The Face Shop Miracle Finish Oil Control Water Cushion review

My summer foundation- The Face Shop Miracle Finish Oil Control Water Cushion

*I bought this with my own money*

Finding a foundation in the summer is a seasonal struggle for me.  I have somewhat normal skin, with an incredibly oily T-zone.  Blotting papers are a must.  I want something that covers in that ‘just right’ kind of way-no cakeface, but no ‘hey why is your face all splotchy?’ either.  Any idea how challenging that is?  So while I was in the Face Shop last month (there for blotting papers by the way), I came across this cushion foundation.  I’m ALWAYS skeptical about cushions-because for the most part, they really are for hydration not for high coverage.  But I wanted to see how this Miracle Finish Oil Control Water Cushion worked -as it claims it controls ‘sebum’, which is a fancy and nice word for ‘oily.’  So into my bag it went. I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks now and have formed an opinion.  It’s favorable.

From the Face Shop website :

Cushion foundation recharges skin with moisture while controlling sebum for long-lasting freshness. Moist-cover effect promotes a healthy look while covering up imperfections and pigmentation. Sebum control formula helps reduce shine and keep makeup stay in perfect condition for hours.  Size: 15g

My thoughts on the Miracle Finish Cushion Oil Control Water Cushion

Packaging:

As an aside I’m not cool with the full name of the product but that’s pretty minor.  The packaging is standard for a cushion.  It’s the cushion compact, an included puff, and a mirror.  I actually leave the little sticker part over the cushion to extend the longevity of the product-I find it doesn’t dry out as fast.

Application:

I don’t use the included puff.  If I was traveling I probably would use it.  Weirdly enough, I use my Real Techniques Miracle Sculpting Sponge (damp) to apply.  I do this for several reasons:

  1. This is a water cushion-so it won’t necessarily break down the product further by using water
  2. It sheers out the product enough that it doesn’t sit on top of my skin and feel heavy (the last thing I want in the HOT summer)
  3. This sponge has the smaller ‘sides’ at the top that allow me to go around my eyebrows and into the corners near my eyes and work around my hairline without incident.

Wear:

Honestly, this depends.  If I’m out in the sun, I may get 3-4 hours out of it.  When I wear it to work, I can get about 5-6.  This is without blotting, which I have accepted is part of my routine.  When I blot and reapply, things don’t get messy-this product can be reapplied, but I wouldn’t try it without blotting first.  Just in case you are wondering what I use to blot, I love The Face Shop Oil Blotting FilmI still set my T-zone with a VERY light dusting of powder and use a setting spray.  For me, these are non-negotiables.

Shade range:

I haven’t included this in any of my foundation reviews before (to my knowledge).  To be perfectly honest, the shade range of most Korean beauty products is terrible.  This product comes in 3 shades -so unfortunately if you are a deeper skin tone, you are going to be out of luck.  I ended up purchasing the v203 shade which is the darkest and we all know how fair I am so that should give you a reference point.  I wonder if the Korean companies will ever analyze just how many $$ they are missing out on by NOT increasing their shade range?  I’ll have to search and see if there was ever a study done on that.  As an aside, Lancome makes a great cushion foundation that is long wear and has a very nice shade range. However, I would check below about the price on the Lancome product before running over to get that.

Price:

I paid $29 CAD for this which I consider quite reasonable.  I have to give a shout-out to the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long-wear Cushion Foundation because while I loved the shade and the coverage, at $54…..um no.  It barely lasted a month before it dried out on me.

Overall:

I enjoy this product and am going to use it up completely before I make a decision to repurchase.  It’s got a nice amount of coverage (the ‘just right’ amount) and feels nice on the skin.  I still need my blotting papers with it but don’t have any issues with application. The price is right.   If you are looking for a cushion that gives you medium coverage and you’ve got oily skin, check this out.

Where to find/purchase the Miracle Finish Oil Control Water Cushion:

Canada does have retail Face Shop locations-find a listing here

American friends, I wish you luck….but I’ve found this product here 

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