Being in a cushion product kick recently, I was pleased to receive the Kicho Aroha Glow CC Cushion from BNT last month. I have tried a few products from Kicho Cosmetics before, namely their Ultra Moisturising Sun Cream (which I thoroughly enjoy) and their Leaf Recipe Essence Toner.
Off the bat, this is probably the most stunning outer packaging I’ve seen for a cushion so far. Encased in a cardboard box with a rose in the middle, it looks fancy and extremely feminine in my opinion.
Once opened, the cushion is in a typical cushion packaging with a mirror, flip out cover and a sponge applicator. It feels sturdy, so bringing it along for travelling or on the go touch ups should be of no issue. This cushion is said to be nourishing and hydrating, as it contains lanolin, deep sea water, rose, shea butter and black ginseng. It also has an SPF 50 PA + + + .
Like many base products from Korea, there are only 2 shades in the range, 21 Bright Beige and 23 Natural Beige. I received Shade 23 Natural Beige, but it was still too light for it to match my body (I am currently around NC35).
The cushion is decently soaked with a good amount of product and like all other cushions, I dip my own beauty sponge into it for application. The sponge applicator that comes with it can work in a pinch, but I tend to prefer my own tool.
This cushion’s formulation is really light weight and goes onto the skin nicely, blending really effortlessly. I do find the coverage to a be light-medium, as my normal acne scars were still peeking through even after I tried to build it up with a second layer and a tad more on troubled areas. If you tend to prefer base products with a higher amount of coverage, this may not be suitable for you.
I would say that the finish is extremely natural, leaning towards the dewy spectrum. Matching its name, it does impart a nice sheen to the skin, making it look healthy and glow-y after application. It also does seem hydrating as it did not cling onto my dry patches or accentuate my fine lines. As I am oily, I do have to set it or it will slide off the moment I leave my house.
Lasting power wasn’t fantastic, despite setting my face with a magnifying powder. It looked good for about an hour or two, before the oils along my T-zone started to look noticeable. I rarely ever blot when I am outside due to sheer laziness, but I had to with this cushion. I also noticed hints or patchiness and separation at my cheek area after about 4-5 hours. Thus, lasting power isn’t the most fantastic either.
Here I am wearing the cushion in 23 Natural Beige, with tons of bronzer and additional concealer around the cheek area for extra coverage. Picture was taken right after I finished my entire face makeup application.
Thus, I would only recommend this if you have dry to normal skin with not many imperfections to cover due to its light coverage. The shade range isn’t wide at all and when I wore this out, I had to pretty much bronze a lot to get it to match my body and I’m not even considered extremely tanned. So overall, it’s a decent cushion but I have definitely played around with better ones that fulfil my own personal criteria for my skin type and concerns. You can find out more about this Kicho Aroha Glow CC Cushion here.