New 2017 IOPE Air Cushion Review:
I am always extremely excited to try Spring products. They are focused on both sticky weather and pollution, and are especially made to fight, or at least resist those things. Of course, Winter destroys our skins when it’s dry, but in Korea the weather changes completely in three weeks, so we need a quick adaptation. As such, I was extremely excited to know the new IOPE air cushion was re-launched, and at a discount price! So I got the cushion and will walk you through the process of choosing it, and then the actual review part!
- UV protection, wrinkle improvement, whitening.
- Cover: Light adherence to the skin that shines brightly from every angle. Bio water + 3D prisms + hydration protection
- Natural: Glossy skin expression that shines naturally like water. Bio water + 3D prisms + hydration protection
- Intense Cover: Closely covers skin imperfections, giving a smooth and flawless skin expression. Bio water
- Matte Longwear: Smoothens the skin expression and lasts for a long time without any shine. Compact fitting system + Bio water
Purified Water, Zinc Oxide, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Butyleneglycol Dicaprylate , Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Niacinamide, Lauryl Pyridine-9 Polydimethylsiloxy Ethyl Chlidecicone, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Glycine, Glucose, Glutamic Acid, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer Lecithin, Lecithin, Leucine, Lipase, Magnesium Gluconate, Methionine, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Valine, Butyleneglycol, Serine, Sodium Glycerol Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Cysteine, Citric Acid, Silica, Adenosine, Acetylglucosamine, Aspartic Acid, Acrylate / Ethylhexyl Acrylate / Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Alanine, Aluminum Hydroxide, Arginine, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, , Urea, Uric Acid, Isoleucine, Isostearic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Red Iron Oxide, Capryliliglycol, Calcium Gluconate, Creatine, Chitosan, Tyrosine, Threonine, Trehalose, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyisinolate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Polysilicon-11, Polyhydroxy Stearic Acid, Proline, Pca, Synthetic Fluorine, Flossite, Fragrance, Yellow Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Histidine
(I give this one as an example, you can’t add all 4 colors for all 4 types in the ingredient list TT_TT can you?)
Volume: 15 g per refill
How to use:
Use as the base make-up or as a foundation. Can be used as a re-application of sun protection during the day and as a make-up re-touching step.
My Skin Type: Oily T, dry U, sensitive, blemishes easily, and allergic.
New 2017 IOPE Air Cushion SPF50+ PA+++ Review:
Although I already knew what cushion I wanted, since I have tried the previous versions a lot of times, I went to the store and played dumb, and asked for help. So that I could hear the explanation about each of them, from someone who really knows what they are talking about!
First off, what is Bio Water? It’s a characteristic of all of the IOPE cushions. IOPE patents usually are called Bio-”something” and this one is one of those. Bio water is the way they found of keeping your face hydrated throughout the day! I’ll show you results of that later.
And what are 3D prisms? They’re a characteristic of the Cover and Natural cushion. They are what makes your face shine naturally no matter what angle you look from.
Koreans care particularly about skin shine, it has to be pretty and natural, but not oily. As if you have put highlighter on literally all the high points of your face!
Unless, of course, you’re looking for a matte or a classic look, but those are exceptions. You know that triangle that represents a crystal, with the rainbow representing the diffusion of light? That’s what the 3D prism aims to do on your skin: diffuse the light.
The first thing to do, said the store worker, is to decide what type of coverage you want.
There’s Cover, Natural, Intense Cover, and Matte Longwear.
–>Cover is on the stronger side, and has a little natural skin shine.
–>Natural is a natural, light coverage, and it shines basically according to your skin, needs to be touched up during the day.
–>Intense cover is the strongest coverage, it shines naturally but unlike the Cover version it shows no skin imperfections at all.
–>Matte Longwear is, as the name says, matte and it has medium coverage, lasting the whole day.
Cover and Intense cover need to be touched up depending on each person’s skin type and activities, but the other two generally are as I described. I personally prefer natural coverage.
The store worker also said the Cover cushion has a slightly pinker tone than the others. It’s very discreet and it doesn’t change much to most people, but (for examples) on Caucasians with very white skin where everything turns pink (cold, pimples, everything) it’s slightly better than a beige tone.
Then she said we should choose the tone. You can see a gentle difference on my arm. Number 13 is incredibly light, it’s lighter than the lighter part of my wrist! Which is already half a tone lighter than most my skin.
Number 21 is my tone, so you really can’t see much of a difference. It’s also the tone of most people in Korea, or at least the tone they prefer to wear (to make their face tone slightly lighter). Number 23 is too dark for me, it’s darker than the darkest part of my inner arm, as you can see. So, for me the right number is 21.
My summer color (I try to tan but it doesn’t work well because of my skin allergies) is something in between a 21 and a 23. All cushion types come also in a 21C color, which is mainly pink.
Since my skin is neutral, neither pink nor yellow tones are good for it – a perfectly central beige or vanilla is ideal.
So, I purchased this cushion in Natural, number 21 vanilla. I admit, the IOPE packaging can be boring (just like an iPhone, they barely change their design), but they have their charm.
If you already have a cushion box and intend on purchasing a refill you have to check because not all their previous models fit with the new cushion! So, always double check.
The size is the most comfortable hand size for a cushion. I know they usually are around the same size but since this one has round corners it fits perfectly. These are the wonders of good design – form and function!
A simple snapshot of the puff. I don’t particularly care about the IOPE puff, it’s good but it’s not amazing. But since I know lots of people want to see the puffs up close, I added this shot.
To peel off this protection it seems a little trickier than most cushions out there. But it really is not, just give it a tug on the transparent plastic, it’s just “more protected” than other cushions.
When I first saw the promotional shots of the cushion I thought they were trying to copy the Clio N*dism cushion but with smaller balls, however now I (and you) can see it’s just an update on the classic IOPE cushion. Matte long wear and Intense cover have smaller balls.
The cushion does have a smell, it smells like perfume. It’s as strong as a Nivea blue bottle sun cream. However, since you use an incredible small amount of product (compared to a sun cream, I had to put my nose “in” the cushion to see how intense it was) on the skin it doesn’t smell that intense, it smells as intense as your average BB cream (like the one from La Roche Posay and Garnier).
This is how the natural cover works for me. Since my skin doesn’t have many troubles (in quantity, not quality – they are really red and swollen), when I do have some I would rather use concealer and then a natural coverage cushion.
I have to reapply this cushion at around half the day, however it doesn’t get affected by sweating, nor does it brush off easily just because my skin produces oil!
Most cushions easily come out when you sweat or produce oil, but this one will only come out in those cases if you clean it off by scrubbing – when you do it by patting it doesn’t come out much!
I would say this is because of the Bio Water. Usually, on a normal day or with most BB and CC creams, foundations and cushions I have tried, my skin gets more “extreme”.
The dry parts get drier to the point it’s uncomfortable, the oily parts get oilier to the point it’s embarrassing. As most beauty experts say “most of your skin problems can be fixed with proper hydration” and whereas your skin care helps achieve that, your makeup should also help.
The Bio Water patent hydrates your skin so that it won’t feel attacked by the product you’re wearing (in this case the cushions). Along with the “hydration protection” it gives a healthy glow by locking the hydration in your skin, and alone it prevents your skin from drying throughout the day, without being seen (just for fun, let’s call it ninja hydration)
These are the results of a settling test to see how each of the different formulas settled on the skin, and how long it lasted. As soon as I applied the cushions my skin was pretty flawless.
The reason why you can see a skin tone difference on my skin’s center and edges is because I used a number 21 on the lightest part of my skin (which is a 13). I thought the difference would show the results more obviously.
After walking for one hour in the sun you can see that the Cover and Natural cushions blended well with the skin regardless of the skin tone difference.
The Intense cover and Matte longwear stayed the same. After 3 more hours, the Cover and Natural cushions had a slight settling on the wrinkles of my skin, but you can only see it because of the skin tone vs cushion color difference. It is very light and almost unperceptive.
I lack a photo because it became dark and the camera wasn’t capturing the result – after 2 more hours the Intense cover also lost a little of its coverage power and shows settling lines on my wrinkles. Because the coverage is so intense these lines will actually show on a normal skin tone + cushion combination. The Matte longwear cushion at this point also showed some settling lines on the wrinkles but it still has most of its coverage.
This was a simple hydration test, since the cushions all have Bio Water. The Natural cushion has the biggest amount of hydration (since it has less powder for coverage), and the Matte longwear cushion should have the least. Right after I applied them, they both looked and felt quite good on the skin (I know the matte cushion doesn’t fit me, matte products and dehydrated oily skin is a horrible combination).
And 4 hours after applying them, the Natural cushion was still looking glow-y, and the Matte cushion settled on the grease of my skin (mattes and oily skin), however they both keep the hydration they first had.
The matte one ends up looking quite different, I wouldn’t advise dry skin to use it, but at least it doesn’t feel dry at all, and it did stay matte until the very end.
I’m so glad I got to purchase this cushion at a friendly price, because it’s quality really is worth the price! Even though I would normally not be able to afford the normal price – I would rather save money and purchase this for special occasions and save elsewhere!
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Have you tried New 2017 Spring IOPE Air Cushion SPF50+ PA+++? What is your favorite cushion foundation?
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