Did you know that Korea has patented the entire manufacturing process when it comes to cushion foundations? This means that ALL cushion foundations on the market must be manufactured in Korea!
In Korea, cushion foundations are old news since this type of product was first launched over 10 years ago in Korea. But the product is still relatively new here in Europe. Basically, all Korean brands have a variety of different cushion foundations containing BB cream, CC cream, color corrector, foundation or even skin care and serums mixed with foundation. They are available in matte finish, dewy finish, natural glow and satin finish to suit every need. A cushion foundation comes in a special packaging with a kind of sponge soaked in foundation. Apply the product using a puff type applicatior. A very handy makeup product for all purposes when it comes to a good base. Did you know by the way that Korea has patented the entire concept of cushion foundations, and that all cushion foundations must be manufactured in Korea!
In Europe, we’ve only just begun to discover the benefits with this type of foundation packaging. No mess, and easy to carry in the purse. Perfect for touch ups during the day. Loreal and Lancome were some of the first European brands to launch their own cushion foundations when the trend hit Europe. More and more brands follow by launching their own cushion foundations.
Top best & most popular Korean cushion foundations
Are you looking for a Korean cushion foundation? Here are some of Korea’s best and most popular cushion foundations. Good quality with different types of finishes, there’s something for everyone. A dry skin type should perhaps go for a more dewy natural finish, while an oily skin type needs a more matte long lasting formula. This is of course a matter of taste and preferences…
♥ IOPE Air Cushion Compact
IOPE is leading in cushion foundations. The IOPE Air Cushion Compact is one of Korea’s most popular and famous cushion foundations. A classic that has been on the market for over 10 years now. “To die for” according to many bloggers and reviews online. Moisturizing, anti-aging, SPF and helps a more even skin tone. Also works well for sensitive skin. Colors starting with N have a natural finish. Colors starting with S have a more shiny finish. Colors starting with C have more coverage. However, this is not a full-coverage foundation, but more of a natural finish type foundation. Also check out IOPE Air Cushion XP and IOPE Air Cushion RX. IOPE cushion foundations are more expensive than many other brands. They cost about 50 euros with extra refills and extra puffs included.
♥ Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion
One of Etude Houses most sold and probably their very best cushion foundation. Loved and highly recommenden by many. A perfect korean Cushion Foundation to start out with if you’ve never tried one before. Gives an even skin tone and bright fresh skin with glow. Medium to full coverage with a natural finish. Really affordable and cheap. I’m thinking about maybe testing this one myself. Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion works well for most skin types. Easy to get hold of, and cost about 13 euros for a complete cushion foundation and 8 euros for a refill. Very affordable indeed.
♥ AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact
AmorePacific cushion foundations are sold at Sephora and suitable for all skin types. From dry and sensitive skin to combination and oily skin. Light coverage that can be build up without feeling cakey on top of the skin. Light formula with skin caring properties that hydrates and protects the skin against free radicals and UVA / UVB. High sun protection SPF 50. Free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates. Cruelty free. Natural to dewy finish. Set this foundation with loose powder for a more matte look. On the down side, many people are disturbed by the scent of “old lady”. Costs about 32 euros.
♥ HERA UV Mist Cushion
It seems that this cushion foundation only comes in 2 light shades, a common but strange phenomenon in Korea. However, the colors mix well with several skin tones. 21 goes more towards a pink undertone and 23 have warmer undertones. C has more coverage and N has a more natural finish with glow. Comparable with expensive high end brands like Lancome, YSL etc. Works well for all skin types, including mature and sensitive skin. If you are 40+ with normal to dry skin, this foundation is perfect for you (if you have a lighter skin tone that is). Costs about 32 euros for a cushion foundation and 20 euros for a refill. There is also a another kind called “Hera UV Mist Cushion Long Stay Matt” for oily skin types which is also more long-lasting.
♥ Clio Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Cushion
If you’re looking for a long-lasting cushion foundation, Clio Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Cushion is something for you. In the container, this product is soaked, so don’t press too hard on the sponge when applying product. Skin may feel dehydrated after a while. Perhaps not for dry skin types (if you don’t maximize your skin care before application). Semi-matt silky finish. Controls access oil, sweat and sebum to keep skin looking good. Best suitable for normal, combination and oily skin. Also take a look at their bestseller Clio Kill Cover Liquid Concealer which is very popular in Korea. Clio Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Cushion costs about 22 euros with an extra refill. Very affordable I think.
More popular cushion foundations from Korea:
Also check out these three:
♥ LANEIGE BB Cushion Pore Control SPF50+ PA+++
♥ Missha Magic Cushion
♥ Innisfree Longwear Cushion
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You know the whole trend of beauty blenders? I mean, cushion foundations use the exact same technique pressing foundation into the skin using a sponge type puff.