10 Best Cushion Foundations of 2022

Veronica Hope
Jan 20, 2022

Cushion foundation is a base makeup product. It usually has a sponge inner core, like a honeycomb, storing BB cream or CC cream inside. The main function of the cushion foundation is to conceal flaws, condition skin tone, hide pores, delivering a very light and natural makeup effect and making your skin look better and more delicate. Cushion foundation is in a small size as your hand palm, which is very easy to carry around for quick touch-ups at anytime, anywhere, very suitable for traveling or dating. Celebrity makeup artist Timothea said that unlike traditional foundations, it can be used directly by pressing without multiple tools.

We rounded up a host of brands with a cult following, like GIORGIO ARMANI, Dior, LANCÔME and so on. Each brand boasts a wide range of super-quality products, and most of them are the winners of multiple beauty awards. So to find your pick, check out the list of best cushion foundations we’ve compiled for you.

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  • 1. Giorgio Armani
  • 2. Yves Saint Laurent
  • 3. Sulwhasoo
  • 4. Dior
  • 5. LANCÔME
  • 7. Chanel
  • 9. IOPE
  • 10. HERA

Giorgio Armani

In the mid-1970s, Giorgio Armani met his lover and partner Sergio Galeotti, and then creating the Italian brand Armani named after him. Armani started in men’s clothing, pursuing simplicity and details. Its makeup also retain these features and has an elegant and unique Italian style.

Armani has always been known as the "The Master of Foundation", and it has launched two high-quality cushions since 2017. The MY ARMANI CUSHION TO GO FOUNDATION is an all-round product, which offers an extraordinary coverage and moisturizing effect, leaving a plush skin feeling. The hydrated and lightweight MY ARMANI CUSHION TO GO FOUNDATION leaves a natural makeup finish without sticky. It can easily cover the post-acne marks, dark spots, redness, fine lines and pores. The puff is made of a unique fabric, which may not be easy to get dirty after use.

GIORGIO ARMANI ESSENCE-IN-FOUNDATION TONE-UP CUSHION is packed with a girly cherry pink compact. This cushion is designed for brightening the skin to create a translucent and natural makeup look. It is not only suitable for people with dull complexion and less blemishes, but also for dry skin and combination skin. The fine and moisturized powder perfectly fits to the skin and absorbs excess oil.

It should be noted that the ESSENCE-IN-FOUNDATION TONE-UP CUSHION is more translucent and whiter than MY ARMANI CUSHION TO GO FOUNDATION under the same shade, leaving the complexion a bright glow. Moreover, you can choose it according to your needs.

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Yves Saint Laurent

YSL is a famous French luxury makeup brand established by Mr. Yves Saint Laurent in 1962. YSL combines elegance and rebellion, and always pursues freedom and truth.

LE CUSHION ENCRE DE PEAU is the first cushion launched by YSL, which targets people with oily skin. The hydrated LE CUSHION ENCRE DE PEAU is easy to spread without stripping and greasy,helping create a long-lasting matte finish. It can cover small red spots, freckles, acne, etc. However, it is not suitable for people with poor skin condition.

TOUCHE ÉCLAT CUSHION FOUNDATION is the air cushion version of TOUCHE ECLAT LE TEINT. You may feel bouncy when press the sponge due to a layer of lace, and you can take a decent amount easily. Infused with numerous moisturizing ingredients, it works for all skin types to leave a hydrated skin feeling. TOUCHE ÉCLAT CUSHION FOUNDATION is suitable for people with good skin condition due to its weak coverage.

YSL cushions are very famous in the beauty industry with a high-end and exquisite package. It is suitable for daily quick makeup and touch-up.

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Sulwhasoo is a Korean high-end herbal skin care brand and one of the three high-end brands under the famous Korean cosmetics group Amore (Pacific). Infused with many traditional medicinal materials, Sulwhasoo is always favored by people with mature skin. The Sulwhasoo moisturizing cushions also target skin nourishing, which are more suitable for dry skin. Sulwhasoo offers three types: EVENFAIR PERFECTING CUSHION, PERFECTING CUSHION BRIGHTENING and INTENSE PERFECTING CUSHION.

The classic EVENFAIR PERFECTING CUSHION is designed for moisturizing and concealing with high pigment, which can cover most post-acne marks, redness, and pores to some extent. It helps create a natural and glossy finish, which is suitable for people with dry skin or normal skin use in autumn and winter.

The PERFECTING CUSHION BRIGHTENING specializes in brightening the complexion, leaving a lightweight, translucent, and matte finish. It has a certain control oil effect, so it is suitable for combination skin and oil skin, leaving the skin refreshing. Moreover, the PERFECTING CUSHION BRIGHTENING is suitable for people with dull skin and few blemishes due to its weak coverage and moderate staying power.

The INTENSE PERFECTING CUSHION is extremely hydrated with a highest price from Sulwhasoo. It can minimize pores and fine lines without sticky and heavy skin feeling, leaving a silky and delicate makeup finish. The INTENSE PERFECTING CUSHION is more suitable for dry skin.

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Dior is a French luxury brand in the perfume, fashion or makeup industries founded in 1947. Dior adheres to the concept of elegant and gorgeous styles. As a high-end brand, Dior launched cushions in the early years. Dior cushion specializes in creating translucent finish and good coverage, with an elegant package.

Diorsnow Perfect Light Perfect Glow Cushion is the first cushion foundation released in 2016 by Dior, which is jointly developed by Dior and South Korea's Amorepacific Group. Diorsnow Perfect Light Perfect Glow Cushion is designed for whitening and brightening the complexion. It works for almost all skin types, leaving a glossy, natural, and translucent no-makeup look. However, this cushion offers a moderate coverage and staying power, and people can take it as an entry-level cushion.

The CAPTURE DREAMSKIN FOUNDATION is a new product of Dior Dream Skin series. Infused with skin care ingredients of DIOR DREAMSKIN PERFECT SKIN CREATOR, it offers complexion correcting and nourishing effects. It is also an deal cushion from Dior. It is laced with various moisturizing ingredients and essential oils, giving an excellent moisturizing power without striping. However, the CAPTURE DREAMSKIN FOUNDATION has a moderate coverage, oil-controlling, and staying power, which is suitable for dry skin. People with combination skin or oily skin are recommended to use it in the dry season.

The DIOR FOREVER PERFECT CUSHION is designed for creating a long-lasting and matte finish. It provides an excellent coverage, which can cover most blemishes. However, It may create a heavy makeup look with its rough powder. The shine control DIOR FOREVER PERFECT CUSHION is suitable for oily skin, and people with combination skin should layer it upon the foundation.

Dior Prestige Le Cushion Teint de Rose is the most luxurious cushion from Dior. The all-round cushion offers a certain concealing power to help create a natural makeup finish, which is suitable for dry skin. It should be noted that the Prestige Le Cushion Teint de Rose has a strong aroma, and if you don’t like foundations with rich flavor, you should choose it with cation.

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Lancome is a French brand founded by Armand Petitjean in 1935. As a world-renowned high-end cosmetics brand, Lancome is involved in various product areas, such as skin care, cosmetics, perfume. Lancome targets mature women aged 25 to 40 with higher education levels and higher income levels.

The main feature of Lancome CC cream is "ultra-light". It can moisturize the skin and help achieve a lightweight and natural finish. However, you need to touch-up repeatedly for long-time wearing as its weak concealing power. The fine cushion is suitable for dry skin, and people with combination skin may never feel greasy.

The thick ABSOLUE CUSHION offers excellent coverage and bendability, which is easy to spread. It not only can cover dark circles, redness, post-acne marks and other blemishes effectively, but also can minimize pores and fine lines. The ABSOLUE CUSHION is suitable for base makeup, which helps leave a translucent makeup look and a natural glow. However, people with oily skin may feel too heavy, while dry skin may feel not hydrated enough. So you’d better moisturize the skin and control oil before and after makeup.

Cushion foundation is a must-have item for outdoors touch-up. Both Blanc Expert Valueset and ABSOLUE CUSHION have distinct packages. The Blanc Expert Valueset has a simple package, while ABSOLUE CUSHION has a luxurious appearance.

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BOBBI BROWN is a professional makeup brand founded by makeup artist Bobbi Brown in New York in 1991. BOBBI BROWN pursues a natural, simple, and translucent makeup finish, which is known as the "Queen of creating a no-makeup look in Hollywood".

Bobbi Brown “capsule cushion foundation” is an ideal choice for people who prefer a natural makeup look. Bobbi Brown Cushion Compact features unique capsule technology and airtight packaging. The “capsule cushion foundation” has two series: SKIN LONG-WEAR WEIGHTLESS FOUNDATION and SKIN FOUNDATION CUSHION COMPACT. They can be differentiated by coverage, oil-controlling, and makeup finish. The SKIN LONG-WEAR WEIGHTLESS FOUNDATION offers a good concealing power with a natural glow, which helps achieve a semi-finish makeup finish. This oil-controlling cushion is designed for combination and oily skin. The SKIN FOUNDATION CUSHION COMPACT specializes in moisturizing and brightening complexion. Infused with moisturizing ingredients to keep the skin hydrated and with a satisfying fragrance, it is always favored by people with dry skin. It offers a moderate coverage, which is suitable for creating a natural finish.   

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Chanel is a French brand founded in 1910, which is a pioneer of the fashion revolution. Chanel represents a unique style that has lasted forever. Elegance, delicacy, luxury and fashion are its values and inner spirit. Chanel air cushion offers an extremely plush skin feeling. With an exquisite package, it shows a simple, stylish, and delicate style.

Chanel LES BEIGES is the first cushion product, which has a moisturizing and natural texture. The unique mesh design helps preserve the liquid foundation in the cushion. This cushion specializes in moisturizing and nourishing, leaving a plush skin feeling and glossy finish. However, Chanel LES BEIGES can hardly cover blemishes, so it is suitable for people with healthy skin and people who pursue a perfect skin feeling.

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Shiseido is a famous Japanese cosmetics brand founded in 1872. Shiseido launched the first air cushion- Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Case when YSL, Dior, Lancome and other big brands upgraded their cushion products.

The "smart" of this cushion is that it can even brighten the skin tone and absorb oil according to skin condition, maintaining a translucent makeup look without melting down and dullness according to official claims. In fact, Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Case contains a kind of powder that can brighten complexion through light refraction. Moreover, the Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Case earned a good reputation. At present, the Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Case series covers Shiseido Synchro Skin White Cushion Compact in white package, and Synchro Skin Self-refreshing Cushion Compact Foundation in black package. The whitening and oil-controlling Shiseido Synchro Skin White Cushion Compact helps brighten complexion to create a matte finish, which is suitable for oily skin. The best-sellingSynchro Skin Self-refreshing Cushion Compact Foundation offers extraordinary concealing power, staying power, and moisturizing effect, leaving the skin fine and silky. It can cover blemishes effectively without cakey. Synchro Skin Self-refreshing Cushion Compact Foundation is suitable for people with dry skin and blemishes skin. Both air cushions have a certain sun protection function, Shiseido Synchro Skin White Cushion Compact has SPF40 value, while Synchro Skin Self-refreshing Cushion Compact Foundation has SPF23.

Although Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Case is only available in four shades: N2, N3, G2 and G3, you still may find an ideal skin-like shade.

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IOPE is the top-notch brand launched by Pacific Co., Ltd. in 1945. In 2008, IOPE launched the first-ever cushion BB cream, which started a trend in the beauty industry. IOPE products are cost-effective and specially designed for different skin types, which are loved by many people.

The IOPE AIR CUSHION NATURAL is the most hydrated one, leaving a lightweight and moisturizing skin feeling. It is not recommended for people with obvious blemishes to buy it due to its weak coverage.

IOPE AIR CUSHION COVER works for people with obvious blemishes, which can cover most imperfections and leave a lightweight makeup finish. However, it is not hydrated enough, so you’d better apply moisturizer before using. And people with dry skin should choose it with caution.

IOPE AIR CUSHION NATURAL specializes in concealing and moisturizing. It works for most skin types except oily skin, and people with oily skin may feel greasy in summer.

IOPE has launched IOPE AIR CUSHION MATTE LONGWEAR for oily skin. It helps achieve a matte, lightweight, and seamless finish, and can effectively control the shine. Unlike regular Korean nakeup products, the IOPE AIR CUSHION MATTE LONGWEAR is a rare cushion with a matte texture.

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HERA is a comprehensive cosmetics brand under the Amorepacific Group founded in 1995, which launches products in a modern technological style. Hera launched rich cushion products, including Glow Lasting Cushion, UV Mist Cushion Cover and Black Cushion series. If you are a makeup beginner, and don't know how to crate an ideal makeup finish. Hera cushion is worth considering.

The full-coverage cushion has a certain moisturizing effect, leaving your skin refreshing. However, this heavy cushion offers an average staying power. The Black Cushion Series is the best selling one, which helps create a hydrated and translucent no-makeup look. It is suitable for dry skin with less blemishes to achieve a dewy and flawless finish due to its weak coverage. Hera UV Mist Cushion Cover Ivory is an upgraded version of Black Cushion. Compared with the regular UV Mist Cushion, it is laced with numerous moisturizing ingredients, and you may feel hydrated after applying. UV Mist Cushion Cover is divided into UV Mist Cushion Cover and UV Mist Cushion Nude. The UV Mist Cushion Cover is suitable for people with visible dark spots and post-acne marks, which helps cover many blemishes. It is marked with the letter C and available in four shades. The lightweight UV Mist Cushion Nude is suitable for dull skin without obvious blemishes. And you can choose the shade according to number. These two cushions are whiter and have a higher SPF value than Black Cushion Cushion under the same shade, which are more suitable for oily skin.


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