When the South Korean beauty industry reintroduced the BB Cream to the world, many makeup lovers and skincare enthusiasts were overjoyed. The BB Cream became a staple in the beauty regimens of women everywhere, and because of its popularity, South Korean beauty companies started innovating and bringing in more products into the skincare and cosmetics market.
From fruity face masks to cutely packaged lipsticks and eye pencils, it seems that the Korean beauty wave has yet to slow down. Now, there’s a new product that has descended from the glittering steps of the Korean beauty scene, and it’s called the cushion compact.
What’s A Cushion Compact?
If you’re familiar with a BB, CC, or DD cream, then you won’t have a hard time understanding the cushion compact. Basically, a cushion compact is like your favorite BB cream but in compact form. Instead of the cream being stored in a tube, the makeup is kept in a sponge or cushion, which is then housed in a compact container. When it’s time to apply the product, you don’t have to squirt anything out of the container. Just take the applicator, rub it on the cushion’s surface, dab and blend it on your face, and you’re done.
Are Cushion Compacts Easy to Find?
Even if you’ve only heard about the cushion compact in this article, it’s widely available. Korean beauty brand Chica Y Chico, for example, has the Mat Fix Matt Cushion SPF23 PA++. This product is Chica Y Chico’s popular cushion compact that offers long-lasting blemish-free look, plus sun protection to boot. Many more cushion compacts are available from other popular Asian brands, including Shu Uemura and Shiseido.
What Makes It Better Than Creams?
It Quickens Your Beauty Routine
Before you think that the cushion compact is just another beauty product with a clever marketing ploy, just think about how South Korean accomplish their daily beauty routine. Usually, they follow a 10 or even 12-step regimen that can eat up much of their day, and that’s a hassle many people don’t need in their lives. The cushion compact allows you to cut corners when it comes to applying your BB cream. It’s easier and faster to use the applicator rather than having to spread the formula all over your face. It also evens out on the skin much better.
You Can Save More Formula
Sometimes it’s hard to control the amount of cream you use, especially when you’re trying to squirt it out from a delicate bottle. If you squeeze the bottle too much, you might let out more cream than you need, and that’s an expensive mistake you don’t want to worry about. The applicator in the cushion compact, on the other hand, wicks off just the right amount of formula. Because of this, you don’t have to worry about using too much (or too little) of the product.
It’s a Cleaner Product to Work With
Admit it, you’ve probably made a mess of your shirt or sheets when applying BB cream. However, you won’t have to go through that disaster again with a compact cushion. Since the cushion is housed in a sturdy container, the formula won’t spill, making the product completely mess-free. Plus, the applicator has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties, so you won’t get that eerie gross feeling when applying the formula.
It’s Easy and Cute to Carry
One of the biggest reasons why a compact cushion is better is that it’s easy to tote around. The cushion fits perfectly in any bag, and its size makes it easier to find (if by any chance you lose it). It’s also easier to take out for those emergency touch-ups, and its casing easily looks like it matches your makeup essentials. It also isn’t oddly shaped, so it won’t feel like you’re carrying something awkward in your bag.
The South Korean beauty trend will always evolve, so don’t be surprised if there’ll be new products being introduced every year. Sure, there’ll be items that come and go. However, if you love to be in the loop, you can’t afford to pass up the amazing benefits the cushion compact has to offer.