Four cushion foundations to try for that fresh-faced glow

What makes cushion makeup so popular? We like to think it's because it's more fun and at the same time quick to apply. It starts off sheer but can be added on easily and corrected when necessary. It's perfect for newbies and pros who just need something convenient yet functional!

Makeup companies, from the hottest Korean brands that first developed the technology to major global players, are continuously releasing their own versions of cushion makeup. While there are concealer, blush, and even liner cushions now, the main focus is definitely on BB cushion compacts, which promise a K-idol glow in just a few pats. Here are some classics and new releases that you might want to consider if you’re new to the cushion compact or looking to try a different brand!

LANEIGE BB Cushion Pore Control

You may have seen this brand in the recently concluded mega hit K-drama “Descendants of the Sun” used by Song HyeKyo’s character. What’s unique about this BB cushion is the applicator puff that is an anti-bacterial Air Cell sponge, which makes that soft, even finish possible. I personally love this one for its ability to cover up my pores and semi-matte finish, but they also have variants for Anti-Aging and for Whitening. 

Laneige can be found at SM Megamall, SM Aura, TriNoma, Mall of Asia, Robinsons Manila, Robinsons Galleria, and Robinsons Magnolia.

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IOPE Air Cushion XP Cover

When it comes to cushion compacts, this is the OG. The brand was the first to introduce the Air Cushion technology. This version has the sun protection and cooling effects delivered by its predecessor since 2008, but is improved to make that flawless finish last over 12 hours. No wonder it is said that one is sold every four seconds!

You can purchase this foundation at Althea for a promo price of P1,320.

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THE FACE SHOP Oil Control Water Cushion

As with most foundations, keeping your makeup as fresh as when you first applied it even when sweat and oil set in is a challenge especially for oily-skinned gals. These concerns are addressed by this handy compact, with the added benefits of anti-wrinkle, whitening, and sunscreen. Perfect for the summer!

You can find the complete branch list of The Face Shop here in the PH here.

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact

Certain brands are already well known for certain “looks”, and natural looking makeup is Bobbi Brown’s trademark. The formula for their first cushion compact stays true to that while giving a gorgeous glow that makes you look like you're lit from within! Do check out our full review for more details plus a video demo on how to apply it. The location list of BB branches is also in that post. ^_^

Bobbi Brown's is one of the few Western brands with BB cushions available here in the Philippines. Some others that we’ve spotted include the: ESTEE LAUDER Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid CompactL’OREAL True Match Lumi Cushion FoundationMAC Matchmaster Shade Intelligence Compact, and MAYBELLINE Pure BB Mineral Cushion BB Fresh. We’re hoping they reach our shores soon as we certainly couldn’t get enough of the BB cushion craze!

Have you tried a BB Cushion? What’s your favorite?