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Score Your Best Skin Ever With Our Top Picks Of Luminous, Matte Finish Cushion Foundations

Perfect skin at every angle.

With dozens and even hundreds of cushion foundations available in the market, it can be tricky to find one that’s just right for you. Regardless of whether you have dry and dull skin or oily and shine-prone skin, a new crop of cushion foundations have found the perfect in-between to cater to those who want buildable coverage, non-dewy finish yet a glowing effect. With optically blurring pigments that minimises skin imperfections for a flawless finish, these formulas are also infused with powerful hydrators to keep skin smooth and plump. Perfect for all skin types, these cushion foundations can be easily layered on where more coverage is needed to create a seamless, second-skin effect.

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November 2019
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Hera Black Cushion, $75
A Bright Fit Cover Powder that contains an Ultra Fine Powder Dispersion technology reduces the size of particles by 30 per cent. The pigment is also coated with amino acid derivatives similar to the skin’s natural protein, which allows the powder to blend in with the skin better to enhance skin radiance and translucency. A Double Lasting Layer Technology then helps to prolong the staying power as it forms two flexible layers (hard and soft) that are able to coat our facial contours while increasing the tenacity of makeup without drying the skin out. To achieve a semi-matte finish, a Matte Finish Gel is infused to mimic the effect of powder being applied on top of foundation, leaving skin feeling smooth and comfortable. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation, $80
This oil-free, high coverage cushion compact features a patented Polar Cushion Technology for long-lasting wear. It gives a natural-looking matte finish and glides easily and comfortably onto the skin while delivering a refreshing and cooling effect upon application. Tom Ford Beauty Traceless Touch Foundation SPF 45/PA++++, $120
Behold a new era of luxury in beauty. Like all things Tom Ford, attention is paid to every detail: from the elegant magnetic closure, the foolproof applicator and needless to say, the creamy formula that’s housed within. Providing medium to full coverage, it imparts a satin-matte finish that doesn’t sink into wrinkles and pores, and yet stays on through perspiration, humidity and heat. It is also enriched with antioxidants, Laneige Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base, $43
If you have oily skin and have been wary when it comes to Korean cushion foundations because of their dewy finish, look no further than this gem of a find from Laneige. Not only does it offer a semi-matte finish, it also has buildable coverage that can mask everything from blemishes, dark spots to rough patches. Best part, the formula keeps oxidation to a bare minimum and it also has a slight pink undertone to give skin a fresh and rosy glow. Armani Beauty To Go Iconic Cushion, $105
Perfect for those looking for a foundation that is lightweight, hydrating and give a silky finish, this Armani cushion is one of the few cushions that are enriched in skincare essences to deliver up to 18 hours of non-stop hydration. This ensures that skin surface stays smooth and plump so you don’t have to worry about makeup creasing into wrinkles and fine lines. It also features Liquid Biron, a silk-in-sphere technology that gives skin a diffused glow rather than a dewy one. We also love the pointed applicator sponge which makes it super easy to get to hard-to-reach corners like around the nose and eyes. Dior Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion, $78
Made to last through heat, humidity, sweat and sebum, this long-lasting, formula reinvents matte foundations as it minimises shine without compromising on glow. The ultra-fresh fluid corrects skin without masking it and feels like second-skin. Instantly, your skin is transformed from bumpy and uneven to smooth and flawless. Plus it is also fortified with pore-refining skincare essences, this cushion foundation helps rebalance skin and minimise enlarged pores over time. Shu Uemura Petal Skin Cushion Foundation, $78
If you love the ease of application of cushion foundation but find it troublesome that you have to set it with powder, try this one from Shu Uemura. With a liquid-to-powder formula, it promises to cut your morning routine without compromising on a flawless complexion. In addition to floral extracts that help hydrate skin and refine skin texture, the puff applicator also blurs out enlarged pores for a picture-perfect finish. YSL Beauty Le Cushion Encre de Peau, $92
Featuring the brand’s long-wearing Encre de Peau formula in a cushion form, this foundation enhances the complexion by imparting a shine-free luminosity that stays put all day long. With a medium coverage and ultra-fresh texture,  you can use it on its own to create a perfect base, or layer it over existing makeup without caking or creasing.