Ever since Benefit discontinued the marvellous Some Kind-A Gorgeous compact foundation, I’ve been searching for an on-the-go alternative. Not so much for travel, but for touch ups, day to night, that kinda thing. But finding a compact foundation that I like is a challenge. One that isn’t too matte, too cakey or dry.
Cushion foundations however, look like just the thing. Liquid foundation in portable form. The YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation, £36, looks great (and the compact pleasingly showy). But when I check it out instore the coverage seems so light, so not what I’m after. Same story with the Dior, the Lancôme, the L’Oréal too. Not convinced.
So I decided on a trial run. A test case. A DIY Cushion Foundation. Ordered an empty compact from Amazon for less than four quid (£3.59 with free P+P here but prepare to wait a long time for delivery). Then got to mixing.
A Korean beauty trend, cushion foundations traditionally contain a mix of products: sunscreen, skincare and colour. Which might explain the lighter coverage. The beauty of a DIY version is that you can combine all your favourite products. Foundation + suncream. BB Cream + serum. The choice is yours.
Not wanting to dilute the coverage, I went for foundation, but did mix two to get the perfect shade. And I absolutely love it. Forget touch ups, this is how I apply my foundation every day now. Dip your brush straight in and apply. No makeuppy hands. Quick, easy and mess free.
You get the perfect amount of product evenly distributed across your brush. Which makes it impossible to apply too much. And let me tell you, several very thin layers of foundation look so much better than one thick layer blended in. It’s a makeup epiphany.
I wouldn’t use your most expensive skincare or foundation. The cushion definitely drinks a bit of product. But other than that, it’s a total win.
Til next time,