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I really got intrigued when I opened my September BDJ Elite Box and saw this new product, which, according to our poll, is the favorite of most Bellas who got the box. The Face Shop’s Oil Control Water Cushion is an “all-proof” makeup base and sunblock (SPF 50+) in one pretty compact.

The Face Shop’s Oil Control Water Cushion retails for a very reasonable price of P895. This product is my best bet for travel, the summer season, or when I feel my skin needs to ease up on lush creams and thick makeup. It doesn’t give me the feeling of a lot of layers sitting on my face.

When I first saw a photo of the product, I thought this was just your regular powder compact. When I touched the product to swatch it, I found out that the that beige circle isn’t actually a compact powder but a moist, cushy sponge, which deposits a small amount of liquid foundation to the puff that comes with it. I actually thought that the circle would be the shade of my foundation, but it’s just the color of the sponge. The foundation shade was different.


This moist, cushy sponge is what you’ll apply to your face.

The shade I got is apricot beige, which is more on the fair side. For the oily-skinned Bellas who avoid liquid foundation like the plague, here’s a liquid foundation that feels light on the face and actually does the job of oil control. However, even though it has an oil-control feature, it also gives the skin the hydration it needs (yes, oily or dry, we still need to give skin some moisture) through its hydrating ingredients—Tasmanian water and oxygen water from Italy.

Swatch test

Swatch test

When swatched on the back of my hand, the foundation felt like water and had some sort of cooling effect. It had a non-sticky effect even when I hadn’t set it yet. Its scent is reminiscent of iced green tea—yum! The foundation felt light on my skin, so I think I can wear this as an everyday foundation.

I used the puff that came with this product to apply the foundation on my face. I deposited the product the same way as I would use a powder puff on my face. The foundation felt light on my skin without the heavy, sticky feel of other cream or liquid formulas. Even with the layers I put on after the foundation, I didn’t get the heavy “Happy Foundation Day!” feel on my face. In fact, it felt like I was just wearing my light everyday makeup, even if my makeup was actually a heavy, cut-crease smokey eye.


Thanks to my camera flash, there seemed to be a white cast on my face. It may be because this shade is a bit too fair for me, so I adjusted by adding a slightly darker powder or contour.

It didn’t feel like a face mask, making this suitable for girls who are not very comfortable with wearing layers of makeup. It also didn’t look like a super dry finish, even though it’s an oil control formula, making you look like you really have naturally smooth, moist, and glowing skin. It’s also not sticky when I touched my face and even stayed true and fresh after a day of cooking, washing dishes, and running after my three cats.

Since this is actually a liquid formula with the convenience of a compact, I can use this for traveling and not worry about my bottle or tube of foundation breaking or leaking on transit. The compact makes it great for personal use and is refillable, so you don’t need to buy a brand new compact when your Water Cushion runs out. For pro use, it would be difficult for me because I like mixing foundations to get the approximate of the client’s shade. But for travel and personal use, this is my best bet!

Makeup tips:

1. To ensure good coverage, deposit the product by patting the puff on your face, especially on the areas that needed a bit more coverage.

2. The puff will help you control how much liquid foundation you want on your face, from a sheer, slight tint to a full-on coverage for events.

3. To make your foundation look seamless, blend it in a downwards motion and do this quickly before the makeup sets to avoid looking patchy. I used a puff to blend, but you may use a makeup brush or a beauty blender for further blending if you wish.

4. If, like me, you find the shade too fair for your face (I got apricot beige), adjust this by setting your makeup in powder that’s a half-step darker than your skin color and warm up your face with contour.

5. Wash the puff after several uses for hygienic purposes.

What are your thoughts on this product, Bellas? Post your comment below or share your selfie wearing this product. Tag @bdjbox and @bambikitty. Have fun and stay awesome!

Bambi Dela Cruz is a makeup artist, yoga instructor, pole dancer, and cat lover. Visit her blog, Makeup by Bambi and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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