Oftentimes, we covet the dewy, glowing complexion that’s sported on our favourite Korean stars. But in our humid climate, the pursuit of glowing skin can be a Sisyphean feat for many of us – we just end up looking like a walking greasy mess instead of flaunting healthy-looking skin.

As dewy skin continues to be the apex of skincare standards, beauty brands are also constantly innovating their makeup offerings to suit Asian skin and weather so that we can get the results we want – minus the oiliness. One such brand that’s making it possible for us to achieve dewy skin is Ange Gardien Paris.

The artisanal French perfume and beauty brand that surfaced on our radar in 2018 has recently introduced its all-new line of makeup that’s said to have been thoughtfully formulated for the Asian woman in mind. Part of its new makeup collection is the Naturale Glow Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++ & HD Pressed Powder Duo, a unique 2-in-1 cushion foundation that may just replace your favourite cushion compact in your routine.

What’s unique about Ange Gardien Paris Naturale Glow Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++ & HD Pressed Powder Duo

It promises a natural glow with all-day coverage and oil control

At the core of the Naturale Glow Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++ & HD Pressed Powder Duo is a cushion foundation, as the name suggests. But, its distinction lies in the dichotomy of a natural glow finish with long-lasting, buildable coverage which is something that may not have been possible before.

Not only that, but the cushion compact also comes with a pressed powder which means your struggle to keep your oily skin in check during the midday will soon be a thing of the past.

It’s packed with skincare ingredients

Cushion foundations are popular because they’re often loaded with skincare ingredients to care for the skin – and the Ange Gardien Paris cushion is no different.

Infused with acacia peptide, adenosine, and niacinamide, this cushion also works to soften wrinkles, brighten the complexion, and hydrate the skin with every use, all while adhering to your skin for a smooth, radiant finish.

It protects you from harmful UV rays

You don’t need us to tell you that sun protection is important during the day, but this cushion foundation takes it one step further by offering SPF50 PA+++ protection that helps shield your skin from harmful UV rays.

WFH may be the default mode for most of us right now, but just because you’re stuck indoors most of the time doesn’t mean your skin won’t be exposed to UV rays – the damaging rays can still find a way to your skin and that’s through your windows. To keep your skin protected, you can pat on the cushion foundation in the morning before you start work in your home office.

It helps you streamline your makeup application

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If you’re like us and have a pressed powder in your bag so that you can dust some halfway through the day to tone down oiliness, you’ll be glad that the Naturale Glow Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++ & HD Pressed Powder Duo was created.

The folding compact comes with the liquid foundation-soaked cushion and an application puff – just like all other cushion foundations – but what sets it apart is an additional tier that houses a high-definition pressed powder that’s meant to control sebum and blur the appearance of pores.

With a cushion foundation and pressed powder all rolled into one convenient compact, this means you no longer need to carry around two separate products in your makeup pouch for touch-ups (or have the fear of the products spilling or leaking into your bag).

Plus, this cushion foundation is designed to offer all-day coverage – that means you can have additional time to attend to more pressing matters in your daily life now that touch-ups no longer need to be so frequent.

Daily Vanity reviews: First impressions of Ange Gardien Paris Naturale Glow Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++ & HD Pressed Powder Duo

The Naturale Glow Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++ & HD Pressed Powder Duo made some big promises and naturally, I couldn’t resist putting it to the test to see if the cushion foundation duo can live up to its claims.

Having recently been crowned winner of Best Cushion Foundation (Editor’s Choice) at the Daily Vanity Beauty Awards 2021, it’s fair to say that my expectation of the product went up a notch and I was more than keen to see whether it can make the complexion of my combination-dry skin look even and healthy.

What I dislike about certain cushion foundations is the formula itself, which either gives me a cakey finish because of the heavy formula or makes me look like a greaseball due to its glow-enhancing formulation.

So you can understand why I was apprehensive at the beginning due to the term ‘glow’ in the product name – but to my pleasant surprise, the cushion foundation duo delivered a second skin-like finish that still managed to cover up my dark under-eye circles and also even out my skin tone but didn’t suffocate or feel heavy on my skin at all.

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The cushion foundation duo is also said to boast a long-lasting formula, which means it stays put even when you have your protective face covering on.

The formula itself is marked as transfer-resistant so I expected it to stain my mask a little, but the cushion foundation stayed on fairly well and didn’t leave my mask looking disgusting with streaks of foundation stains even though I perspired throughout the day.

With the help of a primer beforehand followed by setting powder to keep the foundation in place, I can imagine that mask-staining won’t be an issue. So, be sure to do those steps if you don’t want to deal with any makeup inconvenience!

The buildable coverage offered by the cushion foundation is another plus point too, which allows me to easily control the application so I can afford to go a little heavy-handed on areas that need more coverage and then scale it down on others that don’t. What I especially like though is the product’s pore-blurring effect, which covered up my blemishes perfectly for a soft matte look.

Another thing that I noticed with the cushion foundation duo is how little product I needed for full-face coverage, so it’s definitely a makeup base that will give you bang for your buck. The pressed powder is another favourite feature of mine, as it kept my T-zone oil-free for most of the day – I only needed to touch up towards the evening which is pretty impressive considering that I’d applied it before nine o’clock in the morning.

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What’s more, the Naturale Glow Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++ & HD Pressed Powder Duo is also intentionally designed to minimise environmental impact by using only quality, effective plant-derived ingredients that are sustainably sourced while providing income to local communities.

In addition, the makeup base is manufactured in accordance with the highest international standards so product safety is not an issue that you have to worry about when using the cushion foundation duo.

Personally, the benefits of using a cushion foundation certainly outweigh that of a heavy, smothering foundation. Firstly, it offers easy touch-ups with a convenient compact and it’s also easier to travel around with since there’s less risk of spillage or breakage.

For me, cushion foundations are also seriously suitable for makeup newbies as they make a great introduction to foundation application, thanks to their lightweight formulas and administration onto the skin.

Moreover, plenty of cushion foundations are enriched with tons of skincare ingredients – just like the Naturale Glow Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++ & HD Pressed Powder Duo by Ange Gardien Paris – so you’re essentially taking care of your skin even when you have makeup on, which is a huge bonus for many of us time-starved urbanites.

All in all, I’d say that the Ange Gardien Paris Naturale Glow Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++ & HD Pressed Powder Duo is certainly a makeup staple that everyone needs as it makes the ideal base to weather Singapore’s heat and humidity. With it, I bet that you might just have a much better chance at scoring the dewy, glowing complexion that you’ve always wanted.

Ange Gardien Paris Naturale Glow Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA+++ & HD Pressed Powder Duo retails for S$80 and is available in five shades: Ivory, Beige, Medium Beige, Medium, and Medium Deep. You can purchase it at the Ange Gardien Paris counters in TANGS at Tang Plaza and TANGS VivoCity or shop online at the official Ange Gardien Paris website.

This article is brought to you by Ange Gardien Paris.