A Cushion Compact That Deserves More Hype : Hera Black Cushion
You don’t have to be a long-time reader of my blog to know I’m head over heels in love with Hera – from the effortlessly chic packaging to the extraordinary quality of their products, I just can’t get enough of the brand!
As much as I love liquid foundations, there’s something so pleasant about cushion compacts. Not only are they undeniably useful and convenient, but most of them are also truly aesthetically pleasing. From high-end to low-end, I’ve tried my fair share of different cushion compacts over the years, but for me, none can compare to the high quality and outstanding performance of the Black Cushion. In fact, I find it sensibly similar to the excellent Amore Pacific Age Correcting Cushion Foundation in terms of quality, coverage and formula.
Described as a “long-lasting full coverage matte foundation", this sumptuous cushion provides the skin with a flawless photoshop-esque base and a stunning velvety smooth semi-matte finish. The majority of the reviews I’ve read online claimed it to be light in coverage, but I find it to be more on the medium/buildable side. One layer doesn’t entirely cover pesky blemishes, but the lightweight formula never looks cakey and instead offers a baby-smooth, 100% flawless complexion. In fact, it doesn’t even look like you’re wearing foundation even with two layers, and it also boasts a truly impressive long-lasting power. I picked shade N°23 Beige, which is usually the darkest shade for Korean compacts, and it’s absolutely perfect for my NC20 skin. These days I’m closer to NC25 so I can’t say it’s a perfect match for me at the moment, however, I can easily make it work by warming up my skin with a dash of light-skin friendly bronzer, like the Makeup For Ever Pro Bronze Fusion Bronzer or the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer.
As someone with very dry, dehydrated skin, the very word “matte" usually put me off, and expect for the YSL Le Cushion Encre De Peau I don’t recall having ever purchased (or used!) a matte foundation before : I just can’t be bothered with dry patches and flakiness!
Fortunately, the Black Cushion is nothing like your typical matte-foundation and never looks cakey and dry, as long as you apply a good-quality moisturizer underneath, like the Hera Aquabolic Essential Emulsion or the Pyunkang Yul Moisture Cream. It’s also certainly possible to achieve a dewier finish and to make the formula more dry-skin-friendly by adding one or two drops of beauty oil (like the Hera Beauty Boosting Facial Oil) directly in the cushion. It won’t ruin the foundation, and in fact, the brand itself recommends this method to achieve a maximum glow. I now have 11 cushion compacts and 17 liquid foundations in my makeup stash, but these days I just can’t stop reaching for the Black Cushion.
Expect for the cheap-looking plastic packaging, this cushion compact is truly faultless.