Do any of you know who Doreamon is? I became obsessed with this earless robot cat (yes, he doesn't have ears thanks to a mouse eating them) when I was in Japan almost 20 years ago. I actually have quite a bit Doreamon paraphernalia in my possession in the form of stickers, pens, balloons and stationary so when Korean beauty brand A'Pieu (under the same umbrella as Missha) came out with Doreamon-themed makeup last year, I just about lost my s**t. Here, I was a 30-year old woman, filling her online RoseRoseShop cart with everything Doraemon!
This cushion comes with an extra puff and cushion which even if I had paid $50 would have been an amazing deal let alone $6 USD + shipping. Most Korean cushions come with a second cushion that can easily be popped into the case and with each cushion lasting anywhere from 3 - 6 months with daily use, I would say they are well worth the money!
One thing that I struggle with now that I have a tan is the fact that most Korean cushions are quite light on me. There are often just two shades (No. 21 and No. 23) and though 23 in "Natural Beige" sounds like it should work, it is really too light on me in the summer. I work indoors 44 hours a week so I have no idea HOW I am getting this tan, but based on how my foundations are looking on my skin now, I seem to be absorbing more vitamin D than I realize. The A'Pieu Air Fit Cushion SPF 50+/PA+++ Doraemon Edition ($6.00 USD on RoseRoseShop) is a light finish foundation that uses mineral water instead of just regular "aqua" to give skin an extra dose of hydration while giving skin a natural and even finish that feels as light as air.
I have applied the cushion to the left half of my face and you can see that it is quite white compared to my natural skin tone. Keep in mind that Asian beauty classifies this look as whitening and brightening.
For my everyday makeup purposes, this was just too light for me to wear seriously once I applied the cushion to both sides of my face, but I have found that sparingly tapping the more red areas of my face gave me sufficient coverage without any fuss. When I first saw these photos, I was pretty shocked at how white I looked! Then when you watch videos like this one from Pearypie, you start to think "maybe I can pull this off in Asia".
Final verdict: Now that I have learned to use this cushion sparingly, I find that I wear it much more often. I love that there is a high SPF and I find the coverage perfectly buildable while not feeling cakey. This cushion has a slight dewy finish though not as dewy as some other Asian cushions/CCs/BBs. I shall see how this shade wears in the winter when I am not quite as tanned because based on the finish and relative longevity (5-6 hours before I need to blot), this cushion is one that I would pull out again and again.