Korean Air Cushion: Hera UV Mist Cushion Review

Today, I’m going to review the Hera UV Mist Cushion. I have been wanting to start reviewing the Korean Beauty products that I’ve use for awhile but life got in the way. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m ga-ga over Korean Beauty or K-Beauty products. About a year and a half ago I converted my non-existent nightly beauty routine to the multi-step Korean regime and my skin has never looked or felt better. The reason I started doing the regime in the first place was because I didn’t have one to begin with and also because the signs of aging are catching up to me. Granted, there are days when I am lazy and I don’t want to do all the steps but, even with skipping steps in the maintenance mode that I am currently in, it seems to still be doing well. Because of how well my skin took to the K-Beauty products (as well as my husband’s) I decided that I wanted to dip my toe into the K-Beauty cosmetics.

So back in the summer of 2017 I started researching the K-Beauty cushions. For anyone who doesn’t know what a Korean Cushion is, it’s basically a foundation or BB cream in compact form. The foundation is housed in a porous sponge, or cushion, so there is no actual free floating liquid and you use the sponge that is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial to transfer it to your face. But, instead of applying it in a sweeping motion, you actually pat it on. What happens is the sponge acts as an airbrush of sorts and covers your face lightly with the foundation. It leaves it feeling light, soft, and breathable. One thing that most cushions can do is offer buildable coverage by going over the areas of your face again after the initial application since you are patting the product on instead of sweeping and smooshing it on, which, with every motion, you are actually taking off product. Plus, it doesn’t look cakey even after multiple passes. Additionally, most cushions offer full broad spectrum UVA/UVB production.

Now, not all cushions are created equal, and what works for my skin, might not work for yours. But, I have found the Hera brand, though pricier than other options works best on me.

About my skin:

  • Dry, can be flakey
  • Large pores around nose
  • Reddish patches, uneven skin tones
  • Hella dark under eye circles.
  • Aging…definitely again, I don’t have a ton of wrinkles but the ones I do have I don’t want amplified.

Generally when I’m looking for a cushion, I look for something that is moisturizing and won’t settle into my pores or fine lines. I actually have been shying away from most US cosmetics line because it can be too heavy on my face. I don’t want to feel like I’m wearing makeup, if that makes sense. At my age, I will take any help I can get! Since I am a makeup novice, I can’t tell you what color I am in MAC makeup…because I don’t use MAC and have never used it. Below you will find the Hera UV Mist Cushion colors. Generally speaking, most Korean cushions offer the same colors and numbers. I use C23 in almost every line of Korean cushions. The difference between “N” and “C” is the coverage, “N” stands for natural so it’s a lighter coverage. “C” stands for cover, so it’s a heavier coverage.

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The Hera UV Mist Cushion was highly touted for being a great cushion that moisturizes, provides all day coverage with a flawless finish. And like most Asian makeup, it leaves a dewy finish on the face, which I am not the biggest fan of so I usually finish with a light powder.

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The Old Compact and the New Compact

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Before Concealer and Cushion
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After Concealer and Cushion (Plus Eyeliner)
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Photo in natural sunlight from our sun room aka Florida room. (I recently dyed my hair back to it’s natural color since I just needed something easy to care for while I have a broken ankle.)

Both of these photos were taken without filter, using the same light (I am actually using my Simple Human Mirror’s light in both photos). I will say that the cushion does do a good job with coverage, however, for my stubborn under eye circles, I like to use the Becca Under Eye Brightening Cream and Tarte’s Shape Tape. I do conceal the mole that is by my mouth, just in case you are wondering. I don’t find myself needing to touch up and it wears for 18 hours without any issues. Since I don’t love the Asian trend of having shiny skin, I dust lightly with Bare Minerals Mineral Veil. I used Solone Eyeliner that I buy in Taiwan. Usually it’s my powder that I see more settling with than my cushion foundation. I find myself reaching for this cushion more often than not, but that’s mostly because I don’t want to break open my last Hera Age Reverse Cushion refill. These cushions are great for someone that wants coverage but doesn’t want to feel like their face is weighed down with a ton of makeup. Overall grade is an A.

Something worth mentioning is that these Cushions can be purchased for around $29 on Amazon or eBay or online through K-Beauty suppliers. Each box contains a compact with 15g of product already in the compact and a refill insert that also contains 15g of product. You just simply pop out the old spent cushion and replace with the new. My cushions usually last around 5 months or so and that’s with almost daily use. So definitely well worth the money if you would like to try it!

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