Crazy for cushions

These BB cushions and cushion foundations take minimum effort for maximum impact.

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These BB cushions and cushion foundations take minimum effort for maximum impact. 

Since they were invented by the South Koreans, makeup application has never been the same again! These BB cushions and cushion foundations make touching up a breeze, and give the complexion a healthy glow in just a few quick dabs. Now that almost every makeup brand – Asian and otherwise – has one, expand your own arsenal with one or more of these newcomers to suit any need. 

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1. Lancome Blanc Expert Cushion Compact High Coverage SPF50+/PA+++

($20 for case; $55 for refill)

Hide away every imperfection with this rich, buildable foundation. Its unique multi-fibre structure makes it easy to dispense just the right amount of product. All you need to do is gently press the pad to the meshed surface.

2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion BB All Day Wear Liquid Compact SPF50/PA+++ 

($68 for case and refill)

Boasting the same lasting power as its signature Double Wear foundation range, this keeps you looking fresh and crease- free even after eight hours. It also has cold water kelp extract to balance skin’s sebum production to control shine.

3. Shu Uemura Blanc: Chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation SPF50+/PA+++ 

($20 for case; $55 for refill)

Banish dullness when you use this. It’s infused with key actives from the brand’s brightening line to fight dark spots. And, instead of a regular sponge, it comes with a unique soft nylon puff for a smoother, more even application. 

4. Laneige BB Cushion Anti-Aging SPF50+/PA+++

($62 for case and two refills)

Consider this a godsend if you want a cushion that complements your anti- ageing regime. It effortlessly camouflages fine lines and promises to increase elasticity over time with its collagen-rebuilding actives.

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5. Sephora Wonderful Cushion Foundation

($34 for case and refill) 

Pick this if you’re after sheer, natural-looking coverage. Creamy in the compact, this has a satiny finish on skin and blurs the appearance of pores as well as bumps with soft- focus agents.  

6. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact SPF50/PA+++

($21 for case; $54 for refill)

The airtight packaging and coffee pod-like format keep it fresh and prevent it from drying out. Botanical extracts help with puffiness, calm skin and soothe irritation from environmental aggressors. 

7. Biotherm Aquasource Evermoist CC Cushion SPF23/PA++

($17 for case; $52 for two refills) 

This contains the brand’s signature Life Plankton Essence and trumps in the hydration department. The airy formula deposits a subtle sheen and is refreshingly light on skin. 

8. Belif Moisture Bomb Cushion SPF50/PA+++

($55 for case and two refills) 

For an all-day dewy finish, pick this feather- light cushion. It also claims to have a 26-hour moisturising effect that’s perfect for drier skins.