Have you gotten into BB/CC cushion trend yet? BB cushions have been my obsession ever since I bought the Innisfree Long Wear cushion. I’ve tried a bunch from various brands so far so far, and I have yet to be really let down on any of them. I love that they feel light on the skin, in comparison to some foundations which I can feel on my skin. It pretty much feels like I’m not wearing face makeup~ But anyways, my most recent cushion pickup is this Hera one which has some really great reviews on Youtube!
Hera is housed by Amore Pacific, but it is on the more expensive side with other brands such as IOPE, Laneige and Sulwhasoo.
This cushion comes in 3 shades: #13 Cool Ivory, #21 Cool Vanilla, #23 Cool Beige.
It claims to have 4.2x times more moisture than the Hera UV Mist Cushion which results in glowing skin. It contains a few skin protective ingredients, such as camellia oil that provides the skin with antioxidants and enhances the skin’s texture, and achillea extract which is supposed to protect the skin from the external environment. It has SPF34/PA++.
(taken from ibuybeauti.com)
A full list of ingredients for those who are concerned can be found here.
With a description like that, who could resist this for the dryer times of the year? There’s nothing better than a product that covers flaws and acts as a skincare product.
The Hera cushion comes in a simple, metallic purple box that is practically the same as the IOPE Air cushion’s box, from the shape to the placement of the information. The box includes a mini pamphlet of instructions and information, a refill, and the compact itself.
I like that the pamphlet is inclusive of those who are unable to read and understand Korean, since the pamphlet is in English on one side and Korean on the other. As you can see above (and it may be difficult to read), the pamphlet is really informative and it contains some visual instructions!
The compact is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colour of the packaging and the face of the compact. It looks very sleek, and the packaging itself matches that of any foundation or cushion within that price point. It’s different from the typical pact (ie. Innisfree cushions, IOPE Air Cushion, Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cushion, etc.) that are usually white or a pastel colour.
The finish really depends on the primer that you use. It has a semi-matte finish with a mattefying primer such as the Body Shop’s Instablur or Benefit’s Porefessional. But a moisturizing primer like Innisfree’s Mineral Glow Base or Too Faced’s Hangover RX will result in a dewy effect. It really comes down to your needs and preferences~
Ironically, it does not provide ‘ultra moisture‘ like one would think the name implies or claims. Hera advertises that it is good for keeping the skin moisturized during the winter, but I suppose they mean that the product locks in the moisture so your skin doesn’t dry out in the colder environment. If you’ve looked at the ingredients list, it does contain ingredients that are supposed to moisturize your skin as well. It accentuates flakiness like most liquid face makeup, so you should make sure that you exfoliate and/or moisturize beforehand! It doesn’t emphasize it horribly, and it’s not too noticeable because of the thin consistency. However, I think there would be no problem for those with normal, combination, or oily skin.
It has light to medium buildable coverage. It covers up redness and minor discolouration well, but it doesn’t remove the need of additional concealing. It’s great for everyday makeup so you don’t look too overdone. A lot of beauty gurus these days prefer to preserve the appearance of their natural skin with a light foundation while minimizing redness or blemishes, so that they have a more effortless and put-together look. It is also great for every day wear since it has SPF in it, so it will protect your skin even if the sun isn’t as harsh as it is in summer. Of course, if you have an event with flash photography, you will want to opt for a product without any SPF in it to avoid that white cast.
All the available shades are meant for those who have fair to medium skin tones. While this excludes those with darker skin tones, it must also be considered that Hera is not officially sold internationally. Korean and Japanese brands do not generally account for darker skin tones because a majority of their demographic have fair/medium skin. Also it is a little more difficult to find Hera products since Hera is not widely popularly internationally, and thus not sold by many eBay sellers or online retailers.
The price is pretty steep at $50-60 USD (some places sell for $45), but keep in mind that it also comes with a refill which makes it around $22-30. I do think it’s quite fair considering that Hera is considered to be on the more high-end side. However, it’s still not the most affordable product on the market. BB creams/cushions from high-end brands at Sephora and department stores are even more expensive for the same amount of product, and yet sometimes they are not as effective.
This cushion is by far one of my favourites! It is also my go-to face makeup currently. I haven’t used an actual foundation in awhile, so they just kind of sit there for display on my organizers. I may consider repurchasing this once I finish the refill, unless something better comes along!
+ Applies very smoothly
+ Does not get blotchy throughout the day
+ Gorgeous packaging
+ Comes with a refill
+ Semi-matte finish
+ Long lasting (~8 hours)