Best Korean Cushion Foundation

What is Korean Cushion Foundation?

Cushion foundation is the liquid type foundation soaked in a sponge, housed in a compact, which you can apply with an accompanying puff. It was first developed in 2008 by Amorepacific (more specifically the brand ‘Iope’), a Korean beauty conglomerate to help people to re-apply sunscreen as well as to fix the makeup with no hassle while they are outside. Because of this purpose, most of the cushion foundations have high enough SPF – at least 20 in general and easy to find the ones with SPF 50 or higher.

What is the use of Cushion Foundation?

  • It is easy to adjust the amount thanks to the sponge material that can release the foundation little by little as you want
  • You can keep your hands clean thanks to the puff that is inside the compact
  • You can expect enough SPF to protect your skin from the UVA/UVB
  • You can use it anywhere, anytime since it has a small mirror and a puff within

Korean Cushion Foundation Shades

The biggest cons of Korean cushion foundations would be the lack of shades. In general, 3~5 shades are available. In fact, it is not only about the Korean brands but the global powerhouse like Estee Lauder only provides 4 shades for its Double Wear Cushion BB in the US. I assume it is based on the lower demand compared to Korea since they do provide more shades (5~6) along with more variety of cushions in Korea. However, it is not that you don’t have a choice at all. JUNG SAEM MOOL provides 7 shades for its cushion foundation, so check the brand out if you’re looking for a wide variety of shades!

Type of Cushion Foundation

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Cushion Type VS. Pump Type

Although the cushion foundation started as a sponge type compact, now there is another type of cushion foundation available in the market – the pump type. Pump type is the product where the liquid foundation lies under a plate with several tiny holes so that you can adjust the amount by ‘pumping’ or pushing down the plate with a puff. The pump type launched with the claim that the sponge soaked with liquid won’t be much sanitary. However, sponge type is still the mainstream in the world of cushion foundation.

Best Korean Cushion Foundation for Oily Skin: Clio Kill Cover Founwear Cushion All New

#High Coverage #Long Lasting (48 hours)

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Kill Cover Founwear Cushion All New has the reputation to have high, long-lasting (48 hours) coverage, and indeed it has. I’ve been actually using it for about a month now, and I try to layer it with a very small amount since it has very strong coverage. As the weather got warmer, my skin tends to turn oily in the afternoon, but still, the product stays on, and my skin looks more natural with the oil. It has three shades and SPF 50+/PA+++. Shop Now at Yes Style / StyleVana / StyleKorean.

Best Korean Cushion Foundation for Combination Skin: CNP Propolis Ampoule In Cushion

#Hydrating #Propolis Foundation #Easy to layer

Some of you might be familiar with CNP Propolis Ampoule, one of the brand’s hero products which is known for its moisturizing, nourishing effect. It has been applied to the cushion foundation and voila, meet CNP Propolis Ampoule In Cushion! I picked this product specifically for the combination skin since both hydration and coverage are important for the skin type. This product fulfills the both by including propolis extract (for hydration) and by Triple Cover Complex and skin fixer ingredient (for lasting coverage). It also contains gold (yes, that gold!) to radiate the natural glow. Shop Now at YesStyle / StyleVana

Korean Cushion Foundation for Dry Skin: JUNG SAEM MOOL Essential Skin Nuder Cushion

#Hydrating #Propolis Foundation #Easy to layer

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Jung, Saem Mool is a Korean makeup artist who is known for the pioneer of ‘Ssaeng eol (transparent) makeup’ which is the natural makeup style with a glowy finish. Her makeup style which transformed Tang Wei got viral and it really became the iconic image of K-Beauty. She launched her own brand JUNG SAEM MOOL in 2015. As the founder herself is the one who created the glowy finish look, Skin Nuder Cushion is the brand’s flagship product. It is especially popular among the dry skin type users as it is hydrating but also lasting long with good coverage –  typically, hydrating cushions are vulnerable to coverage and are not lasting. Shop Now at YesStyle / StyleVana.

Korean Cushion Foundation for Acne-Prone Skin: LabNo 4SP Safe BB Cushion

#Safe Ingredients #Natural Cover #Mineral Sunscreen  

4SP BB Cushion is the product that is well known and beloved for its safe ingredients. It got popular after featured in Director Pi’s Youtube video as the best ingredient cushion foundation in 2017. It consists of the safe (based on EWG grade system) ingredients and is allegedly safe for even pregnant women or children. Please note that it still contains 4 ingredients that might be allergens for some of you – Citronellol, Geraniol, Linalool, and Limonene. It has skin-soothing and nourishing ingredients as camellia extract, ceramide 3, rose extract, and sage oil. It is a pump type product, not a sponge type. Shop Now at Stylevana.

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