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My Favourite Korean Cushion Foundations

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in BEAUTY, Belif, BRANDS, Lalavesi, Lirikos, MAKEUP, Missha, Ohui
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My Favourite Korean Cushion Foundations

My Favourite Korean Cushion Foundations

After the super long My Korean Cushion Foundation Collection post the other day, a few people have been asking about my favourite cushions :) So I’ve looked through my collection and taken out the cushions I currently tend to reach for day to day in each season. These are basically the ones that do most of the things I personally like in cushion foundations.

What are those things? So I don’t basically repeat myself with every cushion I list below, here’s the list of what I like in a cushion foundation:

  • Gives good light up to medium coverage (at least).
  • Have fine pigments that makes the finish very natural, smooth and flawless
  • Doesn’t sink into pores and fine lines
  • Gives a satin-dewy looking finish
  • Feels light on the skin and comfortable
  • Good oil control
  • Be the right tone for my skin tone. Very important! Even if a foundation does all the other things on this list, a subtle differences in shade can change how foundation looks on each individual’s skin.
  • Have a formula that colour corrects and tones up
  • Fade as little as possible, but if it fades, fades naturally (I have allergies and I always blow my nose…)

My skin type:

  • I have oily combination skin – mainly oily t-zone and cheeks, with some dry patches mainly around jaw line
  • I don’t generally suffer from acne. Skin is generally pretty clear.
  • But my main problems with skin are blackheads, pores and hormonal breakouts around the jawline.

Ok, let get started with my favourites! :)

Summer

Lalavesi Akma Cushion SS Classic

Lalavesi Akma Cushion SS Classic

Lalavesi Akma Cushion SS Classic

Lalavesi Akma Cushion SS Classic

Lalavesi Akma Cushion SS Classic

I’m not usually a a fan of matte formulas. I do try to use a Spring/Summer cushion in summer to get a more satin finish. But if I’m really needing something more long lasting in summer weather, then this is the most matte out of all the summer formulas I have. In really hot and humid weather, this matte and dry finish helps control my oily and sweaty skin.

Side note: The Mamonde Cover Powder cushion actually wins in terms of all other areas and it gives a satin finish, it isn’t a completely flat matte, but… the tone isn’t that flattering on my skin tone, it leans a little more orange, so I tend not to reach for it.

For swatches and more details see: My Korean Cushion Foundation Collection ; Lalavesi Akma Cushions


Spring/Summer

Missha M Magic Cushion

Missha M Magic Cushion

Missha M Magic Cushion

Missha M Magic Cushion

Missha M Magic Cushion

A more drugstore priced option that I like. Great powder like finish with a slight glow. Very importantly, the shade matches well with my skin tone. But of course, one other main draw card is the super cute Brown Bear case :)

For swatches and more details: My Korean Cushion Foundation Collection

Lirikos Marine UV Water Cushion Long Lasting

Lirikos Marine UV Water Cushion Long Lasting

Lirikos Marine UV Water Cushion Long Lasting

My mid range favourite. This formula has very fine pigments that gives a beautiful natural finish that has a very slight dewiness to it. It makes my skin look and feel like it’s hydrated and supple. But at the same time it has a dry enough formula for even summer wear. The shade also matches and brightens my skin tone (very important!). Coverage is also very good and long lasting.

Note: the case is the same as the Lirikos Marine UV Water Cushion natural formula, but I’ve put it into an IOPE pink limited edition case in this pic.

For swatches and more details: My Korean Cushion Foundation Collection

Ohui Ultimate Cover CC

Ohui Ultimate Cover CC Cushion

Ohui Ultimate Cover CC Cushion

Ohui Ultimate Cover CC Cushion

Ohui Ultimate Cover CC Cushion

A more high end favourite for Spring/Summer. The formula is very light, but still gives great coverage. The pigments are also very fine, so the satin finish is also very natural and flawless looking. The shade is a good match for my skin tone and brightens up my skin tone too.

For swatches and more details: My Korean Cushion Foundation Collection; Ohui x Teoyang Ultimate Cover CC Cushion

If I had to choose ONLY one… I would choose the Lirikos Marine UV Water Cushion Long Lasting.


Spring/Autumn

Missha Signature Essence Cushion

Missha Signature Essence Cushion

Missha Signature Essence Cushion

Missha Signature Essence Cushion

Missha Signature Essence Cushion

This has a light creamy formula, with a lovely dewy natural finish. Shade is a good match for my skin tone.

For swatches and more details: My Korean Cushion Foundation Collection

Lirikos Marine UV Water Cushion

Lirikos Marine UV Water Cushion

Lirikos Marine UV Water Cushion

Lirikos Marine UV Water Cushion

Lirikos Marine UV Water Cushion

This cushion basically does everything I like a cushion foundation to do, plus it has a nice creamy (in a milky, non thick sense) liquid formula, that just glides on the skin.

For swatches and more details: My Korean Cushion Foundation Collection

If I had to choose ONLY one… I would choose the Lirikos Marine UV Water Cushion.


Autumn/Winter

Lalavesi Akma Cushion FW 2015

Lalavesi Akma Cushion FW 2015

Lalavesi Akma Cushion FW 2015

Lalavesi Akma Cushion FW 2015

Lalavesi Akma Cushion FW 2015

Besides being a good match for my skin tone and being hydrating on the skin, this formula has high coverage without looking very thick and cakey.

For swatches and more details see: My Korean Cushion Foundation Collection; Lalavesi Akma Cushions; Lalavesi Akma Cushion FW

Belif Moisture Bomb Cushion

Belif Moisture Bomb Cushion

Belif Moisture Bomb Cushion

Belif Moisture Bomb Cushion

Belif Moisture Bomb Cushion

SO hydrating for such a light formula! Plus of course it’s very dewy and glowing. It has fine pigments giving a natural finish, and the shade matches my skin tone well.

For swatches and more details see: My Korean Cushion Foundation Collection; Belif Moisture Bomb Cushion

If I had to choose ONLY one… I would choose the Belif Moisture Bomb Cushion.

My Favourite of All Favourites!

If I could only use one cushion and one cushion only, then my favourite of all favourite cushions is …

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the Lirikos Marine UV Water Cushion (Natural)!!

Well, no surprise. Why? There is no explanation needed really. This cushion is the benchmark for me when judging other cushions. It has all the things I like in a cushion that I’ve listed above, and it does those things very well. I’m just sad it isn’t hydrating enough for the really cold and dry winter months. But if it was THAT hydrating I guess I would’t be able to use it for all the other months. This cushion has famously, among my cushion trials, been able to stand up against the sweat and oil of my face in 44 degrees celsius heat, when applied on top of the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer. Somehow when I apply this cushion, it gives me good coverage, plus makes my complexion look healthy and glowing. The red from the apples of my cheeks seem to glow through when I have this cushion on. It’s really hard to explain. All I know is, it lets me be me, but makes me better. It is THE one for me *sigh, heart eyes* :)

So those are my current favourites! The cushions in my collection that I reach for the most. Hope you enjoyed this post. I’m really curious to know what your favourites are, cos I’m always looking for new things to try! *lol* So leave me a comment below! :)

For more details on where to buy these cushions check out – My Korean Cushion Foundation Collection and also Korean Online Beauty Shops – A Guide to Where I Buy My Korean Beauty Products.

Happy Shopping Everyone! :)

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6 thoughts

  1. Elisis

    13/04/2016

    Hey~ Thanks for the effort to write such a long post on the Cushion. :D Now I’m understand more about cushion, and this is my ultimate guide for me to buy cushion later! My favorite cushion will be Lalavesi and April Skin cushion.
    I just bought the Moonshot cushion, the Black (G. dragon) and White (Sandara) version. But i haven’t try it yet. I bought Moonshot because their liquid foundation is good and I totally love the texture! I recommend to you. So I have high hope on their cushion. Hehehe.
    Have a nice day

    1. TheOutlet

      13/04/2016

      No probs Elisis! Glad my post helps you out! I haven’t tried the April Skin or the Moonshot cushions. I saw that GD and Sandara were the models, and I was so tempted! You must let me know what you think about them once you try them out! And the April Skin one seems popular too, is it similar to Lalavesi??

      1. Elisis

        14/04/2016

        Hmm.. I don’t know how to described April Skin. But it give a high coverage. It doesn’t have the formula by seasons. It only has 2 versions, Black (coverage) and White (moisture). It get famous when it review by a lot of bloggers and korea tv show.
        I like it because of the coverage and long staying on face. :)

        1. Joan

          26/04/2016

          I tried the April Skin Snow Cushion (black/coverage).It is said meant for oily/ combination skin and for srping/ summer. The coverage is good however after 2 hours it turns flaky and cakey around my nose and under my eyes. It is a huge disappointment.
          P/s: I have combination skin, oily at t-zone especially nose and a little dry at u-zone.

          1. TheOutlet

            27/04/2016

            Hi Joan, thanks for the quick review of the April Skin Snow Cushion. That’s really helpful. I don’t think I will try it then… I don’t like it when foundation gets flaky or cakey… Thanks again! :)

    2. jiann

      27/05/2016

      can you update us which is the best between april skin cushion and moonshot cushion?

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