ICYMI: Korean beauty trends are still all the rage. While new, innovative products are coming from overseas on the regular (sheet masks, essences and powder cleansers to name just a few), the one that I’m still jamming on the most is cushion compacts. I’m always on the hunt for new foundations as my skin is always changing (most often it’s both oily and dry) and I’ve got plenty of large pores and redness I want to conceal, while still looking natural. I used to use a luminous BB cream in the day and then I’d step it up a notch with a fuller coverage foundation for special occasions, always setting with powder (an obvious for oily skin). But since falling hard for the cushion, I find myself pushing my other foundations aside.
What do I love about CCs? 1) They’re easy to use on the go as all the product is contained in a single cushion. No messy hands here! 2) They are super hydrating, most contain ingredients like botanical oils, vitamins and minerals to boost moisture. 3) They provide great coverage and a luminous finish but without looking heavy on the skin. 4) I could go on and on but I think you get the idea. Read on to find out what three cushion compacts have stolen my heart.
L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion
What I love about it: This guy gives me the most coverage but again, it doesn’t look heavy on my skin. Which is a serious feat as almost all foundations tend to get a bit cakey on me because of my über oily t-zone. I also like that it’s super easy to build the coverage to go from sheer to medium and this one also stayed put through a marathon of a day. One coat does the trick here, then I just apply a bit more to the areas that need a little extra TLC.
Pür Air Perfection CC Compact Cushion Foundation
What I love about it: The finish with this compact makes my skin look ultra dewy and luminous, I’m obsessed. It’s so light and airy, it really feels like I’m not wearing anything on my skin. Even though it’s so natural looking it’s also surprisingly longwearing. I chalk it up to the babassu oil that’s in the formula, which is a super emollient. And the box comes with a free cushion refill (huzzah!!!).
Quo Forever Flawless Cushion System Foundation
What I love about it: The texture of this foundation is incredible. It glides on like an actual dream and—dare I say it—is very comparable to a certain cult designer foundation (you know the one I’m talking about). It’s a bit more liquid-y but that’s precisely why I like it as it makes blending really easy. The thinner texture just melts onto your skin for a radiant, velvet-like finish.