Etude House Sun Blind Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ Review:
I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for Etude House products, and they remain (as previously mentioned) one of my favourite Korean brands. I know a lot of people dislike their products, but for me their products tend to be inexpensive ones that don’t irritate my skin and generally work out okay. Last summer I was on the hunt for a way to reapply sun screen during the day, because I live in a country with extreme UV rays (all year round) where it’s possible to get sunburnt in ten minutes. Because I am unable to tan, and also have mild rosacea which means I should use sun screen every day and avoid the sun. These issues or factors made me want to have some way to reapply sunscreen over bb cream during the bright sunny summer days. But even people who can tan, should avoid some sun exposure because the UV rays can cause both skin cancer and age our skin.
So, when Etude House released this sun screen cushion designed to be applied over make up, I found myself unable to resist ordering one. While it has different sun screen filters than I usually prefer, I felt that was okay because it’s designed to go over a bb cream or foundation and it won’t be directly in contact with my skin. For once I didn’t buy this for the packaging either, because to be honest I’m not a huge fan of the striped design, but the design doesn’t matter for sunscreen, after all.
+ Etude House Sun Blind Cushion with strong UV protection function can be used before and after wearing makeup, so it can protect skin perfectly from harmful UV rays
+ Even after applying over makeup, it provides a clean finish and keeps skin looking clear by brightening skin tone naturally.
+ Contains Skin calming complex to heal skin stressed by UV rays or air pollutants
Water, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Propanediol, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Phenyl Trimethicone, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Niacinamide, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Trisiloxane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Lecithin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isostearic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
How to use:
1. Apply after finishing your basic skin care routine
2. Pick up certain amount of contents with puff and spread evenly by lightly patting onto skin
3. After going out, apply over makeup every 3-4 hours in a tapping motion
My Skin type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea.
Etude House Sun Blind Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ Review:
This sun screen cushion can be used as your main sun screen or as a way to touch up your sun screen during the day. It isn’t a fancy product, or a product for multiple purposes, instead it is one that is a designed to be a necessary product for everyday use. After all we should be wearing a sun screen every day without fail, and for that reason Etude House designed this in a convenient cushion style.
Cushion compacts are very popular and common for Korean skin care, and a sun screen compact makes perfect sense really, because it makes it easy to carry around and easily fits into your bag. There are no excuses not to reapply sun screen or carry this product around with you!
Also, when you’re out an about – having a cushion makes it hygienic and easy to reapply your sun screen too. So, the packaging really is convenient and well designed for it’s purpose. From that point of view, this cushion sun screen really appeals it to me. It is also the newer cushion compact from Etude House – which is slimmer and less bulky than their earlier cushion compacts.
The compact itself doesn’t open that easily, you have to pull the lid open, and inside there is the cushion puff sitting on a plastic cover (which keeps the sunscreen cushion closed) and a mirror on the top of the compact. Once you’ve finished the sunscreen, you can push the cushion out and replace it with a new refill. The refill also comes with a new cushion puff, which personally I think is great because it isn’t that hygienic to keep reusing the same cushion puff over and over.
Etude House Sun Blind Cushion uses both physical and chemical filters – which is why I prefer to use it over make up and not under. It also contains “skin calming complex” which is apparently made up of Aloe, chamomile, calendula and witch hazel. These extracts are in the ingredient list but whether they actually help calm the skin, is hard to say. Still it is good to have these as well as niacinamide, which should help to brighten skin.
The sun screen cushion has quite a mild scent, it’s hard to explain but I think it has a kind of creamy floral scent? I don’t find it unpleasant because it isn’t a strong scent and it doesn’t linger or bother me when I’ve applied the cushion.
I’ve had this cushion for almost a year now, and what I found was that it isn’t always that easy to apply it over make up. Despite Etude House’s claims that it’s easy to apply over make up, I sometimes find that it removes my bb cream while I’m applying it, my cheeks ended up being pink with a bit of odd whiteness from the sunscreen cushion.
What I found was that you have to apply it with a light touch, and not pat it in too hard. I guess the sunscreen doesn’t brush off easily, but make up or bb cream does, so it needs to be applied carefully. Before applying it (or reapplying it) you should put on some powder so your bb cream isn’t too dewy, that should help prevent the bb cream from coming off.
At first your skin may look a little too pale or white, but after a short time (30 mins maybe) that should fade and your skin should look normal again. However, I can’t guarantee that the white cast will fade for everyone but I think it should. Also, if you have sensitive eyes, maybe avoid your eye area as I’ve found that this sun screen cushion irritated my eyes a little.
However, it does adhere well to my skin, and it doesn’t rub off easily. I find that one pat of the puff into the sun screen cushion gives you a lot of product, and you don’t need much to cover your face, so it’s quite economical.
The sun screen filters in Etude House Sun Blind Cushion are quite high up in the ingredients – second, fourth and sixth, and I haven’t been sunburnt yet so I do think this sun screen works quite well. It probably is a bit too expensive to use as your only sunscreen, but if you use it to reapply during the day I think the price works out quite well for it.
Although I can’t use it around my eyes, and I sometimes had trouble applying it over bb cream, I do find it useful and I have already repurchased a refill for it. I do think it is very useful and it does offer decent protection from the sun, and so for that reason I think it is an essential item for summer, after all we all need a decent way to reapply sunscreen during the day!
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