Sulwhasoo Golden Bird 2017 Limited Edition Cushion

Forget what I had planned to review, my Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening Golden Bird 2017 Limited Edition beauty is here! It's time for photos, swatches, more photos, and also photos. Because rawr.

Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening Golden Bird 2017 Limited Edition
I'm such a sucker for metallic accents like this. The shinier, the better! #magpiethings

There are two Limited Edition versions of the Perfecting cushions, the regular Perfecting and the Perfecting Brightening; this is the latter. They're both gorgeous though, it was hard to choose. You all know I'm forever a ho for fan of all things Sulwhasoo and their Peony 2014 Limited Edition Cushion is one of my prized K-Beauty possessions.

Sulwhasoo releases Limited Edition cushions and powders every few years, but the last few have left my enthusiasm flaccid and my wallet happy. When this magical baby showed up on my Instagram feed (courtesy of enabler Julie of @pdxbeautful) my skincare boner sprang to attention and I set out to get my hands on it stat.

In this post

  • Photos of the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening Golden Bird 2017 Limited Edition
  • Where to get the Limited Edition cushions
  • What cushions fit into this case for more shade options
  • Swatches of #11 and #13 vs Mac NC10 and NC15

I've reviewed the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion #13 and I've been using the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening #11 for a while. I'll be doing a full review of it in the future, but right now, it's all about this cushion case.

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Photos of the Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening Golden Bird 2017 Limited Edition

Man this name is long. Almost as long as I spent cradling it in my hands and crooning the song of my people, the pretty packaging magpies.

Sulwhasoo Golden Bird 2017 Limited Edition Cushion case
Look at the light playing across the silver details, be still my heart.

The limited editions of both versions only comes in shades #13, #21, and #23, which is bonkers. Both of these cushions are available in shades ranging from #11 to #33 (the Perfecting has an additional shade, 17) so it's really disappointing that they aren't offering it in the full range.

Sulwhasoo Golden Bird 2017 Limited Edition Cushion
Why hello there, natural sun flare.
However! If you can't live without this case, you can always buy a refill on eBay or Amazon in your shade, and then just swap it into the case. That's what I do with my #11 refill.

You can get official refills, or sometimes people will sell the extra refill that came with their cushion. I have no idea what I'm going to do with mine, since #13 isn't my shade.

Sulwhasoo Golden Bird 2017 Limited Edition Cushion refill
More natural sun flare from the metallic details. I'm down. Shine on, you pretty thing.

Now for the most important question. Where do you get it?!

Where to get the Limited Edition cushions

I purchased mine from, which is a new K-Beauty shop co-founded by Amy, aka the cutest, sweetest former buying service person ever. I'm crushed to say that her buying service is no more, but it seems to be the inevitable fate of buying services.

Sulwhasoo 2017 limited edition pink, white, and puff
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In addition to carrying the Brightening (white) cushion and the Perfecting (pink) cushion, and the matching cushion puffs, they have a mouthwatering selection of Hanbang goodies. Their shop is full of interesting, unusual sheet masks and adorable things like this goat ear headband.

Take all my money, so I can buy all the things
However, they quickly sold out of the Brightening, but they still have the Perfecting in stock at the time of this post.

Luckily you can also get it on Amazon and eBay! I've seen it as low as $40, which is pretty amazing considering that the regular cushion is in the $60 range.

What cushions fit into this case for more shade options

One of the perks of cushions is that you can pop refills into the same case, and for now, there are a few brands that are interchangeable. Amore Pacific cushions were famous for this (Sulwhasoo, Hera, IOPE, Laneige, several others) so you could pick up any of these inserts and any case and make magic happen.

Hera UV mist cushion, Sulwhasoo Limited Edition 2014 Peony cushion
Image from 2015 in Review, Part I: My Favourite K-Beauty Products of 2015

Right now, I have the Sulwhasoo #11 in my Hera UV Mist cushion (left) and plan to relocate it to the Golden Bird case as soon as I'm done with this post. For now, these are swappable, but this may change. 

Recently, I met with someone from Amore Pacific who warned me that AP may be changing the design of their cases, so you can still swap within a brand (so Sulwhasoo Perfecting will fit into Sulwhasoo Brightening's case) but you won't be able to swap a Hera cushion into a Sulwhasoo case, etc. 

But for now, swap away!

Laneige has shades #13 Porcelain through #37 Cacao in their BB Cushion Hydra Radiance and BB Cushion Pore Blur cushions, I haven't used Laneige cushions so YMMV, but they are available in more shades, and they should be swappable. The Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact has 5 shades.

Left: Sulwhasoo peony case. Middle: #11 refill insert. Right: Sulwhasoo Golden Bird case.

It should also fit Mamonde, IOPE, and possibly some of the Etude House cushions. I'd recommend checking out this post by Christina Hello and this post by K-Beauty Diaries for more matches that aren't Amore Pacific brands.

Swatches of #11 and #13 vs Mac NC10 and NC15

I finally got my hands on an NC10 concealer, and confirmed that it's a match. Let's not talk about how long I used had my old NC15 concealer. (It was from before they released the NC10 and NW10.) That means more references for swatches!

Mac NC10 NC15 Sulwhasoo cushion #11 #13
I have not colour corrected this photo, even though it's a bit dark thanks to the clouds rudely zooming over the sun during my shots. The products have been heavily patted on with a fingertip, unblended, to show the colour more intensely.

As I mentioned above, I'll be doing a full review of the Brightening cushion at a later date, with ingredients, finish, wear time, etc, but for this post, I'm judging this book by the cover. It's a beautiful case, and I hope they continue to release more of these.

Just not too often, so my wallet can recover.

Sulwhasoo Golden Bird 2017 Limited Edition Cushion
Clearly the bird on the left feels about string the way I feel about blankets.

Do you know what other brands fit into the Sulwhasoo cases? Or are you planning on getting this LE case? Hit me up on Facebook or Twitter and let me know!

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All the best,

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  1. How did you determine which shade was right for you? I keep trying to buy cushions online and getting the wrong color...I went to get matched at the MAC store, and the employee kept trying different shades because nothing seemed to match, and what was supposedly the closest match left me looking like I was sickly and smeared in yellowish grey paint. The closest match I could find outside of that was the Face & Body Foundation in N2 which leads me to believe I have neutral undertones, but everything usually comes in just NW or NC....I have a few foundations / tinted moisturizers but they all look either a little too pink or a little too yellow, so I end up mixing them every day. I'd love to have a "grab and go" cushion.

    1. Finding the right foundation shade is always such a struggle. :\ I always match to my neck/chest, because my face is a different colour than the rest of me. I have matched at Mac (their NC10 is pretty much dead-on) but you can also use to cross-reference the foundations that already work for you.

      It's entirely possible that you have neutral undertones, or even an olive undertone. I hope you find something that works for you!

    2. While MAC is an almost ubiquitous reference for foundation color matching, even their cool colors (NW range) often run too yellow on me. Emily, you might want to go to a general cosmetics store for a match (Sephora, Ulta) or other counters to find something that really works for you. Then use a tool like to cross reference back to approximate MAC colors to try to narrow down your cushion search.

  2. Gosh! I'd stopped looking out for new posts here as I thought you had made a choice to move on from blogging. Then I have come here and found that you posted a post about something I really love, on my birthday, 29 May! And it's nice to see you back, btw!

    Unfortunately, that special cushion is already sold out from Kultfinds. Wish I hadn't stopped looking out from posts here after all... Oh well. Wasn't meant to be.

    1. It's still available on ebay and Amazon! I linked some listings in the post, so you can still get it. It's even cheaper there. ;)

      I'm glad you checked back :D

    2. Thank you very much Cat! :)
      And it's good to see you writing here. I wish you much energy and fun in continuing here on the blog. It's always great to read your deep delves into products and ingredients - though I very much understand the stuff that makes bloggers take hiatus temporarily or even permanently.

  3. I happened to see this post on my birthday and my husband wondered what I was drooling over. He has accepted my ways and purchased it for me as a gift. I'm not one to fix my makeup in public, but with this beauty, I might have to start. ;-)