3 Non-Korean BB Cushion Compacts You Need To Try - By Rachel Lim
Korean makeup brands might be the pioneers when it comes to cushion compacts, but the westerns brands are catching up on the craze as well!
LANCÔME Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation
High coverage, longwearing liquid foundation in a portable cushion compact.
Its patented Polar Cushion Technology is tailor-made for longwear and coverage. Unlike a sponge cushion, the ultra-absorbent fiber network was specifically crafted to lock in high coverage textures. Plus, its touch-activated filter dispenses the perfect amount of formula with every application – the result is liquid foundation, without leaks or spills.
Coming in a pretty gold reflective casing, this oil-free foundation has amazing high to full coverage – I had a minor acne breakout the week before and had some leftover acne marks around my chin, and all were concealed with just 1 to 2 layers of this product. Unfortunately, I really dislike the perfumed scent, which is quite heavy and unpleasant, but thankfully, the smell disperses quite quickly after application.
Despite the high coverage, it is lightweight and doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and it gives a radiant, photoshopped airbrush finish that makes the skin look flawless. I really like that this Teint Idole cushion is able to last all day without any need for touch-up, and it doesn’t get patchy like the usual Korean cushion compacts.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars | Retailing at $80 (13ml)
MAC COSMETICS Lightful C + Coral Grass SPF 50/PA++++ Quick Finish Cushion Compact Foundation
Healthy skin starts with optimal hydration and a strong skin barrier for protection from harm. The Lightful C franchise is enhanced with the addition of Coral Grass Extract to help skin optimize its potential to look plump, bright, clear and even, both immediately and in the long term.
The Lightful C compact comes in a white case with a holographic striped design on its cover that is pretty generic and nothing exciting. It gives a good medium coverage and feels light on the skin, giving a nice natural finish. However, with my combination skin, I find that the dryer parts of my skin are accentuated with this product, and after 4 hours of wear, the T-zone area showed some oiliness, requiring some touch up.
Overall Rating: 4.1/5 Stars | Retailing at $64 (12g)
Tom Ford Traceless Touch Foundation SPF 45 Satin-Matte Cushion Compact
A refreshing, skin-perfecting foundation with optimal sun protection and seamless satin-matte coverage for a natural look on the go.
This multi-tasking cushion compact contains a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that helps to rejuvenate the complexion while SPF 45 / PA+++ protects our skin from the sun. As with all Tom Ford products, this cushion compact comes in a luxurious packaging with gold trimmings and the TF logo.
Despite having medium to full coverage, it is extremely lightweight and gives the skin a radiant and satin matte finish. For my combination skin with the usual T-zone oiliness, I find that after a few hours of wear, some touch up is required to avoid the greasy look, especially in our humid climate. That being said, I really like this product and recommend it to those looking for a portable foundation for everyday use.
Overall Rating: 4.6/5 Stars | Retailing at $120 (12g)