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The 10 Korean Cushion Compacts We Love And Using On Rotation

Cushion makeup has (one way or another) revolutionised our lives. Thanks to the Koreans, applying and touching up on-the-go has become such a breeze. Ahead, our edit of the best Korean cushion compacts we can't live without.
#1: Hera Black Cushion, $75
This innovative Korean cushion compact features a Bright Fit Cover Powder that contains an Ultra Fine Powder Dispersion technology, which reduces the size of particles by up to 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 better with the skin to enhance radiance and translucency. The Double Lasting Layer Technology then helps to prolong the staying power. 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. #2: Laneige Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base, $43
A two-in-one cushion compact comes with a separate concealer and foundation portion. The former’s balm texture provides high coverage and is infused with the brand’s Aqua Melting Technology to blend seamlessly and hide spots, pores and blemishes. The latter, on the other hand, contains illuminating jewel powder and antioxidant-rich litchi skin extract to protect against harmful airborne pollutants and impart a fresh glow. It is even made with a Water Capsule System that releases moisture to the skin. Another key part to note about this product is its dual puff, which comprises a velvet and air puff. Used with the concealing base, the velvet puff has a precise tip and shorter fibres that help to reach curved areas while the air puff comes perforated for a natural-looking finish. #3: Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX, $80
This cushion compact’s unique Slim Fit High Coverage formula allows the product to disperse pigments in water rather than oil so that foundation can glide onto skin without clumping. It also ensures a long-lasting, seamless coverage. The updated version comes with beta-glucan, which is a moisture magnet to keep skin hydrated with makeup on. #4: Mamonde Brightening Cover Watery Cushion, $32
Narcissus bulb extract helps to counter dryness and gives an immediate cooling effect once applied to the skin. This Korean cushion compact also gives a slightly dewy finish and provides a natural coverage that’s perfect for every day. #5: Etude House All Day Perfect Any Cushion SPF50+PA+++, $32
Not only does this give a reported 24 hours of coverage to hide pores, dark circles and redness, it also has a “roll-spread” technology that helps ensure close adherence with a single application (read: no need for multiple layers that can sometimes feel heavy on the skin). The technology also provides a sweat-proof effect. #6: Cremorlab Eau Thermale Dazzling Cushion, $58
We love the uniquely designed five-layered cushion puff that helps pick up copious amounts of product but still gives a semi-matte finish. It is also saturated with the brand’s exclusive mineral and antioxidant-rich T.E.N. water, as well as other hydrating ingredients, to hydrate and keep the skin healthy regardless of your environment. #7: Su:m37 Water-full CC Cushion Perfect Finish SPF50+ PA+++, $67
Enriched with petal-shaped micro-blooming powders that covers enlarged pores, this smooths out skin texture and corrects uneven skin tone. It is also formulated with bamboo sap, snow lotus and pine tree leaf extract to moisturise skin. #8: Medicube Red Capsule Cushion, $43, Guardian
This hypoallergenic cushion foundation features a capsule design in the middle. The pink-base calamine protects while the ivory-base centella asiatica soothes troubled and sensitive skin. The lightweight, longlasting formula also provides high coverage and is saturated with tea tree leaf oil and panthenol to heal, conceal and calm irritated complexions. #9: Aprilskin Magic Snow Fixing Foundation, $39
This helps to control excess shine and gives a matte finish, making it ideal for those with oily skin. #10: Pony Effect Coverstay Cushion Foundation, $59.90, Watsons
Ideal for oily and combination skin types, this longlasting cushion foundation claims to be crease-free and also gives a cooling effect upon application. Bonus: it helps control excess sebum production.