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 the product.
Unfortunately, many earlier cushion foundations have cemented their 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 20 of the best-reviewed cushion foundations in 2021 that have been proven to hold up against Singapore’s heat and humidity.
Best for oil control
1. Missha Magic Cushion Cover Lasting
A cushion that claims to be “magic” had better be strong stuff when it comes to surviving in the Singapore heat. Missha Magic Cushion Cover Lasting is apparently all that and more.
When you first apply this cushion foundation, it starts 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 fmgt 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 to help you look fresh and flawless, whatever the weather.
Best for a “your skin but better” look
3. Aprilskin Magic Snow Cushion
Fun fact: Aprilskin Magic Snow Cushion has sold 3.3 million units (and counting) globally since its launch in 2015 – and here’s why the cushion foundation has earned the love of makeup wearers.
First, the Magic Snow Cushion offers a smooth, velvety base using high-molecular polymer. The buildable coverage is also said to last all day long, concealing blemishes, pores, and redness effortlessly without budging.
But, the cushion foundation is more than its promise of 24-hour skin smoothness – it is also formulated with blueberry and aloe vera leaf extracts to comfortably hydrate skin without any sticky afterfeel.
What’s more, it’s made to suit all skin types – combination skin included. Available in three shades: #21 Light Beige, #22 Pink Beige, and #23 Natural Beige.
4. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX SPF 50+/PA+++
The Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX allows 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.
Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX SPF 50+/PA+++ retails for S$80 at all Sulwhasoo boutiques and counters as well as Sephora.
Best for pore-minimising
5. Laneige Neo Cushion_Matte
Which self-respecting list of cushion foundations would be complete without a LANEIGE Cushion? Love it or hate it, the Laneige Cushion was one that started the craze in the first place – and the formula has now been revamped in 2020, sporting a refreshed look altogether.
The new version is now sweat-resistant and boasts higher coverage and better longevity, lasting for up to 24 hours in humid climates like ours. With this aesthetically pleasing baby, you can look forward to a fuss-free makeup application and flaunt a comfortable semi-matte finish all day long, rain or shine.
Laneige Neo Cushion_Matte retails at S$62 for the cushion (comes with two refill packs) and S$30 for the refill at all Laneige stores islandwide as well as online at the Laneige official e-store and Shopee.
Best from the drugstore
6. Maybelline Super Cushion Ultra Cover Cushion
Achieving fresh matte perfection is as easy as ABC with this cushion foundation by Maybelline.
To give you a flawless matte finish that doesn’t feel dry or look flat, the SPF 25 formula is enriched with mattifying agents and correcting minerals alongside skin-moisturising ingredients.
In addition to concealing pores, it’s also able to even out the skin tone without any stickiness.
Maybelline Super Cushion Ultra Cover Cushion retails at S$27.46 on Amazon.sg.
7. Silkygirl Magic BB Cushion
Said to be formulated for Asian skin, this cushion foundation features a combination of Skin Light Complex, edelweiss extract, and mineral water to brighten and hydrate the skin while protecting it from free radicals so you can enjoy a fresh complexion for longer.
Silkygirl Magic BB Cushion retails at S$22.90 on Amazon.sg.
Best for sun protection
8. M.A.C. Studio Fix Complete Coverage Cushion Compact SPF 50/PA++++
M.A.C.’s Studio Fix Complete Coverage Cushion Compact delivers a velvet matte finish up to 24 hours alongside great sun protection with SPF 50 and PA++++. The water-fresh formula of this foundation is meant to glide smoothly onto the skin to diffuse lines and imperfections while instantly hydrating the skin.
9. 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 for S$68 and is available at the HERA boutique and Sephora.
Best for long-wearing coverage on acne-prone skin
10. CLIO Kill Cover 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.
The XP version comes with a semi-matte finish that is neither cakey nor sticky, and gives full, buildable coverage that can help you conceal all those blemishes without aggravating your acne.
CLIO Kill Cover Cushion XP retails for S$52.90 in all Watsons stores and online.
11. Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Le Cushion Encre de Peau
The Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Fusion Ink Foundation is the holy grail for oily skin types everywhere, so it is no surprise that the 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 a cakey-looking foundation if you feel the need to touch up throughout the day!
Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Le Cushion Encre de Peau retails for S$102 at all Yves Saint Laurent Beaute boutiques and counters islandwide.
12. HERA Black Cushion Highly recommended!
Touted as a cushion foundation for long-lasting beautiful skin, the 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.
HERA Black Cushion retails between S$50 and S$75 at the HERA boutique and Shopee.
Best for dry skin
13. 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 three in-built filters to brighten, revitalise, and protect your skin, all of which works together to make your finish look even better.
Make Up For Ever UV Bright Cushion SPF 35/PA+++ retails for S$72 for the cushion and S$32 for refill at Sephora.
14. 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 for S$52 (refill) at NARS boutiques and Sephora.
15. 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!
CNP Propolis Ampoule In Cushion SPF50 PA++++ retails for S$54 at selected Guardian outlets.
16. Giorgio Armani Beauty To Go Iconic Cushion
Giorgio Armani’s cushions 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 for S$40 (case) and S$80 (refill) at TANGS.
17. 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.
IOPE Air Cushion retails for S$86.90 on Shopee.
Best for comfortable wear
18. 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!
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact retails for S$75 at all Bobbi Brown boutiques and counters islandwide.
Best for anti-ageing
19. Guerlain Parure Gold Cushion Foundation
Enriched with golden pigments and an ingredient that targets collagen synthesis, Guerlain’s Parure Gold Cushion Foundation can help blur away pores, resulting in gorgeous skin and an irresistible glow.
With a water-based, buildable texture, you can expect the formula to melt into the skin to create a more radiant complexion each time you apply the cushion.
What’s more, the cushion is also able to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, smooth skin texture, and make skin feel plumper without leaving skin looking shiny like a disco ball.
Guerlain Parure Gold Cushion Foundation retails at S$100 at all Guerlain counters and Sephora.
20. Clé de Peau Beauté 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.
Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation retails for S$130 for the cushion and S$100 for the refill at all Clé de Peau Beauté counters islandwide.
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