I was so happy when I opened up the BNT beauty box this month as I had been sent the brand spanking new Kicho Aroha Glow CC Cushion to review! It’s a bit of an exclusive as it’s not out yet at, and so the only information I have at hand comes from the leaflet inside the box!
So far I’ve tried out Kicho’s sheep oil cream and moisturising sun cream, both of which are extremely reliable and I still use them to this day! I had no idea they did makeup so I was really keen to see how their makeup compares to their amazing creams!
Here’s a promotional shot of the Kicho Aroha Glow CC Cushion from their instagram!
Kicho Aroha Glow CC Cushion Review
The Aroha Glow CC Cushion comes in a beautifully crafted box which is sealed with a blooming pink rose.
On top of the cushion sits the puff and when you lift up the flat, it reveals a protective seal which covers the cushion. There’s also a a little leaflet inside which has all the information on the product.
And so the beauty blurb goes
‘A nourishing and hydrating cushion compact with lanolin and deep sea water that provides healthy resilience
- In addition to the above, it also contains rose and black ginseng.
- The instructions mention that you are able to replace the cushion with a refill! All you need to do is press the bottom of the container into the back with both thumbs and push the bottom up by the hand and the container will pop out.
- As with many Korean beauty products, it is UV protected with an SPF of 50 pa+++.
Testing out the Aroha Glow
The cushion comes in two colours, one which is no.21 bright beige and the other is no.23 natural beige. I received the bright beige.
The first time I applied it I was worried it was going to be far too bright and white for me. I know the pale look is really popular in Korea but I prefer it when I have a bit more colour in my face.
On first application, I used the etude house face blur as well. However, I found my face looked so shiny with the cushion that I thought it wasn’t necessary to use both. So decided that the next time, I used the cushion alone! You can see the results of my first application with etude face blur below in the below picture.
My bare skin is in a fairly ok condition at the moment. I have some hyperpigmentation which I do like to cover over! I wasn’t quite sure of the cushion and whether I liked how it looked. What I did find pleasing was the bounciness of the cushion itself when I pressed the puff into it. It seems like it has a lot of product in it compared to other cushions I’ve tried.
I continued to use the cushion daily for work and seemed to get a better hang of it. There is a pearly finish to it so I adapted how much highlighter I put on and also gave my skin a more matte look by dusting some powder on shinier areas. For the last steps, I used concealer for under my eyes and I balanced the whiteness of the cushion by contouring in my usual way!
I think my skin looks a lot brighter and illuminated in all the right places! It doesn’t look cakey. It’s as if I’ve run my photo through the snow app and I swear…I haven’t touched up anything!! The photo below is taken in a natural light.
If coverage is an important factor then this may not be the one for you as it’s not going to cover up acne. It will, however, even out your skin tone and retain a natural luminance.
I’m not the type of person who touches up skin makeup once it’s done, but I’m happy with how it looks!
Here’s a photo of my skin 5 hours later!
I have a very oily nose/t zone and it basically melts anything off after a while. After 5 hours, it looks fine to me! But anything beyond that, I find my nose starts looking like it needs a touch-up.
As with all Kicho products, I would happily repurchase the Kicho Aroha Glow CC Cushion! I can’t see it on the official site yet so I have no idea of the price but it should be there soon.
If Kicho start doing any more makeup product, I’m going to be on that!
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