NEW 2017 IOPE AIR CUSHION – Cover Review

Hey folks! Having a great day? I hope so! I am finally sitting down to write a review on the 2017 new IOPE Air Cushion! Last year IOPE released their 3rd generation of the cushions. Last year’s line included 4 different types – moisture lasting, intense cover, natural, and matte long wear. There were 5 different shades available 13, warm/natural 21, and warm/natural 23. This shade system was to make everything much easier but from the comments that I got on my old post, it made people even more confused about what color to get (sorry for not responding to some of your shade questions!) I think IOPE realized the confusion and they revamped the whole shade system which I will get into later. So last year I bought the matte long wear and this time I bought the cover version. They got rid of the moisture lasting and natural glow and replaced it with cover and natural. That was a loaded intro, so let me break it down now!

batch_DSC00730Packaging and Cushion

So the packaging is the same for the intense cover and matte long wear, but for the cover and natural cushion, they changed the color to a silvery pearl base and a mirrorball-holo face. It’s so pretty!!! I just like having it on my desk and look at it like a weird makeup-obsessed-Gollum creature that I am. My preciousssss…! The ring that goes around the rim is silver and the intense cover is the only one with a rose gold ring. The cushion inside is different than the IC (intense cover) and MLW (matte long wear). The circular nodes are a little bigger and porous. The reasoning behind it is that the bigger 3D circles pump more hydrating ingredients so that your skin is more moisturized. I really don’t know if that is scientifically proven, but sure, okay. I don’t really feel a great difference, but because the holes in the circular cells are bigger, the easier it is for the hydrating liquids to surface. That’s how I am interpreting their idea. While the smaller cells in the IC and MLW cushions offer a light and even stippling effect.

batch_DSC00736Smell and Formula

The cushion is SPF50+/PA+++, whitening, and anti-wrinkle. The scent is same as last years cushion from what I remember, an overall fresh with a slight powdery after smell. The main formula for the cover and natural cushion is a mix of IOPE’s trademarked Bio water, trehalose, a moisture-retaining ingredient, and 3D prism pearl. This combo creates a trademarked formula called Air prism water. The formula is very hydrating and not at all oily or greasy feeling. When you apply it has a very fresh moist feeling and then it dries down to a comfortable to wear texture. Also, there isn’t any visible shimmer, pearlescence, or glitter so you can be assured that you won’t actually look like a disco ball. Just a glowy ball 🙂

batch_DSC00742Finish and Wear

The finish is a glowy finish but it looks very natural and not greasy looking. For my dry skin, it looks SO GOOD! The glow is very long lasting as well. The coverage is not a very high coverage, up to medium coverage. For redness, red spots, and dark circles you need a bit of help from a concealer. But as for freckles and things it gives a nice thin layer of coverage. As it dries and throughout the day it wears nicely without much fading. I could go all day without any touch ups and still look okay. It also doesn’t accentuate the pores and fine lines a lot, but I do powder up under the eyes and nose area, for extra coverage and lasting wear. I would give the finish a 5/5, coverage a 4/5, and wear 4.5/5.


The shades are, I hope/think, much easier to figure out than last years. Ther are 4 shades 13 ivory, 21 cool vanilla (brighter, pinker 21), 21 vanilla (natural yellow toned 21 shade), and  23 beige (yellow toned 23). I bought the 23 beige and compared to the shade, 23W, I got last year it’s a bit toned down and less light. I can get away with wearing it, the last IOPE cushion I gave away to my mom because after I reviewed it, I felt it was a bit too light for me in the summer and it would be too dry for me in any other season. The beige 23 is a shade lighter than my MAC NC30 skin. I wish they’d came out with a 25 like other brands are doing these days.

batch_DSC00727Final Thoughts

Overall I really like this one much better than the matte long wear I bought last year, it suits my dry skin and I really love the natural glowy finish. For 42,000KRW (about 36USD) you get the case with the cushion and puff and an extra refill with a puff. What do you think about this generation of the IOPE Air Cushion? Do you think you will try it? Thanks for reading!

11 Replies to “NEW 2017 IOPE AIR CUSHION – Cover Review”

  1. Its good to find a review about this this version also fit in 2016 version’s case? I wanna try this but I dont want to buy another case

    1. Yes I believe it does fit! I don’t think it’s changed on the inside plastic bits 🙂

  2. Hi, thanks so much for such an in-depth review!
    I would like to check with u if you know whether this new 2017 iope air cushion has Isopropyl and/or Ethylhexyl Palmitates? I can’t seem to find the ingredient list anywhere for the 2017 version T_T
    These 2 palmitates tend to break me out so i avoid cushions with them. But the packaging is really to die for!
    Also, is the Intense Cover suitable for oily-combi skin? Since u mentioned that the Cover version is perfect for ur dry skin..

    1. Hey I found the ingredients list and unfortunately it does contain the two ingredients.
      (CI 77891), phage-10 dimethicone, propanediol, cyclopentasiloxane, zinc oxide, butyleneglycol dicaprylate / dicaprate, ethylhexylmethoxycinnamate, cyclohexasiloxane, titanium dioxide, titanium dioxide , Niacinamide, lauryl pyridine-9 polydimethylsiloxyl chilled dimethicone, glycine, glucose, glutamic acid, glycerin, dimethicone, dimethicone / vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, disodium di Lecithin, leucine, lipase, magnesium gluconate, methionine, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, valine, butylene glycol, serine, sodium glycerophosphate, sodium chloride, stearic acid , Cysteine, citric acid, silica, adenosine, acetylglucosamine, aspartic acid, acrylate / stearylarc Acrylate / dimethicone methacrylate copolymer, alanine, aluminum hydroxide, arginine, ethylhexyl glycerin, ethylhexyl palmitate, urea, Uric acid , Isoleucine, isostearic acid, isopropyl palmitate, capryliliglycol, calcium gluconate, creatine, chitosan, tyrosine, threonine, trehalose, trimethylsiloxysilicate, triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenylalanine, potassium magnesium aspartate, polyglyceryl-3 polylysinolate, polymethyl methacrylate, polyhydroxy stearic acid, proline, PCA, synthetic fluorofluorophosphate, histidine, yellow iron oxide, red iron oxide, black Iron oxide, fragrance

  3. Thank you so much for all the effort you put into this review!
    I’ve never bought an IOPE cushion before, so this was super helpful, especially your decision process and breakdown.

    Appreciate the detail 😀

  4. Hi Sarah, I found your blog when I was searching for shade/foundation swatches for the IOPE Cushion Cover 2016 version and Cover 2017 version.

    How does the 2017 version of 23 Beige compare with the 2016 version of W23? Is W23 from 2016 more yellow than the 2017’s 23 Beige?

    You wrote in the blog post that 2017’s 23 is more toned down and I am crossing my fingers that means it is still very yellow based (like 2016’s W23). I am thinking of buying the 2017 version if it is as yellow as the W23 (and not neutral like N23).

    The reason I ask is because I went to an Aritaum store in the United States and purchased the Cover in N23 at the suggestion of the saleswoman. She didn’t tell me about the W23 shade at the time I made the purchase.

    I am part Korean and part Japanese and was matched to MAC N20-25 (I can use both). I am yellow toned. I have only used Japanese base and point make up products until I bought the IOPE cushion. On me, the IOPE Cover from 2016 in N23 is not quite yellow or dark enough although it does end up being fine and blending in about an hour after I apply it on my skin. It feels just a slight bit off somehow and I think it is because of the neutral (not yellow) base.

    Thanks so much! I enjoy your blog and am glad I found it. Even though I use only Japanese cosmetics, I use exclusively Korean skincare and am happy to read about Korean products on your blog!

  5. I’m a Mac NC30 too… was the W23 too dark on you?

    1. No actually a shade lighter. Most all 23 are not the right shade for me. Sad… hahaha

  6. I bought this few months ago and I love it! It’s now my go-to cushion 🙂

    1. Nice! I quite like mine as well!

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