The tagline for the Yves Saint Lauren Beauté's pioneering Fusion Ink foundation is 'feels like a feather; fuses like an ink'. And with a semi-matte, long wear formula that feels virtually weightless on the face, it's  true to its claims. Our only quibble? It can be difficult carrying a liquid foundation around — for our pre-work makeup rituals or after-work touch-ups — and even more difficult to apply it neatly with the small, ink pen-like applicator.

It seems the foundation gods have heard our cries for help by packing the luminous Fusion Ink formula into a cushion. Le Cushion Encre de Peau comes in six shades and with an SPF23/PA++ rating so you also get an ample dose of sun protection as well. This version has a cooling effect on the skin and a rolling gel system that allows the sponge to deposit colour and actives in tandem, for a truly flawless finish. While skin looks fresh and glowing, the matte finish means your complexion will stay polished for hours. Talk about having the best of both worlds.

$88. At Yves Saint Laurent Beauté stores and counters