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Plump up your look with a cushion compact

BeautyBy Sunday World
Plump up your look with a cushion compact

If you’re the type of woman who applies make-up on the move, cushion compacts are about to change your life. Like many beauty trends of late, they were born in Korea, but after being launched in the U.K. by Lancome, several more beauty brands have taken the plunge. Described as a BB and a CC cream, but with more perks, the cushion compact contains a sponge soaked with a BB-cream-like formula and a flat applicator, which perfectly suits on-the- go application while also offering buildable coverage.

On the plus side, it doesn’t cake because it’s super thin and light, and while most BBs only have 30 SPF, some cushion compacts offer a SPF of 50 plus.

The downside is, there’s not a lot of bang for your buck. It’s a lot of packaging (and money) for very small amount of product. And hygiene junkies could be put off by the double-dipping of bacteria building up in the various sponges.

However, beauty experts are predicting the fun new cosmetic is set to win over plenty of fans.

Read on for all you need to know about cushion compacts:

How to use to it

Instead of using your fingers to hastily smear on foundation, take the thin powder puff provided and press it into the cushion, which is basically just a sponge soaked in product. Tap it all around your face, blend a little on the edges, and that’s it. If you want more coverage just add more. The compact formulation is more breathable than a regular foundation, and it’s fun to apply!

For a glowing complexion

Lancome has led the way, launching one of the very first cushion formulas to hit the U.K.

If a glowing complexion is your goal, its weightless coverage and great shade range will make Lancome's Miracle Cushion the one for you. While Topshop's Air Cushion Skin Perfector is great for evening out skin tone, and uses micronised pigments to blur imperfections.

For combination skin

As you might expect MAC offer an extensive collective of shades and sheer coverage. MAC's Matchmaker Shade Intelligence Compact is also oil-free and water-resistant, making it ideal for those with combination skin. While Pur Minerals’ Air Perfection Cushion Foundation offers SPF 50 protection and is packed with skin-loving ingredients such as lauric acid, vitamin E and babassu oil.

Heavier coverage

For foundation lovers who aren’t quite ready to make the leap, Yves Saint Laurent's Fusion Ink Foundation is now available as a cushion compact as well as a liquid foundation, offering the same medium coverage and velvet finish. And L'Oréal Paris' Nude Magique Cushion Dewy Glow Foundation offers customisable coverage and SPF 25 protection to create a made-up weekend look in minutes.

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