We’re all a little obsessed with K-beauty trends. Whether it’s lip tints that’ll give us gradient lips or brow styles spotted on famous Korean celebs like Bae Suzy, we’re always looking to hop onto the bandwagon of the newest K-beauty looks.
But let’s not forget one of the first Korean makeup products that had us falling head over heels into K-beauty trends in the first place: the iconic cushion foundation. The cushion foundation features a lightweight, breathable coverage with a hydrating finish – allowing makeup fiends to achieve an effortless, natural radiance.
Here, we’ve narrowed down 10 of the best cushion foundations to try – we guarantee you’ll love them.
1. Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Cushion
Sulwahsoo is a Korean brand that combines Korean herbal medicines with makeup, developing one-of-a-kind makeup products infused with the benefits of natural ingredients such as ginseng.
The featured Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Cushion, $79.95, lasts up to 12 hours and works hard to even out the skin tone while effectively concealing any dark undereye circles or acne scars. Infused with Korean White Ginseng, it also enriches and hydrates the skin to reveal a clear, moisturised and plump complexion.
2. Moonshoot Microfit Cushion SPF50
Founded in 2013, this fan-favourite K-beauty brand should be your go-to when looking for pigmented lip tints and high-coverage cushion foundations.
Our pick: the Moonshoot Microfit Cushion, $45, that’s infused with an anti-darkening formula to ensure that the skin stays bright and radiant all day. It’s also a great option for when you’re out and under the sun as the SPF50 should help protect your skin from the harmful UV rays.
3. Etude House Double Lasting Cushion SPF34
If you’re new to dipping your toes into the world of Korean makeup, start with the K-beauty brand Etude House. With tons of different products with fun and playful shades, the products from Etude House can never go wrong.
We absolutely love the Etude House Double Lasting Cushion SPF34, $35, a semi-matte cushion foundation that works great on those with oily or combination skin types. The cushion foundation comes in 14 different shades and works hard to cover up any pesky blemishes or dark spots without your skin looking cakey.
4. CLIO Nudism Velvet Wear Cushion SPF 50+
Established in 1993, CLIO is a brand made to inspire and develop trendsetters in Korean makeup and beauty. Besides the popular blushes and lipsticks, his brand is also well-known for its cushion foundations, with the CLIO Nudism Velvet Wear Cushion SPF 50+, $68, being our absolute favourite.
The cushion foundation is extremely buildable so you can choose to go light-handed on causal days when you don’t need full coverage. Plus, it leaves your skin looking radiant and plump, which is a definite yes in our books.
5. Innisfree Skinny Coverfit Cushion SPF41
Innisfree is a Korean brand that takes pride in using natural ingredients for its products as well as eco-friendly packaging. Aside from their sheet masks and facial cleansers, the Innisfree Skinny Coverfit Cushion SPF41 is one of their most well-known products.
This cushion foundation is infused with Jeju Green Tea extract to keep skin texture smooth and silky while giving the complexion a natural-looking finish. It comes in 8 different shades and works well on days under the sun thanks to its high SPF level.
6. Iope Air Cushion
Iope is a Korean brand that focuses on providing effective products that work well on skin by infusing their makeup and skincare with plant-based and botanical ingredients.
The product featured here is the Iope Air Cushion, a must-have if you’re looking for a cushion compact that won’t irritate sensitive skin. It has a vitamin-rich formula that evens out your skin tone and covers up any pesky blemishes that you may have. This cushion compact is also known as the “six second compact” as it is said that one is sold every six seconds.
7. Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control
Laneige is a popular Korean brand that is committed to helping women achieve clear and radiant skin. The Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control, $59, is a cushion compact that you can use for any given occasion.
Formulated to provide a semi-matte finish, this cushion refines your pores and protects your skin from the damaging UV rays. Bonus: it even has a cooling effect that makes your skin feel refreshed upon application.
8. Hera Black Cushion Foundation
Founded in 1995, Hera was created to embrace the essence of skin science after 30 years of research. If you’re looking to give this brand a go, try the Hera Black Cushion Foundation, $75.
It comes in 7 shades and has a lightweight texture that’s perfect for comfortable, all-day wear. Pop this in your makeup pouch for fuss-free touchups when you’re on-the-go.
9. Missha Magic Cushion Moist Up
Missha was created in 2000 with the belief that Korean cosmetics can be both high quality and affordable. And since its launch, there’s no doubt that this brand has created a name for themselves not just in Korea, but on a global scale too.
Try the Missha Magic Cushion Moist Up, $30, a cushion compact perfect for providing dull skin with a quick pick-me-up. It’s infused with green tea water and lotus root water to ensure maximum hydration to give the skin a naturally glowy look.
10. 3CE Fitting Cushion Foundation
3CE (also known as 3 Concept Eyes) is one of the top brands when it comes to K-beauty. The brand provides a range of products from soft lip lacquers to duo colour face blushers.
Our favourite pick from the brand, however, is the 3CE Fitting Cushion Foundation, $63, that provides excellent coverage like a foundation would, but without it feeling too tacky or heavy on the skin. This cushion foundation is also great for dry skin as it nourishes the skin and keeps it moisturised throughout the day.
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