Banila&co it Radiant CC Cushion SPF 30 PA++

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Today’s post will be about Banila&co’s it Radiant CC cushion which I have been using since March this year. I was in student exchange in Seoul this Spring and my skin was pretty bad at the beginning of the term so I decided to try some Korean make up and oh boy was it good.

I have dry and sensitive skin that gets really flaky during winter and this CC cushion feels hydrating on the skin and has not made me break out. I think it’s a suitable alternative for a medium coverage foundation as this one is very buildable so you can cover as much or as little as you need. One thing that I have noticed when using it is that it’s very easy to get too much of the liquid to the puff so in some cases one to two presses might be enough for the whole face. I consider that a plus as the product lasts longer. As I stated above the CC cream feels hydrating on the skin which makes it ideal for Winter time use and not so good for Summer. I wore this a few times during last Summer and it felt too heavy and was not staying put as it should have.

I normally get between 8 to 10 hours of wear from this CC cushion before I need to touch up much. It has a rather shiny finish on my face so I just set it lightly with some powder to achieve a more semi matte finish. It is simply my personal preference. And as I mentioned above, I have dry skin so I can get long wear times from these more hydrating moisturisers than people with oilier skin.

The CC cushion has a light scent to it which disappears once it sets. I find the scent nice and don’t usually notice it much.

On to the colour of the CC cushion. I use the lightest shade which has a beige undertone (BE 10) but I believe there is also a light shade with pinkish undertones(BP 15). As this is a Korean CC cushion there are no dark colours available, I believe, so can’t comment on those. I am pretty much as pale as one can be and the cream matches my skin tone perfectly. The cream looks a lot darker in the cushion than on the skin. The colour of the cushion is shown correctly in the picture below.

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The compact packaging itself is pretty handy as the CC cushion is easy to use on the go, fits into a handbag easily and has a good mirror. The case is sturdy and has lasted well for me as I am using a refill already and the case isn’t scratched or anything even though I have thrown it into my bag many times. It also closes tightly so the cushion does not dry quickly.

There are some drawbacks though as my cushion has leaked a little bit onto the inner lid when kept sideways (you can see it in the above picture too), you get one puff with the cushion and there is only 15 grams of CC cream in the cushion. You need to use these air magic makeup puffs with the CC cushion because they make the application easier. Maybe a beautyblender or some other sponge could work too but I have never tried. My solution was to buy a second puff and wash them every day so that there is no bacteria infesting in them. A dirty puff could contaminate the whole CC cushion and will not apply the make up nicely (I am sure it will cause cakeyness a lot). On a side note, new puffs cost around 3USD. The amount of the product in the container seems to be kinda little but in my experience it lasts long enough so that I feel like I got the bang for my buck.

The price point for this CC cushion is high in online stores considering that I bought mine in a bundle with primer, the cushion case, two cushions, powder and a powder brush and it all cost me 70 000 KRW which is about 70 USD. But I’d say this CC cushion is worth the money as it works really great for me, has lasted a long time and I have had no problems using it.  In my opinion it is similar to Clarins Teint Idole foundation that they released a couple years ago but better for my skin type. The coverage is similar and colour match is just as good.

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