From old classics to new releases, we scoured high and low for the best. These are the cushion foundations to go to for every skin type, skin concern and makeup scenario you can think of. Be it oily or dry, sheer or high coverage, we’ve got you covered.
Available in two finishes—luminous matte and dewy glow—the Dior Forever Couture Perfect Cushion – Dioriviera ($110) is designed to give 24-hour coverage that stays fresh and flawless. Part skincare, it is fortified with wild pansy and rose fruit extracts to help neutralise free-radical damage and keep skin hydrated. Icing on the cake: The cushion sits in the limited-edition Dioriviera case featuring the House’s iconic bayadere stripes, giving beauty a touch of fashion.
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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.
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$370)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.
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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.
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$95) 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.
Following the cult status of their Touche Eclat concealer pens and foundations, YSL’s Touche Eclat Le Cushion (S$102) 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.
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$59) 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.
Much like a refreshing splash of water on skin on a hot day, Clé de Peau Beauté’s Radiant Cushion Foundation Natural ($139) is a hydrating cushion with a water-gel texture that instantly cools skin. The mesh layer atop the cushion ensures that the right amount of product is evenly picked up and dispensed for seamless, crease-free coverage.
If you are looking for a more smoothing and blurring type of cushion foundation, Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control (S$44) 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!