Finally, I got around to review the Mamonde cushion. Mamonde has probably been one of the first korean brands that I’ve tried many years ago. Their Extra Moisture Emulsion with ceramides, hyaluronic acid and extracts is what got me hooked on korean skincare. I believe this has been discountinued and replaced with the Moisture Ceramide Emulsion now. Definitely on my wishlist, because I know it will be good.

Anyway, back to the MAMONDE Brightening Cover Powder Cushion. This cushion comes in 5 shades: 17 Light Peach, 21C Medium Peach, 21N Medium Beige, 23C Natural Peach, and 23N Natural Beige. I’ve picked mine in the shade 21C and it’s a good match. The packaging is beautiful and clips well. It contains 15g of product.

Description

Description of the Mamonde cushion on their website: Full coverage and matte finish for bright and flawless skin. Peach Blossom Powder blends well with coverage particles dispersed in foundation for seamless coverage of skin imperfections and pores. Sebum Control Soft Powder absorbs excess sebum and holds makeup for a bright complexion without any darkening.

Application

Just like with any cushion you’re supposed to dab the puff on the cushion and pat the product into the skin by pressing it. I have actually lost the puff of this cushion and use a brush for the moment. In fact, that’s probably because when I first used the puff I didn’t quite like how it applied on my skin.

mamonde cushion

Performance

Texture: The texture of this cushion is very lightweight. It feels like you don’t have any product on the skin and it’s velvety to the touch. I currently use a brush to apply it and I like it better than the puff, to be honest. When I used the puff I feel like the product just sat around the pores making them more prominent (but it will give you better coverage). Due to my pores being large, I feel like the brush does a better job at blending and giving the pores a bit more of that blurred effect. This is one of the reasons why I prefer base products that are more creamy. They apply better and with less effort on pores like mine.

Finish: Just like the name suggests, it leaves a soft semi-matte powdered finish on the skin. You’ll need to apply this fast, because it sets fast. Again, similarly to the Etude House Double Lasting foundation, it will not be suitable for dry, textured and mature skin or if you have dry patches as it may cling onto them. It has a tendency to crease and settle into the lines if you apply it too thick or don’t moisturize properly.

Coverage: Light to medium coverage (applying it with the puff will be more on the medium side). A little buildable, but you cannot do more than 2 layers, otherwise it’ll look unnatural. This also depends on how you’ve preped your skin. I have deep set eyes and visible dark circles. This covers about 40% of that, enough to seem natural and not make me look tired. Depending on how visbile your dark circles are, maybe you’ll need to add a concealer. It doesn’t cover acne, but makes blemishes look faded.

Lasting Power: I don’t understand when people say that their cushion or foundation stays on for 8 hours+. Not many seem to last nearly as much on my skin. Am I the only one? It could be that hydrating skincare routine though haha. Anyway, this lasted me for about 4 hours, which is pretty normal for my skin type. Easy to reapply, but looks a bit much on my pores with more layers. Ideally, I’d have to remove it first and reapply on the cheek area.

Scent

The scent is light and floral. Not very detectable.

This cushion would be for combination and oily skin types if you’d like something that doesn’t look dewy, with oil control and looks natural at daytime.
*In addition, here’s something important I noticed: this will work better on smoother and firm skin, with little imperfections, because I’ve noticed that it applies and looks much better on my forehead and nose where the skin is more firm than the rest of my face.
Avoid using powder on top as it may look patchy.

Can we talk about the SPF50 PA+++ though? That’s awesome. I have mentioned in my previous posts that I always use a separate sun block anyway. Furthermore, the sunscreen also changes the finish and adds some sheen to it, which I totally prefer instead of looking matte.

mamonde cushion 21C

Ingredients

Purified Water, Dimethicone, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (ci 77891), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Trisiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Phenyl-trimethicone, Niacinamide, Butyleneglycol Dicaprylate / Dicaprate, Acrylate / Stearyl Acrylate / Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol Dimethicone Copolymer, Extracts Of Peach Tree Buds, Extracts Of Big Tree Buds, Extracts Of Bilberry Buds, Sodium Clavulanate, Sodium Cyanoborohydrides, Ricinoleic Acid, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, Silica, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Red Iron Oxide, Caprylic Glycol, Triethoxycap Reel Silane, Poly Methyl Meta Acrylate, Poly Phosphoryl Choline Glycol Acrylate, Flavoring, Yellow Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide


Final Verdict

Pros

  • Sun protection SPF50+ / PA+++
  • Evens out the skin tone and brightens the complexion.
  • Lightweight, velvety texture.
  • Light-medium coverage (more on the medium side if applied with the puff it comes with).
  • Soft semi-matte finish.
  • Good oil control.
  • Compact portable packaging.
  • Affordable.

Cons

  • Not suitable for dry, very dehydrated, textured or mature skin as it can look cakey and unnatural.
  • Avoid if you also have large pores and you skin is not firm/tight.
  • Not very smudge proof.

In short, some of the things that I like about the Mamonde cushion are: the peachy undertone looks natural and brightens the skin! I thought it would look weird but actually I really like it. Makes the complexion look so healthy. Nice added protection of SPF50 PA+++. Moreover, offers oil control and I like the finish when applied over my skincare and sunscreen. It lasts a decent amount. Most suitable for those with firm plump skin and little imperfections. This is also created for oily/combination skin that’s why it’s even named Cover Powder Cushion.

Hence, any skin type that can be (or a combination of): mature, dry, very dehydrated, textured with large pores, dry patches and flakes should stay away from this. Sadly, I will not repurchase this, because I have other products that perform and apply much better on my huge pores with minimal effort. If my skin was smoother with less visible pores, it would apply much better and give a very soft and blurred look. Also my skin is feeling a bit drier recently and even with skincare I cannot seem to make it sit like I want it to on my cheeks, so it’s not the most suitable cushion for me.



Have you tried the Mamonde cushion? What’s your impression? I’m bummed that it didn’t work that well for me as I’ve seen so many people like this cushion. Please share your thoughts if you’ve tried it 🙂