Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be familiar with the BB cushion. For the uninitiated, cushion compacts are a Korean beauty export.
Cushion compacts contain a cushion saturated in skin-perfecting BB or CC cream, and in some cases foundation, which is dispensed in controlled quantities when you dab your sponge applicator on it. This means no more sticky fingers, no spillage and super-easy touch-ups on-the-go. But with so many cushion compacts in the market, how do you pick the best cushion makeup for you? We break it down.
Best for: Oily and uneven skin tone.
Love BB cushions but would rather do without the dewy look typical of Korean makeup? Laneige’s latest cushion now comes with a two-step oil control system, which moisturises skin while absorbing excess oil for a semi-matte finish. The new formula boasts optimal coverage with a light and airy consistency, and offers an airbrush effect that blurs imperfections for a smooth and naturally flawless finish. It’s only launching in July, so don’t say we didn’t give you the heads up!
Best for: Customised coverage for dry skin.
You know cushion foundations are indeed the thing when makeup giant Sephora jumps onto the K-bandwagon. The micro-airy puff ensures easily controllable coverage for a natural look. Packed with intensely moisturising ingredients like hyaluronic acid and albizia extract, skin is deeply hydrated with a healthy and radiant glow.
Best for: Dull, dry and ageing skin.
Thanks to the new Byron Liquid Light Technology, L’Oréal’s lightweight water-based formula hydrates from the inside out to create plump and supple skin with a dewy radiance. Micro-air bubbles on the anti-bacterial sponge easily capture just the right amount of product to ensure light and even application with just one swipe.
Best for: Lasting and natural coverage.
The lightweight finish of this newly launched cushion compact doesn’t cake even after a whole day’s wear, leaving your skin feeling fresh and looking natural. Additionally, the non-oxidizing formula contains anti-wrinkle properties and anti-darkening bamboo sap extractformula which whitens and brightens the skin tone. Its cooling effect also makes it ideal for this tropical climate.
Best for: Tired skin.
Packed with ingredients that hydrate, energise, soothe redness and protect skin from external aggressors (we’re looking at you pollution and UV rays), this multi-tasking formula offers buildable coverage that promises to stay true to colour all day. BONUS: It comes in six shades that are also suitable for deeper skin tones and an addictive refreshing scent.
Best for: Those who prefer full coverage.
The innovative cushion holds a more complex formula (think highly pigmented, high SPF and rich texture) while the hexagonal protection net dispenses the exact amount of product required to achieve a flawless finish. Gently swipe on for sheer coverage or dab to build required coverage.
Best for: Dehydrated skin.
This CC in a cushion comes with skin-perfecting and brightening ingredients as well as intensely hydrating Life Plankton cellular water that keeps your skin moisturised for up to four hours. The airy formula feels like you’re wearing nothing at all and sets to a natural finish for that beautiful post-workout glow. SPF23.
Best for: All-day wear.
Another one that comes in shades that suit most skin tones, this lightweight, almost watery foundation moisturises and cools the skin while a unique rolling gel system ensures full coverage. Additionally, the innovative formula adapts to all skin types to leave you with a lasting, luminous matte finish. Applying foundation has never looked so luxe!
Best for: Dull skin.
A potent mix of skincare ingredients target dark spots and pigmentation for a brighter, more even-toned complexion. Application is a breeze with plush nylon flocking that picks just the right amount of liquid and allows the formula to glide on smooth for a naturally radiant finish.