Just when we thought the South Koreans couldn’t get any more innovative with their cushions, they, well, just got more innovative.

Laneige Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base

Photography Tan Wei Te Art Direction Sherli Chong

The first is the Laneige Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base. It is a two-in-one: high-coverage concealer in one compartment and fairly sweat-resistant foundation in another. The water drop-shaped puff has two sections: the smaller, pointy part for concealer; the bigger for foundation.

The brand recommends four ways to use the combo:
1) foundation alone for a natural glow;
2) concealer over foundation for a matte finish; 
3) concealer under foundation for a semi-matte finish; and
4) just concealer as foundation for when you have plenty to hide (to be honest, we’re not fans of this as it’s far from natural).

To see how it works and makeup artist Larry Yeo’s tips on how to use it, check out this video.

Price: $43, in seven shades; refills sold separately.




Etude House Any Cushion Duo

Photography Tan Wei Te Art Direction Sherli Chong

The second is from Etude House, which excels in customisation out of all the South Korean brands. We’ve seen different lipstick cases for different days, makeup palettes for only the makeup you want, lipstick/lip balm/lip concealer combos, and even your own personalised lip colour (find out how to do it here). 

Now, it’s introducing Any Cushion Duo, a case for any of the brand’s cushions and one of four items – primer, concealer, blusher or highlighter – from its complementary Any Balm range. What’s in it?
1) Any Balm Blur SPF33/PA++ is a primer to mattify and blur fine lines an blemishes. Also good for touch-ups. Comes in two shades: Lavender to colour-correct a sallow complexion, and Apricot to brighten a darker complexion;
2) Any Balm Concealer (in two shades) offers high coverage with a lightweight texture;
3) Any Balm Blusher (in three shades) has a light balm texture that blends to a powdery finish; and
4) Colourless Any Balm Glow SPF50/PA+++ can be used two ways: under foundation as a radiant primer; or over foundation for a dewy look. 

Price: $16 for the case, $16 for the foundation refill, and $9.90 each for the Any Balm items.

This story was originally published in the May 2018 issue of Her World magazine