Product: MISSHA M Magic Cushion in shade No. 23 Natural Beige
Price: $9.27 (Amazon link) | $19.00 (Official US MISSHA link)
Review: I've only been using this for a total of two days but I really really like this cushion compact so far. It brightens my skin, gives me a natural dewy finish, and provides buildable coverage if needed. I have it in the shade No. 23 which is just a hair too light for me but I tend to keep my base bright in comparison to the rest of my skin so it didn't really bother me. For reference, I am shade Punjab in the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation. Like the majority of Korean brands, there aren't many shade choices in the range. For this, there are three shades available: No. 21 Light Beige, No. 23 Natural Beige, and No. 27 Honey Beige. The darkest shade, Honey Beige, isn't darker so much as it is slightly warmer in tone compared to the two other shades. If you're darker than me, you won't be able to find a shade match. One thing I really dislike about Korean brands is how limited their shade ranges are in terms of skin tone. I understand that the majority of their consumers are quite light skinned, but it's obtuse to not include any darker shades.
Other than that, I really like this. Before this product, I didn't have any cushion compacts. I thought they were messy and I already have quite a few BB creams that I haven't even run out of but I decided to get this one because it's the same formula of the fan-favorite MISSHA BB Cream. I think having to apply it in taps with the puff definitely makes the skin look more natural and less caked on. There's also a luminous radiant finish to this formula which I love. I've been favoring more glowy finishes for my base so this was a happy surprise. The formula for this includes witch hazel which is a great ingredient because it won't irritate your skin and will instead soothe and calm the skin. The formula is supposed to be able to absorb sweat and sebum so that your makeup lasts longer but I tend to get a tiny bit oily in my T-zone so I still set that and my undereye with loose powder just in case. Turns out that was a smart move on my part. Because of the luminous finish, I do think that a touch of powder to set the T-zone and any parts of the face that are more likely to crease is a good idea if you have even a touch of oily skin. I recommend this product if you're thinking about getting into Korean makeup but aren't sure what to get. There are A LOT of different BB Creams, CC Creams, cushion compacts, jelly compacts, etc. on the market and more to come. This product is a tried and true formula that is quite popular within the KBeauty community and it's one that I'd recommend wholeheartedly. Plus, MISSHA doesn't test on animals which is always A+ in my books.
This is what the cushion compact looks like on my face after 6 hours of wear in natural light. I wore this to work and I'm still wearing it as I'm typing up this post. It's held up well and I've only had to powder once since I got home and that was just on my T-zone where, like I had said before, am oilier than on the rest of my face. I thought that it would look "cakey" around my nose and mouth but it actually looked quite nice. Even with powder, the finish still looked like skin.