Review: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact SPF50 PA+++

Yes, another cushion. But this will be the last for quite a while, trust me. I don’t have any other cushions in my backlog now πŸ™‚ I personally really like cushions. Most of them give me skin like finish, and now that my skin is a little drier, I appreciate a little glow in my foundations for a healthier look. I alternate between cushions and regular liquid foundations and for the past 2 weeks, I’ve been reaching for this Bobbi Brown cushion and the RMK liquid foundation which remains one of my favourites.



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Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Cushion Compact is a little different when it comes to packaging.Β It’s black, for one. And the refill looks like coffee pods instead of the cushion refills you expect – which comes with the puff and its own lid which you snap in place. To show you what I mean, here are what the Korean ones look like.



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And Bobbi Brown ones look like this






Also, the cushion is not pre-soaked. See the hole in the middle? When you press the puff onto the cushion, the liquid foundation will then soak the cushion. I’ve already used it quite a few times when I took the above photos. Usually, I’d pick up some product using the sponge provided and pat the foundation onto my face. After a few uses, I like to wash the sponge because I’m strange like that. I like to keep the sponge clean and white, but what I found is that there’s still a lot of product IN the sponge. When I tried to get all the gunk out, I broke it.



rubber sponge



So now, I can’t use the sponge anymore. I use a buffing brush to pick up the foundation and apply on my face. Works just as well, actually. As you can see in photos above, the sponge holder looks moist. It’s actually residue from the foundation. Maybe it’s more visible because it’s black, but it does make me feel like I need to wash and dry the sponge before placing it in the compact! Is the sponge still a little wet because of the foundation it retains INSIDE the sponge?

Packaging aside, I do love how this foundation looks on me. It goes on like skin, and nearly undetectable even closeup. It evens out redness and hides some of the marks. I’d say it has medium coverage, and concealer is needed if there is heavier pigmentation. It is weightless and I can touch up without looking cakey. There is a beautiful glow when the foundation is applied and even after a few hours, my skin does not look or feel oil slick. The general consensus (from a few reviews I’ve read) is that this cushion goes on glowy, and turns a little matte as it wears. I won’t say it is matte, but it definitely looks less glowy, more dewy. I can apply powder over this cushion for a matte finish and it still looks good.



before after



Here’s a close up where my problem area is. I have larger pores and flaky skin around my nose.






You can see that the pores are still visible (no primer) but the foundation does not sink into the pores which emphasize their enormity. It just smooths over, and does not pick up flakiness. As the day goes on, the redness around my nose is more visible. Foundations tend to break around my nose first, but for this cushion, I can easily touch up and look fresh as ever. It does not oxidize throughout the day, and I do not sweat beads of foundation when it’s hot.

I like this cushion very much, and I’d give it 5/5 if not for the sponge. Perhaps change the sponge to something more like the traditional Korean ones, which are more rubbery but does not pool the foundation inside it? There are 6 shades of this cushion from porcelain to dark (my shade is Light) so there should be something for everyone. Light is actually a tad darker on me, but Extra Light looks a little too light. I think I’m in between. It retails for RM185 (the case with the cushion inside) and the refill is sold separately at RM145. My friend Paris has swatches of all the 6 shades so you can hop over there to have a look. We also have differing opinions about this cushion, but I like that there are so many options out there that we can choose what we like.

I know some of you are sick of cushions already (just like when I was so sick of those alphabet creams a couple of years ago) but it’s not going to stop any time soon. In Korea, there are cushion blushes, cushion lipsticks, cushion liners, cushion everything. I think Lancome already has cushion blushes. I’m not surprised we’ll be seeing more of them soon.

Do you do cushion? Do cushions freak you out? If you don’t share your makeup, I don’t see why you’d be grossed out of your own germs, but hey, what do I know? LOL!



xoxo Lily



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  • k r i s t e n //

    The before/after is perfect – it shows that this cushion makes your skin still look like skin, only perfected a bit! Like a touch of Photo Shop! I love it. Coffee pod is a good description. I like the idea of applying these with a brush instead of the cushion sponge. I’ve only tried one cushion foundation and it wasn’t enough coverage for my liking, but I see why they’re super popular! Great post, as always, Lilz! πŸ™‚

    • Lily

      Ah, you said it! Like a touch of Photoshop. That’s so true!!! I usually like my bases to have less coverage, so these are right up my alley. The Clinique ones have much higher coverage though. Oh, btw, what’s your Snapchat username? I’m still trying to get a hang of it.

  • I actually like the black compact, it’s sleek looking and a refreshing change from the white. I also like the finish on your skin, haven’t seen any Western beauty bloggers talking about this though.

    • Lily

      This might be Asia exclusive at the moment πŸ™‚

  • Yep, cushions freak me out! As you say, its a bit like the alphabet creams… hahaha

    • Lily

      Now that it’s all about the cushions, we don’t hear much of those alphabet creams anymore. So I think we’ll be stuck with cushions until the new trend!

  • Hahaha… i was going to suggest let’s swap cushions to try more brands!! I learnt a neat trick from a BA the other day, just soak all them sponges, blenders, etc overnight in water with a bit of cleanser mixed in there, then next morning, squeeze out and rinse. Vvoila!

    • Lily

      LOL swapping sounds like an idea. Do we really need to soak them overnight? That doesn’t sit well with me for some weird reason. Hahaha!

  • Alrightie, it’s settled, gotta try this.

    • Lily

      I hope you get to try it!

  • I love the finish, it looks absolutely natural. You could post the “after” picture and say it’s you without makeup and I would totally believe it! I don’t think we have this cushion in the US – yet. I hope it will get here too, not remain an Asia-only product!

    • Lily

      Ah thank you! It’s Asia exclusive at the moment, but yes, I do hope they’ll bring it worldwide. I think many will appreciate this.

  • So many cushions! EVERYTHING is getting cushioned now hahaha! I just bought a Sephora Cushion Bronzer and I like it! But I didn’t use the cushion to apply it because, umm it’s a bronzer man. I need precision. I don’t need to get bronzer all over the place hahaha.
    This one looks really nice on you! I don’t know what to DO NOW…wait until I can see them in person I guess, right? πŸ˜‰

    • Lily

      LOL Tracy. Yes, I always suggest trying out foundations because I’m sure you know how tricky foundations can be. Also, they can sometimes be a bitch! They’d work on others and won’t work on me. Just sayin’. Hahahaha!

  • Lily

    Hey Jeann. It’s awesome you like this cushion too. Yeah, that puff. I swear I didn’t go all She Hulk on it >_<

  • Azian Rashid

    I am so happy I found a blogger that has the same skin type as I do! I’m such a foundation hoarder and I honestly can’t decide between the Bobbi Brown Cushion or the Long Wear Even Finish Compact. I know its totally two different finishes and I might like the long wear for long term. Maybe I just want to jump onto the cushion bandwagon. Sigh. Thanks for your review and always stating the price whenever you can! xx