When I entered the Amore store, I was intent on getting the Sulwhasoo Evenfair Perfecting Cushion. I had read lovely reviews of it (e.g., The RAEviewer, Beautiful Buns) and was interested in a glowy, dewy finish for dry skin.
But once I told the saleswoman what I wanted, she steered me towards the IOPE cushion. The IOPE was moisturizing, she insisted, whereas the Sulwhasoo (and Laneige) were more drying.
And that’s why this is a review of the IOPE Air Cushion XP instead of the Sulwhasoo cushion in No. 23 Medium Beige (see, I told you I was intent on getting the Sulwhasoo).
IOPE (“eye-oh-pay”) is another brand under the AmorePacific Corporation umbrella. It’s the originator of the original cushion compact, and its latest version is the Air Cushion XP, which has broad spectrum SPF 50+. I bought the shade C23 Cover Beige, which I would guess is between MAC NC15-NC20, closer to NC15. C23 was the deepest shade available and was from the “C” line, which offers more coverage than the “N” (natural) line.
Update: It’s slightly too dark and yellow when I’m NC15, although it appears brightening (read: slightly too light) when I’m NC20. I would still recommend this as a better match for NC20.
Because this shade feels a little pale for summer, I haven’t used this cushion regularly enough to decide whether it’s actually more moisturizing/less drying than my other cushions. But I can say that it functions almost exactly like my other cushions (AmorePacific, Laneige, and HERA). That’s disappointing because I was hoping for some magically dewy skin that would knock other cushions out of the water, but it gave the same light-to-medium coverage with a satin finish. Ultimately, it’s still a great product.