korean bb cushion review april skin snow cushion missha m magic cusion

April Skin Black Magic Snow Cushion 2.0


Missha M Magic Cushion

This is a review of 2 recently purchased Korean cushions.

I’ve only used a compact foundation once in my life – and that was the MAC Studio Fix when I was in late middle school years! I’ve avoided them because they are generally not too great for dry skin and where they aim to be more moisturising and are a little like a paste consistency (like the MAC Studio Fix) then it can oil up during the day :(.

I was first alerted to bb cushions many years back by a Korean friend who had, at that time (like maybe 5 years ago), returned from a wedding in Korea. She told the IOPE cushion was ALL the rage, and they were at the time, the first one on the market.

Fast foward till 2017, I’ve just gotten my first lot lol – delayed, but I’m here!

Apologies for the ordinary photos, I wanted to how you immediately all the packaging and details.

Many people look for the ingredients so here they are side by side:


My opinion is they really are a foundation in terms of formulation more than a bb?

And for those of you who read Korean, here is there respective blah on the packaging!

And now the first glimpse inside the compacts: Note how the April Skin mirror looks hazy and the Missha one looks clean? They both came hazy looking, I did this to show you it is normal! Just peel of the plastic protective film on the mirror and they both will show a shiny reflective mirror underneath 🙂 Many people have commented about a foggy mirror when they first open it up, so hope this clarifies it in advance – so no one gets shocked!

And the underside

And underside of actual sponges

And the cover seal to the actual sponge


And the first release of color for the Missha

And the first release of color for the April Skin

Comparison: I’m doing this in a table because I think it’ll deliver the information succintly!

Description April Skin Black Magic Snow Cushion 2.0 Missha M Magic Cushion
Color 21

This was a better color for me. Blended nicely and gave a more subtle “brightening” effect. Though it has a pink tone. I say more subtle than Missha because this is a MATTE finish. Though it says matte, it is for me semi-matte. Gives a nice glow which I like. Not oily but luminous.


This 21 is a tinge more yellow on the skin. But very fair on face. Too fair, I would need a shade up. But it gives that “brightening” effect.  This gives a relatively more brighter effect because (besides being a touch lighter) it is more moist finish.

SPF 50+ 50+
Sizing Larger diameter, April Skin slightly shorter Smaller diameter, Missha slightly taller
Cushion April Skin uses a mochi cushon which injects foundation into centre like a burger if you will. So when you first open it, no foundation appears until you press it. Foundation already soaked throughout sponge.
Coverage Not as sheer (because of its (semi-)matte finish) but under a medium coverage. Sheer – which you can build up because of its moist finish.
How it settles This did show some dryness but because of its semi-matte finish, it finishes more like a regular foundation. It settled better on my skin relative to the Missha but it is nevertheless still drying on me by lunch time. The color is more suitable for me whilst retaining a fair bright look. Whilst its moist, up close it still shows or catches dryness on skin. Hard to explain. So whilst it looks dewy moist in general, when you go close enough to a mirror I could still see all the dryness on my face. This is quite pronounced by lunch time. Kind of shiny and dry and same time which is awkward.
Overall This was better finish than the Missha for my skin. Semi matte which I liked. But nevertheless by lunch time, the dryness issue surfaced up – showing areas of dryness. Because of how it settles – its moist yet dry apperance, it has confused me and is not suitable for my skin.

Final comment: if you have dry skin, and can get dry patches even with fluid foundation, then I would avoid the use of cushion compacts.

As much as I wanted to get into this whole cushion culture – it just aint for my skin type 😦

I really hope you all enjoyed this, and the pictures have of the product have been sufficient.

In generally I find round sponge applications always a little awkward to apply around the eye area, so most times I’ll just my fingers to apply close to eye area.

What Korean bb cushions have you used before?

Note: In terms of how long they last – I’ll update once I do complete them 🙂 so stay tuned, but from others I’ve heard its about 8 weeks or so?

Please leave me you thoughts and experiences with these Korean bb cushions – I’d love to know what your thoughts are on these?


All images shot on my iPhone 6 Plus.



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