Find the perfect cushion for your skin type and lifestyle

Cushions now come in many versions: longlasting or lightweight; high coverage or natural; and mattifying or hydrating. But which one suits you best?
 

When cushion foundations were first developed, most of us had to compromise. They came with a dewy finish and a light, hydrating texture, shades were limited, and they needed frequent reapplication. If you wanted anything else, well, tough luck.

Now, there are a multitude of finishes and textures, so you can find your own kind of flawless. Lancôme has three options to suit any skin type and preference, and they offer skincare benefits too.

 

If your skin is...
normal to dry and your foundation tends to look dull after a while

And you need a cushion to...
last you the whole work day

Your perfect match is
Lancôme Blanc Expert High Coverage Cushion

What you get: rosy radiance for hours, plus anti-pollution benefits thanks to antioxidants like moringa extract. What’s really revolutionary is the cushion, which uses Polar technology developed for Lancôme. Traditional cushions can’t hold a creamier, denser formulation, which is why up to now, your choice of foundation has been limited to light and hydrating ones. With Polar technology, the cushion has a fleece-like texture of interlacing fibres with larger spaces that give the foundation more room. They’re also stiff, so the formula is held inside the sponge, which is covered by a mesh that filters the foundation so you get thin, even application. One press of the puff, and the perfection amount of foundation rises to the surface. The finish is healthy and radiant, and you get extremely high UV protection – SPF50/PA+++. In 11 shades, $55 for refill, $20 for case.

 

If your skin is...
normal to dry and you find most foundations heavy

And you need a cushion to...
look natural and feel weightless

Your perfect match is
Lancôme Blanc Expert Light Coverage Cushion

Like its high-coverage sister, this is packed with antioxidants. It also has Aeragel, a particle that’s composed mostly of air, so it makes the formulation lightweight. It can absorb up to four times its weight in sebum so your foundation won’t slip or change colour, and gives SPF29/PA++ sun protection. In four shades, $55 for refill, $20 for case.

 

If your skin is...
oily to normal and you like high coverage

And you need a cushion to...
look matte and last from morning to bedtime

Your perfect match is
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Cushion

This offers unrivalled staying power with a matte, velvety finish. Its cushion utilises the same Polar technology as Blanc Expert High and the oil-free foundation has a rich and creamy consistency, yet doesn’t feel heavy. It’s also cooling – it causes the skin temperature to drop by 1.7 degrees on contact, which contributes to the ultra-long-lasting results. Skin looks perfectly matte for hours, and is protected by SPF50. In nine shades, $80 for cushion and refill together.

GET AN EXPERT MAKEOVER

Still not certain which cushion foundation is for you? Let Lancome’s beauty advisors give you a personalised mini-makeover consisting of selecting and applying the best cushion foundation for your skin, followed by completing your look with your chosen cheek and lip colors.

 

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