10 non-Korean cushion compacts that rocked our world

Korean BB and CC cushions might have paved the way, but these cushions from outside Korea can hold their own 

10 non-Korean cushion foundations to try
10 non-Korean cushion foundations to try
17 Apr 2018

10 non-Korean cushion foundations to try

When it comes to cushion foundations, many would automatically turn to a Korean beauty brand. But today, more and more Western and Japanese beauty brands have jumped onto the cushion bandwagon, to capture our cushion-loving hearts.

So, how well do they perform when compared to the well-loved Korean brands? We road-test 10 non-K beauty cushions, and here are our honest reviews:

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation SPF25/PA+++, $88
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation SPF25/PA+++, $88
17 Apr 2018

Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Gel Touch Foundation SPF25/PA+++, $88

In 3 Words: Naturally glowing skin

Application: It feels really cool on the skin thanks to the high-water content in the formulation. The unique mesh that keeps the foundation within promises to deliver just the perfect amount of product, however the sponge applicator tends to absorb most of the product, so you end up having to keep going back to pick up more product.

Staying Power: It gives a light to almost medium coverage, depending on how much you use, so it’s better suited for those with naturally good skin. It gives complexion a soft glow, but if it’s a particularly hot day out, you can start to look shiny by midday, so topping this off with loose powder would be advisable.

Shade Options: 7

Overview: It’s like my favourite Les Beiges All-in-One Healthy Glow Cream in a cushion compact.

Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion SPF35/PA+++, $78
Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion SPF35/PA+++, $78
17 Apr 2018

Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion SPF35/PA+++, $78

In 3 Words: Luminous matte complexion

Application: It offers a buildable light to medium coverage, which surprisingly works really well. I was even able to cover some light blemishes and spots with this alone, and the amount of concealer I needed to use was minimal (under-eye circles mostly).

Staying Power: Pretty impressive for a cushion as my complexion still looked pretty much the same as when I left home in the morning by evening time. Also like that the finish is soft matte, but isn’t drying, so skin looks natural and flawless.

Shade Options: 6

Overview: This is by far, one of the best cushion foundation in the lot.

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Cushion SPF25, $81
Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Cushion SPF25, $81
17 Apr 2018

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau Cushion SPF25, $81

In 3 Words: Brightens tired complexions

Application: The formulation is also a little thicker than the others, but it works well to conceal light blemishes and marks. And its “Anti-Fatigue” complex really does work. It brightened my tired looking complexion in a jiffy, leaving me looking fresher and glowy — but thankfully, not oily.

Out of all the cushion compacts, this has probably the strongest scent, so if you’re not a fan of powdery floral notes, this might not work.

Staying Power: Another cushion that left me pleasantly surprised. Even at the end of the day, my skin still looked smooth and flawless.

Shade Options: 5

Overview: Another favourite of the lot, this is a potential keeper with its Anti-Fatigue benefit.

Clarins Everlasting Cushion SPF50/PA+++, $65
Clarins Everlasting Cushion SPF50/PA+++, $65
17 Apr 2018

Clarins Everlasting Cushion SPF50/PA+++, $65

In 3 Words: Portable liquid foundation 

Application: Among the lot, this applicator puff worked the best. It picked up enough product and distributed it evenly onto the skin, and also allowed for easy blending to build the coverage needed.

I really like the high sun protection property of this, as not many Western cushions, unlike the Korean counterparts, bother with this important factor, especially when you’re living in a perpetually sunny country, like Singapore.

Staying Power: While it promises to deliver non-stop hydration throughout the day, drier skins might not be suited to this. I road-tested this in a cooler climate, and sadly the flawless looking complexion I achieved before leaving the apartment was not as flawless by midday. 

Plus, the colour also oxidised after a few hours, and left my complexion looking a little ash-y and dull.   

Shade Options: 4

Overview: Decent coverage with high SPF makes for a winning combination.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Cushion SPF50/PA+++, $92
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Cushion SPF50/PA+++, $92
17 Apr 2018

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Cushion SPF50/PA+++, $92

In 3 Words: Lightweight and radiant

Application: The unique puff allows you to create two finishes — second skin or flawlessly smooth, depending on your desire with this one foundation.

The texture is extremely lightweight so it’s easy to forget that you’re wearing any makeup at all. The second skin coverage is perfect when you just want to even out the skin tone a little, but still look like you. However, applying with the puff takes some getting used to, as I found myself moving the product around quite a bit when I used it like a regular foundation sponge. Dabbing and patting works better.

Staying Power: Because of its dewy, radiant finish, it doesn’t last as long in Singapore’s weather, especially if you tend to go outdoors quite a bit. I definitely had to do a quick touch-up by lunch. Although with its gorgeous gold packaging, I would have gladly taken it out anytime, anywhere to show it off.

Shade Options: 8

Overview: The iconic Touche Eclat in a cushion foundation. Plus, the high SPF property is also winner in my book.

Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion Light Coverage SPF29/PA+++, $65
Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion Light Coverage SPF29/PA+++, $65
17 Apr 2018

Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion Light Coverage SPF29/PA+++, $65

In 3 Words: Instant radiance booster

Application: The slight pink undertones of this foundation made my complexion look brighter instantly, which was great when I didn’t get in enough sleep the night before.

And while the texture is really lightweight and despite this being “Light Coverage”, it still gave enough coverage to conceal light blemishes and spots. And the soft glow made skin look fresher but not shiny.

Staying Power: With its unique ingredient, Aeragel, it is able to control excess sebum and shine, so it can withstand a fair bit of heat and humidity. This meant I only needed a light touch-up after lunch.

Just wished that this option came with a high sun protection property, like its “High Coverage” sister with SPF50+/PA+++

Shade Options: 4

Overview: Not just a cushion foundation, but also contains brightening agents to keep skin even-toned and radiant.  

 

NARS Aqua Glow Cushion Foundation SPF23/PA++, $68
NARS Aqua Glow Cushion Foundation SPF23/PA++, $68
17 Apr 2018

NARS Aqua Glow Cushion Foundation SPF23/PA++, $68

In 3 Words: Flawless radiant complexion

Application: With its buildable medium coverage, it means you can easily skip the concealer if you want to. The semi-matte finish left my skin looking flawless, but never shiny nor cakey.

Staying Power: Impressive, as my skin looked pretty much the same as when I left the house in the morning.

Shade Options: 6

Overview: Another winner from the lot, it’s your favourite liquid foundation in a handy cushion compact

Shu Uemura Petal Skin Cushion Foundation SPF25/PA+, $78 with a refill
Shu Uemura Petal Skin Cushion Foundation SPF25/PA+, $78 with a refill
17 Apr 2018

Shu Uemura Petal Skin Cushion Foundation SPF25/PA+, $78 with a refill

In 3 Words: Powder soft finish

Application: This product, which puts Shu Uemura’s Petal Skin Fluid Foundation in a cushion compact, goes on just as softly, though with significantly thinner coverage. Which is great, if you want to rock the no-makeup makeup look.

Staying Power: The foundation’s smoothing, poreless effect isn’t particularly long-lasting, but I appreciated how it faded without leaving any streaks on my forehead.

Shade Options: 8

Overview: It’s hard to go wrong with this cushion foundation, as its sheer, semi-matte finish made my tired complexion look velvety soft.

Biotherm Aquasource Evermoist CC Cushion SPF23, $69, with a refill
Biotherm Aquasource Evermoist CC Cushion SPF23, $69, with a refill
17 Apr 2018

Biotherm Aquasource Evermoist CC Cushion SPF23, $69, with a refill

In 3 words: NEEDS MORE LOVE

Application: It was love at first tap for this cushion compact. Not only did it provide adequate coverage, but it felt hydrating (probably due to Biotherm’s famous Life Plankton Cellular Water) and went on beautifully. It had just the right amount of dewiness to make me glow without looking sweaty, and left a nice glow even after it faded around the 4-hour mark. Just don’t press down too hard on cushion, as it is pretty much packed to the brim with product.

Shade Options: 2

Overview: I’ll admit to having low expectations for this product, since Biotherm is more renowned for their skincare than their makeup, so I was pleasantly surprised at how gorgeously it performed.

Maybelline Super BB Cushion Fresh Matte SPF25/PA+, $28.90
Maybelline Super BB Cushion Fresh Matte SPF25/PA+, $28.90
17 Apr 2018

Maybelline Super BB Cushion Fresh Matte SPF25/PA+, $28.90

In 3 Words: My weekend companion

Application: Despite it being a BB cream, it offers a medium to almost full coverage, which is great if you have blemishes to conceal. And a little does go a long way. The finish is more semi-matte than matte despite its claims, which is good as being too matte can make the complexion look flat. 

Staying Power: Even at the end of the day, skin looks almost the same, except for areas that I tend to perspire more, like the T-zone.

Shade Options: 2

Overview: A winner for those with combination to oilier skins as it contains mattifying properties to help control shine and excess sebum production.

 

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