10 Best Cushion Foundations to Beat Singapore’s Heat
Any makeup lover would know the importance of having a good cushion foundation. Compact, hassle-free and effective, a good cushion foundation is an essential part of any makeup collection.
However, there are many brand and types of cushion foundations out in the market. With such an extensive range, it can be a daunting experience sifting through the many brands and types of cushion foundations.
To help you out in your search, we have compiled the crème de la crème of cushion foundations that will satisfy you no matter what your budget is!
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Innisfree Skinny Coverfit Cushion
This amazing cushion from popular Korean cosmetic brand Innisfree is a total lifesaver. This special foundation formula combines Innisfree’s famed sebum control powder and setting powder to create a powerful makeup film resistant to sweat and sebum secretion.
Seemingly made for Singapore’s hot and humid climate, it provides up to 12-hours of long-lasting makeup. This cushion foundation sports a matte, non-cakey finish with excellent coverage that gives you flawless and shine-free skin for the whole day.
Innisfree Skinny Cover Fit Cushion retails at SGD 12 for the case and SGD 19 for a refill.
Missha M Magic Cushion
Just as its name suggests, this amazing cushion by Missha is almost magical. Upon first application, the foundation feels moisturizing and dewy. However, it soon sets into a matte, powdery finish. The presence of silica-bead power gives it great oil control, perfect for withstanding Singapore’s weather. Not to mention, its coverage is excellent and great for covering up any blemishes. This is a cushion foundation that will definitely pull its weight.
Missha M Magic Cushion retails at SGD 26.90 for the cushion and SGD 13.90 for a refill.
The Face Shop Miracle Finish Oil Control Water Cushion
What sets this cushion foundation apart from the rest is that it is waterproof! On top of this, it effectively controls oil. Upon application, this cushion sets to a matte velvet finish, giving you a naturally flawless look. This is certainly an all-rounded cushion foundation that is perfect for tropical sunny Singapore.
The Face Shop Miracle Finish Oil Control Water Cushion retails at SGD 29.
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L’oreal Paris True Match Cushion Foundation
A popular foundation line turned into cushion form, L’oreal Paris’ True Match Cushion Foundation is well loved by many makeup enthusiasts. It sits lightly on the skin and feels as though you are going bare-faced. Coverage-wise however, this cushion foundation will give you perfect skin. Like the other options on this list, it is oil-controlling and prevents your face from looking shiny. If you are looking for an excellent long-wear foundation, this is the one for you!
Etude House AC Cleanup Mild BB Cushion
This cushion foundation is perfect for oily, acne-prone skin. It is formulated with non-comedogenic ingredients, meaning that it does not agitate or break out acne-prone skin. The foundation goes on lightly on your skin, making it extremely comfortable for all-day wear. Moreover, it sets to a light matte finish and does not dry out your skin. For individuals with sensitive skin, this cushion is definitely a must-try!
Etude House AC Cleanup Mild BB Cushion retails at SGD 32 at Etude House outlets.
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Shu Uemura Blanc:chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation
The Shu Uemura cushion foundation is famed for its sun protection properties and infused with brightening actives. The anti-pigmentation effect allows you to achieve brightened skin, putting skincare properties into your daily makeup. Expect a really long-lasting, semi-matte and nature finish after it sets, and the foundation does not oxidize much after application, keeping your skin fresh throughout the day.
Shu Uemura Blanc:chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation retails at SGD 55 for cushion refill, SGD 20 for case and puff at Shu Uemura outlets or Sephora.
Laneige BB Cushion Pore Control
Ask any cushion foundation lovers and you’d know that Laneige was one of the pioneers of this BB cushion craze! Unlike other cushion foundations which offer limited shades, Laneige offers up to 10 shades for you to pick and choose from. This allows you to find the shade that best matches your natural skin tone. Laneige also recently revamped their foundation formula back in 2016. The new and improved formula is less streaky than prior versions and does not oxidize, giving you a better match during purchase. Tried and tested, this is a must-have cushion foundation!
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact
The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact is highly lauded for its comfort level. It sits very lightly on one’s skin making it feel as though you have no makeup on. On initial application, the foundation may come off as slightly dewy. However, this foundation sets to a semi-matte finish. With a light to medium coverage, this is the cushion that is perfect for those who love natural-looking skin.
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact retails at SGD 55 for cushion refill, SGD 21 for the case.
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Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Le Cushion Encre de Peau
With one of the classiest design on the list with a black and gold case, YSL’s Le Cushion Encre de Peau is more than just a pretty face. Apart from the design, the foundation provides high coverage and can be easily built up without becoming cakeing up. This makes it a go-to option for those lazy days where you can leave the house after throwing on a single layer of foundation. Expect a slight touch of hydration with a velvet matte finish, perfect for combination-oily skin in our weather. Do note that despite having the same name as one of their liquid foundations, the cushion foundation’s formula is wholly different!
Yves Saint Laurent Beaute Le Cushion Encre de Peau retails for SGD 92 at Yves Saint Laurent stores and Tangs.
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation
The Lancôme Cushion Foundation claims to cool the human skin by 1.7 degrees Celsius upon application, leaving a refreshing sensation. It also boasts of ultra-high coverage properties and sets to a demi-matte finish. Noted for its long-lasting properties, the Lancôme’s double matrix cushion technology allows the cushion to protect the integrity of the formula. This also ensures that the foundation does not oxidise on the skin, thus extending it its longevity. It is no exaggeration to say that this cushion foundation is the holy grail of cushion foundations for many!
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation retails at SGD 80 at Lancôme counters or Sephora.
All of the above cushions come with protection against the harsh UV rays of our tropical island. From long-lasting to sebum-controlling, there’s bound to have a cushion foundation that suits your preference.
Get them at their respective stores, or check out Sephora (up to 5% cashback), Lazada (up to 11% cashback) or iShopChangi ($9 cashback till 15 Dec 2017, normally $6 cashback) to purchase them online. Which of these are your holy grails, and which are you looking to try out next? Tell us in the comments!
Featured image credits: Yves Saint Laurent