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Beauty Wars: The Search for the Best Cushion Foundation Continues

Ding, ding, ding! Off we go on another round of testing compact cushions in our bid to find the best of the best.

 If you’ve been following the beauty wars series, you’d know that we’ve gone through multiple rounds in our search for the best compact cushion foundation that there was to ever exist. And we’d consider ourselves fairly successful thus far – we’ve even landed on a few that have gone on to become our holy grails. A case in point: here.

But if you’re a beauty aficionado, you know how it is – with beauty brands delivering the goods with one new release after another, the search for the better is endless. Particularly with something as fundamental as a compact foundation that you use on the daily, finding the right formula really makes all the difference. Plus, considering the new mask wearing normal, who’s really wearing foundation anymore? Here’s our verdict on five compact foundations we put to work.

Amore Pacific Colour Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum Foundation

As far as Korean skincare goes, AmorePacific sets the gold standards. If you’ve been led here by the Off-White compact cushion foundation – there’s good news and there’s bad news. The latter being that the exclusive, limited-edition “Protection Box” of beauty goodies is not available for purchase off the racks. Like a sneaker drop, the collection was released by ballot. Tough luck. Now, on the bright side, if you’re more beauty junkie, less hypebeast, you can still get your hands on the compact foundation sans the Off-White packaging. Formula wise, Amore Pacific’s Colour Control Cushion Compact delivers a glowy finish. You can pat on an extra layer for medium coverage or stop at one for a my-skin-but-better complexion. It does, however, get a tad oily throughout the day – the humid weather in this part of the world can be a real challenge. If you have oily or combination skin, we’d suggest a trusty primer underneath. Another thing to note – with only five different shades available, finding the right match for your skin might be a challenge.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Designer Essence-In-Balm Mesh Cushion Foundation

It’s not often you hear the word “essence” or “balm” as a descriptor for a cushion foundation. But here’s what to expect. The formula of Giorgio Armani’s Beauty Designer Essence-In-Balm Mesh Cushion is relatively “watery”. It glides on super smooth onto the skin and even if you build on for coverage, the formula remains surprisingly lightweight. You might even forget you have makeup on throughout the day. Infused with hyaluronic acid, the cushion foundation not only delivers cosmetic radiance, it also hydrates the skin from the inside out. And ofcourse, not forgetting SPF coverage!

La Mer The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation

As with all things La Mer, the Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation comes with a hefty price tag. It does, however, also come with a refill. So, if you think about it, you’re essentially getting a two-for-one deal. If you’re in the mood to splurge, the La Mer cushion foundation is definitely one to look into. Unlike most compact cushions, La Mer offers a pretty extensive range of 12 shades to pick from. It’s more likely that you’d find the right colour match for your skin. The lightweight formula with buildable low to medium coverage almost feels like nothing on the skin. What sets the La Mer cushion foundation from the rest is its added skincare benefits – they are experts in the field after all. Not only deeply hydrating, it also boasts skin-renewing properties. You get what you pay for, we’ll say that much.


Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Foundation

Typically, Korean cushion foundations hold a reputation for their radiant, glowing finish. If your skin tends to be on the oily end, that might not always work in your favour. There’s a very good chance your makeup might melt into a greasy mess a few hours into the day. Meet Sulwhasoo’s Perfecting Cushion Foundation. The formula strikes the perfect balance between a matte and dewy finish that still delivers a natural glow. In terms of coverage, it’s by far is of the most heavy-duty cushion foundations we’ve tried. A little bit goes a long way – definitely go in light-handed with the application. It’s also impressive how long it can go without requiring any touchup!

Shiseido Self-Refreshing Cushion Compact Foundation

The Shiseido Self-Refreshing Cushion Compact Foundation might be the closest we’ve come to a foundation in a cushion format. It offers comparable coverage and wear of a regular liquid foundation. Take the best parts of a foundation and cushion, put them together and ta-dah! you have Shiseido’s Self-Refreshing Cushion Compact Foundation. Basically, an all-round winner!

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