With dozens and even hundreds of cushion foundations on the market, it can be tricky to ﬁnd one that’s just right for you. With opticalblurring pigments that minimise the look of skin imperfections as well as powerful hydrators to keep skin looking smooth and plump, these cushions afford a ﬂawless ﬁnish that strikes just the right balance between dewy and matte – which means that they’re great for all skin types: dry and dull, oily and shine-prone, and everything else in between. All are buildable, so you can layer the product for fuller coverage where needed while maintaining the seamless, second-skin effect.
Tom Ford Beauty Traceless Touch Foundation SPF45/ PA++++ Satin-Matte Cushion Compact, $120
Behold a new era of luxury in beauty. Like all things Tom Ford, attention is paid to every detail here, from the elegant magnetic closure to the foolproof applicator and, needless to say, the creamy formula, which provides medium to full coverage and doesn’t sink into wrinkles or pores. Enriched with antioxidants, a moisturising complex and SPF45 broad-spectrum protection to keep skin looking plump and healthy, the foundation, which imparts a satin-matte ﬁnish, stays put through heat, humidity and perspiration.
Laneige Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base, $43
If you have oily skin and have been wary when it comes to South Korean cushion foundations because of their dewy ﬁnish, look no further than this gem of a ﬁnd from Laneige. Providing buildable coverage that masks everything from blemishes to dark spots and rough patches, this cushion offers a semi-matte ﬁnish and boasts a formula that keeps oxidation to a bare minimum – ensuring the foundation doesn’t change into one that’s a shade or two darker after hours of wear. Bonus: the slight pink undertone, which gives skin a fresh and rosy glow.
Armani Beauty My Armani To Go New Iconic Cushion, $105
Want something lightweight and hydrating, with a silky ﬁnish? This one from Armani is one of the few foundations on the market that is enriched with skincare essences to deliver up to 18 hours of continuous hydration, ensuring that your skin looks smooth and plump throughout the day, so you don’t have to worry about the product settling into creases or wrinkles. It also features Liquid Biron, a silk-in-sphere technology that gives skin a diffused glow rather than a dewy one. We’re loving the pointed applicator sponge too, which makes it super easy to get to hard-to-reach areas such as around the nose and the inner corner of the eyes.
Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion, $78
Made to last through heat, humidity, sebum and perspiration, this long-lasting formula reinvents matte foundations as it minimises shine without compromising on glow. Ultra refreshing on skin, it is fortiﬁed with what the brand calls a “Poreless Effect” skincare essence, which reﬁnes the look of pores and helps rebalance skin. Its ﬂuid texture makes it feel very much like second skin.
Shu Uemura Petal Skin Cushion Foundation, $78
If you love the cushion foundation’s ease of application but ﬁnd it troublesome that you have to set it with powder, try this one from Shu Uemura. With a liquid-to-powder formula, it promises to cut your morning routine without compromising on a ﬂawless complexion. In addition to ﬂoral extracts that help hydrate skin and reﬁne its texture, it has a puffapplicator that works to blur enlarged pores for that picture-perfect ﬁnish.
YSL Beaute Le Cushion Encre de Peau, $92
Presenting the brand’s long-wearing Encre de Peau formula in cushion form, this enhances the complexion by imparting a shine-free luminosity that stays with you all day long. Offering medium coverage, it feels ultra fresh on skin and can be used on its own to create the perfect base, or layered over existing makeup without caking or creasing.
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