This product was provided for review by online kbeauty store Cupidrop.com. This review constitutes my honest opinion.
It’s kind of strange for me that I’ve been doing so many BB cream reviews lately. I’m really much more of a natural girl, and as a teen and a young adult, I never really experimented with makeup. It’s only as an adult that I’m starting to use more makeup (as I find I need a little more help looking fresh and young, haha!). But what I do love about Korean bb creams and cushions is how natural, dewy, and light they look, rather than caked on and heavy.
As I’ve mentioned several times, I have not had the best luck finding Asian makeup that matches my medium skin tone (Korean bb creams tend to match my undertones well, but aren’t dark enough). The Laneige BB cushion (US edition) is really the only BB cushion that matches me well. But when Cupidrop offered to send me the new Tosowoong Vitalizing Perfect Cover Essence Cushion to review, I decided to try it out because as a CC cream, it should be lighter and sheerer in coverage than a BB cream. I hoped the sheerness of the product would compensate for the difference in color. As you’ll see, I liked this cushion quite a bit, but the color didn’t work as well for me as I’d hoped.
Marketing images from Tosowoong.net
Based on the marketing materials, Tosowoong Essence Cushion claims to have 55% of moisturizing essence based on Rosa Damascena Flower Water (I can attest that it does have a light rose scent). It also claims to have anti-aging ingredients such as Niacinamide and Adenosine.
(transcribed from Hwahae app)
Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Titanium Dioxide, Ethyhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Isoamyl-Methoxycinnamate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Niacinamide, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, SD Alcohol 40-B, Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Dimethicone, Hydrated Ferric Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sodium Chloride, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Phenoxyethanol, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Sorbitan Olivate, Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Beeswax, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Red Iron Oxide, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trihydroxystearin, Black Iron Oxide, Propylene Carbonate, Squalane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Trietholxycaprylylsilane, Dimethiconol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Adenosine, Disodium EDTA, Talc, Water, Shea Butter, Natto Gum, Royal Jelly Extract, Butyl Avocadate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Silkworm Cocoon Extract, Ceramide NP, Tocopherol, Glycine, Saccaride Isomerate, Glutamic Acid, Lysine, Leucine, Methionine, Valine, Serine, Cysteine, Aspartic Acid, Alanine, Arginine, Isoleucine, Caviar Extract, Tyrosine, Threonine, Phenylalanine, Proline, Histidine, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract
Phew, that took a while to type out. Anyway, as you can see from the ingredients list, Rose water is indeed at the top, with Niacinimide somewhat near the top of the list and the rest of the advertised extracts near the bottom. Rose water is great at hydrating and soothing, and is mildly antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
I received the Tosowoong Essence Cushion in #22, Pink Beige. The pink in it is supposed to brighten up sallow complexions and give your skin a more vitalized look. It’s also supposed to be a moisturizing formula that features Rose water as the primary ingredient. As you may have noticed if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, I love rose scented products, and as I mentioned above, this does have a light rose floral scent.
The cushion compact is pretty nondescript, unsurprising for a Tosowoong product. The brand has a good reputation for the quality of its ingredients, but has pretty basic packaging. While the compact seems sturdy and functional, one wouldn’t exactly call it luxe.
You open it up to a fun pink and tan swirl in the cushion. Because the colors are swirled, you do have to make sure you blend the CC cream out well to avoid blotchiness.
It came with a rubycell puff which is nice — this kind of puff is supposed to be more antibacterial than a normal makeup puff. It’s fun to pick up the product and see the swirls on the puff!
I tried to increase the contrast in the above photo so you could see how the CC cushion looked on my skin, but it’s still a bit difficult to see. It does indeed have a sheer finish, but it does a good job of evening out skintone. The pink tone gives it a slightly pearlescent, glowy quality that looks very nice once applied. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as dewy as my Laneige BB cushion and applied much more matte. The formula felt quite thin and I was able to get a very light but even application. It didn’t cover blemishes as well as my Laneige BB, but as a lighter CC cushion I didn’t really expect it to.
This CC cream felt so natural and light on my face, I continually forgot that I was wearing makeup and kept touching my face. It was extremely comfortable to wear and didn’t feel greasy at all. Although it was definitely a bit too light for me, it looked really natural on my skin, other than the fact that my face didn’t match my neck (I used bronzer to make it look a little closer to my skin tone). And true to its promise, it did NOT dry my skin out throughout the day and my skin continued to feel soft and hydrated. In fact, I think both oily skinned and dry skinned people could like this product as it didn’t feel greasy OR drying. If only it came in a deeper shade, I would love to use this every day for light coverage that doesn’t feel like I’m wearing makeup.
The only drawback other than being too light is that it did wear off and became a bit patchy on my chin and around my nose after a few hours. To be fair, the temperature is in the mid-90s around here and I have been spending a good amount of time sweating outdoors as I wrangle my two very active kids. So the Tosowoong Cushion has been subjected to a good amount of wear. If the cushion were a better match for my skin shade, it wouldn’t be a big deal as it wouldn’t be noticeable and you can always apply more, but since it is noticeably lighter, you can see the patchiness. It also tended to settle in my pores and dry patches after a long hot day. Longevity wise, it fared significantly worse than my Laneige BB cushion. However, it’s very easy to reapply throughout the day, especially if you’d like to beef up your SPF protection as well.
I really enjoyed the Tosowoong Essence Cushion’s formula — it felt natural, light, and non-greasy, while at the same time quite moisturizing. However, the shade was too light for me and the formula tended to break down a little throughout the day. I would consider repurchasing it in the winter when my skin tone tends to be a shade lighter.
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The Tosowoong Essence Cushion was provided by Cupidrop for review. When I was emailing with them, I found out that they’re still in the vetting process of determining whether they will carry this product in their shop. They are having people with all different skin types try out the cushion to see how it works for them. If there is enough interest in the product, they will add it to their curated product offerings. I love how Cupidrop is putting this much effort into researching and vetting the products they curate in their shop, and I’m looking forward to seeing the Tosowoong cushion among their other products.