NEW Korean Beauty Craze- {IOPE} Air Cushion XP Compact

Hello Beautiful!

Get ready to get even more beautiful! While Americans have been wrapping their heads around the BB and CC creams, fickle Koreans (me included) have already moved onto the next beauty craze. Say hello to the air cushion compact that started the latest Korean beauty craze ~ IOPE Air Cushion XP Compact.

This compact is raging through Korea, and all of Asia as a matter of fact. According to some articles, an IOPE Cushion compact is sold every 30 seconds in Asia. Wow. IOPE is owned by Amore Pacific so I wasn’t surprised when the IOPE Cushion Compact was very similar to the Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact I reviewed last year (review HERE).  Keep reading to see the similarities and differences between to two. Let’s start!

Iope Air Cushion Review by PrettyGossip- PackageA one-of-a-kind foundation applied through an innovative air cushion that blocks UV rays and covers imperfections naturally. Containing Vitamin B5, Vitamin E derivatives and Vitamin P as well as 30% mineral water, this revolutionary product helps you maintain ultimate moisture levels. Unlike BB cream, the XP can be reapplied throughout the day, before and after makeup. 

AVAILABILITY:

  • IOPE Air Cushion XP Compact is not readily available in the States. BUT, you can find them at your local Korean beauty stores or HERE for about $45 (w/ refill).

SHADES:

  • Available in 2 shades: 21 (Fair) and 23 (Light)
  • 3 Finishes: Natural Finish (N), Full Coverage (C), and a Shimmer Finish (S).
    • C No. 21- Full Coverage in Fair
    • C No. 23- Full Coverage in Light
    • N No. 21- Natural Finish in Fair
    • N No. 23- Natural Finish in Light (My shade. I’m a MAC NC20)
    • Shimmer No. 22- Shimmer Finish
  • Unfortunately, IOPE does not offer any deeper shades. For most Koreans, the go to shade is 23.

Shades

SUN PROTECTION:

  • IOPE’s Air Cushion Compact has a SPF of 50 and provides both UVA and UVB protection. Woohoo! Remember SPF only means UVB protection. For more SPF and PA+++ information, click HERE.

Iope Air Cushion Review by PrettyGossip- Back

PACKAGING:

  • Sturdy and super pretty. 🙂 Please note that like other cushion compacts, it’s thicker than normal powder compacts.
  • The neat freak in my obsesses about keeping the white edges of the compact clean, but it’s almost impossible. I deal with it, but the OCD me feels anxiety every time I use it.

Iope Air Cushion Review by PrettyGossip- Open

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS:

  • I purchased the natural finish in N23. You can see from the photos below that it provides  coverage while looking like natural skin. My freckles are covered with a natural dewy finish.
  • I have dry skin so this works out well. No settling into my lines and wrinkles.
  • Unlike powders, my skin felt comfortable and hydrated. Love, love, love.
  • You can reapply throughout the day too without getting cakey!

Below is a before and after taken in indirect sunlight. Notice how my freckles are covered, skin is luminous, and I don’t look like I have a ton of makeup on?! Wonderful!Iope Air Cushion Review by PrettyGossip- Face

Below is a before and after taken indoors. Notice the dark spot in the before photo (just to the left of the swatch)? Can you find the spot in the after photo?

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APPLICATION:

  • This cushion compact is best applied with the provided dense sponge. Each compact and sponge are meant to last about 2 months. So with the refill, you’ll have a 4 month supply.
  • The dense sponge is not washable and must be disposed once the compact is empty.
  • One thing that’s great about this sponge is that it doesn’t absorb any product, so no product is gone to waste. All the product that you place on the sponge will be transferred onto your face, so use sparingly! Don’t drag the sponge. Use tapping motions to press the product onto your skin. Tapping will help the product melt into the skin.
  • I tried applying with a brush and wasn’t happy. I was wasting too much product in the bristles of the brush. The sponge is really provides the best application.

Iope Air Cushion Review by PrettyGossip- Sponge

REFILL:

  • The product comes with a replacement air cushion + sponge. The compact pops out very easily and you can just as easily pop the new cartridge in.

Iope Air Cushion Review by PrettyGossip- Refill

  • Here’s a side by side of an empty and full compact.

Iope Air Cushion Review by PrettyGossip- New and Empty

  • Before you throw out the old cartridge, I recommend flipping the thick sponge. There will be a ton of product at the bottom of the well and by flipping the sponge, you’ll be able to get some additional applications out of it!

Iope Air Cushion Review by PrettyGossip- Flip

AMORE PACIFIC vs. IOPE?:

  • In case you’re not familiar with IOPE and Amore Pacific…
    • Amore Pacific is a Korean brand that has been around for many many years in Korea. Recently, they launched a line of products for the US at retailers like  Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sephora.
    • IOPE is a brand under the Amore Pacific umbrella, but specifically for the Korean and a few Asian countries. You can find a selection of their products at local US Korean beauty stores or order them HERE.
  • In terms of color match… IOPE had a better color match for me even though it only has 2 shades available: fair (21) and light (23) shade. I’m pretty light but I still wasn’t light enough for 21 and purchased 23. I can’t imagine how fair you haveto be a 21… I’m thinking porcelain white!
    • Amore Pacific is available in 4 shades. I purchased 204 in Tan Gold which was still too dark for me (review HERE) but I purchased it anyway because it was the best fit. Amore Pacific shades run a bit darker than IOPE probably because it’s made for the US market.
    • In case you’re interested… my color matches include: Mac Studio Fix Fluid- NC20, Giorgio Armani Foundation- 5, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua- 20 Beige, Nars Tinted Moisturizer- Alaska Light 2, Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick- Beige 3. To sum it up… I’m light with yellow undertones.
  • IOPE is not easily accessible in the US, but at least it’s cheaper than Amore Pacific! Amore Pacific is available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Sephora for $60. You can order IOPE HERE for about $45.
  • While Amore Pacific made my sensitive eyes water due to the strong fragrance… IOPE did not! So even though the formulas are probably the same, the fragrance is much stronger in the Amore Pacific version.
  • I would choose IOPE over Amore Pacific any day. Better color match, cheaper, and no more teary eyes! #Winning!

FINAL THOUGHTS?:

  • IOPE Air Cushion is amazing for dry and normal skin. Skin is left luminous and hydrated while flaws were covered.
  • Initially, you may feel that your skin is too dewy/shiny. Give it a few minutes and you should notice that the shininess calms down. If it’s still too shiny, just dust a little bit of translucent powder.

I highly recommend this product! I wish the US market would quickly make IOPE’s cushion compact available in more shades. Amore Pacific is a good substitute (review HERE), but in my opinion… IOPE is better. Cheaper. Better color match (for me). No teary eyes. Oh, and did I mention cheaper?!

Hope this review has been helpful!
Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

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25 Comments

  1. Elaine Chow
    October 6, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    hi, im new to tis air cushion tingy… may i noe if it can be applied after skin care and make up base. Thank u.

  2. Val
    August 12, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Hi! I’m kind of new with Korean makeup so I want to try Iope Air Cusion Xp..My skin is dry-normal type..My skin is not that pale but more of a yellow tone..So Which type of Iope air cushion xp suitable for my skin. Natural, Cover, Sheer, or Shimmer? Also, which type of shade do you think it will match my skin tone? Again im new at korean makeup so please help me out!

  3. Thet Llanes
    August 19, 2015 / 11:19 pm

    Amazing! Is there a place here in the Philippines where I could purchase it??

    • May 27, 2016 / 2:39 am

      I’m not sure where you can purchase in the Philippines. If someone has any idea, please share!!!

  4. Bee
    July 25, 2015 / 11:35 pm

    where can i buy this in singapore?

  5. lucy
    March 13, 2015 / 1:02 am

    It doesn’t look like you’re wearing any make up at all. Wow!

    • May 27, 2016 / 2:40 am

      I know! I LOVE this product so much and still use it. I’ve purchased many since I posted this review. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and for the comment!!!! xo

  6. Jean Leo
    February 12, 2015 / 7:47 pm

    Wat is the different of xp n rx?

  7. Jen
    December 30, 2014 / 9:30 pm

    I tried using the sponge that came with it and it was not working well for me. Then i tried using it with a beauty blender – it seemed to have worked better for me. Although i’m afraid that the beauty blender might have absorb too much. I also returned the amorepacific amd stuck with iope!

    • May 27, 2016 / 2:42 am

      The key to using the cushion compacts is to get the product on the sponge and then tap it gently repeatedly onto the skin. Trying to rub or spread the product with the cushion sponge will not work. I hope this was helpful!!!

  8. kaw yoke
    December 24, 2014 / 12:14 am

    Do you apply powder after this? I ‘m confused with the usage.

  9. Marti
    November 13, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    Great comparison! Now have you tried to Laniege one available at Target? It’s $34, so even cheaper than IOPE’s. However I noticed the bamboo essence/juice missing from the Laniege ingredients, whereas AmorePacific’s had it. Does the IOPE one have it as the first inactive ingrdient or is it water like Laniege’s?

  10. Melissa
    July 22, 2014 / 4:14 am

    This was very helpful! I was just wondering if foundation cushions every dry out if you do not use them for a while? Thanks!

    • May 27, 2016 / 2:44 am

      Great question. the product may dry out a bit, but more than that… the product may change/shift color. With any liquid type makeup, I don’t recommend keeping it over 1-2 years after opening it (depending on how the product is dispensed). Hope this is helpful!!!

  11. Carrie Lee
    July 20, 2014 / 8:32 pm

    May I know what is the differences between C No. 23- Full Coverage in Light
    and N No. 23- Natural Finish in Light? Thanks so much.

    • Angela
      June 8, 2016 / 6:36 am

      I’d like to know this too. Is this foundation ok for oily t-zone girls? Thanks.

      • Esther
        July 9, 2016 / 8:05 am

        I’ve oily skin and have been using this for several yrs. it is suitable for oily skin but you may need to put a sebum control primer and some powder if you like matt skin like I do.

  12. Cher
    May 26, 2014 / 12:23 pm

    Thank you for this review! I tried the Amore Pacific compact , but none of the colors worked for me (I ordered a lighter shade from Korea but it was too pink). I tried the IOPE after your review and I love it!!!

    • May 26, 2014 / 11:29 pm

      So glad you liked it. I too liked the IOPE a lot better. It matched my color a lot better. Thanks for visiting and for your comment. Please visit again!~ xo

      • Jocelyn
        February 25, 2016 / 1:58 am

        any shop in singapore? how to get this?

      • Herlen
        October 16, 2016 / 7:37 am

        How I can buy this product please I like it how I can order?iam coming back in Philippines soon so if I am be there already how I can order please thanks and have a good day