While some hate the dew, others embrace it! The problem is that most glow-inducing bases are often light in term of coverage and so it ends up being a situation of give-and-take. With CNP’s Propolis Ampoule In Cushion SPF 50 PA+++ (S$54), you can have it all. A godsend for dry skin types that long for that healthy sheen, the CNP cushion is infused with their highly-raved Propolis Ampoule. The superfood is used for brightening and nourishing the skin, while fighting wrinkles. The ampoule-infused cushion cocoons the skin in hydration for a glossy finish. It also doesn’t skimp when it comes to coverage, offering a solid medium to high. Great for those who want a glossy finish without forgoing coverage, for an ultra perfected, dewy complexion all day.
We have come to expect our base makeup to last at least an 8-hours long. Realistically though, there are more times where we need our face makeup to last longer. Be it a long day at the office or making plans after work, 8-hours just doesn’t cut it anymore. The Face Shop‘s Ink Lasting Foundation (S$39) is housed in a slim and convenient compact for on-the-go touch-ups, which you likely would not need with this longwearing formula. It’s lightweight texture and semi-matte finish allows it to cling to the face like second skin. Claiming up to 12-hours of wear-time, your face will stay looking snatched for longer without looking cakey or stiff.
Just like caviar, a rare delicacy that is held to the highest regard in fine dining, La Prairie is the beauty equivalent to that. Their Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation SPF 25/PA+++ (S$365) is the first cushion compact infused with La Prairie’s caviar water. Fantastic for anyone who is dead serious about pampering their skin 24/7. The caviar water provides anti-aging nourishment throughout the wear-time, whilst hydrating the skin deeply, leaving a glossy finish to the skin. It has buildable light-to-medium coverage, suitable for everyday. All eight perfectly matched shades are housed in a sleek blue compact.
Doing your base on the go can be cumbersome. Don’t you wish that you can have everything all in one easy compact? Laneige heard the cries of busy girls everywhere and came out with their Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base (S$43). Inside the gorgeous metallic pink compact is not one product, but two. The right side contains a medium coverage cushion foundation with a semi-matte finish while the left side houses a smaller cushion containing a high coverage cushion concealer. The velvet puff also helps increase the level of coverage, making it ultra convenient and a busy woman’s dream.
Sweltering weather is public enemy no. #1 for anyone who wears a decent amount of makeup. Base products, in particular, are prone to slipping and sliding off in hot, humid weather, no matter your skin type. Cremorlab’s Eau Thermale Cushion O2 Lasting Cushion (S$58) is not only infused with oxygen for a light texture, it has a cooling effect that reduces the skin’s temperature by 3 degrees, causing less sebum to be produced overall. Providing a matte finish that stays put all day whilst still giving hydration via its T.E.N mineral-enriched water-based formula, this one is great for hotter climates.
If you have deep pockets, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to get your hands on the luxurious Sisley Phyto-Blanc Cushion Foundation SPF30 PA+++ (S$155). This one is an all-rounder, for all skin types and acts as both skincare and makeup. Enriched with Sisley’s signature blend of essential oils and active ingredients, such as vitamin B5 and phytosqualane, keep your skin hydrated all day, despite its long-lasting formula. Plus, the airless case keeps these ingredients fresh for longer. With medium coverage and a glowing finish, not only will your skin look healthy, it will actually be healthy.
Bobbi Brown recently released their Skin Radiant Glow Cushion Foundation (S$76) in a sleek white compact, with an impressive SPF50 PA+++. Though marketed as a cushion foundation, this product works more as a multi-tasker to provide a major boost of illumination. Coverage is very sheer, so it’s more of a complexion enhancer, particularly for people with already decent skin. Pat it all over your face for a real life soft-focus filter and add an extra layer on the tops of cheek bones for that coveted Korean Glass Skin look.
Often times hydrating products come with a glowy finish, taking it for granted that everyone with a drier skin type would automatically want that. However, there are plenty of people with dry skin, who actually prefer a matte, more perfected formula. Especially if you live in the tropics! Enter Dior Prestige Le Cushion Teint De Rose (S$140). Housed in a decadent gold compact, the formula inside offers a soft velvety finish but its high concentration of Rose de Granville (a wild rose known for its skin regenerating properties) keeps the skin supple all day long.
These days, we crave coverage but also want an undetectable finish. Often times, these two things are mutually exclusive. Until Giorgio Armani’s My Armani To Go The Cushion (S$97.30) came into the picture. Giorgio Armani are known for their immaculate base products and this might be their best one yet. Combining a satin texture that provides ample coverage with an incredibly skin-like finish, an SPF of 23 and 18 hour hydration — All this in a gorgeous, Instagram-worthy red Armani compact. This is a fashion girl’s dream cushion.
Guerlain is bringing their famous Lingerie De Peau (S$81) to the compact and portable format of a cushion. Of course, the packaging alone can make a lady swoon. Smooth black compact with a black puff and the classic Guerlain insignia in gold – classy all the way. But looks aside, this cushion foundation is just like the name suggests. Undetectable, light, weightless coverage that is very comfortable and sits like second skin. It’s perfect for those who already have decent skin but deal with minor flaws and looking to even out and correct their complexion.
Following the cult status of their Touche Eclat concealer pens and foundations, YSL’s Touche Eclat Le Cushion (S$91) will be your latest obsession. It’s made for that modelesque, backstage glow on the go. Just like Touche Eclat, it’s all about natural enhancement and bouncing the light in all the right place, eliminating darkness and revealing a bright and healthy complexion. It has light coverage that is great for those who want to let their skin breathe and show through. Since it’s YSL, gorgeous Instagram-worthy packaging is a given.
Shiseido’s Synchro Skin White Cushion Compact is the latest addition to their Synchro Skin range. This one sets itself apart from the rest not just with its ultra portable packaging but also due to the added elements in the formula. Whoever’s having trouble with dark spots, scarring and pigmentation can now treat their skin in the day as well, whilst still looking on point. The cushion has a super skin-like finish that adheres to the skin for a brighter more even skin tone.
Don’t worry, we fell for it too! You simply cannot resist Urban Decay’s first foray into cushion foundations. Furthermore, Singapore is the first in the world to experience Urban Decay Naked Skinglow Cushion Compact Foundation (S$59). Not only does it have SPF 50 to protect you from UV rays, the formula boasts weightless, buildable coverage with a comfortable matte-luminous finish. Hence, it’s radiant without feeling sticky. Coverage is light to medium so it’s great for everyday, especially those with dry-combination skin types.
Nars is big on base products, so it’s only natural that they are releasing their own version of a cushion compact called the Nars Aqua Glow Cushion Foundation (S$68). The packaging follows Nars’ signature minimalist black and white combo that we have loved and known. It offers medium coverage and is your skin’s on-the-go shield against dehydration, pollution, and sun damage. The finish is glowy and radiant, but feels light on the skin thanks to its water-based formula. Great for normal to dry skin types, who want a glow all day.
Honestly, you cannot beat Etude House’s AC Clean Up Mild BB Cushion (S$27.90) when it comes to the price. But beyond that, this cushion is godsend for people who are battling breakouts. Housed in the adorable mint green compact is a formula that is packed with plant extracts, tea tree oil and salicylic acid on top of an SPF 50 PA+++ for added protection from the sun. These zit-busting ingredients help treat breakouts while concealing them. Coverage is light to medium and feels like nothing on the skin. So you’ll need a concealer, but it’s a small price to pay for a round-the-clock acne fighting treatment.
Lancome’s Teint Idole iron-clad formula now comes in a portable gold compact so that you can easily touch up and add extra coverage throughout the day. Though we can’t imagine why you would need to because Lancome’s Teint Idole Ultra Cushion (S$81) delivers high coverage and a natural matte finish that will not budge until you decide to take it off. Despite all these claims, the formula is not thick or heavy at all. It instead has a pleasant cooling sensation when you apply it, which is perfect for humid climates such as Singapore.
Ladies who are always rushing from place to place and tend to do their makeup quickly at the back of a moving vehicle of some sort will appreciate the ultra bendable formula of Dior’s Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion Foundation (S$78). Its flawless formula gives medium coverage that hides and blurs imperfections to reveal a flawless, satin complexion. It’s so easy to put on because the formula basically blends itself. So it’s perfect for busy ladies who need quick application and flawless result.
Related article: 14 Long-Wearing Foundations Perfect For Singapore’s Climate
Dry skin types will fall head over heels for the cult Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX (S$80). Though it works on all skin types, we feel that those with dry skin will benefit the most from using this uber hydrating cushion formula. It delivers amazing coverage while Sulwhasoo’s signature hanbang concoction of herbal extracts called JAUM Balancing Complex keeps your skin nourished all day. The formula is further boosted with beta-glucan to soothe the skin while acting as a moisture magnet throughout the wear-time. This creamy formula is definitely holy grail status for most dry skin ladies.
Missha is probably one of the first hyped cushion foundations when the trend took off. Since then they have added more to their cushion line up and given us innovative versions of cushion compacts. The Missha Geum Sul Vitalising Tension Pact (S$49) is not only housed in an ornate rose gold packaging, the creamy foundation is delivered through a tension netting that dispenses the right amount of product each time. This cushion seriously covers every thing! Yet, the skin doesn’t look dry or cakey due to ingredients like fermented ginseng extract and lingzhi mushroom that nourishes the skin as you wear it. Definitely an underrated gem!
Sometimes you just want a fuss-free work horse that doesn’t cost an arm and leg, whilst delivering optimum result. The Face Shop Miracle Finish CC Long-Lasting Cushion ($37.90) is exactly that! Don’t be fooled by the CC in the title! This cushion packs a punch in terms of coverage. The finish it semi-matte and feels featherlight on the skin. Not to mention, it has SPF 50 PA+++, so it works perfect as your daily sunscreen. Just like the name, this formula lasts incredibly through a full work day with zero touch ups and is easily buildable if you do feel like layering a bit more. If you want something that just works, this is our recommendation!
Mamonde’s Cover Powder Cushion (S$44) is made for oily skin gals who want coverage and portability but don’t want that dewy look (because your own skin will naturally do that on its own). This cushion compact steers clear from the usual glowy finish of most cushion foundations and goes for a fully powdered, matte finish. You don’t even need to set this one, because the formula sets itself. Coverage is medium to full, and it does have that brightening effect that Korean foundations are known for. It’s also sweat proof and humidity proof. A dream for anyone with oily skin!
Related article: How To Flawlessly Apply Foundation For Every Level Of Coverage
If you are looking for a more smoothing and blurring type of cushion foundation, Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control (S$59) does exactly what it says on the tin. Cool holographic packaging aside, the formula gives a natural matte look that doesn’t accentuate pores and fine lines. So you can skip the pore-filling primer with this one. Laneige’s unique cushion delivers the perfect amount of product on your puff each time, making blending a breeze. It also helps control oil throughout the day so that your skin stays flawless for longer.
This cult cushion is highly raved in South Korea, and for good reason. This cushion foundation is no joke! Hera’s Black Cushion (S$75) comes in a sleek, unassuming black compact but if you want flawless, uber perfected skin, this is the cushion for you. It has incredible coverage and a long-wearing formula that has a soft matte finish. The texture is slightly thicker but once it sets, it doesn’t budge. You’ll end up with perfect, porcelain skin that Korean celebs are known for. On top of that, it’s sweat proof and performs well, even in humid climates. We totally get the hype with this one!
- BB Cushion
- Bobbi Brown
- Compact Foundation
- Cushion Foundation
- Dior Prestige
- etude house
- Face Shop
- Giorgio Armani
- La Prairie
- La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-in-Foundation SPF 25/PA+++
- Skin Concerns
- Skin Type
- The Face Shop
- Urban Decay
- YSL Beauté
- YSL Beauty