The Korean Cushion Makeup Craze Is About to Blow Up This Summer
Time to toss out those hard, irritating brushes and powders, because liquid formulas and cushion compacts are predicted to be the next mega Korean craze to hit the States. Yes, you may already be familiar with cushion foundation (which is a product-soaked sponge applied with a soft pouf, all in one compact). But this Summer, the damp makeup trend is emerging in all forms from color-correcting products to pigmented lip stains and bronzers. Keep reading to discover some of our favorites from this hot category!
Iope Air Cushion Sunblock
The OG cushion compact started with concealer. This one from Korean beauty ecommerce site Soko Glam, Iope Air Cushion Sunblock ($21), is like a traditional CC cream in that it has SPF 50, evens out skin tone, and provides medium coverage. It also contains hydrating ingredients, such as vitamin B5, vitamin E derivatives, and vitamin P, as well as mineral water.
Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Compact SPF 50
While you can create buildable coverage with this BB cream packed into a sponge in the morning, we love to use it for midday touch-ups. The Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Compact SPF 50 ($35, available end of April 2016) is definitely a desk-to-dinner essential. A cooling feeling on the skin and SPF 50 mean you'll feel revived and won't have to worry about sun damage.
AmorePacific Resort Collection Sun Protection Cushion SPF 30+
Say sayonara to sunscreens leaking all over your bag — because yes, this is one product you do need to touch up throughout the day. The AmorePacific Resort Collection Sun Protection Cushion SPF 30+ ($40) is a lightweight, sheer formula that offers sun protection. Use the antimicrobial puff to apply the hydrating bamboo-sap-infused formula.
Lancome Miracle CC Cushion Color Correcting Primer
Lancome made a genius move by combining two hot trends: color correcting and cushion compacts. These pastel-shaded formulas ($40) each have a different use: peach camouflages darkness, purple covers sallowness, yellow combats dullness, and green neutralizes redness. Layer them under foundation and spot treat as needed.
Sephora I Heart Cushion Bronzer
One of the best ways to get a natural-looking glow is with a liquid bronzer ($15, available late April). The Sephora I Heart Cushion Bronzer allows you to press the tan-hued pigment into your cheek and blends seamlessly. Snag it in two shades: light/medium or medium/tan.
Peripera Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher
Dab this dewy pigmented blush into your cheeks for that "just stepped out of the shower — but with a full face of color" look. Peripera's Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher ($16) comes in five peppy shades ranging from orange to lavender.
Sephora Wonderful Matte Lip Cushion Cream
Create a subtle stain, ombré lip, or full-on statement pout with this balmy yet matte color that truly does build. Snag Sephora's Wonderful Matte Lip Cushion Cream ($8, available late April) in four hues: rose, red, orange, and purple.
Stila Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner
Dip an eyeliner brush into Stila's Got Inked Cushion Eye Liner ($28) to create a precise, smudge-proof, waterproof, and long-wearing look. The pots are available in six shades including a medley of metallic bronzes, black, purple, and green.