[REVIEW] The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Radiant White Moisture Cushion Foundation #21

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Radiant White Moisture Cushion Foundation #21 Review:

Normally I look at limited edition cushions and wonder why people would buy them. Until of course I saw pictures of this spring limited edition cushion. I couldn’t help but fall in love with the design at the first sight, yup it’s official I go crazy over cherry blossom (sakura) designs. Oops. At first, I resisted the urge to buy this, because it is certainly a luxury item and very pricey! It sat in my cart for a week while I decided whether to buy it or not.

In the end the design won me over, but also the fact that it came with a refill, and a loose powder sample made me decide to just buy it. I wouldn’t usually buy something this expensive and luxurious, but luckily, that week I got a bonus from my job so I was feeling rich enough to buy this. The fact that I got the bonus made me feel like it was a sign to buy this cushion. (Is it obvious I was looking for any excuse to buy this? Heh.) If you’re curious to see whether it is was worth it to buy this luxury limited edition cushion, keep reading…


+ Contains as many active agents as the Whitening Ampoule to keep the skin bright and glowing

+ Contains 130% more moisturizing agents that hydrate the skin with each application

+ Particles wear like a second skin as they cover imperfections for a youthful finish


Main/Star ingredients:

Royal White Ginseng, x3 concentrate Pearl Wild Ginseng™, White Ginseng Ceramide, Seol-gam-san, Chil-hyang-pal-baek-san, chrysanthemum water

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Radiant White Moisture Cushion Foundation #21 Review

Volume: 15gm + 15gm refill

How to use:

Take an appropriate amount, apply smoothly, and lightly tap to absorb.

My Skin Type: Dry, easily dehydrated skin with mild rosacea

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Radiant White Moisture Cushion Foundation #21 Review:

I bought the spring limited edition version of this cushion, but The History of Whoo also sells this cushion with normal packaging too. So, you won’t always be able to buy this version (unless you find it on eBay) but the one with normal packaging.

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Radiant White Moisture Cushion Foundation #21 Review

The limited edition though is incredibly beautiful – you can see in the photos I took. It has mother of pearl(?) under the silver (plastic) flower details. Honestly, I think it’s more beautiful than in pictures, maybe it doesn’t appeal to everyone but I think it’s utterly gorgeous. Design aside I suppose I should talk about the packaging and other aspects of it.

Surprisingly it’s a very large cushion compact, but it’s very very light! All of cushions from The History of Whoo come with a refill, so even if they are expensive at least they come with a refill. The cushion itself feels a bit flimsy, I mean the plastic cover covering the foundation cushion, it wobbles when I open the plastic which is a bit disappointing considering the cushion is so expensive.

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Radiant White Moisture Cushion Foundation #21 Review

The cushion puff is a light beige color, just a normal cushion puff really. And the expiry date is printed on the bottom of the cushion. I haven’t noticed a fragrance on the cushion, but if it does have one I think it would be a hanbang type scent, something like ginseng, which may appeal to everyone or not.

I couldn’t find the ingredients for this cushion (only for #23 which might be a bit different). But the main/star ingredients of this cushion foundation seem to be the following components:

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– Chrysanthemum indicum
– Chil Hyang Pal Baek San
– Seol gam san

Like me you’re probably looking at those going “okay and what on Earth are those?” Well unfortunately The History of Whoo doesn’t go into huge detail although they do briefly explain what they are made up of.

Chrysanthemum indicum is an ingredient that is meant to help improve freckles and block melanin synthesis. It also is meant to bright dull skin and help get rid of hidden blemishes and melasma. Well, I’m doubtful if a foundation cushion can actually achieve these results, but I suppose if you use it every day it might? Apparently, it is a new whitening agent that is now internationally patented.

Chil Hyang Pal Baek San is an oriental herbal medicine that was prescribed for the royal family for whitening. This isn’t surprising – after all The History of Whoo’s products are supposedly based on traditional herbal medicine/skincare that the Korean royal family used.

Chil Hyang is made of the following herbs: Eugenia Caryphyllata, Sandalwood, Clove, Elecampame, Nardostachys Chinensis Batalin, Citrus Reticulata and Agarwood which also apparently help inhibit melanin production. If this was a serum or essence, I might be more inclined to believe this herbal “medicine” could have that effect, but in a foundation I’m sceptical since we don’t know how much of this is even in the foundation.

Pal Baek San is made up of the following herbs: Paeonia Japonica, White Ginseng, Poria, Blettia Rhizome, Ampelopsis Radix, Gingko Biloba, White Atractylodes, Tribulus Terrestris. These herbs apparently make the skin glossy and white and helps improve skin tone.

Seol Gam San is another herbal prescription for the royal family. The History of Whoo say that this herbal medicine is recreating Yang Gui Fei’s (historical Chinese Imperial Consort) “secret beauty treatment for her porcelain-like skin”.

They explain that the herbs are mixed with “sweetness” (no idea what “sweetness” is meant to be?) and the combination provides nutrients to the skin and helps to keep the skin tone bright and glowing. Again, it is meant to help darkening pigments (melanin). This herbal compound is made up of the following ingredients: Lychee, Longan, Fructus Jujubae, Polyonatum, Discorea Batatas. Unlike the previous ones this one seems to be mainly made from fruits (lychee and longan).

I didn’t look up each herb, because I don’t see how a foundation can really help whiten and improve the skin. Maybe the cushion will prove me wrong, but again I think I need to use this every day for months to see some kind of effect like this and I doubt it would last that long.

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Radiant White Moisture Cushion Foundation #21 Review

Now for the most important part, my personal impression of this cushion. You can see from the swatches that the color is a bit dark for me. Surprisingly the cushion is actually quite pink (compared to any other’s I’ve tried) and so it matches my skin perfectly.

The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang: Seol Radiant White Moisture Cushion Foundation #21 Review

Although sadly it is a bit too dark for my face, it’s okay in direct sunlight but in the shade, it looks quite odd unless I put it on my neck. There is a lighter shade which probably would match me perfectly (#17) but naturally I was unable to find it anywhere. That said because this is pink toned, it actually doesn’t look too bad on me.

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Wearing this cushion, I have to say the formula is simply perfect (at least for me). It doesn’t feel heavy or sticky, I feel like I have nothing at all on my face. I heard this cushion was dewy, so I thought I would need to powder it. But in fact, the “dewiness” of this cushion is perfect, it doesn’t look oily like some “dewy” cushions, but rather has a subtle glow. You can’t see it in the swatches (my skin is too dry?) but on my face it gives it a radiant glow.

Even if it is too dark for me, I think it actually is okay because it makes me look healthy, and glowing. My face is naturally too pink or too white, so that I look dull (when I’m not pink) and so pale like a corpse. This is one reason why I prefer using slightly darker make up, because then I look more like a normal person (lol).

The foundation has a much nicer formula than the Etude House cushions, I guess that is why it is so expensive. Honestly, I am so impressed with the finish of this cushion, it’s the first time I’ve seen my face glowing like this. And I love the fact that even if I touch my face it doesn’t feel sticky, but smooth and no foundation comes of on my fingers. The coverage is quite light but it looks incredibly natural, and better than my bb creams. Although I usually find that cushions look more natural on me than bb creams.

In conclusion I am so glad I bought this cushion because the design is so beautiful, but even more amazingly I think the foundation itself is utterly perfect. I used to think that “dewy” meant my face was unbearably sticky making hair stick to my face, and my skin would look too oily as well.

But this is dewy on another level, it’s a subtle glow that simply makes my skin look healthy (and not too oily). Maybe it was a mistake to buy this cushion, because now my poor wallet is going to suffer a lot, especially when I decide to buy another one of these cushions.

So yes, I’m definitely planning to repurchase this cushion (or a refill). I’d like to try the lighter shade, but honestly, I like finish of this foundation cushion so much that I’d purchase the #21 again. The fact that it is pink toned is amazing too and oops I’m really gushing about this cushion, I guess it’s obvious how much I like it.

I think this cushion would be okay for all skin types at least during winter, but it might be too dewy in summer for oily and combination skin? But it’s probably best for people with normal or dry skin and those who don’t mind a dewy finish.

Where to buy:

Amazon Prime | eBay | Yesstyle

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