Cushion foundations are a staple in Asian countries, and for many, they’re preferred above liquid, cream and powder foundations.
The popularity of cushion foundations comes from a number of reasons. They’re convenient to apply, portable, and have skincare benefits infused within the foundation itself that provide hydration, sun protection and more. The SPF rating that comes with cushion foundations also far surpasses many non-Asian foundations you can find, with the former usually containing an SPF 30 and broad spectrum protection. Also, they’re multi-taskers, with blemish concealing and colour correcting abilities.
A cushion compact usually houses a BB cream, CC cream or liquid foundation soaked into a cushion. This provides mess-free application, and reduces the propensity of using too much.
Though it was originally a Korean innovation, cushion foundations have found their way into many Western drugstore and high-end labels, catering to a wider array of complexion needs and skin tones. If you’re looking to try one, here are some of the best in the market.
Iope’s award-winning Air Cushion is the brand’s most popular product, and it has come up with different variants to suit numerous skin types. You can choose from a range of finishes, whether it’s dewy, natural, full coverage, matte, or sheer, and each comes with SPF50+ and PA+++ protection. It lasts anywhere between six to eight hours, even if you’ve got oily skin. Those looking for variety should definitely give Iope’s Air Cushion a try.
Ohui’s cushion foundations are designed beautifully, and its annual collaboration with luxury lifestyle designer, Teo Yang (pictured above) makes them visual winners in our eyes. It’s got light coverage, with a luminous finish. Apply it and you barely feel the product on your skin. The Ultimate Cover Cushion CC cream itself comes with whitening and anti-ageing benefits, as well as blurring qualities that disguise large pores. This is one best suited for those with drier skin types.
Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Cushion Foundation is a spin-off of its popular Double Wear Liquid Foundation. It’s got a medium to full, buildable coverage, that gives a slightly matte finish, and is suitable for normal to oilier complexions. This also contains physical sun filters, which means you can put it on and have instant sun protection without the 15-minute waiting time you need with chemical filters. If you need something more heavy duty, this is it.
The Pore Control is a revamp of the original Laniege BB Cushion. It comes with a semi-matte, moisturising formula that controls oil and blurs out your pores. Laniege also has a larger shade range as compared to other K-beauty cushion foundations on the market. If you struggle with oilier skin and visible pores, this formula is something you ought to try.
Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting Cushion Intense is a notch up from its beloved Perfecting Cushion. It’s got a medium to full coverage, with a brightening finish that makes you look wide awake. This one is also packed with antioxidants, atop a SPF 50+, PA+++ coverage for all-round skin protection. For those with more mature skin, this has the ability to blur fine lines as well. We reviewed this cushion extensively here.