Etude House Skin Glow Essence Cushion Wear Test & Review

Hi everyone! This month’s Etude House Pink Bird posts are coming in two parts – first up we have the Skin Glow Essence Cushion! I received shades N03 & N04, and have been testing them out for some time now to review for you guys. Let’s get into it!


Etude House Skin Glow Essence Cushion

The Skin Glow Essence Cushion is a new cushion from Etude House that claims it will give you hydrated, glowing skin with natural, light coverage through the inclusion of a hyaluronic acid and moisturizing essence in the formula.

Etude House Skin Glow Essence Cushion

The person who used to do their English translations seems to not do them anymore as the English translations have been a little funky for a while now, but this is the information on the box.

Etude House Skin Glow Essence Cushion

As I mentioned above, these are the 3 main selling points of the cushion.

Etude House Skin Glow Essence Cushion

The packaging is simple, but sturdy. It’s thin and flat, and has a nice weight to it! I like it a lot – simple but effective.

Etude House Skin Glow Essence Cushion

Inside is the puff and mirror.

Etude House Skin Glow Essence Cushion

The puff has a kind of soft, sponge-like quality to it. It’s slightly porous.

Etude House Skin Glow Essence Cushion

This cushion has a really unique way of dispensing the product – a mesh net! This is what it looked like when I first got it, after peeling off the protective film.

Etude House Skin Glow Essence Cushion

There’s something about the netting that I find a bit gross and off-putting for some reason 😂. When you press on the netting it’s kind of squishy (like a water bed? I don’t know how else to describe it), and the product seeps through the holes – trypophobes beware! At first I thought it might allow you to get more product out than you would with a sponge as it doesn’t soak it up, but with a sponge you can at least remove it to flip it over for the rest of the product – I’m not sure how easy it would be to remove the netting to get the remaining product underneath in this.

Etude House Skin Glow Essence Cushion

N03 Neutral Vanilla / N04 Neutral Beige

I would love to know how people get such clear photos of foundation swatches because I can’t for the life of me figure out how to do it😭. In person I couldn’t tell the difference between these two shades, but seeing them here I can tell that N03 is slightly less yellow than N04, but both are rather similar in “lightness”. The cushion comes in only 5 shades, N03 being the lightest of the “neutral” tone, and N06 Tan being the deepest. The formula is so light-coverage that I really feel they could have gone with a wider gap between shades instead of making them all so similar!

☆ Wear Test ☆

Before application

Before application

Before application

Some pictures of my skin before applying makeup. I just have my skincare and sunscreen on! As you can see, I have problems with flaking, a few pimples that I always have trouble not picking at, and discoloration.

Immediately after application

Immediately after application

Immediately after application

I used N03! As you can see, the foundation is very light coverage and does not cover my red spots, or completely cover up my freckles. As someone who loves light coverage products, I’m happy with the coverage! It evens out my skin tone without looking like I have product on. I wouldn’t say it clings to my dry patches per se, as the formula is meant to be super hydrating – when I was a few years younger this kind of formula worked great for me, so I think my skin is probably the problem. I haven’t found a single foundation that doesn’t do this to my skin since I left Korea, so any advice on getting rid of flakes/scaliness would be super helpful since it’s caused me to feel insecure about how foundation looks on my skin😭.

The formula has a flattering glow to it that doesn’t look oily! I was worried the colour would be too dark, but as the formula is so thin it ended up matching me fine.

Powdered

Powdered

Powdered

My flakes are a lot less noticeable after powdering it with the Etude House Fix and Fix powder! I chose to powder the foundation because on its own it REALLY transfers and everything sticks to it😧. This is likely due to the hydrating formula, but I dislike having my hair sticking to my face as I go about my day so I decided to set it. I generally prefer to not powder my skin since it emphasizes my dryness, but this foundation luckily powders down really well!

After 2 hours

After 2 hours

After 2 hours of wear outside in the cold weather, you can see that it’s rubbed off my nostrils a bit, as well as where my glasses sit on my face. Applying blush to it also seemed to cause some of the coverage to rub away, so I’d recommend either setting your face very well (I only used a light dusting of powder on my T-zone), or applying a cream blush instead of a powder one.

After 12 hours

After 12 hours

After 12 hours

I had a LONG day, so ended up wearing this for 12 hours before I was able to get home to take it off. By the end of the day it almost looked like I was shedding like a snake😭. One thing I noticed around the 4 hour mark is it started to sink into my dimples and laugh lines. I wasn’t oily at the end of the day by any means, but I find it interesting that it’s meant to be super hydrating and my skin still looks this dry after using it. I could be wrong in my assumptions on how hydrating products like this are meant to work, but seeing the severity of how dry and crusty I looked at the end of the day I do start to question how hydrating this cushion can really be🤔.

☆ Final Thoughts ☆

My final rating is as follows:

Coverage: ★☆☆☆☆ (this is a positive for me)

Price: ★★★★☆ (great price!)

Formula: ★★★☆☆ (will elaborate below)

Lasting Power: ★★☆☆☆ (started having fading/creasing pretty quickly)

Shade Range: ★☆☆☆☆ (most of the shades look the same)

This is a very light coverage, natural product. I experienced no issues with itchiness or breaks out while using it, but as far as the skin care benefits go I can’t really say it hydrated my skin much as I look very dry at the end of the day. Having said that, I do like that it doesn’t make me oily at all! I like how this looks a lot immediately after application, so I can see me using this in the spring/summer to cover my uneven skin tone/discoloration. It’s not very long lasting though, so I wouldn’t put it on to wear the whole day, and would instead use it for shorter outings. At 20,000 KRW for 0.35oz/10g (12,000 KRW for refill only) it’s on the higher price end for Etude House cushions. I wonder if this wouldn’t look better on someone who wasn’t as dry as I am. I’m still on the look out for a way to help my impossibly flakey skin so that I can actually wear more than just tinted sunscreen again😢.

And that’s it for this post! Will you be trying out/have you already tried this foundation? How did it work for you? I’ll be posting the second part of this month’s Pink Bird posts tomorrow, about Etude House’s new line of lip tints! Until then~ ( * ̄∇ ̄)ノ=☆

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