if used on a daily basis.
Applicator puff is thinner than the standard Amore Pacific air puffs but still decent for application
Disclaimer: This product was provided by Q-depot but all thoughts and opinions provided in this review are my own honest view.
I was very kindly sent this cushion to try by Q-depot, a Korean cosmetic online shop. As you know by now, I love cushion compacts, but I’ve still never tried one from Skinfood so I was eager to see how this performs.
Skinfood Vita Fit Poreless Cushion | SPF50/PA+++
Shade 02 Natural Skin | Retail price in Korea: KRW20,000 (£13.50) | 15g of product (No refill included)
Vita Fit Coverlasting cushion – long lasting and higher coverage than the other two
Vita Fit Serum Glow cushion – has the most dewy, moisturising finish but coverage is the lowest
Vita Fit Poreless cushion – for pore control and to manage skin unevenness
I initially wanted to try the Coverlasting cushion because it always piques my interest when a cushion claims to be long-lasting and have high coverage, since many cushions typically aren’t. However, it wasn’t in stock at the time so I went for the next best option.
The Vita Fit Poreless cushion originally retails for $23.51/(£18) on Q-depot, and comes in 3 shades: light, natural and beige which is equivalent to no.13, 21 and 23 in the Korean shade system. I opted for no.2 natural skin aka 21. I’m usually inbetween 21-23 but since it’s summer and I’ve gotten a bit darker, no.2 natural skin is a bit too light. It colour matches to my skin ever so slightly (doesn’t really oxidise), so after the rest of my makeup application it isn’t too noticeably lighter than my neck, but it would be a much closer fit during the colder months. I do like that it leans very neutral so it’s neither too pink based nor brings out the yellow in my skin too much.
Embossed patterns on the front prevent it from looking like a boring white cushion
Shade 02 Natural Skin
Very slim flat cushion case
The cushion doesn’t come in any box packaging and is simply sealed with plastic around the rim to prevent it from opening. There is minimal information regarding the cushion except it has the standard 3 functions of whitening, sun protection and wrinkle improvement. I do like the minimalistic white design with the embossed pattern that reminds me of an EKG (zig zags on a heart monitor), and it’s much slimmer and a little wider than many other cushion compacts.
The air puff isn’t the best I’ve used but it’s soft and applies the product evenly. Upon first application the finish looks smooth and really nice but it takes a bit of time to dry down and even when it does it never sets fully so while it doesn’t feel too tacky, it does transfer quite easily. If I blot with a tissue during the day, I do tend to get a lot of transfer onto it. I’m not too keen on the smell either as it’s sweet but also reminds me of the smell of rubber car tyres. It’s not unbearable though and I can’t detect it after I’ve applied it on my face.
Tightly sealed with a sticker seal
I do like the finish as it’s very natural with a bit of a glow on the high points of your face. It has medium coverage with 1 application but when I have more cheek redness and darker pigmentation it covers about 90% only so I do use a concealer on top or I build up to another layer. (I don’t have very obvious pores to begin with so I can’t attest whether it’s effective at concealing larger pores but mine aren’t visible through this). Also, if you have very uneven textured skin, this isn’t the type of foundation to gloss over and blur them.
Before & after application
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