I am officially cutting myself off from buying any more BB cushions until I can get through the ones I own. My latest acquisition is the Hanyul Luminant Cushion, adding to my collection of cushions by AmorePacific, IOPE, Laneige, and HERA (links are to past reviews).
I’ll review the Hanyul cushion first and then compare all my cushions. Update: I did an even bigger cushion roundup in this post.
Hanyul Luminant Cushion Review
I bought the Hanyul Luminant Cushion PURELY because it’s shilled by Jun Ji Hyun (Cheon Song Yi from “My Love From Another Star”). Ugh, I’m so obsessed with her glowing skin. Ji Hyun, just start the protective order proceedings now.
Boasting SPF 50+ PA+++, the cushion comes in two shades, 1 Pink and 2 Beige. I bought the latter. I haven’t really seen Hanyul products in the U.S., but it is yet another brand under the umbrella of the AmorePacific Corporation.
The shade 2 Beige is a neutral creamy beige that is akin to MAC NC15. The coverage is buildable to medium. The finish is satiny and luminous, but not as luminous as on Jun Ji Hyun sadly. You know that clear, almost wet, plump glow that K-stars have? This cushion won’t make that happen. The finish is perhaps 10% more luminous than some of my other cushions but it doesn’t perform magic. In the comparison swatches below, you’ll notice that the Hanyul looks the dewiest even after it’s dried.
Despite not being as luminous as I’d expected, it still offers a lovely finish while softening the appearance of spots and covering up redness. It also feels a bit more moist than some of my other BB cushions. It lasts all day, but then again, I always powder over my cushion foundations (which will take away a lot of the luminosity). So overall, I still recommend the Hanyul cushion if you can get your hands on it. (Btw, I didn’t post an ingredients list because the packaging and insert are in Korean.) Update: My Asian Skincare Story has the translated ingredients here.
Comparison of AmorePacific, IOPE, Hanyul, Laneige, & HERA Cushions
- AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact in 104 (Tan Blush)
- IOPE Air Cushion XP in C23 (Cover Beige)
- Hanyul Luminant Cushion in 2 Beige
- Laneige BB Cushion in Light
- HERA UV Mist Cushion Long Stay in C21 (Cool Vanilla Cover)
So I’ve realized that all of my cushions are from one AmorePacific brand or another and that probably explains why they all feel and look similar (despite the widely variable price points and target demographics). If you’re wondering which one to get, my best advice is to choose a cushion that best matches your skin color because the coverage and finish are similar among them: they start off sheer but are buildable to medium coverage with a satin finish. I don’t find any of them particularly drying or moisturizing and they are all most definitely makeup despite their various skincare claims (moisturizing, brightening, skin-balancing, oil control, etc.). Update: I gravitate towards the AmorePacific, Hanyul, and HERA Ultra Moisture (not in this post but reviewed here) as the smoothest, least drying formulas relatively speaking, but as I said, the cushions in this post are all quite similar and not drying per se.
In the arm swatches (all taken outdoors), all of the shades surprisingly appear peach and all except the Hanyul oxidized to a medium peach that I would guess is in the NC/NW20-25 range. The Hanyul looks to be a peachy NC15-20. The AmorePacific and the HERA have the strongest orange tones. But keep reading because on the face, it’s a different story.
When I’m very fair (NC15), I like the Laneige Light, HERA C21, and Hanyul 2 Beige. Update June 2015: I’ve been reading cushion shade-matching posts on the Asian Beauty subreddit and have noticed a few comments saying that Laneige Light is dark and orangey on NC15 skin. It’s possible that Laneige has changed the color over time (I bought mine in Feb. 2014) or that I was just plain wrong. Please read more recent reviews before buying.
In the summer or when I self-tan (NC20-25), I like the AmorePacific 104 Tan Blush. On the face, this is the only one that I would say has a strong orange/peach tone. The orangeness is very apparent if my neck is still pale, but the shade looks natural when I’m tanner.
The IOPE C23 is sort of in-between; I think it matches when I’m around NC15-20 (it looks slightly too light/brightening when I’m NC20 but is passable). Update: It can look slightly too dark and yellow when I’m NC15.
I hope this was helpful. The arm swatches might have confused things, but they show how similar the coverage levels and finishes are. The shade names/numbers are a decent guide to how fair/deep the shade will appear on the face.
Update: Added a photo taken indoors in indirect sunlight.