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Beauty Wars: Non-Korean Cushion Foundations Edition

We review four Western cushion compacts at various price points.

When Western brands started making their own versions of the trending Korean cushion compact, we were so curious to see if they lived up to the originals. That's why, for today's edition of Beauty Wars, we're rating those made by familiar cosmetics labels as Maybelline, L'Oreal, Clinique, and Dior.


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Maybelline Super BB Cushion Fresh Matte

Price: P749

Where To Buy: The SM Store

What It Is: Maybelline's first matte BB cushion delivers a smooth and poreless finish to lessen touch-ups throughout the day. Its color-correcting, hydrating, and nourishing properties will leave your skin matte, but not dry and cakey!

Why We Love It: We're not going to liewe initially thought we would hate this because it felt heavy when we first applied it. But after a while, once it started to melt into our complexions, it was PERFECT. It made us glow in places we wanted to look glowy and kept us matte in the rest. And they were right: No touch-ups needed!

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L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion

Price: P900

Where To Buy: The SM Store

What It Is: True to its name, L'Oreal's take on cushion foundations gives skin a luminous appearance. Its sheer to medium coverage and Precise Match technology evens out one's complexion, while leaving skin feeling lightweight and radiant.

Why We Love It: This evened the heck out of our complexions! Even bettersome of us have dry skin, while others are combination or oily, yet the compact worked well on all of us. None of us found ourselves greasier than usualwe actually loved how our skin ~*glowed*~. However, we did notice that the shades oxidized a bit and looked darker on our skin after some time. So if you're going to get this, we suggest going one shade lighter.

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Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50

Price: P1,950

Where To Buy: Rustan's, SM Megamall, SM Aura

What It Is: Buildable and breathable, Super City Block BB Cushion feels cool and weightless on your skin, yet delivers a natural matte finish. Antioxidants and SPF 50 will protect your skin from harsh environmental factors, and make you look fresh and polished all day.

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Why We Love It: The fact that this has SPF 50 is already ah-mazing for us. As for the cushion itself, it worked like any other cushion foundation. It delivered light to medium coverage as well as a matte finish; after a few hours, it left a dewy sheen on our T-zones. Also important: Those of us who wore glasses while testing the cushion found that foundation eventually wore off from the bridges of our noses. Yikes!  

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Dior Diorsnow Bloom Perfect Brightening Perfect Moist Cushion SPF 50 PA+++

Price: P3,950

Where To Buy: Rustan's 

What It Is: Ultra hydrating and luminous, the Dior cushion foundation (which is made in Korea, BTW!) will be your new go-to if you want to look *really* dewy. Enriched with natural ingredients, it instantly refreshes and moisturizes your complexion, and offers high sun protection.

Why We Love It: Definitely not for oily skin! This cushion worked well for those of us with combination to dry complexions—it left our skin dewy all day—but those with oily complexions felt greasy after just 30 MINUTES. Granted, it does exactly what it says since it is marketed as an ultra-hydrating foundation, but we had such high hopes after liking the L'Oreal cushion compact! 

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