On test: Cushion Foundations

Cushion foundations have been creeping onto beauty counters since last year and we are sure that it won’t be long before before every makeup brand has a cushion offering to choose from. The USP of the cushion foundation is the ease. They come in a neat little compact, normally with a makeup sponge for application so they are great if you’re on the go or if you’re a train makeup kinda girl. The formula is often lightweight so it’s easily distributed through the cushion and therefore the coverage sits proudly between tinted moisturiser coverage and foundation. So far, so great, but we wanted to put them to the test to see if it was worth swapping a cushion foundation in for your everyday foundation, and if so, should you save or splurge?

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation, £18


Tested by – Akesha Reid

Fresh and nude, when others read these words in reference to a foundation, they’d be sold, but for me it induces shivers. Fresh and nude for me are akin to ‘dewy’ and dewy, for me, means oily-central. Face looking shinier than a disco ball. But hey, it’s for work so of course I gave it a chance and oh boy am I glad I did. The formula is really light and watery, so it applies really easily, with a buffing brush or the sponge that’s included. Despite the light feeling the foundation is very blendable and sets down to a… dare I say fresh, invisible look. And the best thing about it? No dewiness in sight! The finish is satiny, more breathable than matte. I’m converted!

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact, £36


Tested by – Keysha Davis

I usually apply my foundation before I leave home for work, so I was not one of those makeup wearers who was longing for a compact foundation. Having said that, I’m a huge fan of Bobbi Brown’s foundations, so I was pretty excited to try out their Skin Foundation Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum. The shade I tried out was Deep, it was a bit more reddish in tone than I probably would’ve liked, but nonetheless a decent enough match. The foundation is covered with a sponge and has a pin prick sized circle in the middle that you dab firmly to access the product. In terms of coverage, it’s extremely light, quite similar to a BB cream I’d say. As someone who doesn’t like wearing a ton of makeup during the day, it’s ideal for me: it’s light, covers my blotches and dark circles and can be kept tucked away in my handbag.