Review: Will This Cushion Foundation Give You Velvety Matte Skin?

With zero caking and smudging?

Sun protection. Zero caking. Humidity-resistant. The ETUDE Double Lasting Cushion Matte Foundation is packed with plenty of compelling features, so much so that it’s spurred a cushion newbie (me!) to give it a go. Did this foundation help me achieve the desirable #MySkinButBetter effect? Find out in my review below. 

*The product was sent as a press gift. The views and opinions of the reviewer is independent and purely editorial. 

First impressions

Review of ETUDE Cushion Foundation

The ETUDE Double Lasting Cushion Matte foundation aims to cover up imperfections while soothing and relieving irritated skin.

The ETUDE Double Lasting Cushion Matte foundation features a discreet, black matte packaging and comes with a handy puff applicator. The latest addition to its Double Lasting range, this product has an SPF of 50 PA++++ (its predecessor has an SPF of 34 PA ++) and promises to leave users with “perfect skin mask off”, without any caking or smudging in sight — an attractive plus point given our need to mask up for the foreseeable future. 

Available in six shades, the product also features the brand’s Double Fixing System to prevent the foundation from flaking, breaking down or oxidising due to the skin’s sebum secretion. It’s certified to last a full 24 hours too, while remaining resistant to moisture, oil and humidity. 

Above all, the reason why this product had caught my attention was due to its list of ingredients that have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, such as calamine, panthenol, madecassosida and cica. As someone with sensitive skin, I was intrigued by its claims in providing users with velvet-like skin without causing irritation or breakouts. 

Usage and application

Close up of ETUDE Double Lasting Cushion Matte foundation

The ETUDE Double Lasting Cushion Matte foundation is available in six shades.

I slid three fingers underneath the puff applicator ribbon and proceeded to pick up the product by pressing gently against it. As a cushion newbie, I lost my grip of the cushion initially as I’ve been too accustomed to using a foundation brush. Fortunately, this applicator was very easy to use and I was able to apply the product evenly onto my skin. 

Review of ETUDE Double Lasting Cushion foundation

Left - The left side of my fave with the ETUDE Double Lasting Cushion Matte foundation in the shade '21N1 Neutral Beige;' Right - The right side of my face without foundation. Visible redness, blemishes and pores.

Given the product’s lightweight, buildable texture, I started with a light hand and applied the product onto my cheeks first. Then, with gentle patting motions, I applied the foundation onto the rest of my face, such as my forehead, chin and my undereye area. 

I could immediately see the product’s effectiveness in covering the redness and discolouration on my face, especially with a side-by-side comparison. The foundation also made my pores look smaller and it gave me a brighter and more even-looking complexion. My darker-looking scars and blemishes are still slightly noticeable upon closer inspection, though. The foundation also smudged a little after mask-wearing. 

Review of ETUDE Double Lasting Cushion Matte foundation

My face with full makeup at 10AM, including the ETUDE Double Lasting Cushion Matte foundation.

The product felt very light, breathable and comfortable on my skin and it definitely helped to create a #MySkinButBetter effect. I was impressed by how it was able to cover up my skin’s discolouration in a natural and effortless-looking way without requiring a concealer. I didn’t use a setting spray or a loose powder either and only applied a layer of peach-coloured powder blush over it. 

While I wasn’t able to test the product for a full 24 hours, I managed to wear this for around eight hours — including spending an hour under the blazing afternoon sun — to see how it would fare. I also spent the rest of my time indoors without the air conditioner on to see if it would hold up against Singapore’s hot and humid climate. 

Final thoughts

Review of ETUDE Double Lasting Cushion foundation

Left - My face at 1PM. Slight shine in selected areas; Right - My face at 6PM. More visible shine and blemishes.

I captured the state of my makeup at different hours of the day to better observe the foundation’s effectiveness. In the beginning, the foundation was able to control the oiliness on my forehead and nose. However, by evening, certain areas of my face began to look shinier and my pimples became slightly more apparent.

Even then, I’d say that my complexion still looked pretty good overall and there were zero creases on my face. My makeup didn’t look cakey at all and looked natural even without any touch-ups. Plus, without the use of a makeup setting spray or loose powder, my foundation still held up well so I’d say that this product has definitely proven itself. 

Review of ETUDE Double Lasting Cushion foundation

I'd purchase the ETUDE Double Lasting Cushion Matte foundation in a heartbeat. 

My final verdict? I’d purchase this product in a heartbeat due to three reasons: firstly, the foundation felt light and comfortable on my skin while covering up my blemishes; secondly, it offers sun protection and its skin-relieving ingredients worked well on my sensitive skin; and thirdly, it’s affordably priced at ~USD24.21. I do wish it was available in a wider variety of shades though, so that cushion foundation lovers of different skin tones are able to enjoy this product.

Interested to check this out? Find it at, Shopee, Lazada as well as in all ETUDE stores in Singapore. 

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