I received samples of three Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion compacts for quite a while now, but never used them because I had no need to (and frankly, the packaging looks too teenybopper-ish for me as the brand’s designed for someone in a different age group). UNTIL this past month when I was struck with one heckuva crazy bitchin’ acne breakout on my chin that refused to go away. I was increasingly grumpy as the weeks went by, looking at the zits on my jaw made me want to go on a killing spree, then I remembered one morning that green cancels out skin redness so I dug deep into my cupboards and found the Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion compact that comes in a mint shade. Time to use these babies and put them to the test!
I wasn’t kidding about the awful acne breakout. This rampant breakout happens to be the extremely annoying kind that’s made up of painful itchy bumps all the way beneath the skin and they just kept growing bigger and spreading wider. From a couple of spots, it turned into three then four, then everywhere on my chin. There’s nothing I could do about it other than religiously applying topical anti-bacterial and antibiotic creams. It’s been weeks yet they were not showing any signs of deflating or going away anytime soon. I was pretty much cursing every day and every night.
Before [cursing bloody murder] and After [zen, zen].
The Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion is a 6-in-1 product, from AmorePacific the same parent company that’s brought us Laneige. This series of cushion compacts contains whitening, sun-protection (SPF34 PA++), wrinkle care, moisturizing, sheer coverage, and skin cooling properties, to help even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of blemishes.
In my opinion, the three shades: Mint, Pink, and Peach, should be used as a primer to correct color.
Green cancels out redness so this Mint shade is ideal for those who has rosacea.
Magic Pink restores radiance and glow to pale skin, making a dull complexion look more alive, less sickly, and giving it a rosy appearance.
Magic Peach balances out uneven skin tone and is a neutral shade to brighten the face all around. I haven’t used it on its own, but I reckon it’d be a suitable one to layer underneath my usual BB or foundation for a radiance boost.
I started out with patting the Magic Mint shade all around my jaw area. Then I used a little bit of Magic Pink under my eyes and then Magic Peach everywhere. First impression of applying Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion is how icy cool the air puff felt on the skin. Thumbs up!
Yo wait a second, the colors on my face looked totally wrong and unnatural! I wasn’t even applying a thick pancake layer on my face, after all the special airpuff was designed to pick up an adequate amount of makeup base for the face and minimize product wastage. If I were going to a Halloween costume party, I’d have stopped here as my work was done… I was looking pretty ghoulish, wtf.
I needed to bring my skin tone back closer to a natural-looking shade, so I patted on my usual go-to Laneige BB Cushion (#23) all over the face, and then proceeded to apply makeup because at this stage I looked rather pale and sleepy. I reeeeally don’t like putting too much makeup on my face, it stresses me out, but when one’s already at this stage the only way is to keep going and try to look like a pleasant human being.
I guess you can say that the redness-cancellation is not bad and my jaw doesn’t look so offensive anymore. There’s definitely an improvement visually and the red spots aren’t glaringly obvious even up close. I feel much less self-conscious about the red acne spots on my jaw. They still were terribly itchy and painful, but seeing them not appearing as bad made me less irritated. A step closer to being a pleasant human being, hur hur.
On the right side of my chin where the acne bumps were more severe, the coverage was a-okay. Some slight redness still visible, but no doubt a tremendous improvement compared to its original state. I decided to stop here before I ended up with a pancake layer of makeup on my face. Even though I was worried my chin was going to look dry and cakey, it did not for an entire afternoon – phew.
Honestly I would rather not layer on so much stuff on my face, but using Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion together with Laneige BB Cushion actually turned out purty fantastic. I used all the three shades introduced here, although just Magic Mint alone should’ve sufficed since the main objective was to tone down the redness.
Viewed from an arm’s length and further, my complexion actually could pass off as looking very decent – even good, according to unsuspecting friends with questionable eyesight (j/k).
And because the various anti-inflammatory acne creams I’ve used were quite drying, I’m glad that the Etude House Precious Mineral Magic Any Cushion compacts all have a hydrating formula so my face didn’t look parched or had awkward patches of dry skin here and there. Too bad there is no Etude House in America, so to get these products your best bet is to follow the Amazon links I’ve provided above. Asian readers can pick these up at any Etude House store, yay.
Also wearing Stila Convertible Color in Peony on cheeks, Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick – #40 (Satin Bright Orange), Make Up For Ever Lab Shine Lip Gloss Diamond Collection – D20, Urban Decay Vice 2 eye shadow palette “Damaged” (a shimmery pine green shade) as eyeliner, and Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Microfinish Powder dusted all around to tone down the shiny glossy oil-spill look.
Trying my darnest to smile even though inside I was an overflowing boiling cauldron of irritation. When the hell’s this proliferation of acne going away?!! I can’t can’t can’t can’t can’t stand them. :(
Have you checked out my other blog post on how to get Korean skin? Read all about the 12 step Korean skin care routine explained in details.