NEW 2016 IOPE Air Cushion Review

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Hey guys! I know some of you have been waiting for this review and I’m super excited to share about it. IOPE has launched their 4th generation cushions this month and I was super excited to get my hands on one of the four kinds they came out with. The previous IOPE Air Cushion XP had 5 different finishes depending on the shade. You can just think of the new Air Cushions as an upgraded version of the old XP. The effects are the same like whitening, 50SPF PA+++ UV protection, and wrinkle care. These new cushion focus on coverage, radiance, and long-lasting wear. Let’s delve in to the review!


What’s so special about the new Air Cushions? Instead of mineral water it contains Bio Water that contains 5 kinds of electrolytes, Na-K-Mg-Ca-Cl, helps with smooth applications as well as hydrating the skin and retaining the water outside and inside the skin. It is also formulated with IOPE’s patented Air Cover Powder helps give strong but light weight coverage that adheres to the skin smoothly and closely without clumps. It also has a Perfect-Fit Coating system that helps keep the product in place and not break over time. It also gives a natural sheen and coverage.


Let’s talk about the packaging. The case has a pearly white finish and has rounded edges on top that makes it look very chic and modern. All of the cushion types are color coded, silver is natural glow, blue is moisture lasting, orange is intense cover, and silver-white is matte longwear. You can change the refills as well so you can fit an intense cover refill into a natural glow cushion case. Moving on, the new cushions are slightly slimmer and less chunky looking than the older versions as well as other Amore Pacific brand cushions. Now this means that the new refills will not fit into the old IOPE Air Cushion XP cases. To make up for the slimmer case the refill has gotten wider, so it’s too big for the IOPE XP case. This is a bummer because you could have bought just the refill and not pay for a new case. IOPE was smart enough not to let that happen and make me spend more money than necessary. Nevertheless,Β I do love the new packaging because it’s less clunky looking and saves a little bit more room in my bag.


I should also mention that the sponge puff is smaller too. I was comparing it to the Laneige puff and it is 10% smaller. I’ll just say off the bat that I don’t like it. I like big puffs and I cannot lie because other sisters can’t deny that ain’t nobody got time for a small puff when you’re rushing out the door! Also I don’t know if it’s because of the puff size or texture overtime I pat onto the skin it leaves a edge marks which I have to go over again. It’s kind of annoying, but I can deal with it. The sponge that hold the product has also changed. It is much firmer and is textured with 3D circular bumps. I think it helps get the product all over the puff instead of just where you’re pressing in. Also it creates a stippling effect, so as you pat the puff over the face the product is stamped evenly and it shows where you need to go over more.

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A guide in what cushion to choose. Natural glow is in the middle and if you want more coverage then select Intense Cover. If you want more moisture then get the Moisture Lasting. For better adherence and longevity then get the Matte Long Wear

Of the four types I bought the Matte Long WearΒ only because I really liked how the Laneige Pore Control BB cushion was and I wanted to see how it compared and also it will soon be hot and humid in the up coming summer months in Seoul. I also about the shade in W23. There are new shade numbers as well. C13 is cool ivory, W21/23 is warm beige/warm sand, N21/23 is natural beige/natural sand. The natural shade is slightly more lighter and yellowy Β so I didn’t get it. Even the W23 is still a shade and a half lighter than I’d like it to be. The smell is fresh almost sweet to me. It dries pretty fast and it adheres really well to the skin. To the touch it feels moist but not greasy or oily. For my dry skin it feels a tad tight, but I’m hoping that the humidity during summer would relive some of the tension when I wear it. It’s not an uncomfortable feeling, just when I’m using facial expressions I can fell a little tightness. For oily to combination skin this would be pretty perfect in my opinion. There isn’t much glow because it is a matte finish it just looks very healthy and has a real like texture and sheen. The coverage is very good you can apply more throughout the day if you feel the need to without looking cakey. The cushion held very well throughout the day I touched up after 8 hours of wearing it and there wasn’t much to touch up. It didn’t move into the lines around my eyes either. I would say that it delivers what it says it does.


I am thoroughly impressed by this cushion, I would really like to try out the lasting moisture because I have dry skin. The cushion is 42,000KRW which comes with a filled case and an extra refill; the refill itself costs 19,000KRW. I want more shades!!! It’s incredibly annoying to have to settle with the darkest shade they have. That’s for another time… Anyway, I give the Air Cushion my approval and a thumbs up! I know how improvements can mess up what was already good, but IOPE did a good job in simplifying the Cushion buying process.

it really looks like my skin just less shiny and more even toned.

Which one would you pick to try, Natural Glow, Intense cover, Matte Long Wear, Β or Lasting Moisture?

51 Replies to “NEW 2016 IOPE Air Cushion Review”

  1. Thank you so much for your review!
    Though I’ll forever be sad about all these changing sizes. :/ It just feels so wasteful to have several cases, especially if the old ones will become irrelevant with the new refills. Sigh. The new packaging is absolutely gorgeous, though, so I’m badly tempted into buying… one day. (we should totally go shopping together in Seoul next time!!)
    Too bad about the smaller sponge, too! But the finish does look gorgeous on you, so it’s all worth it! πŸ˜€

    1. You’re welcome! I feel you about the cases sizes, but the product itself is really great. Yes we should totally go shopping together! Come back up soon~^^

      1. The product being great makes this even harder X’D Decisions, decisions… please be my shopping guide next time!

        1. Of course, I’d love to!!! πŸ˜€

  2. Loved this post! It’s the first once I’ve read about the new version. I’m bummed that the refills no longer fit the old case or other AmorePacific brand cases, but this Lasting Moisture cushion is calling my name. –Angela

  3. Thanks for the in-depth review, it’s really helpful! πŸ™‚ Between this IOPE cushion and the Laneige Pore Control cushion, which would do you prefer?

  4. Annabelle Gonzalez says: Reply

    I really wanna try the moisture one for my dry skin, but what about natural glow i dont understand the difference

  5. May I know what is the difference between shades N21 and W21? Which shade brings more yellowish?

    1. Hi Alison! The W21 is a more yellow toned than the N21. N (atural) lines are more peachy pink based than the W (arm) line. I hope that helps! Thank you for visiting my blog! πŸ™‚ If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask!

      1. Clarinne Ramos says: Reply

        Hi! I really wanted to buy the Moisture Lasting but isn’t sure of what shade to get. I’m Filipino with medium to fair skin and warm undertones. I hope you can help me πŸ™‚

        1. Hi! I would suggest getting W23. I’ll warn you that it’s pretty light 23 shade. I hope this helps!

          1. Hi there I’m a warm tone, and i cannot find W23 here in Hong Kong. Can i get the C23 or N23. Thnx. Pls need your help

  6. Hello! Thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚
    I am using Iope Air cushion XP in C23 and it suits my skin tone rly well. It brightens up by 1 shade. For the new one, should I get the N23 or W23?
    Hope you can advise, thank u! ^^

    1. Hello! I would suggest that getting the W23 because it as the similar yellow tone as the C23 of the XP Cushion. The N21/N23 are more pinky peach based. I will add that the newer line is a shade brighter than the previous generation cushions. So I just want to advise that it will be slightly lighter than what you might be used to with the previous cushion. For me what I do is after applying it I warm it up with a little bronzer or a shading color. I hope that answers your question! Thanks for visiting my blog! πŸ™‚

  7. So glad I stumbled upon your review!! great help to me hehe! I’m using shade 21 for laneige pore control bb cushion, can you advise which shade should I get for this? Thank youuuuu

    1. Hi Sharel! I would suggest getting the W21, it has a similar warm undertone of the Laneige 21 πŸ™‚

  8. Hello there! Thank you for this post, it’s the only one out there about the new cushions!

    You mentioned in your post that you also had the Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion.
    May I ask which one you would pick for summer weather and why? Would like to know which one is less cakey, stays matte for longer periods, and doesn’t settle into fine lines.

    Thank you so much!!

  9. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your review before I bought the refill! Thanks so much for the heads up that this new one won’t fit into the old case. Such a bummer ;_; Very informative review, thank you! <3

    1. No problems! Thank you for reading!

    2. Thank you for reading!

  10. Hi, thanks so much for this useful review. I used the old version in M21 and really like how it complements my skintone. Would you recommend the W21 or N21 for these new shades? Which one is closest to the M21? Thank you so much!

    1. Hi! Sorry for the super late reply… I would get the W21 because it has more of the yellow undertone. The N21 has more of a pinky peach undertone. Thank you for reading!

  11. Thx so much for sharing this, it’s really helpful. i’m wondering which one should i buy Laneige pore control BB cushion or this one. could u plz suggest? my skin sometimes breaks out & i have oily skin. which one’s formula is softer and better for a little bit sensitive skin

    1. Hi! Sorry about the late reply~ That’s a tough question because they are both really great cushions from Amore Pacific. I would say that the IOPE one lasts longer on the face and I think it has better coverage.

  12. Hi im currently using c21. What color would be for the new cushion? I am acne prone and have large pores, so definitely i can try intense coverage, but i cant seem to pick the right color..
    I am asian with neutral skin tone.
    Can you help?

    1. Hi Lez! Sorry about the late reply. Well the neutral one has a bit of a pinky peach tone while the Warm has a yellow undertone. May the N21 would work better for you and you can always warm it up with a blush or bronzer πŸ™‚

  13. Hi! Thanks for your review. I recently got the new matte in N21 thinking that the shade would match the XP in C21, but it’s so white on my skin. Which shade would to suggest getting in either of the 4 cushions since none of the stores near me have these yet?

    1. Hi! Sorry about the late reply. I think the N23 would be ok. I mentioned that these new IOPE cushions where much lighter than their previous generation cushions, which is a bit of a bummer for darker skinned Asians like myself. Just know that the N lines have a peachy pink undertone and the W lines have a more yellowy undertone. πŸ™‚

  14. Hello if I’m in M23 in the matte cushion series, what color would I be for the longwear cushion ?

    1. Hi~I would get the W23 because of the similar yellow undertone. πŸ™‚

  15. Hi there! is C23 darker or W23 darker?

    1. Hi~ The C23 is probably more darker. The new gen cushions are a bit on the lighter side.

      1. Hi wow thanks for the reply! So the old C23 is darker than the new W23, but the new N23 is lighter than the new W23, is that what you mean? πŸ™‚

        1. Hahaha yes that is exactly what I mean. πŸ™‚

  16. Hey there!! I’m contemplating between getting the one in natural glow or lasting moisture. Which would you recommend? I like to have a natural finish and the no make up make up idea! Thanks dear!

  17. Hi

    Thank you for your in-depth review. I recently purchased the new version of the IOPE cushion from Amazon & I noticed that it did not come with a sponge applicator. The only sponge is the one that came with the refill, is it suppose to be like this?

    1. Hi! Yeah it doesn’t come with an extra sponge. They sell extra puff separately though. You can keep your sponge clean with a cleansing oil and gently pressing the excess product out and rinsing it with warm water. πŸ™‚ thank you for visiting my blog!!!

  18. Hi! I was wondering if you could post up the ingredients in this cushion? As I’ll need to check if I’m sensitive to any of them before taking the plunge!
    Thanks a bunch!

  19. 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! πŸ™‚

  20. Hi, is the C13 very pink? Would you say it is about the same depth as N21 but with different undertone? I’ve searched for side-by-side real swatches for these two shades but no such luck πŸ™
    For reference, I went to a Laneige counter and asked to be matched to their Pore Control, and I got 13. It’s a pretty good match but I did not get to see it under natural lighting unfortunately.
    Chanel Mat Lumiere in 05 Faience is a perfect match for me, NC15 SF Powder and NW13 SF Liquid are not a bad match.
    I hope you can help me out, would really love to get my hands on one of these babies!
    Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  21. I am usually a shade medium or light medium in the Laneige BB cushion (Canadian color names) what iope color would you recommend?

  22. Hello!
    Thank you for your in-depth review and I really enjoy reading it! I am currently using a 2016 Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion #23 (Sand) and am wondering which shade should I use (N23 or W23) for this new generation of IOPE Air Cushion? Thank you in advance and cheers! πŸ™‚

  23. Hi, Im using C21 now and wondering which one should i get from the new series?

  24. μ΄νš¨ν›ˆ says: Reply

    I use laneige lighg beige but my skin is acidic so what color can i use for IOPE?

  25. Hi thanks for your review! For shade w23, do you know what MAC shade equivalent it might be? Cheers, I got the w21 matt longwear but it leans very much neutral and is too light for me (I’m nc20). Thanks πŸ™‚

  26. Hi there! I am currently using the IOPE intense cover one in N23 and it fits me quite well! Am thinking of trying out the matte longwear version as I’ve got really oily skin and huge pores! However I noticed that there’s a slight difference in the colour tones between the intense cover and matte longwear ones. Am not sure if I should get back the N23 or try N21/W21/W23 instead? Which colour would you recommend in my case? Thanks! πŸ™‚

  27. Your review is really helpful. Thanks! I have just visited Seoul and chanced upon Iope and -despite already having a few cushions – the “Matt” finish really caught my eye. I have found the finish of BB cushions too shiny for hot and humid tropical climates. so when I saw Matt I had to try it. I was recommended W23 too. And for me I’m glad to hear you find it a little light as I’m in-between 21 and 23 on most cushions. Thanks again !

  28. Hi there,

    Im using the OLDER version of Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control N21 and I find it too light for myself. What colour tone would you suggest? Should I get W23? Thanks.

  29. Hi thanks for your sharing ya.
    I’m currently using the previous generation IOPE cushion in C23. For the new one, should I get W21 or W23? Hope that you can advise me πŸ™‚

  30. Hi! I like your review, but it could be more helpful if you could provide an ingridients list!

    1. Here is the ingredient list for the matte long wear cushion
      purified water, titanium dioxide, cyclopentasiloxane, ethylhexylmethoxycinnamate, methyltrimethicone, cyclohexasiloxane, cetylpiperazine / piperidine-10/1 dimethicone, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, dimethicone, , Hexyl laurate, zinc oxide, vinyl dimethicone / methicyl silsesquioxane cross polymer, yellow iron oxide, acrylate / ethylhexyl acrylate / dimethicone methacrylate copolymer, glycine, glucose, glutamic acid, dimethicone / Vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, disodium edithium, distearammonium hectorite, lysine, lactic acid, lecithin, leucine, lipase, magnesium gluconate, methionine, valine, boron nitride, butyleneglycol, serine, Sodium glycerophosphate, sodium chloride, sorbitan isostearate, stearic acid, cysteine, citric acid , Silica, adenosine, acetylglucosamine, aspartic acid, acrylate / stearyl acrylate / dimethicone methacrylate copolymer, alanine, alumina, aluminum hydroxide, arginine, H. di / trimethylolhexyl lactone crosspolymer , Ethylhexyl glycerin, ethylhexyl palmitate, urea, ureic acid, isoleucine, isostearic acid, isopropyl palmitate, caprylyl glycoll, calcium gluconate, creatine, chitosan, tyrosine, threonine, trimethylsiloxysilicate , Triethoxycaprylylsilane, phenylalanine, potassium magnesium aspartate, polyglyceryl-3 polylysinolate, polysilicon-11, polypropylsilsesquioxane, polyhydroxystearic acid, proline, Histidine, phenoxyethanol, red iron oxide, black iron oxide, perfume

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