Physicians Formula has released their new Mineral Wear Cushion Foundation that promises the ABC’s, that is to AIRBRUSH, BLUR and CORRECT your skin. It claims to blur fine lines and pores with a perfected airbrushed finish and correct visible imperfections. But what is it about cushions that has had everyone looking forward to this trend from Korea? Well, they for one are very user friendly, as the formula is thinned out in the cushion form making it easy to apply. They’re the perfect form of portable foundation! Just toss them into your purse for touch ups on the go for both foundation and SPF. This particular cushion foundation has an SPF of 50! But there are definitely negative things about this form of foundation as well, which I will discuss later on.
The packaging is absolutely gorgeous and cute! It’s a beautiful colour of blue and looks like a little cushion 🙂 The round compact case contains a dual lid compartment. Opening the compact will reveal the applicator pad and mirror. Opening the inner lid will reveal the foundation soaked cushion. This inner and separate compartment remains sealed, when not in use, and keeps the product from drying out.
The cushion contains the product which is saturated with the foundation. You are able to flip the cushion over for extended foundation usage. As far as I know, there are no refillable sponges, so once the product is finished that’s it. You’d have to buy a whole new compact. But…..at least you are left with such a cute cushion compact. Any little girl would love this for her Barbie house!
Included in the compact is the flat pad applicator. Depending on how hard you press on the sponge will determine how much product you get. It is very easy to apply with the pad. Just dab on the sponge and then gently pat pad onto your skin. You can also use a dense foundation brush if you prefer. I’ve used my Sigma F82 brush and it works well. But I find the applicator pad gives the more airbrushed look. The product is build-able from a sheer to semi-medium coverage. It is not a full coverage foundation, so you may want to keep that in mind. Using more product to build up to full coverage will only makes skin look way too luminous and greasy….not a look I’m sure you’d want! It does give an airbrushed luminous glow to my skin as it promises, but I do have an oily t-zone area so I noticed extra shine throughout the day, and needed to set with powder, so my oily skinned beauties will have to set with powder or avoid all together. Unfortunately, this product is only available in 3 shades, which is really silly and limits who can use it as it comes in Light, Light-Medium and Medium. I am a NC 20 in MAC Foundations and I purchased the Light-Medium.
The foundation wore well throughout the day. There was no oxidation or blotching on my skin. I was able to get at least 6 hours of wear before needing to touch up. But, like I said before, I did have to control my oily t-zone with powder. It didn’t emphasize any dry areas of my skin, but I did notice it sunk in and emphasized the pores on my nose, which is a daily battle of mine.
My concern with cushion foundations has to do with sanitary issues….bacteria! After use, the applicator pad is wet and cannot dry completely between uses when stored in the closed compact. To solve this, you’d have to wash the pad and let it dry completely before use or storage. Also, it’s just impossible to sanitize the foundation soaked sponge. It just makes for an unsanitary product in my opinion. And it’s not just limited to this one from Physicians Formula…I believe it would be will all cushion foundations.
Setting aside sanitary issues, I’d have to say the Physician Formula Mineral Cushion Foundation performs well if you’re looking for a product that gives an airbrushed luminous look. If you have oily skin or pores, I don’t feel that this product would suit you. I think it’s great for on the go, or nights out, when you can carry your foundation in a compact instead of a bulky bottle. I wouldn’t say it’s a revolutionary new formula of foundation…..it’s just OK.
It will be interesting to see if these cushion foundations will be a passing beauty fad or will they be a hit. What do you think?