Thursday, August 29, 2013

REVIEW: IOPE AIR CUSHION XP

PHOTO FROM : http://w2beauty.com
In the beginning of this month, WishTrend contacted me through email and invited me to try a product and answer a questionnaire. They didn’t ask me to write a review about the product. They just wanted to get some feedbacks about it, which I think is really cool. It only shows how serious they are in improving the quality of their products and I’m delighted to have been a part of it. So today’s review as you’ve seen on the title above is about this BB cushion from IOPE.

PRODUCT: IOPE AIR CUSHION XP (N21)
PRICE: $42 (complete package + 1 refill)
PHOTO SENT BY WISHTREND
STORE: It's available online. Two of the online stores I found are these: 
http://www.shopatkorea.com/servlet/the-1352/IOPE-Air-Cushion-XP/Detail
http://w2beauty.com/?fc=module&module=csquickview&controller=csproduct&id_product=9959

PRODUCT CLAIMS: 
It is a moist cushion foundation that blocks UV rays and leaves skin radiant. It contains more than 30% of Mineral Water XP for moist and radiant skin, concentrated mineral water which contains rich mineral that controls oil and moist balance of skin. It nourishes skin and makes skin look healthy and bright.
JUDGMENT: I’ve been using this for half a month now and I really like it. It may not be on top of the game when it comes to coverage – I only say that because my face needs heavy duty coverage, LOL - but it has a lot of good stuff to offer that makes me love it so dearly.

OVERALL RATING: 4.5/5 HEARTS


THE REVIEW:
Let me just put it out there that I really love this product. Yes, I’m someone who always prefers coverage over anything else when it comes to foundation and BB creams but the thing is this product is more than just that. It is a sunblock foundation! How can you go wrong with it? It has SPF 50+/PA+++ which is even way better than my normal go-to sunscreen which only has SPF 30 in it. Not only that, it has other skincare benefits like Mineral Water XP that helps improve the moisture in the skin, Siberia Peptide 6 & Pore Elastomer that aids to convalesce the skin elasticity and take care of the pores, and Vitamin B5, E and P that works in maintaining a healthy glow on our skin.

And except when the weather is really hot and humid, I don’t think a separate setting powder is necessary. Yay! It has a semi-matte finish and it is moisturizing. And lastly, it doesn’t cake up no matter how much you layer it up. I simply love it!

Need more details? Below are the OBSERVATIONS I had when I was testing out the product:

SHADE/TONE:
At first application, I thought it looked so white on my skin but after I have let it sit for a little bit, it blended well into my skin and even complemented my yellow undertone. I also noticed that it effortlessly brightened up my skin which I really liked because then I wouldn’t need to spend so much for brighteners.





PACKAGING:
By simply looking at it, I can say that the packaging is quite chic and classy, needless to say, I like it. It is very appealing for me, something I’d be proud to show off to my girlfriends. However, if it is travel friendly is another story as I’m not too sure yet at this point. I have never owned a pressed powder or a two-way cake foundation as bulky as this, but I’m not a close-minded person. New innovations like this always entice me so I don’t think putting a stunningly designed makeup product like this in my clutch when I go out with friends would be an issue



COVERAGE:
Here are my findings after the first three consecutive days of testing out the product:

On Day 1, I went with 2 layers and it gave me medium coverage. It concealed my redness and lightened up my dark under-eye circles. It lightened the redness of my pimples (I had active breakouts when I tested this) but did not conceal the spots completely. Probably if I went with one more layer it could have done that.

On Days 2 and 3 I used a primer before applying this foundation and set it with a setting spray (MAC FIX+) and powder. I can say that the coverage improved when I used a primer beneath it although it still was unable to conceal my active breakout right under my nose and above my lips. It’s not an issue for me though because that’s what concealers are for.


**It gave me the coverage I need to even out my complexion but not 
enough to cover up my active breakouts.**

TEXTURE & FINISH:
It's definitely not sticky and right off the bat, it feels very moisturizing. Right after application, I can feel that it’s truly doing its job in hydrating my face. It is very light-weight; it’s as if I’m wearing my second skin. After it has sit into my skin for a little while, I noticed that it dried down with an almost powdery texture yet it didn’t feel dry on my skin but rather smooth and with a healthy glow.

On Day 1, I used it without setting it with powder or spray to really test its longevity, texture and coverage all throughout the day. As for the finish it gave me, it’s more of a satin/semi-matte and I’m totally impressed. How can a face-product as moisturizing as this leaves me a semi-matte finish? It’s amazing, I should say.

On Days 2 and 3, the texture is even better especially when it’s applied on top of a face primer and set with a setting spray and powder. I didn’t feel on any part of the day that my skin was dry nor was it oily. I actually really like it.

LONGEVITY:
On Day 1, I didn’t use any primer or a spray/powder to set it on my skin but it lasted for 5 hours without me getting oily, thus no retouching necessary.

On Days 2 and 3, I used a primer beneath it and set it with spray and powder. It lasted for the whole day (8hours). I didn’t blot nor touch up in between. I didn’t even get shiny. It’s really impressive.

SCENT:
I'm not sure if this product claims to be fragrance-free as it is clearly not in my opinion. I catch a perfume-ish scent every time I’m applying it but it doesn’t bother me because it’s not that strong. I always have issues with cosmetics that have fragrance but this particular product is one of my very few exceptions.

DO I RECOMMEND THIS?
YES, especially if you don’t have enough time on your hands to make a full face makeup because with this kind of foundation your time for putting on makeup will be decreased considerably. And c'mon! The skincare benefits this BB cushion has is worth sharing and raving about!

WOULD I REPURCHASE THIS?
I absolutely would if I don’t currently own a lot of foundation and BB creams right now.

FINAL THOUGHTS?
I’m glad I was sent this product. I enjoyed testing it and finding new good things about it every time I use it. Whenever I have it on my face, it feels like I have a naturally flawless and healthy glowing skin that doesn’t even need retouching which makes me all the more proud that I get to have the experience of trying it. And every time I look at its packaging, my lips just instinctively curve into a smile because its stylish design is just really nice to look at. Overall, it’s a great product and I hope it will be available here in Singapore beauty bars/counters really soon.


Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free to participate in a survey and not to write a review about it. I wrote this review because I truly love the product and feel that other people should know about it too.

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