IMG_1836Etude House has been one of my most favourite brands, even before I was picked to be a Pink Bird.  During the month of November back in 2014 till last November, I was a part of the Etude House blogger group where they sent international bloggers their newly released products every month.  Sadly that has ended for me but I was fortunate enough to try a lot of their products in the process.  Since I’m still in my 20’s, I tend to buy products that are mid-ranged affordable.  Iope being the first ever cushion I got to try, Etude House was the second cushion I tried out.  I couldn’t really base my opinion on if it was good or not back then because I didn’t have experience with other cushions out in the market to judge if it was a good fit for my skin or not.  1 year and 26 cushions later, I think I have a good idea on if this is a good pick for you and myself.  Today I will be reviewing two versions of Etude House’s cushions, the moist version and their regular version.  I have also reviewed their pearl aura version in the past if you would like to check it out. So let’s get into the review! ヽ(・∀・)ノ

cushionFull name of product:
Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion
Etude House Precious mineral Moist Any cushion

Limited edition/ Permanent?:
Permanent

Description of product:
Moist version
– Moisturizing: Made of baobab water (26.7%) for intensive hydrating skin. It also contains Hyaluronic acid 4 times more than other cushions to last hydrating longer.
– Creamy-Glossy Skin: With ‘Glow-Lock Complex™’, it formulates transparent layer on skin to enhance glossy function and prevent losing moisture, which is its secret receipe to keep skin hydrated even in winter.
– Sleek Skin: Creamy texture provides sleek skin condition.”

Regular formula
“-pearl layer mineral powder and niacin amide to brighten skin

-creates bright skin for hours with excellent lasting power
-moisture lock system creates moisturized skin
-sebum control powder for a no shine finish
-fits to skin smoothy and offers resilience and radiance”

Sunscreen:
SPF 50 PA +++

Price:
18,000 won 

Amount of product:
15 g

Refill included?:
No

Duration before expiration:
12 months after opening

Country of Manufacture:
Made in Korea

Where to buy:
Regular version
Amazon
Etude House Global
Koreadepart
Testerkorea
Jolse
Roseroseshop
Rinishop

Moist version
Amazon

Etude House Global
Testerkorea
Jolse
Roseroseshop

Shades available:
etude house cushion 2
Etude house cushion

Ingredients:
Regular version:
N02 Light Beige: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Methyl Trimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg- 10/1 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mother Of Pearl, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Stearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Alcohol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Fragrance

C02 Rosy Beige: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Methyl Trimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg- 10/1 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mother Of Pearl, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Stearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Alcohol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Fragrance

W13 Natural Beige: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Methyl Trimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg- 10/1 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mother Of Pearl, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Stearic Acid,Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Alcohol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Fragrance

W24 Honey Beige: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Methyl Trimethicone, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mother Of Pearl, Aluminum Hydroxide, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Stearic Acid, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Edta, Ethylhexylglycerin, Adenosine, Alcohol, Iron Oxides (Ci 77492), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Iron Oxides (Ci77499), Fragrance

Moist version
LIGHT BEIGE: ADANSONIA DIGITATA FRUIT EXTRACT, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ZINC OXIDE (CI 77947), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, NIACINAMIDE, LAURYL PEG-8 DIMETHICONE, GLYCERIN, DISODIUM EDTA, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, STEARIC ACID, ADENOSINE, ACRYLATES/ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ALCOHOL, MOTHER OF PEARL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), FRAGRANCE

NATURAL BEIGE:ADANSONIA DIGITATA FRUIT EXTRACT, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ZINC OXIDE (CI 77947), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, NIACINAMIDE, LAURYL PEG-8 DIMETHICONE, GLYCERIN, DISODIUM EDTA, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, STEARIC ACID, ADENOSINE, ACRYLATES/ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ALCOHOL, MOTHER OF PEARL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), FRAGRANCE

HONEY BEIGE:ADANSONIA DIGITATA FRUIT EXTRACT, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ZINC OXIDE (CI 77947), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, PEG-10 DIMETHICONE, WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, CETYL ETHYLHEXANOATE, NIACINAMIDE, LAURYL PEG-8 DIMETHICONE, GLYCERIN, DISODIUM EDTA, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, SODIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, STEARIC ACID, ADENOSINE, ACRYLATES/ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE/DIMETHICONE METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, ALCOHOL, MOTHER OF PEARL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, PHENOXYETHANOL, IRON OXIDES (CI 77492), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), IRON OXIDES (CI 77499), FRAGRANCE

IMG_1837Product packaging:
Packaging for Etude House’s BB cushions is very standard but they always come out with limited edition compact cases that are always adorable.  For the regular cushion, it comes in this pearly cream white plastic compact which you push a button to release, and inside is the standard air puff and the refill itself.

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IMG_1840The air puff itself is also very standard with the blue memory foam like sponge for application.  I usually like to take all these air puffs out of the case and into a container so I know which ones I’d have to wash. Unless I’m traveling around with this compact, that is the only time I would leave an air puff in there.

IMG_1841Open up the lid and inside is the cushion itself.  

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Color/ Pigmentation:
These two shades I actually did not get to choose myself since it was just sent to me.  I had no say as to which shades I got sadly.  Surprisingly for the regular formula, natural beige W13 worked quite well for me. When I first started buying BB cushions, I always thought shade 21 or whatever was the lightest shade would work for me but I thought wrong.  For my Mac NC25 with yellow undertone, I needed at least a #23 or whatever was the second lightest.  W13 was a decent match for my skintone but the formula did not work for my liking or my skin type.  For the moist version, I got it in light beige NO2 which in my opinion is way too light for me. If I were to have picked, I would have gotten at least natural beige which in the picture, looks like it could work for me.

In terms of pigmentation, if you have only a little bit of redness here and there to cover, this BB cushion would be decent for you.  With one layer, it reduced a lot of my redness. Wth two layers, it evened my skintone and made it look flawless.

Texture/ Finish:
For the regular formula on my dry skin, it looked way too dry and matte for my liking.  It wasn’t fully matte, more like a satin leaning to the matte side.  Once you scroll down to my demo, you’ll see what I mean when I say it does not work for my skin type. With just one layer, my skin already looked like it got all the moisture sucked out of it and accentuated my smile lines and any uneven skin around my cheeks and forehead.

The moist version was a little better but not that much better.  When I first started using BB cushions, I actually thought that this cushion in the moist version could be a favourite.  However now that I look back after having experience with a lot of other cushion in the market, even the moist version from Etude House’s precious mineral line could not hold it’s own.  Yes it didn’t feel as drying as the regular formula and it also had a bit of glow to it, but it looked more like they just added a few more drops of oil.  The BB cream itself still slightly bunched around and made my skin looks slightly cakey but slightly “dewy/oily” all at the same time.  It is quite an odd sight. 

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IMG_1849Coverage:
These cushions will give you a light to medium coverage and it is also buildable.  I would definitely recommend you build it up with thin layers because it can easily look cakey.  Yes I could have used a really good primer and moisturizer, but I’m not reviewing a good moisturizer here.  I’m reviewing the cushion itself.  If it can’t hold it’s own, whats the point of buying it am I right?

Lasting power:
Both these cushion lasted around the same time for me, 6-8 hours.  When applied, the moist version did leave a slight dewy finish but sets in less then 30 minutes with very little transfer after setting.  The regular version pretty much sucked the moisture out of my skin and looked dryer and dryer as the day went by.  After the 6 hour mark, it did start to fade around the sides of my nose and slightly around the cheek area.

Fragrance?:
Both of these have a slight soapy floral fragrance but it goes away after application.  Smell-o-scale= 4/10.  The scent is not strong at all and doesn’t make me gag.

IMG_1575Okay, the fun part.  Let’s test these out!  
Bonus question: Can you guys recognize what cartoon am I wearing on my T-shirt?  (^~^)
Also excuse my hair in the demo.  I was too lazy to straighten the ends out after I got back from work and my bangs didn’t want to corporate so I just tied them up as punishment.  Now you’ll be able to see my five finger forehead up close and personal HAHA.

IMG_1576First up, the moist version!

IMG_1577My bare skin with zero make up.

My skin type profile:
-lives in an area with Oceanic climate (West coasts; cool & chilly winters, warm summer)
-very dry during fall and winter; dry during spring, normal in summer

Skin concerns:
-hydration for my dry skin
-flakey dead dry skin
-dark under eye circles from lack of sleep
-slight redness around cheek, nose and chin

Things I look for in my base make up:
-hydrating
-dewy finish preferred
-evens out redness around nose, cheek and chin
-does not cling onto dry patches

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IMG_1585I always like to spray a little bit of water onto the air puff so I don’t pick up too much product.  Just apply it with a stamping motion onto your face.

IMG_1587With one layer, it did even out a lot of my redness but there is some imperfections still peaking out around the cheek area.

IMG_1590Before…

IMG_1589After…

IMG_1591The redness around the sides of my nose didn’t get covered for some reason.  I even flattened out my nose to try and get around those corners but even then, it still didn’t get covered.  Very odd…

IMG_1592It doesn’t seem like it on camera, but light beige NO2 is definitely way too light for my liking.  On top of that, it clings onto any uneven skin, making my skin look very white and pastey like I’m painting my face to become a geisha.

IMG_1594Here is the moist version with two layers on the left side of my face.  My skin tone is definitely a lot more even and it actually does a decent job at covering my undereye circles.  Of course, I’d still have to go back into it with an actual color corrector for the purple undertone under my eyes.

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IMG_1600Even though this is the moist version, it doesn’t do a good enough job in terms of hydration.  Look closely around the sides of my nose.  It accentuated every pore there is!

IMG_1602And look around my lip area, UNEVEN.  UGH! ¯\_(⊙︿⊙)_/¯

IMG_1603Okay let’s test out the regular formulation.  Excuse the compact, it was a limited edition compact from Christmas of 2014.  Not sure if you can still get this compact but I’m sure it is floating around the internet somewhere for you to purchase.

IMG_1604I’m not going to like this HAHA, I already know.

IMG_1606Here is two layers.  Again, some amount of coverage, light to medium.

IMG_1607I do not like this at all.  The uneven skin is accentuated a lot around my nose and cheeks, making me look a lot older then I am.

IMG_1608It even made my smile lines visible. Grandma Christina status.

IMG_1609The bb cushion also also gathered weirdly around the sides of my nose which is my pet peeve.

IMG_1610Both sides are almost the same with the moist version is slightly less drying looking but not much difference.

IMG_1612Moist version on left side, regular formulation on the right.  You can be the judge.

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IMG_1728With a full face of make up, the finish looks very matte and dry which is not my preference since I already have dry skin.  From afar, it doesn’t look that bad but up close, no. LOL just no. (Θ︹Θ)ს

Pro:
-affordable
-a well known brand that is easily accessible online
-comes with 3-4 shades to choose from

Con:
-drying on the skin
-accentuate things I don’t want to accentuate
-doesn’t come with refill

Repurchase?:
No

Stars given out of 5:
🌟🌟🌟

Overall thoughts:
After coming back to this cushion, it is clear to me that this cushion formulation is not to my liking anymore.  With both formulations not working well with my dry skin, I cannot recommend this cushion to you guys.  Of course, do take my opinion and experiences with a grain of salt and this could work for you.  Heck, this might even be your holy grail but it is definitely not my favourite anymore.  This is a good cushion to start with for beginners, but I’d recommend my A’pieu Air fit, Missha M magic cushion or Iope to any of you guys out there looking for a hydrating cushion any day!  Etude House’s BB cushions are decent, they are not horrible.  I think these would actually work very well with combination or oily skin (regular formula for you guys) but definitely not the first pick for dry skin.  Overall I give these cushions a passing mark.

What are your thoughts on these cushions?  Have you tried them yourself and what were your experiences like?  What other Etude House cushions have you tried where you had better experiences with?  Let me know in the comments down below!  You know I love to chit chat :).

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    4 Comments

  1. Fiona April 13, 2016 at 9:09 pm Reply

    I laughed at “Grandma Christina status” LOL!!! The limited edition edition case is pretty, but you definitely have some prettier ones in your collection! I wanted to try Etude House but with your review…no thanks! Have you tried the Etude house ones that are in the coloured cases (purple, pink, green I think?) They’re supposed to help with various skin concerns like redness, etc. I’ve been intrigued but haven’t tried. And I know it’s not really a part of this review but I’m super curious what you use for covering the undereye area!!! As for the bonus question…Rugrats?

  2. Midori April 14, 2016 at 4:57 am Reply

    I adore the regular formulation of this cushion and the price makes it even better. I think I’ll try the Missha cushion next! \(^o^)/

    • Christina April 14, 2016 at 9:27 pm Reply

      Glad to know there are some people out there that likes this cushion. It definitely isn’t a bad one, it just wasn’t the right fit for me. 🙂 Definitely try Missha’s next or even A’pieu air fit since there is a matte version now!

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