Bouncing thoughts on Sulwhasoo’s Evenfair Perfecting Cushion

May 27, 2014

If you’re familiar with Asian cosmetics trends, then you’ll be more than familiar with BB cushions… possibly even more familiar than I am.  But for the rest of my readers who are asking – what’s that?! – or have dabbled a bit like me but never embraced it… then please join me in musing on this newfangled invention a little.

Just for the sake of discussion (and to masquerade as a product review), let’s bounce around with Sulwhasoo’s Evenfair Perfection Cushion which was launched just a few months back.  I have been trying out a small sample of it (as pictured above) for the past couple of weeks, but the real product looks like this:

Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion


Just like most other BB Cushions in the market, Sulwhasoo’s Evenfair Perfection Cushion comes in a round plastic compact in which the actual product is contained in a sponge-y “cushion” (hence the name!). To prevent the product from drying up too quickly, there is usually a lid that snaps over the cushion and serves as a tray for the sponge applicator. The similarity in design may be attributed to the fact that most of the BB cushions originate from Korea and are manufactured by Amore Pacific. Consequently, pretty much any BB cushion fits in any of the cases. This last point bears keeping in mind as all the brands sell refills so you can save money and precious real estate on numerous cases (particularly since these things dry up fairly quickly once opened, so it is recommended you finish them up as soon as you start).

Skincare Benefits?

As with foundation, each of the brands like to differentiate themselves with varying skincare claims, coverage, finish and wear time. Given Sulwhasoo’s strength in skincare, the Evenfair Perfection Cushion touts various skincare ingredients such as apricot kernel oil to promote skin elasticity and resilience; adenosine for wrinkle correction and arbutin for brightening. And leveraging on the brand’s background in traditional Korean herbs, the Evenfair Perfection Cushion uses White Lily, Peony, Solomon’s Seal, Lotus, and Adhesive Rehmannia to moisturize the skin. Generally I am skeptical of skincare benefit claims in makeup as I am unlikely to use them consistently for long enough periods to ascertain any results. It also does not smell particularly herbal-ish to me, reminding me instead of old Palmolive bar soaps (not pleasant).  So, I am first and foremost interested in the performance.

Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion swatches

Texture & Finish:

Like any BB cushion, Sulwhasoo’s rendition goes on lighter and feels more watery than traditional fluid foundations. The advantage here is you may start out with a thinner layer and build up gradually for a more natural look. However, for those of us preferring more coverage, this takes a much longer time as the product sheers out substantially (needing several layers for decent coverage) and takes time to dry (as you can see from the swatches above, it applies rather “wet”). Attempting to apply in thicker layers and faster strokes tend to leave streaks. In fact, the latest rendition of BB cushions now come with a new “improved” antibacterial sponge applicator that is really not conducive for sweeping across the skin, tugs if you attempt to do so, and is meant to be patted on (takes me a lifetime and then some just to get decent enough to leave the house!).


For a BB, Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion provides decent coverage, buildable up to medium coverage using traditional foundation terminology. It also dries to a semi-matte finish which I personally prefer over the dewy looks of yesteryear. However, I found the finish to fall somewhat flat, lacking the 3-dimensional light of some of the better foundations that I’ve been favoring lately. Furthermore, there are only 4 shades available, and the shade that I had sampled – Medium Beige (which is the most popular shade) – looks rather yellow and turns slightly grayish on me. Worse, I found this to be rather drying, emphasizing pores and bumps and even miniscule hair on my nose that I’d never noticed before were brought to my attention.

In terms of wear time, I found Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion to last about 5-6 hours on me before the shine starts to become conspicuous. This is quite decent for a BB, though the Laneige Snow Soothing Cushion (reviewed here) surpasses Sulwhasoo’s for extreme wear.

So, what is the appeal of BB cushions?

For those residing in very dry climates and where natural dewy looks are prized (most notably Korea), BB cushions offer all that in a convenient package. However, there is a learning curve to applying these BB cushions well, and it takes more time to get a flawless finish than with a traditional fluid foundation. As a replacement for foundations, BB cushions lack the coverage and polish. On younger skin the difference may not be immediately noticeable, but sadly youth is elusive.

There are many brands of BB cushions out there that I’ve yet to try, so I remain hopeful there may be one out there that I’ll eventually fall in love with. If you have a personal favorite, please feel free to let me know!


0 responses to “Bouncing thoughts on Sulwhasoo’s Evenfair Perfecting Cushion”

  1. Ruby says:

    After trying out Sulwhasoo cushion foundation, I wasn’t a fan. The lack of shade variety is an issue for me, I just can’t match to any of it.

    It also doesn’t work well only combi skin in Singapore. I tried using it when I was in Shangai when the weather is below 10 degrees and it was better.

  2. LoveKookai says:

    Personally I find This sulwhasoo cushion very tricky. I like the coverage , especially undereye area, it smooth fine lines over eye area. I m wearing light pink 013, I love it’s fairness, feel very Korean!
    However, it does emphasis small bumps , it feels sticky too . I tried several loose powder to set the foundation but no able to match . I find it hard to touch up too. Face becomes dry n flaky if u touch up with my pressed powder. Tissue blot is better for me for this foundation.
    It’s a love and hate feeling towards this cushion. Will love to try laneige latest pore control cushion. It has cooling effects for my easily heat up skin!

    • silverkis says:

      Ohh… so it’s my loose powder making the whole thing look dry & flaky? I didn’t try wearing this on its own as it is too dewy and I always dust loose powder over my foundations anyway. I’ve never encountered a situation where my loose powder ruined the whole look though. This is not an easy product to work with… and i’m just not sure the trouble is worth it!

      • LoveKookai says:

        Most of my girlfriends who bought this avoided adding a setting powder. It will be sticky for awhile, look very dewy non powdered look.
        Without powder, I cannot use a powder blusher. Need a cream blusher if I m using this. I would still use this for a it’s high SPF n anti aging properties.
        That’s why , it’s a love and hate foundation !

  3. Lilian says:

    I tried Amore Pacfic brand and you and are on the same page, not only take forever to apply on my face before dash out the door and I have to make sure I apply evenly as well as it recommended ‘padded’ on your skin. The sponge-y cushion watery and light bb / cc cream is so ‘light’ & ‘dewy’ that it disappeared completedly after 12pm and my cheek and nose appearing unshyly.

    I also used to touch up and I thought a light, natural, dewy (again) cc cream would freshen my long day tiring look but end of the dinner I rather feel the ‘heaviness’ built on my face and I look more tired! 🙁

    Sadly I didnt enjoy this product as it has such a high and unexpected rave from Beauty World in all sort of (social)media.
    at the end I gave away to a friend who reallywant to try it. There is no point for me to keep. I have re-tried many times and remains unsatisfied.

    I am surprised Sulwashoo’s as u tested also had the same feel8ng/ outcome. There are several brands out there has the same products but until it convince me I am not giving it a try…. also I personally do not loke the sponge in the case as the bacteria will grow just overnight and the whole thing is just messy…..For the price of the product, i think it is too expensive for something that is not functionable.

    I apolpgise for so negarive about it but it is my personal experience and view.

    • silverkis says:

      Hey Lilian! Thanks for your very insightful thoughts, and i’m glad i’m not the only one out there who isn’t embracing the whole BB Cushion craze! ^5

      I’m sorry Amore Pacific one didn’t work out for you either… it is very highly raved isn’t it! 1 tip though, you can actually dip your usual foundation brush into the cushion and apply instead of using the sponge. The pat pat method just sucks, who has the time!

      But ultimately, it just doesn’t wear well (this Sulwhasoo)… but try the Laneige if you are still interested in BB cushions… that one lasted me through one of the hottest days in Bangkok!

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