Cherished for their convenient design and skin-like coverage, cushions are pretty much synonymous with foundation in 2017. Conceptually speaking, there’s just nothing that can top them. In each saturated sponge, you get the smoothness of a liquid foundie and the ease of a pressed powder—plus, a puff! Genius, we tell you.

Admittedly, these push-pad pigments felt quite limiting at first. Since the originals were designed for dewy devotees in East Asia, the finishes were often too glossy and the shades too pale for Pinay tastes. Luckily, the clamor for cushions has spawned more inclusive collections—so you can finally get your hands on one that caters to your specific skin needs. Matte or dewy? You decide.

FOR NORMAL SKIN

TRY: Innisfree Long Wear Cushion, P1,459
WHY: Innisfree’s flagship cushion is the perfect entry point into this world. Its coverage is buildable and the Jeju Island ingredients in its formula make it an all-around skin-fixer. Real green tea effectively moisturizes the skin, while volcanic powder keeps excess shine at bay. To top it all off, you get SPF 50!

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FOR OILY/COMBINATION SKIN

TRY: A’Pieu Airfit Pposong Cushion, P650
WHY: A’Pieu’s Pposong Cushion is the mattified spinoff of the mega-popular Airfit—a weightless BB cream. This oil-free foundation blends like a dream and diminishes shine in a pat. Its coverage is light but can go all the way up to medium. Infused with tea tree and aloe vera, its finish always maintains its freshness, even on greasy skin.

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FOR DRY SKIN

TRY: Maybelline Super BB Cushion, P749
WHY: Thanks to its 60% essence content, this cushion pretty much quenches thirsty skin. The formula is super moisturizing and sets with a healthy, radiant finish. It’s neither too shiny nor shine-free—just natural and skin-like. The coverage is nothing to scoff at either, so if your face is littered with scars from dry patches or past breakouts, this cushion will get you flawless.

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FOR DULL SKIN

TRY: Vant 36.5 Air Touch CC Cushion, P1,550
WHY: This CC cushion is less about concealment and more about color-correction. If you have sallow, reddish, or gray-tinged skin, its formula will adjust to create a more even complexion. Its finish is dewy and brightening, so your skin will look well rested and perfectly lit. It can be used alone for a barely-there look or as a luminizing base underneath another foundation.

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FOR BLEMISHED SKIN

TRY: April Skin Magic Snow Cushion, P1,249
WHY: The glorious pigmentation of this cushion can’t be beat. It covers acne scars, dark spots, redness, and even large pores. It definitely counts as a full-coverage foundation and is intensely hydrating, to boot. The “magic” comes from a 45% water-based serum, which blends everything nicely and preserves the skin underneath the makeup. If you tend to oil up, just dust a little setting powder over it.

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FOR MATURE SKIN

TRY: Lancôme Miracle Cushion, P1,850, Case, P600
WHY: A cult-fave among beauties of all ages, the Miracle Cushion targets a host of skin-aging symptoms. It brightens lackluster skin, blurs pores and dark spots, and even minimizes wrinkles with adenosine. An ultra-hydrating formula that practically feeds the skin, this foundation caps it all off with SPF 40 PA+++. Perfection!

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Talk about more cushion for the pushin’!

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