Innisfree Water Glow Cushion ($14 for 15g refill) claims to bestow a radiant glow with natural coverage in addition to SPF50+ and PA+++.
The Innisfree cushions are reputed to run light. That definitely rang true for the Water Glow cushion, which is the only one from Innisfree that I’ve tried. I ordered a refill in No. 23 True Beige, hoping that it would match my winter color, which is a MAC NC15 and typically a 21 in other cushion brands. Indeed, the 23 was a good fit and I’ve been using it interchangeably with my shade 21 cushions this winter.
The IOPE is noticeably darker than the Innisfree–but just barely, by about half a shade (I wear the IOPE when I’m a little tanner than MAC NC15 but am not quite NC20). The IOPE has yellow undertones and retained the most sheen in the arm swatch.
On the face, however, all three cushions leave a similar satin-dew finish, and the Innisfree lives up to its “water glow” claims. Is the Innisfree much glowier than the other cushions? Ehhh…about the same level, I’d say.
The glow and the coverage are still there. (Lighting is warmer because I took this in the setting sun.) Actually, in direct light the glow approaches looking oily, even on my dry skin, and allover glow makes my face look round. Normally, I’d at least powder the edges of my face and the sides of my nose to avoid looking rounder.
The cushion provides noticeably lighter coverage than my other cushions. (This one is my 7th; search the blog or click the “cushions” tag for all my other cushion reviews.) My other cushions easily achieve medium coverage in 2 layers or less. The Innisfree cushion, in comparison, is not buildable beyond light-medium coverage. After 3 layers, sunspots and old acne marks were still more visible than they are under other cushions. However, I’m not docking points since the coverage is supposed to be on the lighter side.
Lasting power is almost on par with my other cushions, especially when powdered (8+ hours), but in general it seems to wear off sooner. I also find the lasting power to be unpredictable: sometimes it makes it through the work day and other times it begins to break up and look dull and patchy after 5 or 6 hours. Since I’m not very oily, I think the patchiness in this case is a sign of it drying my skin out.
Also be aware that the refills do not come with a puff. That’s pretty lame and unlike any other cushion refill I’ve had, but I just use it with the puff from whatever other cushion I have open.
Overall, the Innisfree Water Glow is nearly comparable to my other cushions, but there are some shortcomings. The tradeoff for a cheaper product may be worth it for some; for me, I’m glad I tried this and will gladly continue using it, but I won’t repurchase.
One last thing: you might wonder whether the Innisfree refill fits other cushion cases. The answer is: sort of.
The bottom line is that the Innisfree refill fits well enough in Hanyul, IOPE XP, and AmorePacific cases to be carried around securely. The cases close and the refill won’t fall out when the case is upside down so long as the refill is closed.
The diameter of the refill lid is what makes the refill fit in the case. When the lid is opened during use, the body of the refill is too small to stay in the case and easily falls out if the case is turned upside down. Also, the Innisfree refills are shorter than the Hanyul/IOPE/AmorePacific ones, so the bottom doesn’t sit flush against the case bottom. If you don’t care about aesthetics, then buying just the Innisfree refill to use in a Hanyul/IOPE/AmorePacific case is perfectly fine.
Pros: Satin-glowy finish. Buildable to light-medium coverage. Refills easily available separately and for cheap.
Cons: Shorter and unpredictable lasting power compared to other cushions. Possibly drying. No Rubycell puff included in the refill. Doesn’t tightly fit in other cushion cases.