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The best cushion compacts for every coverage preference

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The best cushion compacts for every coverage preference
With a slew of new cushion compact releases and updates every year, things can only get better

If you love the effect and convenience of a cushion foundation — think the ease of a compact and the coverage of a liquid — then you'll probably be on the hunt for the perfect one. But what works for one skin type, colour and preference doesn't always work for another person. When it comes to finding your makeup MVPs it's all about knowing what you need, narrowing down your choices and then being open to experimentation. Here are three new compacts, for your consideration.

IF YOU WANT HEAVIER COVERAGE
Many of the cushion foundations out there, still do not have the same, opaque (and therefore ultra-flattering) effect of liquid and cream foundations. This updated version from Lancôme gives a velvety and radiant finish, while still looking natural.
Try: Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion 3.0 High Coverage, $75Lancome Blanc Expert High Coverage

IF YOU WANT A SHINE-FREE, BUT NATURAL FINISH
It can get tricky if you have oily and combination skin, as you'll never want to cross the line from glow-y to shiny. This three-in-one compact from Shu Uemura is like a primer and foundation in one. It blurs pores, while reapplying with the special puff mid-day will help neutralise any unwanted shine.
Try: Shu Uemura Stage Performer Fresh Tint SPF38/PA+++, $68

Shu Uemura Stage Performer Fresh Tint SPF38/PA+++

IF YOU WANT BRIGHT, GLOWING SKIN
We've tried this and were impressed with the colour match to our complexions — these are made for Asian skin tones — and the light, medium coverage. If you have serious acne scars and pigmentation, you may still need a touch of concealer, but otherwise the immediate brightening effect leaves a gorgeous and radiant glow on your skin, without looking thick or obvious.
Try: Shiseido Synchro Skin White Cushion Compact, $75

Shiseido Synchro Skin White Cushion Compact

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