For those that live under a rock, the cushion originated in Korea and is a combination of skincare and foundation. Similar to the BB concept, cushions often incorporate hydrating ingredients or SPF so I guess you don’t have to double up.  They allow for compact, easy transportation as the packaging is usually reusable,- go purchase those refills. Inside is a foundation cushion and a sponge. Personally, the sponge part seems like a playground for bacteria. But regardless the efficiency of the cushion is something I think most ladies can get down with.  Although available in the West, it doesn’t seem as popular. Not sure why that is exactly, lack of promotion? Or different consumer needs? Meh..But as someone who takes the lazy approach the make up, I wanted to test it out.

It’s legit not fair. Yet equally no surprise, how hard it was for me to find foundation cushions in my shade. Let’s stop advertising, with ‘cushions for deeper skin tones.’ It’s officially cancelled. Because in most cases, the beauty definition of deep goes as far as olive toned, at a push caramel. And within the K beauty community, it’s limited even more so; with many brands offering varying shades of the same pink- ish beige. I can understand the K beauty stance, (as typically Asians were the main consumers of these products) but the Western market… SERIOUSLY?!

While it’s a crying shame that the market is so limited, let’s keep the faith. At some point it will change. We have come this far, with more and more brands expanding their shade ranges from very fair to very deep. Some of the listed cushions below have been side eyed by black beauty bloggers, but let’s remember it is a work in progress. The chalky shades of Innisfree may not work for me, but could help someone else.

Initially, I aimed to review the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra cushion, but swerved. Opting to compile a list of the the brands that claim to actually offer shades for women with skin darker than a bag of cashews. That’s raw cashews, not roasted mind you! You can thank me later… 😉

Loreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

Lancome Miracle Cushion

Lancome Teint Idole Cushion

Laneige BB Coushion (Pore Blur & Pore Radiance)

Innisfree Matte Full Cover Cushion SPF+50

Sephora Wonderful Cushion Foundation

Innisfree Aquafit cushion SPF 40

Color Control Cushion Compact BroadSpectrum SPF50

Estee Lauder Crescent White Full Cycle Brightening BB Cushion

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact SPF35

Maybeline Dream Cushion Fresh Face Liquid Foundation 

Kiko CC Cream Cushion System

If you know of any other brands whose ranges cater for deeper tones, lemme know!

*Disclaimer: I am yet to try all of these, so cannot vouch for how they go on or work. Some only go up to a certain shade of ‘deep.’ But it’s a start…


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