April 26, 2016

The Best Cushion Foundations for Sheer, Lightweight Coverage

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I thought I’d do a post today on some of the best cushion foundations for sheer, lightweight coverage. Spring is here and Summer soon to follow so I’m sure many of you are lightening up your foundation routines and trader in higher coverage formulas for more sheerer, lighter ones.

There’s nothing as bad as wearing a ton of foundation on a hot, humid day! I’m actually one who likes sheer, lightweight coverage throughout the year. I have dull skin that’s drier but I do not have visible pores, blemishes, or acne to conceal. So, lighter foundations to even out my skin tone, brighten it while easing dullness is about all the coverage I require.

I started using cushion foundation in 2012 just around the time it started to gain popularity of Korea. Many Korean brands offer higher coverage in their cushion formulas but I’ve lucky enough to discover some very, very nice lighter fluid cushion foundations right here in the US.

Here are my picks of the best cushion foundations for sheer, lightweight my skin but better coverage!

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation SPF 50 $16.99 (Buy 1, Get 1 50% Off at Ulta.com)
One of the more surprisingly cushion releases this Spring would be from Physicians Formula. Well, maybe it shouldn’t come as such a surprise considering I’ve always had great success with some of Physicians Formula’s foundations as they do a very good job at easing dullness and brightening up my complexion. Their new cushion is available in three shades and has a fantastic brightening formula that eases dullness, brightens my complexion, evens my skin tone, and still has plenty of coverage for those seeking to conceal minor redness or darkness. This formula is creamy, light, and sets to a smooth, even finish on skin. It’s turned into one of my favorite cushions released this year!

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation (Medium)

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation (Medium)

Sephora Wonderful Cushion Foundation $24
Sephora’s new cushion foundation came and went in the blink of an eye. At the moment you’re unable to get this online but I’ve seen a variety of Sephora stores that do carry it! I hope this doesn’t mean it is discontinued because I really love this one. Light, creamy, with buildiable coverage this cushion gives my skin a fresh, natural look!

Sephora Wonderful Cushion Foundation (Beige)

Sephora Wonderful Cushion Foundation (Beige)

It Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50 $38
It’s expensive, it’s small, and it’s the best. It Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation isn’t for everyone but it is and will likely stay one of my holy grail foundations. It’s sheer, it’s brightening, and it feels heavily on my skin. This is your skin but way better! This is the type of foundation that will take your own good skin and make it better! I love this stuff!

It Cosmetics Veil Cushion Compact Foundation (Light)

It Cosmetics Veil Cushion Compact Foundation (Light)

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About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Kimmwc03

    Thanks for the recs. I still want to try the Lancôme one but I may just skip it.

  • eva

    I love cushion foundations since I started watching Korean dramas years ago! I like the Loreal Lumi though I am not a fan of the applicator sponge is just regular not like the original, which is a bummer for me :/ but I still love more the ones from the other side of the world sadly I can’t find much in my color, I’m medium skin tone.

  • Lace

    I like my Lancome one so far. Already have a refill for it. Only bummer is you can’t seem to buy the refills in any stores. I’m hoping that changes soon.

  • Libby

    Oooh, I didn’t know that Sephora had their own version! I’ve tried a good majority of the korean ones and the AmorePacific is still my favorite. The Laniege one is nice but it’s a bit too dewy and doesn’t last as long as the Amore one on me. I haven’t tired the Iope one yet but there’s a store in Flushing that sells it so I’ve got my eye on that ~__~ I might give the Sephora one a try today when I stop by though. Thanks for the reviews, Muse!!

    • Isabella Muse

      Amorepacific def tops my fav list too! 😀 Iope is quite lovely! Memebox has it if you aren’t in Flushing and have to travel to get it. My pleasure! 🙂

  • Ashley

    Don’t recommend the Physicians Formula one if you have porcelain skin. The light shade on me, had a slight orange, bronze cast, and although the formulation and price/spf is fantastic, on my jaw bone it obviously didn’t match my skin. No matter how many times I wear it, or blend it differently-sponge/ fingers…I get the same results. I really like Lancôme’s. I’m the palest shade, its breathable, lightweight, and my skin looks amazing. Wish I would have not even bothered with the physicians formula. I had never bought from that brand, so I thougt I would give it a try. Which is my biggest pet peeve when it comes to makeup, spend a little more, and 9 times out of 10 you take home a better product that delivers, and doesn’t sit unused in the drawer.