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Now that summer has officially arrived, it is time to retire high-coverage liquid foundations and tinted BB Creams in favour of more lightweight cushion compacts. These sheer formula-soaked sponges give your skin that natural, dewy radiance that makes it look like it’s glowing from within and are loaded with skincare benefits that keep it hydrated and protected from the sun to boot. But my favourite thing about cushion foundation is their portability: I can easily toss one in my makeup bag and quickly touch it up every time I need to.

My new favourite cushion foundation is Iope Air Cushion Intense Cover, a best-seller in South Korea. What sets it apart from other cushion foundations is the non-absorbing puff: instead than being soaked up by the sponge, the formula is seamlessly transferred from the compact onto my skin for that beautiful, no makeup makeup look. Although the sheer formula is easy to buildup without ever causing any hint of cakiness, the foundation won’t cover serious scars or bad acne outbreaks, nor it is meant to. The purpose of a cushion foundation is simply to provide a hint of coverage with plenty of skincare benefits – something this compact does extremely well.

To start with, the foundation has a refreshing texture that feels very pleasant to use in the summer heat and infuses skin with an extra burst of hydration to help it fight the dehydrating effects of ultraviolet radiation. As you probably already know, ultraviolet radiation is also responsible for up to 90% of the premature signs of aging (including wrinkles and dark spots), making sun protection an absolute priority during the hot season. Korean skincare takes sun protection very seriously: this cushion compact has an SPF 50+/ PA+++, allowing it to protect skin from the entire UV range.

I’ve also noticed the formula is extremely gentle and doesn’t irritate the skin, a feat that makes it suitable even for sensitive skin types. On top of it, the foundation lasts for a long time. Even though I touch it up regularly to top up my sun protection, a compact is more than enough to last me for at least six months. Once it is finished, I don’t need to buy another one straight away: each box already comes with a refill, keeping me fully stocked for up to a year.

The high SPF factor, dewy natural coverage and ease of portability have made Iope Air Cushion Intense Cover an absolute must in my makeup stash. I will definitely bring it with me when I go on holiday, too!


Summary: Iope Air Cushion Intense Cover has a hydrating and sheer formula that provides a dewy, natural finish for that beautiful no makeup makeup look. On top of it, it has a high SPF to keep skin protected in the heat.

Claims: The Air Cushion makes skin look bright and moisturized for long hours and protects skin from UV rays.

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Rating: 9/10

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