The story behind the cushion compact—and the new one you need now

Cushion compacts have taken the beauty world by storm, and it’s impossible to peruse the beauty department of any drugstore or upscale retailer without coming across at least a handful. But did you know that one company is responsible for inventing this innovative packaging/delivery system, and has the patent (plus 140 more) to prove it? It’s AmorePacific, and even if you’re not familiar with this prestige 70-year-old Korean brand, it’s actually the 12th largest beauty company in the world. Considering the fact that 80 million cushion compacts have been sold worldwide (and 75% of Korean women have used one at some point), what started as a beauty trend has obviously become a beauty mainstay.

When I met AmorePacific’s Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, it was love at first swipe (or pat, rather, since that’s the proper way to apply it). With light-to-medium coverage that instantly blurs imperfections and evens out skin tone, a high level of sun protection, bamboo sap (instead of water) for hydration and antioxidant green tea (more on that later), I get compliments on my skin each and every time I wear it—which is basically every day.

There are those days when I need to skip my beloved CC Cushion Compact in favor of foundation, but with AmorePacific’s latest launch, I don’t have to! The new Age Correcting Foundation Cushion features everything I love about the original, with more coverage and exciting technology that ensures my complexion looks amazing all day.

More than mere makeup, this SPF 25 foundation is actually an anti-aging treatment in disguise thanks to antioxidant-rich green tea polysaccharides that defend the skin from environmental damage and the brand’s proprietary Green Miracle T, which goes to work beneath the skin’s surface to kick-start your skin’s natural collagen production and restore firmness. And FYI, all of this green tea is grown and hand-picked by AmorePacific on Jeju Island off the coast of Korea.

As for the foundation part of this amazing hybrid, the formula primes (bye-bye pores) and coats the skin with a flexible matrix gel that prevents caking and settling into fine lines, even when it’s hot and humid. The coverage is buildable so you can add more just where you need it, and the foundation is infused with micro-fine powder to absorb oil all day long. Oh, and did I mention you get a refill (which totally justifies the $80 price tag)?

Available in 5 shades (which means you don’t have to be super-precise when deciding on the best one for your skin tone) and perfect for travel or wherever the day may take you, this is sure to make you rethink your foundation. To say this is an exciting launch is an understatement, at least for me!

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