I have fully embraced the “no makeup” makeup look for the daytime. I like the foundation formulas that give enough coverage for redness without any heaviness and makes my skin glow and look well-rested.
Here are some tried and tested foundations that have natural-looking finish and with protection too:
1. Maybelline Pure BB Mineral Cushion BB Fresh, SPF 29/PA+++
First of all, some of you may wondering what’s a cushion compact? Now, imagine your favorite BB or CC cream and SPF thinned out to a watery consistency—poured into a compact, and topped with a sponge. Every time you press down on the springy sponge (the “cushion”) with the included makeup sponge, the liquid formula is released.
I’ve been wanting to try the cushion compact for a long time and during my last trip to Taiwan, I was able to buy one! Since this is the first time I’m trying this kind of foundation I opted for a drugstore find and Maybelline has their version of cushion compact!
Good news: It’s a foundation, BB or CC cream-meets-moisturizer-meets-SPF in compact form. It’s travel-friendly and easier to apply—by pressing the applicator onto the sponge, the cream spreads evenly out of the pores of the sponge – no spills, sticky fingers or separating liquid.
The result is natural, buildable coverage and convenient re-application. It’s also fun to press down on the cushion!
Bad news: It only comes in two shades: 01 Natural Beige, 02 Medium Beige and 03 Natural. I got the 02 and it blends well with my skin tone. Oh, it’s also not yet available in the Philippines but you can probably source local online beauty stores and IG shops or ask friends and relatives abroad to buy for you.
2. Lancôme Blanc Expert Brightening Compact Foundation Anti-Dullness – Multi Protection SPF 35/PA+++
I always reach for compact foundations with SPF because it’s all about looking flawless and getting protection at the same time.
What I like this particular compact foundation is that it has translucent and velvety finish which make it perfect for daytime use.
It has an ultra-vivid and high transparency hybrid pigments which eliminates dullness especially on the triangle zone. Again, it has SPF so it’s a big plus for aging skin.
3. Clinique Even Better Powder Makeup Water Veil SPF27/PA++++
This powder makeup is infused with Clinique’s hydrating essence lotion—a non-greasy lotion formula for very dry to dry combination skin types, which activates skin’s moisture retention power for a luminous glow.
It feels weightless and has a light coverage perfect for the “no-makeup” makeup look! Protects against UV damage plus, it’s oil-free.
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Important note: All compact cases above are sold separately.