Why Everyone's Talking About These Viral Compact Cushions

Flawlessness on the go.
Published: June 12, 2024
Why Everyone is Talking About These Viral Compact Cushions
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Compact cushions are trending yet again. An essential for tool for touching up, these cushions are a must-have for travel, work, and everyday use. With so many going viral online, it’s important to get the right one that is suited for your skin and environment. Discover which ones are the right fit for you to enhance your comfort on the go.

1. Essential Skin Nuder Cushion by JUNGSAEMMOOL

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The Essential Skin Nuder Cushion by JUNGSAEMMOOL has become a coveted beauty item since Jihyo from K-Pop group TWICE shared her secret to radiant skin during a get-ready-with-me post online. Renowned for its seamless coverage and lasting wear, the cushion has become a staple in the singer's beauty routine, both on and off the stage.

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Jung Saem Mool Essential Skin Nuder Cushion. || It doesnt have the best shade range but it was the darkest shade i could find in person in korea #korea #kbeauty #beauty #makeup #koreancushion #cushionfoundation #koreanmakeup #jungsaemmool #twice #jihyo #naturalskin #kpop #cleangirlmakeup #idolmakeup

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Formulated by Korean make-up artist Jung Saem Mool, the compact cushion comes in four variants: Essential Skin Nuder for dry to combination skin, Skin Nuder Long Wear for oily skin, Skin Nuder Cover Layer for combination skin, and Masterclass Radiant for dry to combination skin.

Essential Skin Nuder Cushion, $52, JUNGSAEMMOOL

2. Mask Fit Cushion by TIRTIR

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If you're tuned into the beauty side of TikTok, you've undoubtedly come across this fiery red cushion. Made viral by beauty influencers like Jooshica and Roger, TIRTIR was founded by a Korean beauty influencer in 2016, and has garnered significant popularity in Japan ever since. Their Mask Fit Red Cushion in particular garnered numerous beauty awards.

@jooshica A lot of u guys said @TIRTIR cushion oxidizes but my experience says otherwise!! Let’s learn to use it properly ♥️ #tirtir #cushionfoundation #kbeauty #viralmakeup ♬ original sound - JJ

This product provides powerful coverage for skin imperfections and redness. Like the compact, the puff is oval-shaped to delicately get into hard-to-reach corners around the eyes and nose. Of course, it's fitted with SPF 40 PA++ to fend off harmful UV rays.

Mask Fit Red Cushion, $32, TIRTIR

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3. Bare Water Cushion by rom&nd

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Another trending compact cushion is the rom&nd Bare Water Cushion. Reviewed by beauty influencers like XTHUYLE and Kbeautymom, the foundation is known for its hydrating qualities that leave your skin looking healthy and moisturised throughout the day.

The Bare Water Cushion is definitely worth checking out if you're someone with sensitive skin, or prefers breathable make-up. The foundation's light consistency prevents your skin from feeling cakey and patchy for maximised comfort all day long.

Bare Water Cushion, $29, rom&nd

4. Neo Cushion Series (Matte & Glow) by Laneige

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Laneige's Neo Cushion is well known for its iconic rounded square compact—but that's not the only unique thing about this product. The Neo Cushion gained attention after its cameo in popular K-Drama, My Demon, as seen on Kim Yoo Jung. The product comes in Matte and Glow versions, giving you the option of a dewy look or soft finish with buildable coverage.


Things to do in Seoul - Visited the @LANEIGE OFFICIAL Showroom in Myeongdong to make a custom cushion foundation 🩵 #seoultravel #koreatravel #thingstodoinseoul #laneigeshowroom #laneigecushionneo

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If the perfect shade match is what you seek, then this is the compact cushion for you. Laneige is well known for its extensive range. In Korea, some stores even provide consultation and customisation to find a shade that's uniquely you.

Neo Cushion (Matte), $60, Laneige

Neo Cushion (Glow), $60, Laneige

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6. Perfecting Cushion Airy by Sulwhasoo

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Best known for its luxury skincare, Korean heritage brand Sulwhasoo also offers a make-up line. One of its bestsellers is the Perfecting Cushion Airy—a compact cushion that offers all-day breathable comfort.

Popularised by BLACKPINK's Rosé who is also the face of Sulwhasoo, the Perfecting Cushion Airy promises a flawlessly radiant complexion.

Why Everyone is Talking About These Viral Compact Cushions

Perfecting Cushion Airy, $100, Sulwhasoo

6. Le Encre De Peau Cushion by YSL Beaute

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When it comes to fashion-forward beauty brands, the latest version of YSL Beaute's compact cushion, Le Cushion Encre de Peau, is a popular choice. Influencers like Chloe Abeth and Prudence Angeline posted about this as their go-to for easy effortless touch-ups.

@chloeabeth4545 A game changer!! Head down to the YSL Beauty pop-up at ION Level 1 Atrium to try it for yourself🤭 #yslbeautysg #LeCushionEncredePeau @YSL Beauty #tiktoksg #fypsg #makeup #cushionfoundation ♬ original sound - Chloe L.

Newly-enhanced, the foundation is made with natural ingredients and boasts skincare benefits. The compact cushion is infused with polyglutamic acid, a polypeptide known for its hydrating benefits. There's also jasmine extract for added moisture, and Neo-skin powder particles to absorb excess sebum.

Why Everyone is Talking About These Viral Compact Cushions

Perfecting Cushion Airy, $100, YSL Beaute

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