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My k-beauty picks: More of the best cushion compacts

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Cushion compacts from Clio, Moonshot, The Face Shop and Tony Moly. SCREAMfmLondon

It’s time for a sequel to my first list of the best Korean cushion compacts! I’m simply enamored with this beauty innovation, and I can’t imagine ever returning to clunky traditional foundations. Korean beauty brands release new formulas and new collaborations regularly, so I’m always experimenting with the next great products.

Here are four more of my favorite cushion compacts:

Clio Kill Cover Liquid Foundation Cushion

This Clio cushion is absolutely amazing if you’re looking for a super full-coverage foundation. The Kill Cover cushion has an incredibly high-coverage formula for such a lightweight compact, and it’s great to work with if you want a really long-lasting, flawless makeup look. This is my go-to cushion for fancy nights on the town because it’s smoothing, moisturizing and brightening, and it really doesn’t require any touchups. Definitely recommended if you like full coverage foundations. You’ll be impressed with Clio’s Kill Cover compact.

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Tony Moly’s Pikachu Mini Cover Cushion. SCREAMfmLondon

Tony Moly Pikachu Mini Cover Cushion

Pikachu is having a big moment in Korea right now, so you’ll find various Pokémon in all the shops, on all the fashion and in all the beauty products. As I am very easily swayed by adorable packaging, I had to pick up the Pikachu Mini Cover Cushion from Tony Moly’s latest beauty collaboration with Pokémon. The line includes all kinds of Pokémon products, from face masks and cleansers to nail polishes and lip tints. This cushion is smaller than your average compact, so it’s great for on-the-go spot treatment. Although it’s cute, the formula is actually quite decent, and it provides good coverage. But I’m mostly in love with the detailed packaging, including the Poké Ball-shaped applicator sponge.

The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion

Speaking of adorable packaging, The Face Shop is also stocking some super cute character compacts at the moment. They have a Disney collaboration featuring a Monsters, Inc. cushion and a Mickey Mouse one, but I’m much more drawn to the darling Kakao Friends collaborations. The Kakao Friends are various characters used as emoticons on the Korean messaging app KakaoTalk. My favorites are Frodo, the dog, and Ryan, the bear. So, I had no choice but to buy this cushion compact featuring one of the best Ryan illustrations (he’s cheering for you amidst a backdrop of confetti!). It’s a light-coverage formula, so it’s best for daytime wear. This particular cushion is designed for oil control and boasts sebum-minimizing powers. But, let’s be real: I bought it for the packaging, and I’d do it again.

Moonshot's Microfit Cushion. SCREAMfmLondon

Moonshot’s Microfit Cushion. SCREAMfmLondon

Moonshot Microfit Cushion

I briefly touched on this cushion in my review of the moonshot x BIGBANG10 LUCKYBOX. Moonshot is the beauty brand owned by YG Entertainment, Big Bang’s record label, so all of the products are endorsed and modeled by YG artists like G-Dragon and Blackpink. I just dream of having skin as luminous as GD’s, so I am very drawn to this product. I really love the formula, the semi-matte finish and brightness of the Microfit Cushion. My only complaints are with the design: the applicator sponge broke really quickly, and the sponge inside that holds the product has gotten weirdly off-centered. While I’m disappointed with the durability of the compact, I’m still really into the product and will continue to use it.

My k-beauty picks: Best Korean cleansers

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Some of my favorite cleansing and exfoliating products from The Face Shop, Neogen and Etude House. SCREAMfmLondon

As anyone will tell you, cleansing and removing makeup are some of the most important steps in a skincare routine. In South Korea, double-cleansing is such a popular practice that many people use two or three different cleansers and makeup removers each night.

Here are a few of my favorite Korean products for cleansing, exfoliating and removing makeup from your face:

The Face Shop Face It One-Step BB Cleanser (Oil to Foam)

I love this cleanser! It is so cool. Typically, in Korean skincare, you will cleanse first with an oil-based cleanser and then follow up with a foam-based cleanser (this is the double-cleansing process). This Face Shop BB Cleanser is both in one bottle: it goes on as a sweet-smelling oil cleanser that works quickly to remove makeup and BB cream, and then turns to foam when water is added to complete the cleansing process. This product is really great. It removes makeup well and saves time during a nightly skincare routine.

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Neogen Dermalogy Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine exfoliating pads smell amazing and make your face super bright! SCREAMfmLondon

Neogen Dermalogy Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Wine

It’s important to exfoliate a few times a week to get rid of dead skin cells and debris that can clog pores. These Neogen cleansing gauze pads combine manual exfoliation (scrubbing the skin with something textured) with chemical exfoliation (certain ingredients like lactic acid that reach deeper into the pores to help clean). They smell like delicious grape soda and contain red wine extract, an antioxidant, which also helps exfoliate. The treaded side of the gauze pads cleans off the skin while the more cushiony side absorbs and distributes the formula. These are effective and fun to use. I highly recommend them.

Etude House Magic Bubble Brush Peeling Foam

This Etude House cleanser is also a nice exfoliant. The bottle comes with an attached soft rubber brush that dispenses the foam cleanser when you press down on it. It’s ridiculously easy to apply and to clean the brush after use. The product works well to brighten and massage the skin while you cleanse. I noticed an immediate different in my skin after the first few uses: it was brighter and clearer as soon as I rinsed off the foam. It’s a little drying, but I like this product well enough, particularly for the convenient packaging and quick results.

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Point Deep Clean All-in-One Cleansing Tissue with moringa seed. SCREAMfmLondon

Point Deep Clean All-in-One Cleansing Tissue

I feel like it’s nice to have these cleansing tissues on hand when you don’t have a lot of time to do all the cleansing but know you can’t go to bed without removing your makeup and washing your face. These work surprisingly well to remove makeup quickly. The ones I use contain moringa seeds, which are supposed to provide a lot of benefits to the skin. These seeds are said to be very good for pore-purifying and can also protect skin from things like pollution, smoke and smog.