When I discovered Asian beauty, there was an entire world of trends that were completely alien to me as a consumer in the West. One of these was the cushion foundation. The terminology was totally new to me at the time, and it took me a while to actually figure out what a ‘cushion’ was in the beauty product sense. It’s a light, liquid foundation that comes suspended within a sponge inside a compact. You dispense the product by pressing down on the sponge with a puff applicator and then pat the product into your skin. The benefits are that they can achieve good coverage with a very even, sheer application, leaving a fresh and often dewy finish.
I was extremely interested in trying this novel method of makeup application, though a lot of the hype about cushions has come down since I first heard about them. After some research, I decided on the IOPE Air Cushion to be my first cushion experience as it is extremely well reviewed.