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What's The Big Deal With Cushion Compacts?


A couple of years back, it has been predicted that Cushion Compacts will take over the beauty scene; it's pretty much starting now as some major brands are already offering their very own versions for Spring/Summer.

But what is the big deal with Cushion Compacts? Why is it so hot now and why will it be the next big thing in beauty?


For starters, Cushion Compact was first introduced in Korea; Korean beauty brand, Laneige, has the record of the best- selling Cushion Compact just because they're arguably the first brand to offer this type of makeup; slowly but surely, other Korean brands started to pick up, leading to the unstoppable rise of the Cushion Compact in Asia and just this year, American beauty brands such as Bobbi Brown and Estēe Lauder, and French beauty brand, Lancome, have jumped in the trend.

There are actually a lot of reasons to love Cushion Compact. I, for one, am glad that brands are starting to embrace this packaging; I'm all about fuss- free, handy products and Cushion Compact fits the bill. As for the reasons, let me detail them to you below:


1. Tony Moly BCDation; 2. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact; 3. The Face Shop Cushion Compact; 4. Estēe Lauder Double Wear To Go

Convenience, for one. I believe it's pretty obvious that Cushion Compacts are the handiest thing ever; it's compact, seals tightly, and the cushion prevents foundation from spilling into your makeup kit; it also gets rid of makeup woes such as shattered foundation bottles and missing tube caps.

Quality. Cushion Compact challenges our belief that foundation can never be/feel light and BB/CC Cream can never have coverage; Cushion Compact BB/CC finally yields considerable coverage and with much better SPF (this product can offer up to SPF 50 while regular BBs and CCs offer a maximum of SPF 30 only), and Cushion Compact foundation delivers an airy feel and finish, yet coverage stays intact; this isn't magic - it's actually science; the cushion, once activated, automatically separates the product evenly as it rises to the surface, thus delivering a flawlessly even, lightweight finish. Also, Cushion Compact bases tend to be much more moisturizing than its traditional counterparts.

Lastly, Hygiene. Now you don't have to dip your fingers in foundation tubs and pump your bases onto surfaces just to use them; just press your sponge or brush on the cushion to take some product.

To date, there are two Cushion Compact versions: Asian and Western. What's the diff? Asian Cushion Compacts are mostly BB and CC Creams and Western Cushion Compacts started out with foundation; Cushion Compacts are starting to evolve as well as evident in Estēe Lauder's cushion- less cushion compact, Tony Moly's all- cream cushion compact, and Bobbi Brown's non- saturated cushion compact.

And we've only just begun; Korea is now starting to produce cushion cheek and brow compacts; the rest of the days are going to be exciting and while we anticipate that, let's play around with these plushy, squishy things.

STAY TUNED: I'm announcing the deets of TBJ Turns 7 Thanksgiving MEGA Party. Who wants in? Be sure to visit my blog on March 28, 2016 for the full deets!

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36 Lovely Thoughts

  1. No wonder it's a must have compact. Its very convenient to use(^̮^) I hope I could join on your party!

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  2. I think the only downside is they have less product in it which is a bit of a bummer because you're paying for more or less half of the amount typical foundations would have and it still has limited shade range. So far, Bobbi Brown and Laneige are some of the few brands who cater for women with morena skintones. I hope other brands release a more extensive shade range.

    Also, please do a review of The Face Shop cushion BB cream! Will wait patiently! :) thanks for this post.

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    1. Hi Donna, I don't have The Face Shop cushion anymore; it dried up on me! :(

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  3. i know it was laneige who first introduced this kind of compact! been wanting to try it.. but ended up getting the water bank essence..

    and.. horaaay for your 7th year anniversary ms m!!! i cannot wait what is up on 28th (mom's birthday)

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  4. I'm also a big fan of BB cushions. I tried my very first one just a month ago and I'm never going back!

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    1. Awesome! :) I love Estee Lauders version! :)

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  5. i don't have any cushion compact yet. :( i'm so late na. haha. but yes, Laneige was the first brand that i knew who has this kind of product. :)

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  6. This cushion compact will be a girl's skin best friends. 😆😊

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  7. I'm more excited on the last part :D I love The face shop's full stay cushion though it runs out pretty fast :D

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    1. Yeah. Mine dried up even before I got to use it. :(

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  8. I'm in for the party!!! woot woot! Also I am in love with BB Cushions, but I haven't tried these brands - I'll be waiting for your detailed review on them!

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  9. CC Cushion is expensive even the refill! How about if I bought one and I already emptied it, then can I use a CC cream on tubes to refill the cushion? I dunno if its advisable :(

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    1. I don't think it's advisable because the consistency of the base is made exactly for the cushion.

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  10. Quite expensive though .. but I guess it is a good investment for me who dont like to bring make up at work .

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  11. Yay! Congratulations on your 7th years!! Hope to be part of it.
    7years..you really helped a lot women like me.
    I used the Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion,it gives me a flawless look.Thanks you Ms.Martha

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  12. Congratulations on your 7th years! For sure you helped a lot of women like me. Hope to be part of the TBJ7th
    I used the Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion and it gives me a flawless look and I'm really like using it when I go out.
    Thanks for this post Ms.Martha

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  13. Haven't tried any cushion yet. Boo for me! I know i'm missing something that's really awesome. But i will give in, i just need to wait for more affordable ones to come out.

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    1. So far, Etude and The Face Shop are the cheapest ones I know. :)

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  14. This is becoming a thing and I think I'm getting left behind by not having one. Bummer. :(
    But I have tried the face shop compact from my friend when she newlybought it, feels light on the face and has great coverage, but the shade is not that perfect for me. Maybe someday they'll release more shades. Really ezcited to join your MEGA party!! Woot woot!

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  15. I just bought the water cushion from The Face Shop and I love it! Downside is the amount of product since I paid the same as my old BB (pump)... Still love it though! Can't wait for you anniversary. :)

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  16. Yay! Been wanting to try cushion compacts, but maybe in the future, when there's a lot of shades to choose from.

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    1. Yup! I feel that this makeup will expand more in the coming months :)

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  17. I love cushion compacts! I have one from The Face Shop and I'm already thinking of getting another compact from a different brand.

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  18. It was IOPE which first came out with the cushion compact. Though both IOPE and Laneige are under the same cosmetic company (Amore Pacific).

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    1. Hey D! Thanks for that; I was told that Laneige is the most popular cushion compact. :)

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  19. I'm waiting for Maybelline to release their cushion here! I heard that they already release it in Japan. Im pretty sure everyone will go gaga over it. Hehe wooot excited for the MEGA party. :)

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  20. S.Korea is making the trend in beauty nowadays. I was a fan of K-pop so I was always updated to the k-beauty scene. I love cushion compacts, it gives a perfect base and it makes your skin glow. I appreciate the western brands for trying it out 'cause Korean makeups shades' are too light for me and their darkest shades are too orange / yellow. I think that western brands have more shades to offer that's why I am looking forward to it.

    Anyway, I am still in love with my The Face Shop's CC Cushion!

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    1. Same thoughts! I hope more brands will come out with their own cushion compact :)

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  21. Once my VMV compact foundation is done, I'm so really gonna try this! :D

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    1. Awesome. Let me know which ones you've tried. :)

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  22. im buying later :D i think i have to check it personally instead of buying online since its my first try.

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