Cushion foundations have been a significant part of Korea Beauty for many years and although they made their way to the US, they have been slow in coming. The Lancome MIRACLE CUSHION Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation was probably the first one to make a splash in the US but it was released over a year ago and other brands didn’t really follow suit.
But more cushion foundations seem to slowly be making their way not only to high end brands but also at the drugstore.
Cushion foundations simply represent a sponge soaked in liquid foundation that comes in a compact usually with a sponge included for application.
Cushion foundations are popular in k-beauty because they enable liquid foundations to be more travel friendly and allow for hassle free application in addition to making it easy to reapply foundation throughout the day if you wish. I never reapply foundation during the day but some people do so the compact cushion foundations make this easy.
Using the provided sponge pressed into the cushion allows you to apply as little or as much foundation as you desire.
Some of the new cushion foundations that I saw at the ulta website in the past several weeks include;
Shown in the first image and above is this L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation which ulta started carrying several weeks back. It comes in 12 shades with the darkest shade being Cocoa (C8). I actually ordered this shade when ulta started carrying it since I really wanted to try this cushion foundation but it wasn’t dark enough and I ended up returning it.
This Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Cushion Foundation comes in eight shades and while there are some dark shades, I don’t think the darkest shade (10) is dark enough for those of us with chocolate skin. It’s only available at ulta currently. Per the site;
Experience the benefits of Take A Deep Breath skin care in Philosophy’s Take A Deep Breath Cushion Foundation with SPF protection. It’s light-as-air liquid makeup that helps skin recover from the signs of a busy life that can age skin, as it evens tone and smoothes texture with a breathable, weightless finish. The innovative cushion delivery system and mesh filter provide a fine layer of perfecting color that instantly locks in hydration and blends and builds beautifully, for sheer to full coverage.
This only comes in 3 shades – Light, Light/Medium and Medium – which is par for the course with Physician’s Formula.
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation SPF 50 is a weightless mineral formula that provides the multi-tasking benefits of an alphabet cream with the gentle, flawless, skin-perfecting effects of minerals. Revolutionary cushion foundation instantly corrects visible imperfections, blurs fine lines and pores with a perfected airbrushed finish. SPF 50 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen protects from UVA/UVB rays.
There will probably be more cushion foundations making their way to drugstores for spring 2016 but whether they will have a variety of darker shades remains to be seen but I probably won’t hold my breath. Not at the drugstore anyway. It will also be interesting to see whether there will be any close to $10 or less.
But if you have the complexion for these cushion foundations currently available at ulta, click here for more info on them.