Winter is coming to Paris which means that I am going to have a hard time picking out my bases for the season. I recently decided to go back to cushion foundations because I remembered buying a few of them while I was in Seoul and that I have to use them before buying more…
I have been testing the VDL Sheer Matt Cushion for a good decent month now, alternatively with my beloved Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done Hybrid foundation which I love. In terms of packaging, it has a regular sturdy compact that comes with a nice size mirror and a good firm sponge puff. I quite like the sleek all white look of the case as well.
I got the shade A02 which I believe is the second lightest shade. I have tried many Korean cushions before and always have found myself struggling to pick the right shade for me. I must say that I often end up quite disappointed by the shade range when it comes to Korean bases. It’s usually either too grey or too white most of the time but surprisingly, this one was a pretty good match. As most of the Korean base products do, this cushion has whitening purposes, which can be bothersome sometimes – who wants to look like a ghost – whereas this one just slightly whitens the complexion.
I like the finish on my skin, which is definitely not a full matte look but truly what I would also call a “sheer matte” finish. I noticed during the application process that the product sets quickly but not entirely. The cushion is confortable to wear at the beginning and will leave your face looking glowy at the end of the day, so I think that it requires a bit of powdering because I personally don’t like to feel the product when I touch my
sticky face by accident.
However, after wearing it for a while, usually 9 to 10 hours a day, I feel that the product dries out my combination skin throughout the day, which is a problem that happens regularly on me. It slowly starts to reveal fine lines under my eyes, and tends to migrate around my nose area. That’s why I would recommend to press the product on a hydrated surface and stay away from the eye area to prevent cases of creasing.
I would say that you definitely have to touch up throughout the day to keep the base intact, which I don’t do. I’m a student and I spent most of my time in class so I don’t really have the time and the urge to check my makeup every hour… Generally speaking, it is a good product but not irreplaceable. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect cushion foundation.