BEAUTY: Dewy Skin Make-up for Summer

I’m sure you have seen the latest trend in makeup for the Spring and Summer season. Instead of the matte, no-shine looks that dominated the streets in the previous months, the shift is now turning to light and dewy makeup looks. If you’ve ever seen Korean beauty products, the current trend of face makeup is glowing, dewy foundation. The way that this is achieved is through cushion makeup.

How cushion makeup works is that the actual BB (Beblesh Cream) or CC (Colour Correcting) Cream is thinned out so that it is able to be easily absorbed into the cushion that lays at the bottom of the compact. Don’t worry, the actual cream is still strong enough to protect you from the sun and provide moisturising capabilities. To use a cushion compact is simple. The compact includes a puff at the top layer of the compact which you use to dab into the “cushion” saturated with BB Cream, CC cream, or foundation. After this, you use light dabs to pat the product onto your face. The only thing that you should be wary about is that the colour is often a little lighter since this is the general trend in Korean makeup. However, if you pick up only a little bit of product on your puff every time and dab it lightly onto your face then it shouldn’t be too big of a difference. Another thing that you should be wary of is that the cushion compacts tend to only come in an extremely limited range of colours. There are companies like Lancome that provide cushion compacts with a greater range of colours but the price point for their cushion compact is around $50 CAD.

Below, we have included a list of cushion compacts that are easily available.

1. AmorePacific’s Tres Leone Colour Control Compact

Amore Pacific's Tres Leone cushion compact in the shade 106 Almond Blush.

Amore Pacific’s Tres Leone cushion compact in the shade 106 Almond Blush.

This cushion compact is composed of a multitasking formula that gives broad-spectrum SPF protection, deep hydration, and great coverage. You are able to flaunt a flawless and luminous complexion with this revolutionary product. The product itself provides light to medium coverage, superior antioxidant and sun protection, and instant hydration to the skin. The formula fills in micro lines and ensures that the colour builds into fine, even layers. The green tea extracts in the formula brightens the skin and prevents irritation for most people. The broad spectrum SPF 50 protects against both UVA and UvB rays and the non-absorbing puff applicator cools and soothes the skin. The formula does not have parabens, sulfates, or phthalates included. AmorePacific does not test ingredients or products on animals either. However, make sure you read the ingredients list before using this product as you may be allergic to something included.

This product garnered 4.2 out of 5 stars on Many of the reviews have stated that the ingredients are fantastic and does not cause irritation, even on people that have extremely sensitive skin. There are also many reviews that have stated that the formula looks great even at the end of the day.

2. Lancome’s Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation

Lancome's Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation in the shade 110 Ivoire C.

Lancome’s Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation in the shade 110 Ivoire C.

This cushion is available from for $48.00 CAD. This compact is a colour-true, liquid foundation that has a unique cushion sponge which helps to deliver light to medium coverage while hydrating the skin. It is an oil-free cushion compact that creates a dewy finish without making you look like you spilled a bottle of oil on yourself. The innovative cushion sponge contains over 800,000 pores to transfer the ideal amount of product for an effortless makeup application. This formula is infused with skincare actives that give you intense hydration, an amazing cooling sensation while brightening the appearance of your skin, and it’s extremely easy to use. You give the cushion a light tap for light coverage and a heavier tap for more coverage. The liquid is also enclosed in an air-tight compact for convenience. The product itself is noncomedogenic and dermatologist-tested.

Tip: If you’re finding it hard to reach in areas such as around the eyes, the sides of your nose, under your nose, and around the edge of your face, you should try folding the applicator in half. If you’re finding that the coverage is not enough for your needs, then use concealer on top of the formula and it will seamlessly blend.

This cushion compact garnered a 4 out of 5 star rating on Many of the reviewers loved the formula and said that it was even suitable for those with oily or combination skin. It easily delivers a healthy and dewy finish. However, there are some reviewers who were extremely unsatisfied with the shade selection, despite Lancome offering many more shades than the usual brands.

3. Laneige’s BB Cushion [SPF50+ PA+++]

Laneige's BB Soothing Cushion [Anti-Aging] SPF50+ PA+++.

Laneige’s BB Soothing Cushion [Anti-Aging] SPF50+ PA+++ available for $54 CAD.

Laneige’s BB Cushion [SPF 50+ PA+++] includes a cell with the cushion, called the “Cell-Trap Sponge Multi-Cushion Form”. It stores liquid into its 800,000-cell sponge. This revolutionary 5-in-1 BB is in a convenient compact form. The broad-spectrum SPF 50 blocks harmful UVA/UVB rays and perfects your skin all at the same time. The Optimal Mineral Water that is infused in the formula cools and hydrates your skin upon application of this formula. You can also prevent shine and brighten the skin by visibly reducing your dark spots. This patented air cushion distributes just the right amount of BB cream with each pat. You can apply this whenever you want, wherever you want.

This BB Cushion garnered a 3.6 out of 5 on MakeupAlley. 62% of reviewers said that they would repurchase this product again. A lot of the reviewers have stated that this product is not very long lasting and the after-effects of the BB cushion tend to look quite patchy and uneven. Make sure that you read the ingredients in this product before trying since there have been some reviewers who have stated that this product caused redness and irritation on the face.

4. Peripera Ah Much Real My Cushion Blusher

The Peripera Ah Much Real Cushion Blusher is available from Urban Outfitters for $16 and comes in 5 shades.

The Peripera Ah Much Real Cushion Blusher is available from Urban Outfitters for $16 and comes in 5 shades.

We know we’re only talking about foundation, BB Cream, and CC Cream in this post, but we just couldn’t resist informing everyone about the cushion blushers that are available. The Peripera Ah Much Real Cushion Blusher is a super-hydrating blush that is easy to apply and extremely blendable. The cushion-tip applicator is also very convenient for those of you who don’t want to whip out a blush brush and start sweeping away. Below, we have included an official picture from Peripera that shows all the swatches.

Peripera Cushion Blusher

5. Peripera Peri’s Cushion Lips

Peripera's Peri's Cushion Lips. Available for $14 from Urban Outfitters.

Peripera’s Peri’s Cushion Lips. Available for $14 from Urban Outfitters.

This cute cushion lip-tint is available for $14 from Urban Outfitters and is available in 8 different shades. This is an easy and fun way to apply a colourful lip tint. The cushion-tip applicator is also extremely convenient and fun to use.

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