The Best Cushion Compacts for Flawless Skin

The Biggest Foundation Trend Perfect for Everyone

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Flawless Foundation in a Compact

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Cushion compacts have been circulating the makeup scene for some time now, but what are they? For people who like a light application of foundation, SPF protection, and the convenience of a compact, your dream foundation is here. Originating as one of South Korea's biggest beauty inventions, a cushion compact will give you the benefit of skin care, makeup, and a compact in one. 

Instead of carrying around liquid foundations and tinted BB creams that you might not want to travel with, the compact gives you everything you need along with a portable convenience. The cushion allows the sheerest application of foundation for those who want minimal coverage, and a build-able option for those who want more. Basically, it's really hard to over-apply this makeup making it an instant favorite for anybody. This list includes our best picks in cushion compacts.

Amore Pacific

Suitable for all skin types, this cushion compact focuses on repairing dull, dry, and uneven skin. Paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free, even the most sensitive of skin types can wear it. Like all cushion compacts, the application sponge is located separate from the foundation, ensuring nothing from the face such as oil, dirt, or elements get in the makeup.

Apply the foundation by pressing the sponge into the compact and pressing on the skin until an even layer is distributed and complexion looks soft. Asian botanicals will help protect your skin against free radical damage, along with SPF 50 protection from harmful UV rays. 

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Physicians Formula

Physicians Formula is one of my favorite drug store beauty brands, and what I love about it most is how amazing and affordable their products are. This new cushion compact offers something a bit different from other competitors as it's mineral based, along with being fragrance and gluten free, which is hard to find in cosmetics. Catered specifically to people with allergies and skin sensitivities, this makeup is perfect!

If you're experiencing a bit more dullness in skin than normal and need to do some color correcting, they've also launched this amazing cushion color correcting compact in two shades that will help color correct any issues you have easily. Apply the color correcting shades first on skin, then wait for them to dry and follow with the cushion compact foundation. The fun fact about the applicator? Each side correlates with the cushion color it should apply so you never get confused. More »


This product gives the benefits of a bronzer in a cushion compact form, for those who prefer liquid bronzers over powder. There are a few ways you can utilize this bronzer to give you the best bronze goddess glow. Simply take the sponge and tap it onto the skin for a contoured bronze look, or you can buff it on as foundation if you've been in the sun and your skin tone has become warmer. Be sure that it matches your skin tone first, before applying it as a foundation, as you don't want it to appear too dark (or too ashy). Finish with a cream blush on the apples of the cheeks for the right pop of color. 

Want to create an all over bronze look? Pair it with these eyeshadows and get creative with your makeup look! More »

This cushion compact offers customized and build-able coverage for any skin type and color. No matter what skin tone you have, there are 16 shades to choose from that come in a wide variety of colors. 

Did you know you can clean the applicator sponge? Most people throw away sponges and replace them, but cleaning them regularly is the best practice and also saves you money. Simply wash the sponge in warm water with anti-bacterial soap and let it air-dry until using it again.

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