High-coverage cushion compact foundations that promise a flawless, filtered finish
It's hard not to be completely starry-eyed about how your skin looks under a makeup filter (we're only human), especially when it makes us look like we have flawless complexion — or at the very most, much-needed sheer, luminous coverage on. We've always adored cushion compact foundations for this reason, but with notable reservations, as there have been times we're let down by the coverage (or lack thereof), or the matte finish the product promised. Sure, it doesn't hurt to have access to makeup apps such as Meitu XiuXiu, Photo Wonder, and MakeupPlus that are armed with airbrush tools to smoothen wrinkles, cover blemishes, and even colour-correcting that do you justice, but real life doesn't quite provide that finish.
Or does it?
On the prowl for cushion compacts with effects rivalling those of beauty apps, we stumbled upon three that ace the job.
Shiseido Future Solution LX Total Radiance Regenerating Cushion
Shiseido's latest cushion is a decadent affair comprising rich, hydrating botanicals sourced from the sacred forests of Mount Kōya, located south of Osaka. Skin stays moisturised throughout use, while the inclusion of premium anti-ageing and brightening ingredients ensure a smooth, firm, and luminous complexion.
Available at all Shiseido counters.
Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Cushion Foundation SPF50 PA+++
The brand's much-loved radiance-boosting formula now comes in cushion form. Infused with a potent blend of raspberry, apple, and white water lily extract, this bad boy delivers on full, flawless coverage while shielding skin from damaging UVA/UVB rays. Moisturising polymers also ensure that skin stays hydrated for up to 16 hours.
Available at all NARS locations.
Hera UV Mist Cushion
Hera's newly revamped best-selling UV Mist Cushion promises natural-looking brightness with translucency for a "multi-dimensional glow from all angles". This lightweight base is not only moisturising, the product is also said to provide a soft satin finish that corrects dark and dull skin with plenty of dew.
Available at the HERA Boutique at Ion Orchard and Takashimaya Department Store counter.
Guerlain Bee Glow Aqua Cushion
Guerlain's cushion compact’s main ingredient is an ultra-fresh equal gel, meant to do exactly as the name implies — infuse skin with moisture. The "wet-look" formula sounds like a nightmare for the oil-prone, though good news for those with dry skin as the finish mirrors a dewy complexion which supposedly smoothens out the appearance of wrinkles. A word of caution: it only comes in two shades (Natural and Very Light. Not very inclusive, but we hope it’s because Guerlain is merely testing the market at this point. We’ll keep watch.
Available at Guerlain counters.
M.A.C Studio Perfect SPF 50/PA++ Hydrating Cushion Compact
M.A.C's first Studio Perfect Cushion Compact is designed to revive and nourish skin from harsh elements (Sun! Sea! Soot!) while making it appear plumper (read: younger) and more radiant. The all-day wear formula is also packed with SPF50, so bring it to your next outdoor adventure and selfie with confidence.
Available at all M∙A∙C locations.
Limited Edition Dior Forever Perfect Cushion
The much-adored Dior Forever Perfect Cushion gets a makeover this season with an all-new studded cannage case. The light, fluid formula conceals imperfections, evens out skin tones, and has a radiant finish that stays on for hours on end.
Available at all Dior counters.
Clé De Peau Beauté Radiant Cream to Powder Foundation
Transforming from cream to powder instantaneously, this new cushion foundation by Clé De Peau Beaute provides a weightless, second-skin finish that stays on throughout the day. Formulated with the brand's iconic Illuminating Complex EX — a potent combination of moisturising ingredients — it also slated to protect complexions from further environmental damage.
Available at all Clé De Peau Beauté counters.