I always wanted to buy a cushion blusher, seeing how convenient how cushion foundations are but I've never actually gotten down to get one seeing how expensive they were. The one that I wanted was an IOPE one cos it comes in a usual cushion compact with a mirror and it looks so easy to use! So I took out my finished cushion compacts (an Etude House Lock'n Summer one and an IOPE Air Cushion XP) and washed them really clean. Also, I found myself rarely using the Etude House Water Color cream blushes (I only tried the orange once and the rest were brand new and sealed.. man, the result of hoarding and forgetting what you have) because I don't know of a proper way to blend creamy blushes lol. I liked its colors and finish though; feels matte and smooth but it does not look overly powdery. The blushers are the right texture for the deed, so I used them for my DIY blusher cushion. P/s. this isn't exactly a tutorial as I think most people can do this without instructions, just sharing what I did :)
Things you need:
-Finished cushion compact with its cushion sponge
-New or cleaned rubycell/cushion puff
-Cream blusher of your choice
1. Wash out your old cushion case and cushion sponge. I recommend the Daiso brush & puff cleanser for removing the toughest of foundations inside your cushion. Then dry it out and you're ready for the fun part!
2. Put your cream blusher into the empty case. You need a cream blusher because a liquid one would be too liquid to use with a rubycell puff and a blusher that is too dense will not absorb properly into the cushion and puff. To make an easy reference, compare the consistency of your cream blusher to the foundation that was inside the puff. If the textures are similar, it's gonna work (congratulations!) but if its quite different, then I suggest not doing it, or mix in a serum (at your own risk hehe) to get the texture right. The Etude House ones I'm using are probably discontinued, but there are many Korean brands that make similar products at a cheap price :)
3. Using a spatula, spread it evenly over the base of the container. The blusher should cover about 5mm depth.
4. Ease the cushion in gently, making sure all sides are securely inside the case to prevent spills. Don't push it in too hard or the blusher may come out from the sides.
5. Use the spatula (or your finger) to press the sponge till all the blusher gets onto the surface. This was fun!
I really enjoy the finished product! Its soooo easy to use and the finish is really natural, smooth and sheer, just how I wanted it to be. Anyway, I made two. I put the orange blusher into the IOPE case and in the Etude House case, I mixed the pink, coral and lilac colors into a peachy pink.
left: Apricot, right: mix of the pink, coral & lilac
Press in a blusher of a different color for extra cuteness and girliness!
Layer the cream in the shape of your choice on top of the cushion.
Then gently press on the shape layer for the sponge to absorb. The keyword here is gently, as you don't want to bring too much of the peach onto the surface to mess with your pink color. I'm pressing in a heart shape with the pink cream blush because it may look good together with the peach, and its the simplest yet cutest thing I can think of now haha
I think its quite unique, why havn't any brand released something like this yet? Anyway the heart shape will diffuse with use so this is just a one-time thing...until you finish your blusher again!
Words: 에뛰드하우스 하트쿠션블러셔 아이오페