Yoohoo~! It’s Friday, and ’tis time to think happy thoughts – and also review happy products! I’d actually bought this a month ago from Korea, and I am sort of kicking myself for waiting this long before using it. Guys, this is THE cushion.
Hera Black Cushion
using Shade 21
The Packaging: A classy black and gold compact casing (that’s strangely remniscent of YSL’s cushion). There are iridiscent gold specks in the black portion of the case, while the latch that opens it is matte (vs the rest of the gold portion that is glossy). That aside, it contains your usual puff, airlock tray that holds the puff and an inbuilt mirror. The sponge is the first-gen soft types (unlike the new ones launched by Laneige that are a little denser). The case is not compatible with Hera’s UV Mist Cushion, new-gen Laneige BB Cushion, previous-gen Laneige BB cushion (or anything else for that matter).
The Scent: Unlike its cousin the UV Mist Cushion, this doesn’t have any fragrances – it has a somewhat mild scent but nothing that’s really scentsorial.
The Texture/Finish: Guys, this is GOOD. Finally, here is a cushion that gives high coverage, matte finish, creates a bright and radiant finish while covering most enlarged pores and smoothening the surface of the skin. It’s not a full matte finish, but the glow is a good 5-10%, so it means you get that radiance at strategic locations such as your nose bridge and cheeks.
The Verdict:I’ve always had a major beef with Korean cushion foundations being overly glowy/radiant/shiny – which I can’t blame them for, because it was initially created and marketed to Koreans,and that country is as dry as Donald Trump is orange. But this, this, thissss. It gives that beautiful finish that hides most imperfections, including dark eye circles. The finish is a matte that’s not overly drying, and the oil control is surprisingly strong for a cushion-type product – I only needed to blot after about 5 hours or more. This is a pro, but there is a slight con – it can look slightly dry towards the end of the day, so be sure to moisturise your skin thoroughly prior to application (or apply a hydrating primer), especially if you’ve got dry skin. Otherwise, a mist might help slightly (but go easy on it). It doesn’t oxidise nor get cakey, yay! I also love that it holds up well in this hot and humid climate. One thing to note – this is slightly fairer than usual, so I went one shade up from 13 to 21. I’m barely halfway into my first refill, and I’m already planning to get my second cushion already. Hohoho – go get yours naooo.