Monday, August 15, 2016

[Review] April Skin Magic Snow Cushion Pink SPF50+ PA+++

I can't believe it's the middle of August already! I disappeared for a moment due to job searching (still no job), but glad to be back again. Today I'll be talking about my go-to cushion for everyday, the April Skin Magic Snow Cushion Pink ($19.29) in the color "Green" courtesy of BB Cosmetic. I've been obsessed with watching color correcting makeup on YouTube lately, so I was excited to try out this particular cushion. This is a "tone corrector" meant to be used alongside your regular foundation/bb cream, but I typically use it by itself.

According to April Skin, this cushion should match your skin perfectly while keeping you moisturized and cake-free!
The cushion comes in 4 colors that are meant to help "fix" different skin problems:
Based on the descriptions of the each color, I knew "Green" would be the best one to try out for my skin. My face tends to get irritated and red during the day due to the humid and hot environment, and I thought that using this would help even out my crappy skin inflammation problems.
Depending on your skin type and concerns, you can either chose to wear this alongside with or without regular bb cream. Personally, I think that's overkill for my face. I'm not one to care about my under eye circles ( I say just let them be seen), so I usually skip concealer unless I have a huge red pimple lurking somewhere or a new blemish. I ended up using this cushion by itself most days and set it the NYX HD Finishing Powder in "Mint Green". Yes, you read that correctly. I add the color green twice on my face. 
The first thing I noticed when I opened it was that it wasn't that green, which was great. It was a pale mint green color, heading almost towards white. However, my skin didn't look pale or sickly when applying this. In fact, it blended quite nicely with my skin. 


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For those that deal with ice pick scars and large pores like myself,
I use a silicon based primer to "fill in" and "blur" my acne scars, and apply the cushion on top of it.
Silicon primers work really well for me as it's like putting putty on top of your scars to even out the surface.
There was still slight redness peaking through and it didn't hide all my imperfections, but that wasn't what I was trying to achieve with this product. I wanted something that would give me minimal coverage, yet lightweight since it's just ridiculously hot outside. 

The reason why I chose to use this cushion by itself is because despite the coverage being really light, the tone correction works really well. Also, since this is meant for more dry skin types, I didn't want to overload my oily face with too many products. I feel like constantly covering your acne and scars is counterproductive since you're not really letting your skin breathe to heal properly. 

Side note: the cushion case itself makes a pretty nice mirror,
which is why I couldn't directly take a picture of the top of it without showing a reflection.
Pros:
  • Evens out skin tone and brightens the face really well
  • Lightweight 
  • Moisturizing (great for those with dry skin types)
  • Extremely natural and does not cake 
  • Claims that puff is anti-microbial, so I'll believe it is
Cons:
  • Very light coverage
  • No oil control (bad for those with oily skin types)
  • Staying power isn't the best, but that might be because it's 100 degree outside
(4/5)
I've been using it almost everyday for the past couple of weeks, and I find that it works nicely for me by itself. However if you do get to try it, don't immediately disregard it for having terrible coverage because you are supposed to use bb cream to cover some "rough" areas. For days that I do want extra coverage, I use a simple stick concealer. Unfortunately for me, it does make me oily because it's super moisturizing. Despite that, it looks natural and I don't mind the oiliness too much because it doesn't cake since it's not actual foundation (more like a lightening base). I'm giving it a 4 out of 5 because it does exactly what it's meant to do, which is cover up majority of your redness. It's perfect for those that have dry skin and are looking to even out your complexion. 

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Do you use any color correcting makeup? Do you find it works for you?
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