When it comes to the latest beauty trends, less is definitely more — especially when it comes to your makeup base. Coupled with the ridiculously soaring temperatures in Singapore, most of us have (reluctantly) given up our favourite high-coverage foundations — at least just for the moment. Thankfully, there’s a secret product in our makeup arsenal that makes braving the humidity just a tad bit bearable.
The weapon in question? One of Sulwhasoo’s bestselling products, the Perfecting Cushion EX, which we’ve found ourselves reaching for more and more — especially after the product has undergone a reformulation last year.
The upgraded formula makes use of an exclusive, patent-pending Slim Fit High Coverage technology that prevents the pigment-rich formula from clumping. The foundation blends smoothly with the skin to conceal blemishes, all while offering full coverage with just one thin layer. This gives the illusion of a healthy, glowing complexion.
While concealing pigmentation and acne scars is a definite plus point, that’s not all there is to this product. The revamped version also boasts amazing skincare benefits, thanks to the ingredients. One of which is a powerful mushroom extract that binds moisture to your skin, so it stays hydrated and comfortable all day. It also includes a blend of five precious ingredients — namely Solomon’s seal, white lily, Rehmannia, peony and sacred lotus — in its Jaum Balancing Complex that nourishes skin and relieves dryness.
We were pleased to find out that the sleek compact of the Perfecting Cushion EX has been given a chic makeover, as part of its limited edition Peach Blossom Spring Utopia collection inspired by the splendour of peach blossoms in the ancient East. The collection is a result of a collaboration with contemporary artist Hana Seo, who specialises in beautifully interpreting traditional folk painting with a modernist style.
Sulwhasoo is no stranger to collaborations with artists. The brand, known for its beauty of harmony and balance inspired by Asian philosophy, has worked with numerous Korean artists in the past, such as media artist Lee, Lee-Nam for its Luminature Essential Finisher in 2014, as well media artist Lee Jong Suk for its Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream in 2015.
With more beauty brands championing the need for inclusivity, Sulwhasoo jumped on the bandwagon last year by introducing four new shades of its Perfecting Cushion EX in a bid to cater to different skin tones on opposite ends of the scale. Only three shades are made available for the Peach Blossom Spring Utopia collection, though, starting with ivory (No.15) as the palest shade, and natural beige (No.23) as the deepest.
The Perfecting Cushion EX is priced at S$80, inclusive of a refill. The limited edition prints are also available on a variety of makeup staples from the brand, including the Perfecting Cushion Brightening (S$80), First Care Activating Serum EX (S$195), Essential Lip Serum Stick (S$50), and Make-Up Multi-Kit (S$109).
And if you’re still scrambling to look for last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas, the collection might make a great gift for your beauty-obsessed mum, too.