NYX Professional Makeup
Powder Puff Lippie Powder Lip Cream, $8.50 at NYX Cosmetics
Use the rounded cushion applicator to dab the product on lips. It glides on like a mousse, then dries down to a soft powdery finish. It's like a matte lipstick, but feels weightless on. Did we mention that it's also comfortable to wear? We can't say that about all liquid lippies.
Peri's Cushion Lips, $12.60 at Soko Glam
It looks like a chubby highlighter, but it's actually a cushion lip product that delivers a fluorescent dose of color. Once it's dry, it's not going anywhere, so there's no need for touch-ups.
Pop Lip Shadow Cushion Matte Lip Powder, $19.50 at Clinique
It's an eyeshadow...but for lips. It may have a tiny sponge, but the lip product delivers bold, pigmented color. To unlock the lippie, gently push the antibacterial-treated sponge applicator inside the cap. Then glide it over lips.
Lip Cushion, $3.29 at Ulta
The lip cushion costs less than the average handcrafted beverage and has the things we'd expect in a lip product triple the price. The paraben-free formula is enriched with avocado oil for comfortable wear and delivers good color pigment. Unlike a lot of other lip cushions, this one has a shiny finish, making it a good option for lip gloss fans.
Juicy Shaker, $22 at Sephora
Lancôme's Juicy Shakers must be shaken like a cocktail shaker to mix the oil and pigment in the bi-phase formula together. The precise cushion applicator is designed to dispense the right amount of product for a sheer tint and subtle shine.
Wonderful Cushion Matte Lip Cream, $5 at Sephora
No matter the look, this lippie will help create it. The cushion applicator enables users to create a just-bitten gradient effect. After more drama? Continue layering the product for an opaque matte finish. The cream formula is the best of everything as it's long-wearing like a stain, can be built up to look like a matte lipstick and is comfortable like a lip balm thanks to the shea butter-enriched formula.
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Two Way Lip Chalk, $20.70 at Soko Glam
Create a variety of looks with the two-in-one product. On one side is a lip liner, on the other is a coordinating lip chalk. The latter is stippled on lips using the ultra-soft cushion applicator. The color stays on for hours and won't draw moisture from lips, thanks to natural fruit extracts and shea butter.
The world of beauty cushions has expanded beyond the aptly named cushion compacts. Over the last few years, Korean beauty’s influence has seen cushion applicators show up on a variety of products, from eyeshadows to concealers to lip products. Lip cushions, in particular, are having a moment with brands like NYX and Clinique recently launching their own versions.
Pillowy lip cushions are like shrunken-down versions of the puffs seen in cushion compacts. Give the product’s tube a squeeze and the lip color will go through the porous cushion, leaving behind a lightweight kiss of color. The formulas will vary slightly from product to product but lip cushions are a favorite K-beauty pick for achieving a trendy blurred lip with just a few dabs. If you’re looking for something extra, continue dotting the cushion for a pigmented look with a pretty, powdery, matte finish.
Want to expand your makeup bag with a lip cushion? Scroll through the gallery to see some of the best picks.