You must have at least heard of cushion foundations, even if you haven’t already owned and tried several of them yourself. They’re a fuss-free way of applying liquid foundation or BB creams – all you have to do is tap a puff onto a sponge soaked with product.
Unfortunately, many earlier cushion foundations have cemented its reputation of being unsuitable for the Singaporean climate, as they heavily emphasised dewy skin that tended to look oily and shiny instead.
However, this is a misconception! To prove it, we round up 26 of the best reviewed cushion foundations in 2019 that have been proven to hold up against Singapore’s heat and humidity.
Best for oil control
1. Missha M Magic Cushion
A cushion that claims to be “magic” had better be strong stuff when it comes to surviving in the Singapore heat. Missha M Magic Cushion is apparently all that and more. When you first apply this cushion foundation, it stars off looking dewy at first, but dries to a generally matte brightening finish with good longevity. It has some serious coverage and great oil control, thanks to the presence of silica-bead powder that absorbs sweat and oil.
2. THEFACESHOP Oil Control Water Cushion
The thing about tropical climates is that it’s pretty difficult to predict when it is going to rain. THEFACESHOP has you covered with a cushion foundation that not only achieves oil control, but is also waterproof to boot. On top of that, it has a matte velvet finish, and even has pretty good coverage, according to online reviews. We couldn’t think of a better cushion foundation formula for 2019 to help you look fresh and flawless whatever the weather.
Best for a “your skin but better” look
3. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion
What can a foundation aim to be besides your skin but better? The Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion is said to do just that, allowing you to achieve radiant skin without the oil slick look. Some users even report that after many hours of wear, their skin not only does not look worse, but actually looks even better! The lightweight formula of one of the best K-beauty cushion foundations means that it sits comfortably on your skin without feeling heavy or looking unnatural.
4. Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Cushion
An off-shoot of Guerlain’s already renowned Lingerie De Peau range, the new Cushion is meant to make things a whole lot more convenient for those on the go. The foundation boasts a hydrating texture which blends in with the skin to deliver an “anti-fatigue effect” and to restore the skin’s natural radiance, earning it a spot on our 2019 list of best cushion foundations.
Local beauty blogger Cheryl reviewed the cushion and describes the cushion as one that gives a healthy, natural, rosy finish with medium-level coverage.
Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Cushion retails at SGD81 in Tangs.
5. Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Touche Eclat Cushion Foundation
This cushion foundation from YSL Beaute features a unique duo-flocked puff so you can customise the level of coverage and radiance that you want in your foundation. The formula is also meant to be so lightweight that you don’t feel that you are wearing any makeup at all. Beauty blogger Jenny Wu raved about the foundation in her online review, praising it for doing an excellent job of evening her skin tone, minimizing any redness, and covering small imperfections all while still looking natural.
Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Touche Eclat Cushion Foundation retails at SGD92 in Tangs.
Best for pore-minimising
6. LANEIGE BB Cushion Pore Control
Which self-respecting list of cushion foundations would be complete without a LANEIGE BB Cushion? Love it or hate it, this is the one that started the craze in the first place.
The formula received an update in 2016, and users have reported that the new versions are less streaky and boast higher coverage and better longevity, lasting for more than half the day in humid climates like ours. What’s even better is that the new formula no longer oxidises after application! Fast forward to 2019 and this formula is still receiving props for the upgrade, hence earning this best-selling K-beauty BB cushion a spot on this list.
Best from the drugstore
7. Maybelline New York Super BB Cushion Fresh Matte
Even though this claims to be a BB cushion, most users have claimed that the Super BB Cushion Fresh Matte feels more like a lightweight foundation that you can build up for a higher coverage if needed. The matte finish is supposed to look natural on the skin, without oxidising the way many BB creams do, and helps with oil control to achieve commendable longevity despite the heat.
Maybelline New York Super BB Cushion Fresh Matte retails at SGD28.90 on Lazada, where you can get a further SGD9 discount!
8. L’Oréal Paris True Match Cushion Foundation
You’ve tried and loved the L’Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation – now, you can carry it around with you in the True Match Cushion Foundation! This foundation not only provides great coverage, but dries to a “silky matte” finish which does not oxidise over time.
It is said that it contains ultra-fine matte hybrid powder which helps to absorb excess sebum throughout the day so you can enjoy a fresh complexion for longer. Who would say no to that in 2018?
Best for sun protection
9. Shu Uemura Blanc:chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation
Who wouldn’t want a make-up that also doubles up as skincare? The Shu Uemura Blanc:chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation is also infused with brightening actives that help with pigmentation, so that you can achieve brighter and natural skin .
Reviews say that this cushion foundation has a finish that is balanced between matte and dewy, and does not become cakey or powdery even after you touch up .The SPF 50+ and PA+++ will also provide you with excellent sun protection.
Shu Uemura Blanc:chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation retails at SGD55 for cushion, SGD2 for case and puff, and SGD8 for puff alone at Shu Uemura outlets.
10. Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion 2.0 Compact High Coverage
The Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion 3.0 is a matte version of its predecessors, and has proven to be a big hit with Singaporeans for those reasons. True to its name, it has a medium to high coverage, so acne and blemishes are adequately hidden. It also provides SPF 50+/PA+++ which will certainly be a boon on our sunny island.
A local reviewer has reported that it brightened up her complexion without making her look oily, and that her skin felt hydrated despite the matte finish. Sounds like a potential 2019 holy grail to us!
11. M.A.C. Lightful C Quick Finish Cushion Compact
M.A.C.’s highly-anticipated cushion compact comes in the form of the Lightful C Quick Finish Cushion Compact. This foundation has earned rave reviews for having a matte finish and providing brightening effects alongside great sun protection with SPF 50 and PA+++.
The formula of this foundation is meant to glide smoothly on to the skin so as to achieve a natural look, not over-heavy and where your skin feels like it’s still able to breathe. Reviewers have also point out that this cushion foundation has good longevity and adequate oil control properties. This is truly the cushion foundation that can do it all.
M.A.C. Lightful C Quick Finish Cushion Compact retails at SGD56 and its refill retails at SGD38 in all M.A.C. stores.
12. HERA UV Mist Cushion Cover SPF50+ PA+++
This cushion foundation may come with super fine powder particles, but it packs a pretty powerful punch— not only does it give amazing sun protection (SPF50!) but also complete, full coverage that promises to conceal imperfections and flaws from every angle.
The clear reflective powder is also known to blend seamlessly in with skin, reflecting light to give your skin a multi-dimensional glow.
HERA UV Mist Cushion Cover SPF50+ PA+++ retails at SGD68 and is available in Takashimaya and Lazada.
Best for long-wearing coverage on acne-prone skin
13. CLIO Kill Cover Founwear Cushion XP
This cushion is a renewed version of the brand’s best-selling cushion foundation into something classier, with an updated formula promising 48(!) hours of wear instead of 24.
The new XP version comes with a semi-matte finish that is non-cakey nor sticky, and gives full, buildable coverage that can help you conceal all those blemishes without aggravating your acne.
14. Etude House AC Cleanup Mild BB Cushion SPF50+ PA+++
If you have acne-prone skin that you want to cover up, but are worried about foundation clogging up your pores, you’re in luck. Etude House AC Cleanup Mild BB Cushion is formulated with non-comodogenic ingredients which does not agitate or break out acne-prone skin, a claim that has been corroborated by many online user reviews! According to one online reviewer, it has a moist creamy texture, feels lightweight, has a bit of oil control and good staying power. If you want something that’s “your skin but better”, this is definitely a must-try. Etude House has also been voted Top 10 most trusted makeup brands by Singaporeans.
15. Innisfree Long Wear Cushion
It’s almost like Innisfree had Singapore’s weather in mind when they created the Long Wear Cushion. Reviewers have said that this cushion foundation, which has a mostly matte finish, is great for oil control and has long wear time, alongside good coverage. It is reported to be resilient against sweat and sebum, the two great enemies of makeup in the tropical climate. Best part? It’s got all that quality at such an affordable price, which is a huge plus point for us.
16. Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Le Cushion Encre de Peau
The Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation is the holy grail for oily skin types everywhere, so it is no surprise that the Beaute Le Cushion Encre de Peau from the same range should also be a hit. Users found that it provided a fantastic, natural finish, and has excellent lasting power. It’s also easily buildable, so you don’t have to worry about cakey-looking foundation if you feel the need to touch up throughout the day!
17. Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation
The Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation packs an oil-free liquid formula that is designed to be light-weight and hydrating, while also offering a semi-matte finish. There have been positive reviews about this staying power and oil absorption of this foundation, claiming that it stays on all day and barely need any touch-ups.
What makes this cushion foundation even better is that it does not oxidise like many of its counterparts do, and stays true to shade after application.
18. HERA Black Cushion (Highly recommended!)
Touted as a cushion foundation for long-lasting beautiful skin, this Black Cushion is well-loved by beauty junkies for its high coverage that lasts.
It actually dispenses a double layer of foundation: a hard layer and soft film that helps the foundation to last longer. Plus, this cushion foundation is formulated with a matte finish gel that leaves your skin feeling soft and fresh without feeling sticky as time passes.
Best for dry skin
19. Make Up For Ever UV Bright Cushion SPF 35/PA+++
This Make Up For Ever UV Bright Cushion compact does several things all at once. It offers good sun protection with ultra-fine titanium dioxide added to its formula, affording the foundation SPF 35 and PA+++. It also contains silica, which is a light-reflecting pigment to brighten your skin and extend the longevity of the formula. Glycerin and Polyol are also added to boost this cushion foundation’s hydrating effects and help the skin to retain water.
The cushion is also formulated with 3 in-built filters, to brighten, revitalize and protect your skin, all of which works together to make your finish look even better.
20. NARS Aqua Glow Cushion Foundation
With a “water-enriched” formula in this cushion foundation, you can only imagine how hydrating and soothing it is for dry skin types. It is also formulated with the NARS Triple-Force Anti-Pollution Complex and SPF 23, so your skin gets double the protection from environmental and sun damage. A Sephora reviewer said, “It does not oxidise easily in the hot and humid weather in Singapore, and it’s quite sweat-proof too!”
NARS Aqua Glow Cushion Foundation retails at SGD68 in Sephora.
21. Aprilskin Magic Snow Cushion (Best deal alert!)
The Aprilskin Magic Snow Cushion doesn’t just provide great coverage, it also comes with a strong moisturising effect that ensures skin remains smooth and flawless throughout the day. Users also love how long lasting it is, with there being a minimal need for touch ups.
22. CNP Propolis Ampoule In Cushion SPF50 PA++++
Regarded as a godsend for dry skin types who want that dewy, glowing K-Drama complexion, the CNP Propolis Ampoule Cushion SPF50 PA++++ is perfect for those who find their cushion foundation cracking and flaking on their skin as the day goes by
Infused with the legendary superfood Propolis Ampoule, this cushion from CNP also works to brighten and nourish the skin all while fighting wrinkles. Nice!
23. Giorgio Armani Beauty To Go Iconic Cushion
Giorgio Armani is pretty new to Singapore’s shores, but their cushions already have a stellar reputation for providing excellent coverage, even to those with the most parched of complexions. With a silky, glowing finish and six shades to choose from that are tailored for Asian skin, we guarantee that this bad boy is going to be a permanent fixture in your makeup bag!
Giorgio Armani Beauty To Go Iconic Cushion retails at SGD105 in Tangs Departmental Store.
24. IOPE Air Cushion
The OG BB cushion comes from none other than K-beauty brand IOPE, and it remains well-loved today as the brand continues to update its formulation to better suit Asian skin.
It is formulated to make your skin look moisturised and radiant with breathable makeup, so your skin can look AND feel better throughout the day.
Best for comfortable wear
25. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact
Don’t be alarmed if this cushion foundation starts off looking a little too “glowy” for Singaporean tastes – many users have reported that, unlike most cushion foundations, the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact actually dries down to a more matte finish as the day goes by. In fact, it reportedly gets more comfortable on the skin with longer wear, rather than the reverse!
Best for anti-ageing
26. IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF50+
Serving as both a cushion foundation and a anti-ageing serum, the IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation helps to brighten your skin tone, even out your complexion, as well as minimise the appearance of fine lines and pores. It is available in five different shades and also comes with SPF50 to protect your skin from those pesky UVA and UVB rays.
IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF50+ retails at SGD62 on Beautylish.
27. Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cushion Foundation
This cushion foundation is able to enhance your skin’s natural glow so it doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard to conceal blemishes. The lightweight and hydrating formula sits well on mature skin and you’ll love how its specially designed puff is able to deliver a seamless and even application.
Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cushion Foundation is available at all Cle de Peau counters and Net-a-Porter.
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