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9 Cushion Foundations We Love

These cushion foundations will help you attain a flawless and glowing finish

Text and photo by Samantha Francis;
Styling by Elizabeth Lee;

1. The 3CE White Milk Cushion ($38.50) is infused with milk protein extract to instantly brighten a dull complexion. It also offers high sun protection with SPF50+ and PA+++ coverage. Plus, its creamy texture goes on smoothly and keeps skin hydrated and fresh all day.

2. The YSL Le Cushion Encre de Peau ($88) packs the brand’s well-loved Fusion Ink foundation formula into a compact cushion. It glides on with a cooling effect and leaves skin looking fresh and glowing, thanks to its intelligent pillow pick-up and pioneering air-filled design.

3. Keep blemishes at bay with the Missa M Magic Cushion SPF50+/PA+++ ($13.30). This high coverage cushion foundation uses Micro Cover Pigment to hide lines and imperfections, while the Smooth Silica Bead Powder works to minimise any darkening caused by oxidation.

4. For that desirable, dewy complexion, try the Innisfree Water Fit Cushion SPF 34/PA++ (from $19). Made with 100% organic green tea water from Jeju, the cushion foundation boosts moisture in the skin. Plus, it now comes in 100 different cushion case designs, so you can pick and choose the right one to suit your mood.

5. For a flawless, supple finish with buildable coverage, try the Sulwhasoo Signature Perfecting Cushion ($80). The cushion foundation also comes with Jaumdan Water and antioxidants for optimal hydration.

6. Add a touch of luxury to your beauty routine with The History of Whoo Gongjinhyang Mi Luxury Golden Cushion ($88). It brightens and has anti-wrinkle properties and UV protection too.

7. Etude House Real Powder Cushion ($32) is a multi-tasking powder cushion that provides long-lasting coverage with a light and powdery finish. It is especially suitable for those with troubled, oily or combination skin, as one single swipe will easily conceal blemishes and enlarged pores.

8. The Body Shop Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation ($39.90) features a 100% vegan formula and is non-comodegenic (non pore-clogging), making it great for those with sensitive skin. Its semi-matte finish gives medium coverage and it also helps to combat shine.

9. The MAC Lightful C SPF 50 Quick Finish Cushion Compact ($63) packs all the benefits of the brand’s Lightful foundation into a nifty cushion compact for quick touch-up. The unique delivery system releases liquid foundation in a superfine layer for a natural satin finish.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Weekender, Issue 160, September 2 – September 15, 2016, with the headline ‘A Crush on Cushion’.