Review – Innisfree Melting Cover Foundation in N23

This purchase was a bit of a consumer fail on my part. I had fully intended on buying another cushion foundation to compare to the IOPE Air Cushion that I’ve been using. The Innisfree Melting Cover Foundation appeared to be in a cushion format: it was packaged in a cushion type compact along with the standard cushion applicator. To my disappointment however, I discovered when it arrived that it was simply a cream foundation pressed into a cushion style package. Not at all what I was looking for.

Despite not being what I intended on buying, I still gave this foundation a shot and now am ready to provide a review.

innisfree melting cover case

Full Disclosure: This review contains no affiliate links, and the product was purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal use and testing of the product.

What is it?

Innisfree Melting Cover Foundation is a high coverage cream foundation packaged in a cushion-style compact, complete with a puff applicator.

As an aside, don’t be a f***ing moron like me and not realize that the mirror has a protective plastic shield on it. For months I had this thing and struggled to use it because I thought the mirror was a goddamn joke it was so blurry. I finally noticed it had almost a patterned texture to it, and I clued in that there was a no way a mirror would have a patterned texture. I peeled off the shield, the mirror is completely fine, I’m just stupid.

  • Size: 14g
  • Price: $24.80 CAD from Jolse.com
  • SPF/PA: SPF 50+, PA+++, but I guarantee you will not be using enough to get anywhere near that level of protection
  • Texture: A solid cream that melts and turns very thin when applied to skin with the puff
  • Scent: A little bit like gross sunscreen, a little bit like medicine
  • Packaging: A white cushion-style compact where the foundation pot can be removed from the case and replaced

iope air puff

Ingredients

Titanium Dioxide, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Octocrylene, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyethylene, Hydrated Ferric Oxide (CI 77492), Bis-Ethylhexylphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl Benzoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Methicone, Zinc Oxide, Isononyl Isononanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C30-45 Alkyl Methicone, C30-45 Olefin, Tribehenin, Stearyl Heptanoate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Microcrystalline Wax, Ferric Oxide (CI 77491), Bisabolol, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Phenoxyethanol, Steralkonium Hectorite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ferric Ferrous Oxide (Fe3O4), Camellia Oil, Olive Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil, Perfume, Glyceryl Caprylate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Propylene Carbonate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Lecithin, Monascus Extract, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Isostearic Acid, Isopropyl Myristate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mineral Salt, Citrus Unshiu (Satsuma) Peel Extract, Green Tea Extract, Camellia Japonica (Camellia) Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera (Prickly Pear) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol.

CosDNA breakdown. For comedogenicity: zinc oxide flags a 1; olive oil, jojoba oil, and tocopherol a 2; stearyl heptanoate and ethylhexyl palmitate a 4; and isopropyl myristate a 5. For irritation: jojoba oil flags a 0-2; ethylhexyl palmitate a 1; tocopherol a 2; and isopropyl myristate a 3.

There are a combination of sunscreen ingredients in this foundation, but these are not particularly useful in a makeup formulation because it’s almost a guarantee you won’t be putting on enough makeup to get the full amount of UV protection. Not to mention this foundation is also applied with a cushion puff in an extremely thin layer, so the sun protection is that much less. Always wear a separate sunscreen product underneath your makeup.

innisfree melting cover foundation

Swatch

I went for the N23 shade because I thought that the N21 shade in my IOPE cushion turned out to be too light for me. Unfortunately, the N23 is definitely too dark. It’s also extremely yellow on my skin tone.

If I apply it in a sheer enough layer, it tends to work out okay and looks relatively natural. I have a lot of redness in my face, and so I find the yellow tones of the foundation can counter some of that. This foundation also doesn’t ghost me up like the IOPE does, and I don’t have to apply blush to bring down the brightness. However if I’m not careful I end up looking very sallow and just generally gross.

innisfree melting cover swatch
Top: Blended with the puff. Bottom: Swatched with a finger and left unblended.

Results

Before I talk about the performance of the foundation, let me first talk about the smell. I have never in my life smelled a foundation like this, and it’s so odd I almost forget how off-putting it is. The scent is medicinal, and not in a good way. It’s like band-aids and sunscreen that are trying very hard to freshen up before they go on their first date to the pharmacy together. It’s super weird, and I’m not a fan. It’s not strong enough to stick around after application, and it’s not so offensive as to be headache-inducing. It’s just an awkward smell to have in a makeup product.

The foundation itself applies and blends nicely, and it can pretty well stay on my skin for the whole day. It can tend to break up over some of my extremely dry patches, but I don’t think anything short of a bathtub of Vaseline could save those on a bad day.

The coverage is of course extremely buildable due to the cushion format, although I do find that even one layer is more coverage than I like. That could be because the color is so off, but nonetheless I prefer less coverage.

innisfree melting cover

Would I Repurchase?

I certainly wouldn’t repurchase this in the same color since it is completely the wrong shade for my skin. Even if it were the right shade I wouldn’t repurchase this. It’s easy to apply and I have no issues with its wear over the course of the day, but it’s a bit more coverage than I like to have in a foundation, and the smell is enough to make me say goodbye forever.

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