Hera’s Hot-Selling Black Cushion To Worth The Hype
Korean cushions have long been known to bring out a dewy, natural color while cushions from Western brands tend to give a matte finish and weight. Now, some Korean brands are coming up with new cushion foundations that marry strengths from both sides with lightweight formulas that provide a semi-matte powder finish and high coverage.
Korean luxury skincare and makeup brand Hera is the ultimate paradigm of that.
Hera black cushion, which was released recently in 2017, is marketed as a soft long-wearing cushion foundation with a soft, powdery matte finish. This religious-style cushion is so decorated in South Korea, that it has been featured on many Korean influencers’ videos on YouTube. It’s even been seen several times by influencers as the “best cushion” they’ve ever used.
The foundation provides SPF 34 and PA ++ and comes in a range of 6 shades – from N13 (fair with yellow undertones) to N25 (light-medium with neutral undertones).
To test the Black Cushion’s brand claims, I tried it out and saw if it lived up to all the hype it’s been getting.
It has a limited edition Spring Summer 2018-specialized with beautiful paintings by the Belgian artist Edith Carron, the Black Cushion I received was in the shade N23-Beige.
Upon request, I was blown away by the sheer coverage – one layer was all that was needed to hide my scars and redness. Of course, the foundation can also be built up to half-full coverage depending on your preferences.
It has a subtle floral scent, making it suitable for those who don’t like strong fragrances in cosmetics.
The cushion provides a nice even finish with a glossy finish. I credit this to the brand’s use of cutting-edge “Ultra Fine Powder Dispersion” technology. The formula has a super-fine foundation system that allows the foundation to blend seamlessly into the skin for smooth coverage.
I have combination skin with a T-zone that tends to be oily, so I appreciate foundations that leave me with a matte finish. The Hera black cushion does exactly that, without looking heavy and cakey. It also gives my skin a fresh glow.
Although the brand claims to have a non-sticky finish, I find that it feels tacky at first application and requires the use of a setting powder to increase longevity. With that said, it definitely doesn’t shake off as easily as dewier formulas.
Around the 5-hour mark, the foundation cracked a little around the oiliest areas of my skin – but it’s nothing a touch-up can’t fix.
It has also started to tighten the rough areas, such as the pores on my cheeks and some of my fine lines. If you have dry skin, I recommend using a hydrating primer before using the Black Cushion. You can also look to Hera’s Rosy Satin Cream, a moisturizing product designed to prepare and hydrate the skin before applying makeup.
The foundation does not oxidize, so you don’t have to worry about inconsistent foundation shade in the middle of the day.
All in all, I would recommend this to those with oily or combination skin. It’s a great alternative to heavy full-coverage foundations with compact cushion packaging and provides a nice even finish with comfortable wear. However, those with dry skin may prefer Hera’s UV Mist Cushion, which offers a dewier, brighter finish.