APRIL SKIN Magic Snow Cushion 2.0 SPF50+ PA+++ Review

The YS Beauty Lab

Believe it or not, this is my first time to use a cushion compact. My sensitive skin still isn’t ready for makeup, so I’ve been trying to avoid using any – even foundation – as much as possible. The truth is, some makeup is actually beneficial for skin. This hope of improving my complexion, plus the fact that I do need to wear makeup for certain occasions – like a wedding, for instance – overpowered my worries so I decided to try the very popular Magic Snow Cushion 2.0 SPF50+ PA+++ from APRIL SKIN.

This new version launched in September last year. So what’s the difference between this and the original? I regret to tell you that I haven’t tried the original so I can’t compare. Online reviews stated the following differences:

1. The puff changed from beige to black.
2. The original refill is bigger and thus not compatible with version 2.0.
3. Version 2.0 is more buildable.
4. Version 2.0 has better oil control properties.

The latest product features a pearlescent black case with golden lettering. Like all other cushion compacts, it contains a built-in mirror and a puff holder that separates the puff from the cushion. The new case ensures the compact is airtight by automatically closing the puff holder when you close the cover (There’s a clicking sound when you do so). However, the size is larger than I expected so I probably won’t be carrying it around in my bag.

The compact is roughly the size of my palm.

Remember to remove the protective film from the mirror.

Each new product is sealed with a white sticker to prevent it from drying. The foundation is sandwiched between two layers of sponges. After removing the white sticker, there’s an intact white cushion. The foundation is released only when pressed to keep it hygienic. Refills can be purchased separately.

The puff holder can only stay at two positions.

Every new product is sealed with a white sticker to prevent it from drying.

Use 2 or 3 fingers to hold the puff.

I wonder if the case and puff are black for the sake of making it look more hygienic. To me, there really isn’t much difference between black and white because smudges will still be visible on either color. If you’re OC about these things, I’m afraid you’ll have to wipe your case from time to time. But of course, a black case and puff look sleek and stand out from the rest.

While the cushion looks almost the same, the puff is less rubbery compared to others I’ve seen. It feels more spongy but is still refined and picks up foundation rather easily. The foundation has a high coverage so a slight dab with the puff already goes a long way. I basically just need 2-3 dabs from the cushion to hide all my blemishes (I do have a lot of acne scars!). The texture is a bit powdery on my dry skin so I have to use a moisturizing primer. I love that it doesn’t feel too cakey, tacky or heavy, and also has a buildable texture, making it easier to control coverage. It also gives a soft glow without looking greasy, which I appreciate. There’s a slight floral and powdery fragrance.

Textures of the cushion and the puff

The 45% water-based formula is infused with mineral water, blueberry and aloe extracts to keep skin moisturized, and niacinamide for whitening. The foundation stays put fairly well, and is able to last me for a day even without the use of loose powder, moisturizing mist or touchups of any other kind. It also has high sun protection (SPF50+ PA+++), using zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as physical UV blockers.

Ingredient list and safety instructions

My problem is with the shade. Being Chinese, I have medium skin tone with a slight yellow undertone (I use N4 of L’Oreal’s True Match foundation). Like most Korean cushion compacts, Magic Snow Cushion is only available in 3 shades: 21, 22 and 23 which are light beige, pink beige and natural beige, respectively. The one I chose is #23, which is the darkest but it’s still too bright for my complexion. It also has a pink undertone which doesn’t suit my skin.

Before application (left), after the first layer (middle) and second layer (right)

Refills can be purchased separately.

Sadly, this cushion compact is not for me due to the lack of shade variety. However, if you have fair skin and are looking for a high-coverage, long-lasting cushion compact with a brightening effect, this one is a go-to!

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