4 Cushion Compacts that Koreans use when they are Super Busy

One easy step = cushion compacts

Cushion compacts are improving even greater than before. It provides special features such as coverage, moisture, foundation effect, easy glide, and many more. You don’t have to worry about using other base makeup products while using this cushion compact. Everything is done in one easy step, and it has the ability to replace other base products and produce a better effect. Come take a look at the following products and see what cushion compacts fit your skin type. You’ll be amazed by how much it will condense your makeup time in the morning!  

4 types of cushion compacts matching each skin type


Covered with freckles and blemishes

Large, wide pores

Face scars

Severe dark circles

Cover Cushion

Women in their 30s and 40s prefer using cushion compacts that give them high coverage. So here are 3 cushion compacts that are recommended to provide great coverage without using a concealer.

Cushion Compacts For Busy

  1. Shu Uemura Blanc: Chroma UV Cushion Foundation 13g (43,000 KRW).
  2. Estee Lauder Double Wear Cushion All Day Wear Liquid Compact SPF 50/PA+++ 12g (65,000 KRW).
  3. Lancome Blanc Expert Cushion Compact High Coverage 13g (68,000 KRW).


Skin feels uneven

Skin tone is rough

Complexion is dull

Has many fine wrinkles

Gloss Cushion

Women in their 30s and 40s have skin that’s uneven and rough. Therefore, new cushion compacts have been developed to brighten up the skin and create a smooth complexion.

Cushion Compacts For Busy

  1. Easy Knox Micro Foam Cushion Silver Cover Cherry Blossoms Edition 30g (15g+refill 15g) (38,000 KRW).
  2. L’Oréal Paris Lucent Magique Cushion Lumiere SPF29/PA+++ 14g (42,000 KRW).
  3. Lirikos Clarifying Glow Cushion SPF 50+/PA+++ 15g (22,000 KRW).



Many dead skin cells

Makeup is cakey

Skin tightens in the afternoon

Skin often becomes hot and irritated

Moist Cushion

For women in their 30s and 40s who have dry skin, it’s not recommended to apply a thick base on the skin or it will become even dryer. Instead, use a moist cushion compact that adds moisture and glossiness on the skin. Here are the following.

Cushion Compacts For Busy

  1. Biotherm Aquasource Moist Plumping Cushion 14g×2ea (52,000 KRW).
  2. Sooryehan Hyo Bidam Moisturizing Cushion Foundation SPF 50+/PA+++ 15g +15g (40,000 KRW).
  3. Hera Nicholas Kirkwood Limited Edition UV Mist Cushion Cover (SPF 50+/PA+++) 15g×2ea (45,000 KRW).


✓ Skin often becomes glossy

✓ Has a lot of sebum

✓ Makeup easily erases

✓ T-zone makeup gets easily smudged

Semi-Matte Cushion

A cushion compact that moisturizes the skin on the inside and softens the complexion on the outside has finally been released. It is recommended for women in their 30s and 40s, but can be used by everyone. It lasts all day without drying up or sticking to dust, and you can also maintain a soft, baby-face look.

Cushion Compacts For Busy

  1. IOPE Air Cushion Matte Longwear SPF 50+/PA+++ 15g×2ea (42,000 KRW).
  2. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact SPF 50/PA+++ 13g (2 refills 1 compact) (68,000 KRW).
  3. M.A.C. Lightful C SPF 50/PA+++ Quick Finish Compact 12g×2ea (52,000 KRW).

How to create a perfect base makeup with one cushion compact

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Creating smooth skin by using ‘cover cushion compact’

People searching for cover cushions tend to have blemishes or large pores on their skin. Take a look at the ‘how-to’ tutorial below for removing unwanted features.

Cushion Compacts For Busy 6HOW-TO

1 Smear the cover cushion on the puff, and tap it lightly on the back of your hands a couple times before putting it over your face.

2 For large pores on each side of the cheeks, make sure to bend the outer edges of the puff and press firmly on those particular areas.

3 Do the same around your chins, lips, or any red spotted areas. It will also help cover unbalanced skin tones!



Coating heavy shines with gloss cushion

In order to revive the after-workout glow effect, highlight the contour areas using dewey cushion compacts.

Cushion Compacts For BusyHOW-TO

1 Apply the cushion compact lightly over the entire face.

2 Put another layer on the contour areas to give a highlighting effect.

3 Coat another layer on the chin and forehead by rubbing in left and right motions.



Using moist cushions to portray moisturizing skin

If your skin feels rough, tight and severely dry, an average cushion compact will be too dry on your skin. You should be using moist cushions to supplement enough moisture to your skin.

Cushion Compacts For BusyHOW-TO

1 For dry skin, spray a moisturizing mist on puff before dabbing it in the cushion compact.

2 Start from the center of your face and out, but tap lightly near the face line.

3 Put a second layer over the cheeks and forehead to add more moisture.



Creating a baby-face skin with semi-matte cushion

Semi-matte skin has the right amount of moisture and soft complexion on the face. But you need to make sure that it stays moisturized but does not become too oily.

Cushion Compacts For BusyHOW-TO

1 Apply cushion on the entire face, and use a facial tissue to wipe the puff one it’s done.

2 Use a clean puff over the T-zone area, and it will cover the oil and sebum on the face.

3 Finish by covering the nose area/face line so that it’s not too dewy.

This article is translated by K-Beauty Now and originally published from Beauty+.

Jihee Park

Jihee Park is the Lead Beauty Editor of K-Beauty Now. Based in the heart of Seoul, her professional expertise and approach in academic, social media, and lifestyle coverage provide compelling articles the community can trust. Translated from Korean to English, bringing you the latest k-beauty news straight from South Korea.