Cushion Compacts Will Change the Way You Think About Foundation

These handy little compacts offer big payoff.

Meet the Korean Beauty Product to Change the Way You Think About Foundation
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What's small and totable, yet can take the place of SPF, foundation and BB cream? Meet the cushion compact, a thinly condensed formula of foundation or BB cream that's been poured into a spring-based compact and delivers product when pressure is applied. Like many skincare and beauty trends, cushion compacts started out as a Korean phenomenon that's now hopped on over to the US—and becoming more prevalent than ever.

Still wondering if a cushion compact is right for you? Think of these puppies as the new face of liquid foundation or tinted creams. They're ideal for transport but don't skimp on coverage, as they're very easy to apply. Whether with a sponge or brush applicator, these fluid compacts are ideal for anyone who enjoys lightweight coverage that can be easily buffed on and layered. Some even contain SPF for ultimate skincare protection. In case you're ready to take the plunge into cushion compact territory, we gathered up three options for every price point.

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, $60, at

Why You Need a Cushion Compact in Your Beauty Bag
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One of the true originators of the cushion compact, AmorePacific remains one of the top in the category (and a favorite among our editors) as its multitasking formula is great for coverage, SPF protection and hydration.

Mally Poreless Perfection FluidFoundation with Brush, $45 $41, at

Why You Need a Cushion Compact in Your Beauty Bag
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Makeup artist Mally Roncal's version boasts the formula of liquid foundation, complete with a brush applicator to buff away redness, blemishes and pores. 

Etude House Precious Mineral Cushion BB Cream Compact SPF 50+, $23, at

Why You Need a Cushion Compact in Your Beauty Bag
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This Korean brand offers much more than coverage with this puff compact. The Mineral Cushion claims to reduce wrinkles, control oil and brighten skin, too.

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