UGHHHH I am buzzed about this product. I recently received this brand new Cosrx cushion at the Seoul Blogger Brunch and my excitement was REAL (it was a swag bag gift, and was not sponsored, but check out my Disclaimer for further details on gifted products). I’ve been obsessed with Cosrx for a good few years now. Their skincare is absolutely on point, and to see this makeup product was like a dream come true (yes I sound dramatic but real). Here is my review after a few weeks of use!
FYI this product is currently only available exclusively on Style Korea. It will be launching in Korea before the Chuseok holiday (first week of October), and on the global market by mid-October.
Product Details & Ingredients
Full name: Cosrx Clear Fit Blemish Cushion
“Clear Fit Blemish Cushion conceals skin concerns effectively. Centella Asiatica Extract care your skin relaxed (not sure of the use of English here…) and soothed so it is safe to use for sensitive skin concerned. This lightweight formula also provides ideal protection from the sun’s harmful rays with broad spectrum SPF 47 UVA/UVB sunscreen while color stays true and wears evenly.”
So it’s a base makeup product that also contains soothing extracts and sunscreen.
Note- you should never, in my opinion, be relying on your makeup for sun protection. I do not believe you can apply enough makeup to effectively protect your skin from the sun’s rays. Really.
Amount: 15g with no refill
Titanium Dioxide, Centella Asiatica Leaf Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, CI 77492, Niacinamide, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Trimethyl-Isiloxysilicate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Chloride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid,1,2-Hexanediol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, CI 77491, Caprylyl Glycol, CI 77499, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Adenosine, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Water, Ethylhexylglycerin, Madecassoside
Now there are a lot of nice extracts and potentially beneficial skincare elements (such as madecassoside, niacinamide, adenosine), however as I’d be applying this over a sunscreen, I wouldn’t expect those ingredients to do much for my skin, as I doubt they can penetrate through. Buuut it’s fine, I’m not looking for skincare from makeup. The soothing elements may be calming. And yes, although sun protection (titanium dioxide) is a good extra, I would not be solely relying on it to protect my skin.
Watch out for the silicones if that’s something you’re sensitive to.
How to Use (as per the box)
1.Open the Clear Fit Blemish Cushion and remove the safety seal.
2.Gently press on the sponge with the puff and apply proper amounts of contents on the puff
3.Spread it evenly and lightly by patting onto the face with the puff.
4.Apply another layer for more coverage.
I adore the aesthetics of the packaging. It’s sleek, black, and perfectly represents the minimalism of Cosrx and their general monochromatic color scheme.
The compact itself is smooth, semi-matte, and feels easy in the hand. It’s a square shape, which is different to most cushions, and it means the mirror is slightly larger.
The puff is a unusual deep grey colour, and of higher quality than many. It has a grip feel on the band, making it easier to hold and apply.
Something I have noticed is that the sponge within my compact (which holds the product) seems to protrude a little, resulting in transfer of product to the protective casing that covers it. Although this isn’t a huge issue, as I can wipe the product off, it still makes the compact look a little messy inside. It may not be the same in every compact-I’d be interested to know.
Another tiiiiny gripe is that although the matte finish on the outer casing looks gorgeous, if I have even a touch of makeup residue on my fingers, it clings to the compact and is a little difficult to clean off. I also wonder if the case will scratch easily…time will tell!
Application, Texture & Scent
You press the puff into the cushion and apply like any regular cushion- patting the product into your skin and blending.
I’ve found that for my first few weeks of use, I’ve been pressing too hard into the sponge and waaaay more product has been on the puff than I need. You barely need to apply any pressure to pick up the product, so there’s clearly quite a lot held within the compact. Be light-handed for your first few tries! This isn’t a negative- needing only one press of the puff for almost a whole face is fantastic.
Like I said, the puff is easy to handle, and thin enough to get into all nooks and crannies of the face.
The texture of the product is much more like foundation than I expected. It’s a lot thicker than many cushions I’ve tried, and depending on your preferences, that could be a positive or negative. As I’ve recently moved towards preferring more full, albeit still natural-looking, coverage, this formula suits my wants. It’s still easy to pat into skin and blend out, as long as you don’t pick up too much product on the puff. It’s possible to go for a light layer, or build layers for more coverage.
When you open the case you get an immediate waft of tea tree scent. I happen to love that smell, so it’s fine for me, but once it’s on my face and the rest of my makeup is finished, I can’t detect it.
Shade & Colour
There are only two shades available which is, sob, normal for K-beauty. I’m personally using shade 21, Bright Beige. The other choice is 23, Natural Beige, which you can see Christina test out in her review over on Christina Hello.
Buuuut this is where the product doesn’t completely suit my skin, and probably many others. The undertones of #21 (I haven’t swatched #23) are very yellow.
Surprisingly, using base products to balance it, and with proper blending, I’ve somehow managed to make it work, but if I had just swatched it in a shop I probably wouldn’t have purchased. I was really concerned I wouldn’t be able to wear it, but obviously I have, and it’s going to depend on your skin. I naturally have pink undertones in my skin, so I usually steer clear of yellow toned products.
Finish and Coverage
Ummm the coverage…amazing. Probably the best cushion I’ve ever used for coverage. It’s much more like foundation, like I said earlier. The sheerness of many Korean cushions is a frequent complaint I hear from western cushion buyers- that minimal, sheer look is definitely more Korean-style. This cushion stands out because in Korean terms, it’s full coverage, and I’d say even in western terms, still mid-full coverage. (Remember I rarely use western base products, so my judgement is largely based in K-beauty). It’s definitely not sheer!
The finish is quite surprising. For some reason I expected matte, but it’s not. With my normal/combination skin, it’s turned out much more dewy than I thought. I do have to set it with powder (as I have in the full make up face photo above), but it’s perfect for my personal preferences. Glow girl, glow.
The lasting power is decent! It doesn’t claim to be long lasting, but it’s working for me. By the end of the day, with no top ups, I’m a little shiny and the coverage wears in the normal places for my normal/combination skin (chin, nose creases, etc), but overall it’s lasting well. It’s easy and convenient to carry cushions around for top ups anyway, so it doesn’t bother me too much as long as it makes it to about a four hour mark (which this definitely does, and beyond).
I reeeally like this cushion. I’ve highlighted the only downsides for me (the extreme yellow undertones and the odd sponge shape in my compact), but they’re really minor because I love the coverage and finish. Although the undertones aren’t great, I’ve managed to make it work, and it’s worth it for the coverage option. The coverage really is fantastic, as is the wear time.
I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, so I can’t really comment on how it performs is for those who do, but the formula does feel pleasant on my face. I also can’t really comment on the soothing effect…I usually combat that during my skincare routine, and as I don’t suffer with irritated or angry skin, my makeup doesn’t really play a role in soothing.
The product comes in at $24 on Style Korean, which is an okay price IMO, although if I’m being greedy, I’d have liked a refill with that. Ultimately this is a fantastic addition to my cushion collection, and one I’ll be reaching for frequently. Nice one, Cosrx!
Giveaway! THIS GIVEAWAY HAS FINISHED. Winner is Maddie G! Sooo, I do have one of these cushions in shade 23, Natural Beige, (gifted at the Blogger Brunch) which I’d love to giveaway to you guys! This isn’t affiliated with Cosrx or any other company, but simply a giveaway from me because I cannot use shade 23. Prize: A Cosrx Clear Fit Blemish Cushion in shade 23, Natural Beige, plus some random goodies and samples. Rules are as follows: 1.Sign up to my newsletter, and check your Junk Folder in case it goes there (the sign-up option is on the right hand tool bar ——>). 2.Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Cosrx product (if you haven’t tried any, let me know which you’d like to try). 3.The giveaway closes on Tuesday September 19th at 11.59pm Korean time. Any comments after this time will be disqualified. 4.The winner will be chosen using a random generator. 5.You must be over 18 to enter. 6.This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY provided Korea Post ships to your country. And that’s it! I will notify you guys of the winner in several ways- I will reply to your comment on this post informing you you have won, I will send out an email newsletter announcing the winner (check your junk folder), and I will edit this post to announce, all on Wednesday September 20th. The winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. Disclaimer: • I am in no way responsible for lost/damaged packages, or customs charges • I am not responsible for any adverse effects you may encounter from using the products included in the prize- be wise and know your skin • Your entry in this giveaway confirms your understanding and acknowledgement of the rules and this disclaimer
So excited for one of you to try this cushion too! For a detailed review of shade 23, and how the cushion functions on dry skin, please do check out Christina’s post (and her awesome blog generally!).