After IT cosmetics and Lancome launched their versions of the cushion foundation last year, in the past few months many more brands have been launching their own versions of cushion foundations. But I think the YSL Fusion Ink Cushion was the most exciting non-Korean brand cushion launch for me. And of course I couldn’t wait till it’s launched in Australia, so I bought mine from Korea :) But just look at the packaging. YSL always gets it right. It’s just so beautiful and chic. Looks so classy and lux *feeling all high class* *lol* :)
The YSL Fusion Ink Cushion formula is a creamy liquid that has a glowing satin powder like finish. Unless you put on a hydrating primer or good moisturiser, I would say this one is suited to Spring/Autumn. The formula reminds me of the Missha M Magic Moisture Cushion, but with a more lovely finish.
The formula is easy to blend. Pores and fine lines are easily blurred and covered. Small blemishes and hyper pigmentation are also easily covered. Coverage is easily medium. Not much product is needed to achieve medium coverage.
The foundation does last for a good period of time. Coverage still there by end of day. Though, after a few hours it did sink a little into pores. It wasn’t as smooth and blurring as when first applied. But it was holding up very well. Oil control is good. After a few hours I had the normal amount of oil on my face I usually have my face without foundation on. I patted away the oil with tissue. Transfer was minimal when I patted.
There are only four shades sold in Korea (shade 10-40). I bought shade 20 which is a little light for me and also leans a little pink. I should have bought shade 30… but I couldn’t find a good reference for the shades when I bought it. Though it still works out ok for me, because I focus the foundation on the middle parts of my face and blend out. The outer parts I don’t need much coverage. Hoping my skin will begin to pale now that it’s Autumn in Australia. *fingers crossed!* Oh and the formula does oxidise a little after application and settles to a less pink toned beige that’s closer to my skin tone.
The packaging looks beautiful. The gold trim and the glossy black top with the “YSL” in gold. I really like it. But the plastic isn’t as luxurious feeling as it can be. It doesn’t have that weighted lux feeling and the inside cover for the cushion doesn’t feel the most lux either. The puff has nice tight foam, but it’s not as thick as I like it so I can bounce it to blend the foundation better.
The cushion comes with a satin pouch which can use to carry the cushion around in. Very nice, but velvet would have been even nicer :) HEHEE. Though I’d be concerned about putting this one in the handbag… The sponge inside the cushion is a cellulose foam sponge. It has very loose and large holes. Not tight and dense polyester foam type holes. The foundation slides around inside much more easily, if it is tilted for a period of time. Plus it can easily dispense too much product onto the puff…
The cushion is 14g and does not come with a refill. So this cushion is VERY expensive. Especially compared to something like the beautiful Ohui x Teo Yang Cushion, which was in limited edition packaging and came with three extra refills. The cushion cartridge does pop out, but there doesn’t appear to be any refills for sale at the moment. I would be tempted to try shade 30 if they sold refills, but I’m sure it would be SO expensive…. :(
Beautiful glowing satin finish
Blurs pores and fine lines very well
Coverage is good. A little goes a long way.
Easy to blend formula
Beautiful looking packaging
Expensive! No refill and $$$ (KRW 75,000 for 14g. Approx. US$65; AU$85)
Formula oxidises. But not too badly. Actually helps me cos shade 20 is a little light for me :)
Cellulose sponge doesn’t hold product well
Puff isn’t as thick and bouncy as I prefer to help blend
Limited shades (purchased from Korea)
What I Think
I really love the look of the packaging and the formula is really good, but the price is a real deal breaker for me… Don’t get me wrong. I do like the product and I don’t regret purchasing it at all. And I do recognise that it’s a higher end product. But I don’t think it’s so excellent and brilliant to warrant the price… I’ve tried other Korean cushions that are half the price that are just as good. So I think even if they do end up selling refills I won’t try the shade 30… probably be too expensive :(
Happy Shopping Everyone! :)