One of my very first memories of makeup was watching my mother apply her foundation before applying her lipstick. My next memories with makeup involved caking on foundation for numerous dance competitions and recitals. What do these memories have in common? Compacts. But the foundation compacts of today aren't like the ones from my memories. They're better in so many different ways — not only do they make your skin look even more flawless, cushion compacts are also made with tons of good-for-your-skin ingredients. Some of them even have SPF built into it, which allows you to touch up and protect your face throughout the day.
The best part? A cushion compact is simple and easy, and it can do it all. It serves as the base for the rest of your makeup; it helps even out the skin tone with its skin-perfecting ingredients; and it acts as a primer for other beauty elements. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the portable compact is also perfect for anyone who's constantly on the go — and really, who isn't?
I've rounded up some of the best cushion compacts for you to check out and try. Once you've found the right one for you, there's no going back. Trust me.
Perfecting Cushion Intense, $80, nordstrom.com
Sulwhasoo is the biggest Korean beauty brand in the world, so you should trust that when they come out with a new product, it works. Their latest is the Perfecting Cushion Intense, a cushion compact that can deliver a smooth canvas and a glow from within while also providing anti-aging benefits.
Lancome Miracle Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation, $47, sephora.com
This stuff works like a charm. People swear by it!
AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact, $60, sephora.com
This one includes SPF 50+ — that's stronger than some sunscreens alone.
Iope Air Glam Cushion Sunblock XP, $41, peachandlilly.com
This foundation will blend smoothly into your skin and make your face look radiant.
Laneige BB Cushion, $34, target.com
With a BB cream included, this will spread out evenly and moisturize.
Hera UV Mist Cushion, $45, peachandlilly.com
This Hera cushion compact only comes in two shades, but the texture is quite sheer, which allows the shades to blend perfectly.
7. IT Cosmetics
IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50, $38, ulta.com
This cushion compact from IT cosmetics come in five different shades!
Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation, $15.99, maybelline.com
Maybelline has an extensive shade range, so you'll definitely find a cushion compact in your color.
Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Compact, $35, macys.com
This is perfect for you city slickers!
Givenchy TEINT Couture Cushion Portable Foundation, $50, sephora.com
Who can say no to this gorgeous compact!