Saturday, 26 July 2014

Hera UV Mist Cushion #C23

Korean Beauty, Hera UV Mist Cushion C23, CC Cushion

Having been out of touch with Asian beauty products for years, I was baffled with what CC Cushion is. What's the difference between a normal CC cream and a Cushion? After some research, I was totally sold and know that it's exactly the CC product I needed.

A CC Cushion is basically a CC liquid (runnier than a CC cream) that's stored in a compact container, with a sponge (cushion) on the top. It comes with a puff as well, so it looks just like a compact powder, but in liquid form. The cushion releases just enough CC liquid when pressed with the puff, giving your skin a flawless finish without using too much product.

I bought the Korean brand Hera's UV Mist Cusion, as it has won multiple awards. It uses 100% clay-mineral water containing clay from frozen sea ice instead of purified water. It is finer than fog particles and provides a cooling effect. The ultra-fine emulsion formula, stabilised by dense cells of the cushion, thinly smears onto the puff while pressing the cushion, making it easier to use just enough product to give your skin the coverage needed.

The C23 tone (Comes in Natural N21, N23, Cover C21, C23 and Sheer N22) blended beautifully on my face (my sun tanned arms are darker of course). And here is what it looks like:

Korean Beauty, Hera UV Mist Cushion C23, CC Cushion

Korean Beauty, Hera UV Mist Cushion C23, CC Cushion

Most if not all Korean CC Cushions comes with a refill pack. Simply pop the old pack off the compact shell, and clip the new refill pack in. I'm not sure whether you can use different brand's CC Cushion refill pack here, but refills are definitely recommended for your next buy as it's cheaper that way.

The Hera's UV Mist Cushion comes in a beautiful compact and the mirror inside is clear and sharp. The puff is dense, taking only enough liquid from the cushion.

Korean Beauty, Hera UV Mist Cushion C23, CC Cushion

Korean Beauty, Hera UV Mist Cushion C23, CC Cushion
Puff pressed once on the cushion
Korean Beauty, Hera UV Mist Cushion C23, CC Cushion
Good that my face isn't as dark as my arm!
Before blending
I noticed that it takes a bit longer to blend with the puff than my Beauty Blender (it's just too good at its job!), but the puff is handy as it's already in the compact, so you can do a quick touch up while you are on the go. After swatching the cushion on my arm and applying it all over my face, I went out on a school run and it was chucking down like a public power shower. I was absolutely drenched, but while I was mopping my face and worrying that I looked like a melting clown,  I noticed that the area covered with the cushion on my arm was waterproofed. I looked in the mirror when I went home and there were no streak marks at all!

I'm really pleased with the Hera Mist UV Cushion and glad that I bought the correct colour. If you have a better complexion, the Natural one would be for you. When it comes Winter time, I might need to get the refill for N23, which I heard is lighter than the C23 but not as bright as the C21.

You can buy CC Cushions from Ebay, or For trusted Korean brands, go for Laneige, IOPE, Etude House or Hera (they are all from the same group haha).