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Top Korean Cushion Foundations

Korean Cushion Foundations: Is the hype real? Absolutely! And this is why… 

The Korean Cushion Foundation also known as the BB Cushion (Beauty Balm) is an absolute must have foundation compact. 

Korean women are well-known for their lengthy skincare routines. We broke it down in our 10-step Korean skincare routine and we’re back with another Korean trend: the Cushion Foundation. Essentially, a cushion foundation is a liquid foundation formula housed in a compact. These compacts are extremely convenient in terms of application and transportation (touch ups) and are not only mess free, travel friendly but can also target certain skincare concerns.

Generally speaking, cushion foundations range from light to medium coverage (buildable as desired) and can even have hydrating and anti-aging properties. They also come in different formulas that offer a matte or dewy finish and are best suited to those who are looking for a little more coverage than the traditional BB or CC cream. 

Do take note that although extremely convenient – the sponge that comes with the cushion compact can be a breeding ground for bacteria so make sure you wash it thoroughly at least once a week just as you would your foundation brush. 

Why are they so popular?

Cushion compact foundations are a great everyday makeup choice for women who like a quick and easy solution or for those who tend to touch up their foundation during the day. They make the skin look great in a very small amount of time and this is exactly why they are so popular. We found our top cushions and we’re here to share them with you! 

#1 HERA – Black Cushion SPF34 PA++ 

Hera -- Korean Beauty Reviews

Makeup cushion foundation with a lightweight texture for comfortable yet beautiful skin all day long. 

Ultra Fine Powder Dispersion technology offers light yet full coverage, while mica coated with amino acid derivatives blends in with the skin for enhanced brightness.

Double Lasting Layer comprises two layers: a hard layer and a soft film for makeup that lasts longer.

Matte Finish Gel leaves the skin feeling soft, fresh and matte without a sticky feeling. The gel dispersed in liquid gives a semi-matte finish, like powder applied on top of foundation.


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Methyl Trimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, CI 77891, CI 77019, Cyclohexasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, CI 77947, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, CI 77492, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glycerin, Fragrance, CI 77491, Polysorbate 40, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lauroyl Lysine, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, CI 77499, Disodium EDTA, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isostearic Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate

#2 Laniege Anti-Aging BB Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++

Laniege Cushion Korean Beauty Reviews

Laniege Anti-Aging cushion is comprised of a Cover-fit complex offering perfectly fit coverage that becomes more resilient with each pat. 

The flat-type particles of Cover-fit Complex are trapped between networks of tight elastomers, so the more the complex is patted on the skin, the more layers of elasticity there are that perfectly cover blemishes on skin. 

This formula effectively covers up fine lines and wrinkles making skin smoother and more resilient. 

Clinically proven 12-hour coverage and glow. 


Water, CI 77947, CI 77891, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glycerin, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Niacinamide, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Propanediol, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Magnesium Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Tillandsia Usneoides Extract, Stearic Acid, Adenosine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Chloride, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Fruit Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 80, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Hydrogenated Lecithin, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499, Fragrance

#3 Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion EX SPF50+ PA++ 

Sulwhasoo Cushion Korean Beauty Reviews

A cushion foundation that offers full coverage to conceal imperfections while bringing out flawless radiance to the complexion.

This cushion includes a moisturizing blend of apricot seed and Korean herbs, and creates a flawless radiant glow.

Covers spots and signs of wrinkles using a special watercolor method which disperses color into water instead of oil.

A film-fixing polymer forms a perfectly seamless layer for beautiful makeup that lasts up to 12 hours.

Tap around your U zone* for a younger-looking dewy effect. (* U zone: U-shaped line that begins with the side of your eyes, cheeks, and around your mouth)


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, CI 77947, CI 77891, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Niacinamide, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Glycerin, Propanediol, CI 77492, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sodium Chloride, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Fragrance, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Butylene Glycol, CI 77491, Lecithin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isostearic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Nelumbium Speciosum Flower Extract, Polygonatum Odoratum Rhizome Extract, Paeonia Lactiflora Extract, Rehmannia Chinensis Root Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, CI 77499, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Acrylates/VP Copolymer, Honey, Phenoxyethanol, Ethanol, Beta-Glucan, Sodium Hyaluronate

#4 Medicube Red Capsule Cushion

Medicube Red Capsule Cushion Korean Beauty Reviews

For hypoallergenic triple soothing coverage. 

Clinically tested to soothe irritate acne prone sensitive skin with a slightly cooling effect. 

Perfectly conceals with great coverage. 

Made with Centella Asiatica, Calamine and Panthenol to boost hydration and soothe skin.

Protects against UV rays and has whitening and anti-aging properties.

Capsule technology helps to reduce inflammation in acne. 


Patented ingredients featuring 5 types of Hyaluronic Acid. Formulated with Panthenol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Calamine, Centella Asiatica Quantitative Extract and Houtuynia Cordata Extract.

Would we buy them again? YES YES YES! 

No matter what your skin concern is, there’s a cushion foundation out there for everyone. We tried and tested all of these and highly recommend them to you. We’d love for you to share your experiences with us and let us know if there are any that you would recommend to us. 


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