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REVIEW: Missha M Magic Cushion

February 05, 2021 Charlotte Cho
charloMissha Magic Cushion Review

If you haven’t seen yet, Missha finally released the Magic Cushion and I was thrilled to curate it. With more and more brands fighting to be part of the cushion compact market, it was only a matter of time that a Korean brand associated with one of the best BB creams on the market would come out with a cushion of their own.

For those who are just tuning in: What is a cushion compact? It’s a sponge that is saturated with a sheer, weightless foundation. You dab an applicator into the sponge and pat the applicator directly onto the skin. Convenient packaging and buildable formula make re-application of makeup easy and fast. The formula typically offers multiple benefits including sun protection, moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients.

But let me backpedal a bit. Mini rant time: Missha DID come out with a Magic Cushion Case about a year ago, but I never curated it because I tested it and it was such a miss, that it was embarrassing. Their concept was a random sponge that you squeezed your existing BB cream into it. Sure, it could work if you’re the type to blend several creams into one. But to me, it was a blatant insult to the cushion compact innovation - which, sorry to say, isn’t simply a sponge with foundation squeezed into it. The consistency, texture of the formula is key to the success of the cushion compact. So is the quality and materials the sponge is made out of. You can’t haphazardly threw together a poor representation of a “cushion compact” just to get one out there. -END RANT-

That being said, I forgive Missha because they made up for it with the launch of their Magic Cushion, which I find to be overall a great cushion product.

Missha M Magic cushion compact foundation review

Here’s why:


  • Its blue applicator sponge wicks off just the right amount of the formula from the sponge and applies seamlessly and lightly onto the skin. No caked on coverage which is the benefit of the cushion technology.
  • The formula is reminiscent of the O.G. IOPE Air Cushion because it has SPF 50+/PA+++, is moisturizing and leaves a dewy finish.
  • Sleek white package design that is even thinner than the IOPE Air Cushion.
  • Admittedly, the biggest win is the price. $19 is a steal, almost too good to be true kind of steal. It doesn’t come with a refill, but those who are wishing to make their first leap into cushion compact world, this one would be a perfect way to start out.
  • Currently there are four shades: N21 Light Beige, N23 Natural Beige, N27 Honey Beige, and N31 Golden Beige. We are dying for them to release a more inclusive shade variety and will stock darker shades as soon as they are available!


  • I prefer a dewier finish, which I find IOPE does better. If you prefer matte, Magic Cushion could be a better fit.
  • The Magic Cushion contains 15g, identical to the IOPE - but why do I feel like I ran out of the Magic Cushion much quicker?
  • I seriously wonder if there is a patent issue pending with Missha and AmorePacific that will cause these to be yanked off the market because they are so similar to the IOPE!

Your reviews

"This cushion compact is on par with those made by amore pacific and costs half as much. So easy to apply, added bonus if spf 50. Light coverage but I get complements on my skin when I wear it!" - Michelle G

"I use this when in a hurry and can't "fine tune" with concealer as the coverage is medium for me. I like that it gets me out of the house fast and matched my body color as I'm still a little tanned from summer. The consistency is a bit more matte than I like for myself because I love the dewy feel of the Amore Pacific but of course that's just preference thus still the 5 stars." - Stacie A
"As a tan-skinned girl who loves korean makeup cushions, I often have trouble finding a cushion in my colour and that doesn't have a grey undertone. I wear about an NC35 / Nars Stromboli and #27 is the perfect shade for me! The finish of this product is very natural looking and dewy which I love, and the added SPF is great for summer! I'm adding this to my everyday makeup routine, and will definitely be coming back for a refill once mine runs out." - Safa Z


The cushion compact battle rages on! Can’t wait to see what other brands come out with! What's your go-to cushion compact?

xx charlotte

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