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Nourishing Cushion Compacts That Are Great For On-The-Go Touch Ups

These beauty must-haves are powered with skin-loving ingredients.

We are all for portable, easy-to-use and fuss-free base makeup products that will speed up our morning routine. One product that does exactly that is the cushion compact. While many women prefer liquid foundations for their long-lasting quality, there are a handful of cushion compacts with superior formulae and lasting power that are comparable to that of your go-to liquid foundation. Plus, they are also boosted with nourishing skincare ingredients to treat and care for your complexion under that face mask. Above, the ones to get.

Laneige Neo Cushion Matte, $62
One look at the K-beauty giant’s newest cushion innovation and many would mistake it for an ear pod case based on its ultra-sleek and modern packaging. However, its formula is also one to note. Not only is it said to be the first cushion foundation boasting protection against blue light, it is also boosted with a Humid Defense Technology for a 24-hour sweat-resistant formula that controls excessive sebum to prolong makeup wear. Dior Forever Couture Perfect Cushion, $92
This is said to be as much of a skincare product as it is a long-wearing cushion foundation, protecting our complexions while prolonging makeup wear even under a mask. It reportedly provides 24 hour-long hydration thanks to a blend of ingredients such as wild pansy extract and rose extract. Plus, it also helps to protect the skin from external environmental aggressors. YSL Beaute Le Encre De Peau Cushion 2020, $102
The updated formula of this popular product not only offers a soft matte finish with flawless coverage but also hydrates the skin for comfortable wear throughout. Jasmine petals ensure skin feels moisturised while a Neo Skin Powder active absorbs excessive sebum so makeup does not look oily, cakey or slide off through the day. Shiseido Makeup Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact, $75
A Responsive Sensory Technology adapts to skin’s condition for a fresh and radiant complexion that reportedly stays put for eight hours. It also protects the skin from harmful UV rays thanks to antioxidant-rich wild thyme extract. For a flawless, soft-focus finish, glow-enhancing powders are infused and work together with a Time Match Powder to diffuse light, blur imperfections, and control excess oil, preventing makeup from budging under the mask. Hyaluronic acid and hydro-sensing polymers then hydrate the skin. Shu Uemera Unlimited Breathable Lasting Cushion Foundation, $78
Applying a thick layer of foundation under a mask isn’t too ideal, so it is best to opt for one that comes with a thin, lightweight texture. This cushion foundation does exactly that and can last for up to 24 hours without streaking or melting. Plus, its hydrating formula means your skin feels moisturised all day long. Clarins Bright Plus Brightening Cushion Foundation SPF 50 PA+++, $65
If you are looking for a cushion that helps to brighten and eliminate dullness while hydrating and protecting the skin under your mask, look no further. As its name suggests, this cushion compact works to even out skin tone and target pigmentation thanks to rose-myrtle and acerola seed extracts. Pearly pigments are also included in the formula to give a radiant, fresh complexion. Additionally, an Anti-Pollution Complex is infused to protect the skin from free radical damage. Hera Black Cushion, $75
This cult Korean cushion compact is no stranger to beauty enthusiasts. It is known for its lasting power and budge-proof formula that hydrates the skin for comfortable wear. What makes it the must-have cushion? Firstly, a Bright Fit Cover Powder that contains an Ultra Fine Powder Dispersion technology reduces the size of particles by up to 30 per cent. This allows the product to blend in better with the skin to enhance radiance and translucency. Next, the Double Lasting Layer Technology works to prolong the staying power of the cushion foundation – which means fewer touch-ups. Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion BB Compact All Day Wear Liquid Compact SPF 50/PA++++, $75
Some key criteria for our base makeup, now that we have to put on face masks, is that it has to be lightweight and comes with a breathable texture. We also look for foundations with long-lasting power while controlling oil and shine so that our makeup does not budge. One product that ticks all these boxes is the Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion BB Compact. What else do we love about it? It can soften the look of lines and enlarged pores while keeping skin moisturised.