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The Best Luxury Cushion Foundations For A Flawless Complexion (And More)

They will help you create your best complexion yet.

If you try to google cushion foundations, chances are, you’ll be bombarded with dozens of options from virtually every beauty brand you can think of. Since the first cushion foundation was introduced to the market about seven years ago in Korea, the cushion foundation trend has spread far and wide, inspiring virtually all beauty brands from all over the world to get on the cushion bandwagon as women continue to buy into the genius version of liquid foundation that can be easily applied on the go.

From hydrating, brightening, pore-minimising to even anti-ageing, there is literally a cushion foundation for every skin type and skincare concern you can think of. Here, the most luxurious cushion foundations that combine high-performance makeup properties, skincare benefits and unparalleled sensorial pleasure.

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November 2019
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#1: Guerlain Abeille Royale Bee Glow Aqua Cushion, $101
One of the most hydrating cushion compacts we have ever come across, this gives minimal coverage and is meant to impart a dewy, luminous sheen to your skin for a healthy-looking, glowy appearance. It has a unique aqua gel formula that helps to refresh and hydrate skin instantly and even protects and strengthens the skin’s barrier to limit moisture loss throughout the day. #1: Tom Ford Traceless Touch Foundation SPF 45PA++++ Satin-Matte Cushion Compact, $120
This long-wearing semi-matte cushion is a first for the luxury beauty brand. It imparts a natural radiance to your skin and is formulated with aquacell to hydrate skin. It even fades away the look of enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as control excess sebum production. #2: Giorgio Armani Beauty My Armani To Go Tone Up Cushion, $105
Available in six shades, this cushion compact is meant to give brightening coverage and impart a dewy, luminous finish. It also contains hydrating properties and is enhanced with an elastic-rebound effect, where the micro-soft powders move with the skin to create a soft-focus effect to blur away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. #3: Chanel Vitalumiere Glow Cushion Foundation, $90
This gives awesome coverage and is made with colour-correcting pigments that help counter dullness and skin imperfections. It has a lightweight texture and features a unique complex of soft focus powders to reflect light from the skin for a fresh, radiant finish. What else to know: licorice extracts brightens while hyaluronic acid hydrates. #4: Cle de Peau Beauté Radiant Cushion Foundation, $130
Forget long-lasting foundations that sink into fine lines and wrinkles. This glow-enhancing foundation imparts skin with a dewy glow, thanks to its moisture-rich formula which keeps skin hydrated and plump round-the-clock. Plus, it provides buildable coverage so you can easily layer on more product wherever you want for a flawless finish. #5: Armani Beauty To Go Iconic Cushion, $105
Promising long-lasting comfort in a weightless formula, it delivers skincare benefits and makeup properties in each patting motion. Enriched with hydrating and brightening essences, it leaves a smooth and silky finish on your skin with a soft focus glow. Plus, it comes with a pointed applicator sponge that enables you to reach every corner of your face precisely and effortlessly. #6: La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-In-Foundation, $365 for 2 x 15 ml refills
If you love La Prairie’s Skin Caviar skincare range, you’ll love this ultra-luxe cushion foundation. With a rich and creamy texture, the foundation delivers full yet natural coverage and blends into skin seamlessly to deliver non-stop moisture. It is also infused with caviar water for added nourishment to erase fine lines and wrinkles for a smooth and plump skin. #7: La Mer The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation SPF 20, $160 for 2 x 12g refills
Infused with La Mer’s signature Miracle Broth, your skin is guaranteed lasting hydration so it stays plump and smooth all day long. And thanks to its unique Colour Capsule Technology, the foundation pigments stay vibrant and fresh throughout the day, as if makeup has just been applied. #8: Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense, $105 for 2 x 15g refills
Targeting skin that has lost its elasticity, this age-defying cushion foundation is enriched with Red Pine, which works from deep within skin layers to improve skin firmness over time. And while it offers full coverage is a velvety finish, it also contains Radiance Pearl Powder Complex that imparts skin with a transcluent glow. #9: Dior Prestige Le Cushion Teint De Rose, $140
Look no further for a cushion foundation that combines full coverage with a natural, second-skin effect. Made with specially coated makeup pigments that deliver rich colour to even out complexion and outlast humidity and perspiration. The lightweight formula also contains rose petal extract and Rose Light pigments to douse skin in moisture and enhance its rosy glow. #10: Lancome Absolue Cushion, $140
More than just a skin-perfecting foundation, this multi-action makeup is also fortified with adenosine, an anti-ageing ingredient that supports collagen production to iron out fine lines and wrinkles. And that’s not all — it also contains rose, camellia and citrus oils to energise, strengthen and nourish the skin.