Curious about cushion compacts? So were we. Possibly the best thing to come out of the Korean beauty market (and given they gave the world sheet masks and essences, that's saying something), cushion foundation has more pros than most of its skin-perfecting counterparts. Consider a) it takes the radiance-boosting, skin tone-enhancing qualities of a liquid foundation and puts them in a leak-proof, YSL clutch-friendly compact; b) it's ridiculously quick and easy to apply and c) it makes you feel like you have your finger well and truly on the K-beauty pulse. Here's how we faired with three of the most popular cushions on the market.
Rebecca Caratti, editor
Product: Lancôme Miracle Cushion all-in-one liquid compact foundation, $60, lancome.com.au
Why you love it: Lancôme seem to make the perfect shades for my skin tone. I love how easy it is to apply - it has the perfect amount of coverage and feels like you're wearing nothing!
Why you don't: I think it should come with a few extra sponges.
Would you use it again? Yes! It's my new go-to.
Yeong Sasall, commercial editor
Product: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact SPF 30, $65,
Why you love it: it's great for on-the-go foundation touch-ups, especially in lieu of powder which can sometimes look cakey and weirdly matte at the end of a long day.
Why you don't: The SPF means it has a slightly chalky finish, so it's not ideal for evening use on your whole face. And I'm not 100% sure it's oil free, which can be dangerous for my skin type.
Would you use it again? Yep, just not every day. It's great to keep in your handbag or to use when you only have 5 mins to get ready, because application is quicker/cleaner than liquid foundation.
Anna McClelland, content producer
Product: Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Brightening UV Cushion Foundation, $72, davidjones.com.au
Why you love it: The coverage is spot on - I'd call it medium but still quite dewy. It's super-fast to apply - one swipe is all it takes, and the formula is buildable - just press down lightly with the sponge instead of sweeping for more coverage on problem areas.
Why you don't: I haven't fallen for it as hard as my regular, non-cushion foundation, simply because my oily complexion tends to require something more matte for day-to-day.
Would you use it again? I'm keeping this one in my handbag for touch-ups.