All of us have some part of our skin that we do not like as much as the other parts. And we use all kinds of products to cover up these flaws. Concealers, Creams, or in this case Colour Correctors.
Before I begin this review, I wish to tell you that you should never feel like you need to hide a part of yourself.
I know the feeling of being imperfect and wanting to hide that imperfection from yourself and others, but there is no such thing as a perfect human being. You should do your best to remember this and not let yourself get dragged down by self doubt and dark thoughts.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and what we – or the industry – think of as general beauty, is actually only a certain symmetry in the human face also known as the golden ratio. Nothing more, nothing less.
I do not think that it is a bad thing to have the wish to look better. I use concealers and correctors all the time, but I never forget that I am who I am, no matter what I might use on a daily basis.
What is the thing you find most annoying? I always disliked the red splotches on my face and wanted to magick them away. Not that I really hated them, I just wanted these dratted things to go away! 😉 What about you, share your secret weakness with me down in the comments and maybe even tell me what magic you use to conceal it.
Memebox | I’m Meme Cushion Corrector – Mint Cream
This is a product that is really easy to use once you get the hang of it. I had to prod around a bit to get the amount right, but after that there were no difficulties at all.
Something like that says a lot about the product because the ease of use often decides whether people continue using it or stop doing so. I am convinced that even someone not that interested in beauty can apply this cushion easily.
Also, for those who might not be so sure for what discolouration the Mint Cream swatch is used for: It is against redness and acne spots, basically anything that is red and needs to be evened out.
Glycerin: Is also known as Glycerol or Glycerine. Glycerin is an ingredient that is found naturally in the skin, helping it establish its natural balance and hydration levels. Products that contain Glycerin help the skin maintain a natural healthy look.
Pure Glycerin takes the water from the skin and therefore is normally only used in concentration of 5% or lower, in order to prevent that from happening.
Centella Asiatica Extract: Is an ingredient that has soothing properties and is known to show notable improvement to the skins’ moisture levels.
Lime Extract: Now this one is an ingredient that is not as good as the ones above. Citrus fruits like lime can cause a reaction when applied to the skin that is called photosensitive reaction. That reaction results in patchy, uneven parts on the skin.
Lime extract oil has some antioxidant activity though and because I am certainly no chemist and maybe Memebox found a way to counter the negative effects. But this is the information I gained from researching Lime Extract. Either way, I haven’t seen discolouration on my face after using this product and if I do, I will edit this post immediately.
Anyway, I finally got around to reviewing a product with a full ingredient list. I copied it from Memebox.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Methyl Trimethicone, Isododecane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylene/Methacrylate Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Silica, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Water, Citrus Aurantium amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water, Lippia Citriodora Water, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Tribehenin, Hydroxyacetophenone, Propylene Carbonate, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Disodium EDTA, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Chromium Oxide Greens, Fragrance
How to use it:
Use the small cushion puff and press onto the cushion to get product onto the puff and then apply it onto the areas colour correction is needed.
Do not hesitate to use a bit more “energy” when pressing down on the cushion as it takes some time to get the needed amount of product onto the cushion. Also – and this time it is really important that you heed the instructions as it changes the result you get – pat the pad onto your face and avoid any swishing motions that might smudge the colour corrector.
What it claims to do:
- This mini, travel-friendly cushion corrector is a fun, easy way to master color-correcting makeup.
- It works as a primer and coverage that applies smoothly and blends seamlessly, thanks to its silky texture and doughy cushion applicator.
- Infused with moisturizing Glycerin and anti-inflammatory Centella Asiatica, this corrector even helps nourish and comfort stressed skin.
- The minty green shade is ideal for covering up rosacea, acne scars, and red spots.
What it really does:
The cushion is really compact and nice to handle, like most cushions are. But the size is comfortable too. The only inconvenient thing about the size is, that the product is on the small side, and as a result the mirror is just a tad bit too small, which makes looking into it a bit uncomfortable.
The colour is really thin and nearly invisible to the eye. You can see the result of the corrector but you will not be able to see a green shimmer or anything that indicates to having applied a colour corrector.
I tried taking a picture of the colour corrector but the colour is to sheer to be brought onto camera. Agitating.
There is another thing that might cause some inconvenience. This corrector is perfect for sheer and natural makeup looks and correcting slight discolouration. But for those of you that have strong red splotches or serious problems with redness will need another product to cover that up.
Let me tell you a bit more about my situation: I am really pale, paler than most people I know – I never had any problems faking an illness and getting out of doing things 😉 – but I had big red splotches on my cheeks that made a horrendous contrast with the white. At the time I did not know about colour correcting or anything like that.
Nowadays the redness has decreased because of all the effort I put into evening out my skin tone through skincare before even using makeup. Skincare is really important and you need a perfectly well cared for blank canvas to be able to apply a beautiful makeup.
But this is also to say that I have no big red splotches anymore – let’s hope it stays like this – and that I do not need any strong colour correctors. Because of that, this corrector is perfect for me, but might not suit someone with more severe skin problems.
Before I continue with the summary I want to mention that some of the cons are countered by the pros and the other way round. I have never had a product that made reviewing it so difficult.
I do reviews based on my experience with the product and of course this is a part that I write down and report to you. But then there is also the part where I try to be as objective as possible so that all of you can understand a product better and decide whether it might suit your needs or not.
And this time my personal experience and the objective review seem to clash something awful.
Con 1: The I’m Meme cushion size is a bit on the smaller side, which makes applying the colour corrector with the mirror inside the cushion a bit difficult.
I find that colour correcting is difficult when you cannot see your whole face because you might put too much product onto one part and not even notice because you are not capable of comparing the corrected part with the skin tone you want to match it with.
Con 2: The coverage is really low even for a colour corrector which makes concealing dark red blotches or bad acne scars near impossible. You would need to combine the I’m Meme Cushion Corrector with another, more concentrated corrector to get the results you want.
Pro 1: I already listed this as a con, but the fact that the Memebox cushion is so small is also a big plus, because it is easy to handle and does not get in the way.
I have really small hands and cushions are generally a bit too large to fit just right, but this one suits me perfect. This makes holding the cushion case and applying the Colour Corrector at the same time possible and convenient.
Pro 2: The texture is really smooth, lightweight and feels a bit like water. There is no caky feeling or unpleasantness and you won’t feel the Corrector once it melted into the skin. To be exact, you will not even notice it but for a sheer shimmer on the skin and a slight change in colour.
Also, the applied Colour Corrector does not conceal the pores, which I consider a pro, because this way the skin looks natural and application of other products after the colour correction is easier. A makeup that looks caked is a failure – in my opinion at least –
Pro 3: The I’m Cushion Corrector is quite light, which makes slight corrections possible. I do not want to make my skin look green or make my complexion look unnatural.
I think one of the worst things that could happen is using too much colour correction and looking like an alien. I am certainly no makeup professional and whenever I watch any makeup tutorials, I always wonder how those people can apply so much colour correction and still create a perfectly even complexion.
Pro 4: I tried wiping away the product after letting it dry for about a minute with a black piece of fabric to see if there is any abrasion. But no, the I’m Meme product stayed on my face and hand perfectly fine. High quality indeed.
Pro 5: The smell of the Cushion corrector is really pleasant. It is a slight powdery smell with a clean undertone. I do not really know how I should explain that clean whiff, but the fragrance reminds me of high quality cosmetic products.
As I mentioned before, this time my personal opinion and the objective review are not in tune. I absolutely adore the Cushion Corrector and it is just perfect for slight imperfections and correcting red patches without anyone noticing that you corrected anything. Like a small magic trick.
But the cushion is not suited for dark red spots or bigger problems as the coverage is not strong enough to completely conceal or correct that red colour. So for people that have such skin problems it would either be beneficial to combine two colour correctors or skip out on this one.
And because of all those reasons I have decided to make two ratings this time. A very high rating of four for my personal opinion as this product has easily established its’ place in my daily routine.
Four for light Colour Correction and an perfect no makeup look that only can only be achieved with high quality products like the I’m Meme I’m Cushion Corrector – Mint Cream
But a good three from a more objective viewpoint, as this is a product that cannot be used to conceal strong redness an is therefore not as effective for people with a more uneven skin tone or bigger problems than slight discolouration.
My Alchemiin Tip:
Rather than applying the Colour Corrector in one go, layer it carefully as too much CC Cream can ruin the whole makeup you put on after that. On first sight a Colour Corrector as light as the I’m Meme Cushion Corrector Mint Cream is not noticed.
Actually, I always blink a few times after applying the first layer, because only then I can see the full difference the Corrector creates on the skin. After that I apply more Corrector wherever more is needed – which is always less then I expect it to be –
Happy New Year to all of you! Lets give it our best in 2018 too and I hope we can continue this makeup and blogging journey together and reach lots of new people!