HOW THEY WORK
All the rage in Korea and Japan, cushion makeup compacts have taken the beauty world by storm by providing skin-tone-evening makeup in the convenience of a sponge, which goes on super-sheer and feels light and refreshing. The composition of the makeup found in a cushion compact is similar to a traditional liquid but is even thinner, so it can be easily held in a sponge. Thin fluids are usually composed of fast-evaporating ingredients, such as alcohol, water and very lightweight silicone oils, which would be too thin to be able to dispense from a standard bottle. “In general, this type of makeup doesn’t have as high of a concentration of pigments or powders as other formulas, so it provides less coverage and shine control,” says Twohy.