August 17, 2016

If you always have a cushion compact stashed in your bag so you can whip it out anytime for convenient touch ups, you’ll want to invest in one (or all) of the very aesthetically-pleasing offerings below. We’ve found that it’s impossible to resist a pretty cushion case, so stop telling yourself you don’t need another one of these – and just give in.


Yves Saint Laurent Beauté Le Cushion Encre de Peau


Literally every single time we’ve taken this out, anyone we’re with immediately comments something along the lines of: “Oh my gosh, I’ve been wanting to get this cushion. It’s so pretty!!!” Can’t argue with that, because with the reflective black and gold surfaces and the cover emblazoned with the YSL logo in gold, this whole thing just screams luxe. Even the puff applicator seems extra expensive, with its black top and ribbon holder. The coverage is a ever-popular “luminous matte”, and the texture is super lightweight – YSL compares it to ink.

$88, available at Yves Saint Laurent Beauté stores and counters.


innisfree My Cushion


We’re technically talking about 100 different cushions here, because that’s exactly the number of cushion case designs innisfree has made available in its My Cushion series. So many colours and patterns, from darks to pastels to brights, and from stripes to polka dots and other graphic elements, are covered that we literally didn’t know where to begin picking from when the brand first presented the full range to us – we reckon you’ll have this same (very welcome) problem, so go ahead and linger in the stores and take your time to make your choice. Once you’ve picked your case, load in the new Long Wear Cover Cushion or Water Fit Cushion – the former gives a soft matte coverage, and the latter a more dewy finish. The customisation doesn’t stop there, as you get to pick your beauty tool to use to apply the cushion: aside from the regular flat puffs, you also have the choice of a brush or a stamping sponge.

innisfree My Cushion Case, $12; Long Wear Cover Cushion Refill and Water Fit Cushion Refill, $19; Beauty Tools, $3 to $15. All 100 case designs available at innisfree Takashimaya S.C. and VivoCity; 40 selected designs available at all other innisfree stores. 


LANEIGE BB Cushion_Whitening and BB Cushion_Pore Control


It’s a big deal when Laneige, purveyors of the most iconic BB cushion, decides to give their famous product a major revamp. That’s exactly what they did last month, and boy, did we fall in love with what was unveiled. The cushion case has gotten a lot sleeker, but it’s the holographic top that really got us – move it around in the light, and the colours change. The outside is cool enough already, but the makeover extends to the inside as well – the cushion now features a firmer texture and a protruding diamond pattern, which helps with a more even coverage.

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We get a bonus next month in the form of the LANEIGE x LUCKY CHOUETTE collection, which includes two ridiculously cute cushions featuring this collaborative collection’s owl mascots. We’re getting both of ’em, that’s for sure.

LANEIGE BB Cushion, $59, available at LANEIGE boutiques and counters. LANEIGE x LUCKY CHOUETTE BB Cushions, $59, available at the Takashimaya D.S. B1 Talking Hall from 24 to 30 Aug, and at LANEIGE boutiques and counters from 1 Sep. 


Shiseido Makeup Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact


Black never fails, especially when it’s paired with white. Shiseido has done a really good job with the packaging design of its first ever cushion, with an abstract floral-like design on a smooth black surface. Like the Synchro Skin Foundation launched earlier this year, the formula of this one senses changes in the skin’s moisture and shine levels and adjusts itself to ensure a dewy, even finish that lasts.

Price TBC, available at Shiseido counters from October.


Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Brightening


You’ll also want to hold this one up to the light, as the white casing features a pearlescent graphical design that evokes the brightening effect of this formula pretty accurately. The whole case reminds us of a smooth pebble, and it’s slightly smaller and rounder than most other cushions out there.

$80, available at the Sulwhasoo boutique and counters.