February 6, 2017

J.Cat Beauty Compact Cushion Foundation Review & Swatches

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I picked up one of the new J.Cat Beauty Compact Cushion Foundation ($18) which is a new cushion foundation that the brand introduced that’s available exclusively at Ulta.com. As a fan of cushion makeup I was excited to give this a try. It contains hyaluronic acid which is ideal for my drier skin but still light enough for oily skin as well.

Let’s take a look below at my review and swatches and see how I like this one.

J.Cat Beauty Compact Cushion Foundation is available in eight shade selections and 0.46 oz in size and $18 in price with refills available for $13 each. I think J. Cat is one of the only drugstore brands that have launched refills for their cushion and I absolutely love this as I can easily buy a refill for it.

I picked up the shade Light Beige but it was a little too light for me but nothing I couldn’t work with. There eight shades total available, the Medium Beige might have been a better pick for me but so far, the Light Beige isn’t too bad once I apply the rest of my makeup. This comes housed in the standard chunky double lid compact which features a mirror on the first level as well as a sponge for application. There’s a secondary lid that snaps open to reveal the cushion. If you’ve never used a cushion makeup before it’s simply as it sounds, a cushion that’s saturated with foundation with a soft, squishy texture. You can dip a finger, sponge, or brush into the pan to apply. I typically like a soft fiber brush for application and I run the sponge over my face after buffing with the brush. This has a sheerer to almost medium finish that has a light, creamy texture that absorbs easily into my skin without sitting on top of it or adhering to drier areas. It has a smooth, even finish that’s lightweight and breathable. I liked how this felt on my skin and it had just the right amount of coverage to ease dullness and brighten up my complexion. Pigmentation should be good enough to even out skin tone, tame mild redness or darkness, and conceal minor imperfections. Acne scarring, blemishes, or major redness might not do well with this and require heavier coverage. The wear time was surprisingly good for a cushion makeup as cushion makeup tend to wear a little shorter. I got a nice six hour wear from this without setting with powder.

All in all, J.Cat Beauty Compact Cushion Foundation was quite a lovely cushion with a lightweight formula that wore well on my drier skin. I really enjoyed this formula and thought the creamy texture was easy to work with and looked incredible on my face!

J.Cat Beauty Compact Cushion Foundation is available now exclusively online at Ulta.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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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  • Laura

    Oh my goodness, that one actually looks really nice! And I love the bonus hyaluronic acid. I’ve seen JCat on sale a few times at Ulta so I’ll wait for the next % sale to try one of these 🙂

  • Cheryl

    Good morning, Isabella. Would you consider ranking your top 5 or so favorite cushions for me? I suspect the it cosmetics cc veil is number one, but I am very curious as to how the others that you have reviewed stack up against one another. Thanks!

    • Isabella Muse

      cc + fluid for sure, sephora wonderful cushion, physicians formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free All-in-1 ABC Cushion Foundation, April skin cushion, Clinique Super City Block BB Cushion Compact 🙂

  • Jessica

    I recently tried this after falling in love with the Lancome Ultra Cushion Tient Idol. The J Cat gives almost the same coverage and a decent wear time. I think this by far gives the best bang for the buck.

  • Sammie

    Have you tried the AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+? If so, what did you think of it? Thanks for top five list, too!

    • Isabella Muse

      Not in my top five, but definitely a great formula. Creamy, wears long, excellent coverage, and it brightens beautifully! and you’re so welcome 🙂