April Skin Magic Snow Cushion Review

the shot is of a girl looking in the mirror while applying to cushion foundation to her face.

It's been a while since I've sat down and written out a review on here, and even longer since it was a make-up review. But since trying out a new foundation since my usual favourite was out of stock everywhere, I thought it would be a good idea to add another cushion foundation to the reviews I have written before.

Of which you can find here: Missha, Chica'Y'Chico


As you can tell from the title of this post, the foundation I've been using at the moment is the April Skin Magic Snow Cushion.

A couple years ago April Skin burst onto the scene, and I saw it quite a few times of youtube, but it's not really been on my radar until recently when I was looking for a more matte cushion foundation like the Chico'Y'Chica one that I've been using for the last few years. They became known for the fact they focus on skincare just as much as other factors in their make-up lines, which for your acne-prone girl here gets it some more brownie points.

Additionally, from what I have found out so far they are also cruelty-free! I'm still trying to find out if they are vegan or not but once I find out I'll let you all know.

Anyway, on to the review!

the picture is of the outside of the cushion foundation. held in a hand. the packaging is a matte black with aprilskin written across it in capitalised gold letter

Packaging

Like many Korean cushion foundation, the packaging is sleek. A simple matte black with APRILSKIN written across the top. I actually really like this classy kind of look, and it looks good when it sits with the rest of my makeup that I have out on display. As for the outside the only difference from the last two cushions I've used is it is slightly thinner, but then that's not a bad thing if you want to carry it around in your bag with you.

a hand is holding up the puff to the cushion foundation
an image of the puff. showing the part which you use to apply the foundation

The Puff

So far with the cushion foundations, I've had, the puffs have all pretty much been the same. But that's something I would expect since I think quite a few of the Korean beauty brands get there cushion puffs from the same factory. This is not a fault though since they are pretty good quality and I always prefer using them compared to brushes or beauty blenders. 

However, what I now need to find it spare cushions puffs that I can buy, so when I wash one I have another one I can use without having to wait for ages to the puff to dry.

The Cushion

It seems that every cushion that I have tried so far all have slightly different cushions. The Bodyshop one was a mesh kind of thing, and the Chico'Y'Chica one was an already filled cushion. However, this April Skin one seemed to be an empty cushion when I first opened it.

I'm not sure if this is explaining well but, when I first opened it the product in the cushion wasn't at the surface. From what I can tell this is to keep the product fresher for longer, which is totally fine with me. After pushing down on the cushion it turns out like the other cushion foundations I have tried.

This cushion is also in more of a dome shape rather than the flat surface of the last few I've tried. I'm still unsure if this actually does anything different but from my experience, it doesn't and I haven't been able to find anything online either. But if someone wants to inform of any differences it makes I'd love to know.

the image shows the inside of the cushion foundation. the product is coming through onto the cushion.

The Product

On to the part we are all here for, the actual product!

I've been using this cushion foundation for about a month now and it has both its pros and cons.

Pros:

  • The foundation goes pretty far. I've only been needing to press on the cushion once and it has been enough for my whole face plus down my neck some.
  • The colour works well for my pale skin. If you've read some of my previous reviews you'll know that the porcelain shade can sometimes be too orange for my skin tone, however with cushion foundation I find they fit my skin colour a lot better. This is most likely due to the high SPF factors they have, but for us pale girls or guys it's nice finding there is a colour that doesn't make you look like fake tan gone wrong.
  • Following on from the last point, it has a good SPF level. It doesn't matter which make-up or skincare products I pick up now I'm always looking for ones with a good level of SPF. I think this one is SPF 30, which is decent for everyday usage.
  • It's not too dewy. I knew when buying this it wouldn't be the level of matte I usually like, but that is difficult to find in a cushion foundation due to the trend that South Korea has with its makeup. But this one doesn't make me look like a disco ball, so props to that.
  • The coverage is relatively high. I tend to not pack on my foundations heavily, and instead try and get it as thin as possible with enough coverage for that day. This cushion gives the coverage all too easily, I sometimes have to be careful not to put too much on. But nonetheless, it covers even the reddest of pimples, and I would definitely say it was medium to high coverage.

Cons:

  • Kind of contradiction the second statement above, but the shade range isn't wide. I know that in western makeup there still isn't the shades for everyone but k-beauty is even more narrowed with barely any more than three to five shades. I'm hoping one day they be more of a range so that all of us can try these cushion foundations, that are such a staple in my makeup routine.
  • If it's too warm and my face is on overboard with the amount of oil it is producing, the foundation cake's up. Which is not great! But then I am also saying this from a position where I'm literally just wearing the foundation, and have NOT used any primer or setting spray. On hot days like we are having at the moment the foundation doesn't really last all day looking it's best.
  • This could be taken as a pro or a con, but it does have a scent to it. For me, I'm not a fan of my foundation having a fragrance to them, but if it doesn't bother you then this wouldn't really be a con. Despite me not really being a fan of fragrance, the scent is definitely a sun lotion kind of smell, so it's not the worse thing out there, and if my face had to smell like something I don't mind this too much.

Overall, I very much like this cushion foundation. Though it might not be my number one pick, it is far from being my least favourite.

If I had to rate it, it would be a 3.5 to 4 out of 5.

From a girl with oily to combination skin, I definitely recommend this, probably more during the winter months than the summer months through due to it already not being the most matte foundation out there.

But then at the end of the day, it's all down to personal preference on how you want your skin to look.

As for places where you can buy this (coming from someone who lives in the UK) I know they sell it on YesStyle as well as Amazon, which is where I bought mine from.

Anyway, have you tried out this product before or any other Aprilskin products? Are you a cushion foundation fan, and if so what cushion is your favourite?

- Sophie 

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