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Ever since the beauty industry has been blessed with the introduction of cushion foundation (or BB cushions, as they’re better known), brands – both affordable and luxurious – have hopped onto the cushion bandwagon with a wide variety of these to keep our complexion flawless and radiant. And it’s no surprise. Fuss-free and portable, it’s perfect for those who are always on the go. The best thing? These cushion compacts are also a part skincare. So, add anti-ageing, brightening, colour correction to their list of benefits… You name it, they have it – everything from A to Z.

We’ve poked our heads in to the colossal world ofcus hion foundation and share with you some of the latest ones, and to help you cut through the cushion clutter:


1. Biotherm Aquasource Evermoist CC Cushion (SPF23)

What it is: This cushion is a trio of potent skincare ingredients carefully infused into makeup. It contains Adenosine to keep lines and wrinkles at bay, Brightening Symwhite to fight pigmentation and Perfecting Polymer Gel to blur out redness, pores and zits. Just a few pats and your complexion becomes dewy, natural and radiant.

Recommended for: Dehydrated skin

Price: SGD69 for a case and two refills.


2. Dior Bloom Perfect Perfect Moist Cushion (SPF50 PA+++)

What it is: Dior has signed an memorandum of understanding with Amorepacific (which owns brands like Laneige, Sulwhasoo and Etude House) that allows Dior to use the cushion technology that it has innovated. This means that it has the original technology that hails from Korea, but at the same time, combines the foundation technology it is known for. The cushion used in this compact has been soaked in the Edelweiss from Dior Gardens and other natural active skincare ingredients, and it prides itself in being the first ultra-moist skincare cushion. In a refreshing instant, it evens out and brightens your skin tone for a naturally luminous complexion.

Recommended for: Achieving brighter-looking skin

Price: SGD105 for a set of two.


3. Etude House Precious Mineral Moist Any Cushion

What it is: This cushion is a 6-in-1 cream that aids in moisturising, whitening, correcting tone, adding radiance and providing anti-wrinkle care and UV protection. Ingredients like Baobab Water, Hyaluronic Acid and the brand’s Glow-Lock Complex provide radiance and intensive hydration, sealed in with a transparent layer.

Recommended for: Those looking for an affordable option that works well

Price: SGD32 for one.


4. IOPE Air Cushion XP (SPF50+ PA+++)

Recommended for: Achieving natural-looking flawlessness

What it is: One of the first cushion compacts launched, this updated version is made with Mineral Water XP and Siberian Peptide 6 Selection. Lightweight and natural, it provides a 12-hour coverage of moisture and radiance. It is also part skincare and treats emerging wrinkles.

Price: (Not available in Singapore.)

lancome cushion compact high coverage

5. Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion Compact High Coverage (SPF50+ PA+++)

What it is: This comes with a mesh technology that enables you to pick up more product to achieve great coverage. Besides a dewy finish, the product also promises all-day hydration and high sun protection.

Recommended for: Those looking for better coverage and range of colours

Price: SGD27 for a case and SGD65 for a single refill. Psst, check out our Daily Vanity deal here!

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6. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control (SPF50+ PA+++)

What it is: With the Pore Purifying Complex, this cushion keeps pores in check while strengthening the skin’s natural barrier against aggressors. This formula has a refreshing effect on the skin upon application and keeps complexion smooth, pore-free and radiant all day, with a semi-matte finish.

Recommended for: Concealing the appearance of enlarged pores

Price: SGD59 for a set of two.


7. M.A.C Matchmaster Shade Intelligence Compact

What it is: This cushion releases the liquid foundation slowly so that coverage can be built up comfortably to what you want. It is also lightweight and allows some of your skin to peek through for a natural finish.

Recommended for: Those looking for a buildable coverage

Price: To be confirmed


8. Shu Uemura Blanc: Chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation (SPF50+ PA+++)

What it is: Made by Asians for Asians, this cushion provides smart application, formula and cushion system. The puff is made from soft flock hairs, has an auto-wiper membrane and dispenses foundation evenly. Ingredients like melano SW+ vitamin CG provide a complexion that’s radiant and glowing over time.

Recommended for: Easy and even application

Price: SGD55 for a refill, SGD20 for a case and a puff and SGD8 for a puff.


9. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening

What it is: With Magnolia extract as one of its key ingredients, this cushion will leave your complexion bright and pearlescent. The foundation is steeped in the brand’s very own water concoction of Licorice extract for hydration and perfection.

Recommended for: Those who prefer matte finish

Price: SGD80 for a set of two.


10. YSL Le Cushion Encre de Peau

What it is: This cushion holds foundation that’s inspired by inks. The volatile oils that it contains evaporate upon application for a light, moisturising and refreshing experience. The formula also allows it to stay in place all day for a matte, luminous and glowing complexion.

Recommended for: Improving the look of tiredness

Price: SGD88 for one

Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact

11. Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact SPF 50 / PA+++

What it is: Formulated with a specialised blend of skincare ingredients, this cushion compact from Estee Lauder has a weightless formula that helps prime and moisturise skin. It delivers luminosity and control oil at the same time. Its buildable coverage promises to last for eight hours of wear.

Recommended for: Dewy-looking complexion that doesn’t look oily

Price: Case and refill at SGD68, refill only at SGD50. This is available from April 2016.