Since they started appearing on shelves earlier this year, cushion compacts have been labelled the next big thing in beauty.
A Korean innovation, cushion compacts are foundations that come with a product-soaked sponge, which is protected by a sealed section. On top, in a separate section, is a powder puff which prevents the puff from becoming saturated and bacteria-ridden.
But are they really worth the hype or are they just a passing fad? I put three currently available in Australia to the test.
1. It Cosmetics
I’ll admit I was skeptical trying cushion compacts for the first time. A beauty blender-devotee, I was convinced that we’d reached the peak of foundation application and nothing would compare. I was pleasantly surprised.
Renowned for their excellent face products, the ItCosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF50+ ($58, available in Sephora) comes in five shades. I have quite pale skin and found that the second lightest shade ‘Light” worked well without washing me out.
In the compact, the colour generally looks a little darker, but don't worry as it goes on much lighter on the skin. As the name suggests, the formula is a liquid and feels very light.
It doesn't look like the applicator picks up much product, but a gentle press is all that is needed as a little really does go a long way.
Like a BB cream, the coverage is quite light although does a good job of covering up any redness or imperfections. It's very natural looking and the applicator makes it look very smooth and almost airbrushed on the skin, with a more matte finish than you get with a normal sponge. (Post continues after video.)