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The Cushion Compacts You Need For Your Next Summer Holiday

When it comes to crossing borders, cushion compacts are definitely our go-to choice of base makeup. Not only are they convenient and compact (touching up on-the-go is really not a problem at all), most contain skin-loving ingredients to nourish our complexions while we are out and about. Bonus: some even feature long-wearing formulations that will last throughout the day. Here, the ones to bring along with you for your upcoming summer vacay.

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Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Cushion Foundation, $56
If you loved the brand’s Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, then you will definitely need to add its cushion compact iteration to your shopping cart. Not only does it come equipped with a long-wearing (it reportedly lasts for a full 16 hours), full-coverage formula, it contains ingredients that shield one’s skin from the harmful effects of the sun and pollution, while brightening complexions that have been affected by environmental aggressors.  Hera x Au Jour Le Jour Black Cushion, $75
With an all new collaboration with Italian fashion brand Au Jour Le Jour, the brand’s signature Black Cushion is a definite must-have to combat the summer heat. It gives a semi-matte finish thanks to a Matte Finish Gel and is also formulated with a Double Lasting Layer Technology that helps to prolong its staying power. Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Cushion Compact SPF 33/PA+++, $59
Besides its long-lasting formula that is said to last all day, this weightless cushion compact sits comfortably on the skin and is fortified with a unique activated aloe water to give a radiant, luminous and natural finish. Bonus: it even has anti-pollution properties perfect for those living in urban jungles. Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation, $80
A patented Polar Cushion Technology provides long-lasting wear and gives a natural-looking yet full coverage matte finish that blends easily and sits well on the skin. Plus, a cooling sensation can be felt upon application, making it ideal for those sweltering summer days.  Tom Ford Traceless Touch Foundation SPF 45PA++++ Satin-Matte Cushion Compact, $120
A first for the luxury beauty brand, this comes in eight different shades and gives a satin-matte finish with a medium to full coverage that is buildable (of course, without looking cakey). It is also made with aquacell to impart continuous hydration to the skin for a radiant finish and even fades away the look of enlarged pores, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as control excess sebum production. The best part? It does not settle into fine lines and wrinkles.  Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion BB - All Day Wear Liquid Compact SPF 50 PA+++, $68
With an oil-free formula that is said to be water resistant, this is the perfect cushion for those with oily or combination skin types living in humid cities like Singapore. It is lightweight, provides high coverage and long-lasting power all while providing moisture and minimising the appearance of pores, fine lines, and other imperfections.  Diorskin Forever Perfect Cushion, $78
Not only does this give great coverage (it’s the best out of the brand’s three cushion compacts), it also feels weightless on the skin and even has a Colour-Lock Technology to ensure oxidation does not occur. Bonus: it reportedly lasts for up to 16 hours. Laneige Layering Cover Cushion & Concealing Base, $43
This two-in-one cushion compact features two parts – a concealer and a foundation portion, making it ideal for travelling. The former is a high-coverage balm-textured concealer that is made with an Aqua Melting Technology that blends seamlessly into the skin, camouflaging spots, pores and blemishes. The latter is formulated with illuminating jewel powder to give skin a rosy glow, and antioxidant-rich litchi extracts to protect from harmful aggressors. Aprilskin Perfect Magic Cover Fit Cushion, $47, Guardian
A full-coverage formula (so you can skip using a concealer) that contains 67 per cent water-based moisturising serum and enriched with natural extracts of lotus flower and aloe. This hardworker provides longlasting wear while providing deep hydration. La Mer The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation, $160
With a total of 12 different shades, this lightweight, sweat-resistant formula feels like second skin once applied and even has buildable coverage. Infused with the brand’s Miracle Broth and lime tea concentrate, it protects against damage from pollution and other environmental irritants to keep skin looking plump, radiant and healthy. Its Color Capsule Technology prevents oxidation. Etude House All Day Perfect Any Cushion SPF50+/PA+++, $32
Said to give 24 hours of coverage, this cushion helps to hide dark spots, redness and other imperfections for a flawless complexion. It also features a Roll Spread Technology that ensures close adherence of the makeup so you don’t have to continuously re-apply, which may feel heavy on the skin. YSL Beauty Encre De Peau Le Cushion Monogram Edition, $92
Its formula is similar to that of the brand’s Fusion Ink Foundation, so you can now achieve a fresh, flawless finish with the ease of a compact. What else we love about it: it dries down matte but still gives off a luminous, healthy-looking glow. Lancome Blanc Expert Cushion, $75
This is made with moringa, which contains anti-inflammatory properties and baicalin to fight against pollution and protect skin from free radical damage. It also claims to give a rosy, long-lasting radiance and high coverage. Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX, $60
This features a unique Slim Fit High Coverage Technology that helps disperse pigments in water rather than in oil to allow the foundation to glide easily onto skin and adhere throughout the day. Main image: Showbit.com Like this? Check out the most travel-friendly setting powder we have ever come across, the new beauty brands (and products) in Singapore to get excited about and the longlasting foundations that will literally last all day.