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.


N°13 Ivory

Pale with neutral undertones
Similar to Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation in Blanc | Mac NC10

N°15 Rose Ivory

Pale with warm undertones
Similar to Nars Siberia | Mac NC10

N°17 Rose Vanilla

Pale with cool undertones
Similar to Nars Siberia | Mac NW10

N°21 Vanilla

Light with warm/neutral undertones
Similar to Mac NC/NW15 | Chanel Les Beiges Foundation 20

N°23 Beige

Light with warm undertones
Similar to Mac NC20 | Chanel Les Beiges Foundation 21

N°25 Amber

Light with warm undertones
Similar to Mac NC25/NC30 | Nars Punjab


Amy Hayden



  1. Shelia
    August 27, 2017 at 12:38 am

    Thanks so much for the shade descriptions including MAC comparisons!

  2. Katie
    August 14, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Hmmm judging from your post I think this cushion is better suited for my skin than YSl or Dior. Thank you so much for such a detailed review Amy, love your blog!

  3. Yumi
    August 14, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I’ve never tried Hera’s makeup before but I’m in love with the Cell-Essence. I would love to try this cushion as well.


    August 12, 2017 at 8:35 am

    Between the YSL cushion and the Hera which one do you prefer? I love the YSL but it’s a little too matte and heavy for my skin. x Sherley

    • Amy Hayden
      August 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Hello Sherley,

      I have a preference for the Hera. It’s semi-matte and lightweight so you might want to check it out instead of the YSL.



  5. Anna
    August 10, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Great review! This foundation sounds like pure perfection, I just ordered it. 🙂


    • Amy Hayden
      August 14, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      I hope you’ll like it!

  6. Marine
    August 10, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I just received it yesterday and I’m just so excited to try it! I love my YSL cushion, can’t wait to see how they will compare. x Marine

  7. Sally
    August 10, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Hi Amy!

    I just received the Biogenic Effector and I was wondering if I should to use it before or after my nightcream?

    • Amy Hayden
      August 14, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Hello Sally,

      Glad you purchased it, I hope you’ll love it just as much as I do! You should use it before your nightcream, right after your toner/essence or hydrating serum if you use one.

  8. Lauren
    August 9, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    I can’t believe I still haven’t tried anything from Hera. I definitely need to treat myself to it asap!

  9. Cynthia
    August 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Amy,
    Thank you for the post. I am an “older” woman 🙂 of 48 yrs old…I have trouble finding a foundation that does not settle in my fine lines around my eyes. How does the Hera compact foundation perform with fine lines?


    • Amy Hayden
      August 9, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Hello Cynthia,

      Most of my foundations also settle in my fine lines too, but fortunately I didn’t have this problem with the Black Cushion. I usually apply a good primer underneath, like the NYX Angel Veil.

      • Cynthia
        August 9, 2017 at 4:37 pm

        Thank you! I’ll give the NYX primer a try!

        • Amy Hayden
          August 14, 2017 at 2:41 pm

          Great, I hope you’ll like it as well!

  10. Estelle
    August 7, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Oh God…I really need to stop reading your blog ahah,I always want to buy everything you talk about!

    • Amy Hayden
      August 14, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      I know how you feel! 😉

  11. Sadia
    August 2, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Great post, I’d love to try this cushion. Thanks for the review Amy, I always enjoy reading your blog. 🙂


    • Amy Hayden
      August 14, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Thank you Sadia! x

  12. Winter
    August 1, 2017 at 6:12 am

    I couldn’t agree more with you, this cushion is perfection!

    Winter //

    • Amy Hayden
      August 14, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Glad you like it as well! x Amy

  13. Caroline
    July 27, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I agree with you Hera products are the best! I received so many compliments on my skin after using their cell essence thanks to you! 🙂

    • Amy Hayden
      August 14, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that Caroline! Hope you’ll love the cushion as well. x

  14. Ella
    July 27, 2017 at 3:57 am

    I’ve never purchased a cushion compact before but I’ll definitely check this one out!

    Ella x

  15. Nicole
    July 26, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve been SO obsessed with Korean cushion recently, they’re the BOMB! Gotta try this one asap. *__*

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