Good news, Sulwhasoo now has a cushion foundation in 7 shades

Good news, Sulwhasoo now has a cushion foundation in 7 shades

Made in my shade

Text: Renée Batchelor

The queen of luxury cushions, Sulwhasoo is now offering a more inclusive range of shades and an improved formula for its classic Perfecting Cushion EX

Cushion foundations are the beauty trend that never died. In fact, it took off in such a big way that there were hundreds of iterations, technologies and formulas that have been invented over the past few years, from brightening cushions to limited edition packaging to entice beauty lovers. But Sulwhasoo, the premiere Korean brand under the Amore Pacific group have always had the most luxurious offerings when it comes to cushions.

The latest version of its best-selling Perfecting Cushion is the EX version that will give skin a delicate and flawless finish that doesn't leave your complexion looking cakey and artificial. That's thanks to a new a Slim Fit High Coverage formula which disperses pigments in water rather than oil. What this means is that your foundation — which is essentially in a slightly thick, liquid form — can glide on skin without looking clumpy or uneven  Also upgraded is a new ingredient, beta-glucan, extracted from a kind of mushroom, to act as a moisture magnet so skin always looks hydrated and smooth — there's nothing worse than patchy makeup slapped on in an attempt to disguise dry, flaky skin. Also, part of what you're investing in when it comes to a Sulwhasoo cushion is the luxurious and efficacious anti-ageing ingredients. The brand's signature JAUM Balancing Complex is a patented, ancient Korean combination of traditional herbs that replenishes yin energy to restore the balance in your skin that is lost with each passing year, and due to environmental stressors. We tried this on ourselves and were impressed with both the coverage provided and luminosity this imbued our skin with. Considering it can easily be applied on-the-go, this is the best option when it comes to having medium coverage in a flash, that isn't too cakey and thick.

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX

And then there's colour. What's the use if you have an awesome formula, but can't use it because your 'unusual' skin tone is too dark to fit the shades in Asian brands? While it's nowhere near as extensive and inclusive as the offerings from international brands like Fenty Beauty and M.A.C that specifically cater to women of all skin tones, Sulwhasoo is making the effort. This new cushion includes darker shades like No 27, that suits medium to tan complexion like ours, but will probably be too light for anyone darker. The shades are colour coded such that shades that end with 3 and 7 are beige-toned and meant to hide redness, while shades ending with 1 and 5 are pink-toned to correct sallowness. The new packaging is also sleeker and prettier than its predecessor, making it easier to slip in your bag and cooler to whip out should a touch-up be needed. Along with the reformulated cushion, the brand also has introduced complementary products like a highlighter and finishing powder to create the ultimate, luminous complexion.

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX  is $80 with a refill. Available in 7 shades at Sulwhasoo stores and counters