Korean Cushion Foundations Comparison Review: IOPE Air Cushion (2017) Intense Cover, Troiareuke ACSEN A+ Cushion and Tosowoong Essence Cushion Vitalizing Perfect Cover SPF 50+ PA+++

Korean cushion foundations are very popular lately as this trend several years ago easily spread from Korea to the rest of the world. This is very easy to understand, as these cushions are very simple and convenient and often stand for much more than simple makeup.

Brightening, antiaging, soothing, healing effects, protecting skin from various external factors including sun and pollution. Although is not recommended to apply only cushion foundation as sun protection, without good sun block underneath, these products are ideal for touch-up during the day and so reapplying important SPF.

There is something so satisfying in touching that sponge soaked in liquid foundation. And puff is not just another sponge, but special piece of spongy material designed not to absorb foundation, just to gently apply it to skin.

Yeah, that moment when you open fresh, new cushion…

Three cushions here featured are my cushions for quite some time now and have been with me through summer heats from hell and wintery ice and wind from that same hell frozen. We have been together for better or worse. And managed to stay together. Wink

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IOPE Air Cushion (2017) Intense Cover



Purified water, zinc oxide, cyclopentasiloxane, titanium dioxide (CI 77891), ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, butylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, propanediol, cyclohexasiloxane, titanium dioxide, PEG-10 dimethicone, niacinamide, lauryl PEG-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone, methyl methacylate crosspolymer, hydrated ferric oxide, glycine, glucose, glutamic acid, dimethicone, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, disodium EDTA, disteardimonium hectorite, lysine, lactic acid, lecithin, leucine, lipase, magnesium gluconate, methionine, valine, butylene glycol, serine, sodium glycerophosphate, sodium chloride, stearic acid, cysteine, citric acid, silica, adenosine, acetylglucosamine, aspartic acid, acrylates/stearyl acrylate/dimethicone methacrylate copolymer, acrylate/ethylhexyl acrylate/dimethicone methacrylate copolymer, alanine, aluminum hydroxide, arginine, ethylhexylglycerin, ethylhexyl palmitate, urea, uric acid, isoleucine, isostearic acid, isopropyl isostearate, caprylyl glycol, calcium gluconate, creatine, chitosan, tyrosine, threonine, trimethylsiloxysilicate, triethoxycaprylylsilane, phenylalanine, potassium magnesium aspartate, polyglyceryl-3 polyricinoleate, polyhydroxystearic acid, proline, PCA, histidine, ferric oxide, ferric ferrous oxide, fragrances

SPF: 50+ / PA+++

Shade: 23 Beige



Provides full coverage over blemishes for the look of smooth, flawless skin.

1 Achieves clean, flawless skin

Contains hydration magnet Bio Water™ and coverage powder in various shapes and sizes that provide meticulous coverage over blemishes and redness to perfect the look of smooth, clear skin.


2 Creates vivid color coverage through Coloring Technology™.

Uses a technique that evenly blends color particles by repeatedly pushing them against each other, helping you see more vivid colors and meticulous coverage.


3 The surface has an embossed 3D sponge for even application to the last drop.

A 3D air sponge that effectively delivers moisture to create the look of moist, glowing skin.

(Source: official IOPE website)

Skin type: All skin types, Combination, Sensitive, redness, blemishes

Coverage: Medium to full

Volume:  15g / 0.5 fl.oz.

Refill: Yes

Additional puff: No

Texture and finish: Very smooth, just a tad dry. Depending on your skin type and base applied, finish varies from semi matte to matte.

Lasting power: Quick setting, at 2 hours check needs a light touch-up. With applied primer, very lasting – up to 7 hours.


  • Very good coverage,
  • long lasting,
  • doesn’t accentuate dry skin patches,
  • good mirror,


  • needs good blending as it can appear patchy,
  • can be drying,
  • settles into wrinkles


Very good cushion foundation. Although advertised as very hydrating (yes, even this Intense Cover type which is the least hydrating of all IOPE Air cushions), that can be little bit misleading. Without good hydrating base and primer, it can be even drying. But nevertheless, it doesn’t accentuate dry skin patches or settles into pores. It however does settle into wrinkles, especially into “elevens” (those beautiful deep lines between the eyes that provide irresistible resting bitch face).

You should use it light handed as the puff provided picks up the foundation very (and I mean very) generously, so it can look patchy. Just a light tap and good blend should do it.

Package contains cushion, puff and refill. I still haven’t opened refill provided as little goes a long way and the cushion is still fresh and moist.

Yes, very good cushion.

Troiareuke ACSEN A+ Cushion




SPF: 50+ / PA+++

Shade: 23 Natural


The concept of ACSEN A+ Cushion is 99% skincare and 1% of makeup. The most ingredients in cushion are focused on skincare, not cover up. This unique cushion automatically gives skincare while you are wearing A+ Cushion.

ACSEN A+ Cushion, as a triple functional cosmetic, have SPF50+ / PA+++ UV protection. It works as sunscreen functionally and gives an extra layer of protection shield after wear sunscreen. Moreover, the ingredients of A+ Cushion will brighten the skin include Niacinamide extract. The anti-aging ingredient, Adenosine extract will reduce tour wrinkle. In addition, the cushion cream is stored in the form of a mochi cushion, which prevents the ingredients of cosmetics from being oxidized by exposure to air and is stored in the best condition. It basically skincare cushion and also allows you to control sebum.

(Source: Troiareuke)

Skin type: All skin types, Combination, Oily, Sensitive, Redness, Blemishes

Coverage: Buildable, Medium to Full, but lacks coverage when it comes to acne or more serious blemishes

Volume: 13g / 0.45 fl.oz.


Refill: No

Additional puff: Yes

Texture and finish: Very natural, smooth. Finish is satiny to semi matte.


Lasting power: Rather long lasting. Also needs touch-up at 2 hours check.


  • Very good coverage,
  • long lasting,
  • good mirror,
  • invisible,
  • comfortable to wear,
  • refreshed skin look,
  • still fresh and moist after several months


  • slightly accentuates dry skin patches,
  • settles into wrinkles,
  • needs hydrating base,
  • doesn’t cover blemishes


Very good cushion. I got compliments for my skin while wearing it. It is absolutely invisible, and gives me that refreshed “my skin but better” look. Not too moisturizing as it claims to be, but very comfortable to wear even at the longest of days.

Package contains cushion and additional puff. Unfortunately, there is no refill available. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

It claims to be 99% skincare and 1% makeup as it contains high percentage of Centella Asiatica Extract, Tea Tree Extract, Calendula Flower Extract, Adenosine and Niacinamide.

I wore it on long flight couple of months ago and it certainly kept my skin flawless until the moment I decided to remove it and apply my inflight sheet mask. At landing, I reapply this cushion and everything looked just fine. For the first time ever. Because after long flights my skin looks like it got chewed up and spit out by something gross. Yeah, I look adorable, every time I leave plane. But interestingly enough, not this time. So a big thumb up for this cushion!

Tosowoong Essence Cushion Vitalizing Perfect Cover SPF 50+ PA+++



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

SPF: 50+ / PA+++

Shade: 23 Natural Beige


Whitening, Anti-wrinkle and Sunblock in SPF50+ PA+++ as containing more than 55% of moisturizing essence, water Glow Essence Perfect Cover Cushion is a brand new lightweight cushion foundation with high coverage.

Skin type: All skin types, Dry, Sensitive

Coverage: Buildable, Medium

Volume: 15g / 0.5 fl.oz.


Refill: Yes, but unfortunately this 23 Natural Beige is nowhere to be found

Additional puff: No

Texture and finish:  Very smooth, silky. Satiny, almost dewy finish

Lasting power: Not long lasting, needs touch up at 2 hours check


  • very moisturizing,
  • beautiful silky texture,
  • soothing,
  • invisible,
  • comfortable to wear,
  • skin enhancing effect
  • doesn’t settle into pores and wrinkles


  • small mirror,
  • no refill for this particular shade,
  • not enough coverage for acne or more serious blemishes


My favourite cushion ever. This cushion is so silky, so comfortable and brings out the best of my skin. It does have that heavy rose fragrance, but it fades relatively quickly (or my nose gets used to it, I can’t tell) but it doesn’t bother my rosacea, nor does anything bad to my skin. Just that wonderful, satiny “my skin never looked better” effect. I love it.

Package contains only cushion and puff with no additional puffs or refills.

I can even safely say that this cushion soothes my skin and looks even better as skin gets better by itself after a while. My swirly cushion love.


Recap – table comparison:

Cushion SPF Shade Skin Type Coverage Volume Refill Additional Puff Finish Lasting Power Overall
IOPE Air Cushion (2017) Intense Cover 50+ PA+++ 23 Beige All, Combination, Sensitive Full 15g / 0.5 fl.oz. YES NO Semi matte to matte Long lasting 3,5/5
Troiareuke ACSEN A+ Cushion 50+


23 Natural All, Combination, Oily, Sensitive Medium to Full 13g / 0.45 fl.oz. NO YES Satiny to semi matte Long lasting 4/5
Tosowoong Essence Cushion Vitalizing Perfect Cover 50+


23 Natural Beige All, Dry, Sensitive Light to Medium 15g / 0.5 fl.oz. YES (No for 23 Natural Beige) NO Satiny / dewy Medium lasting 5/5

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