My (Kinda) DIY Cushion Foundations

I love cushion foundations, or rather I love the idea because I can’t for the life me find a match. DIYing a cushion to be the perfect sounds… well perfect however mixing products is not a good idea. You risk bacteria and mold growing in your cushion. So I got to thinking how can I use then cushion compacts that don’t fit me? I can’t keep a mixture for long but I really want to use these compacts. I’m also a big believer in it’s not the cushion that makes them so good, it’s the puff. So here are two different cushion foundation DIYs.


Method 1
If you’re like me and mix a foundation daily whether that be lighterners, darkeners, undertone, moisturiser etc. I often have to mix foundations and I hate the feeling of foundation on my hand and I don’t have a mixing palette.

What I do is I clean out a cushion compact, save the foundation because hey you never know I might miraculously wake up matching it. (I usually just decant a little bit into a container and send it to a friend.)


Then in the morning I mix my foundation in the now emptied and cleaned compact. Usually my mixture makes enough for one application and a bit. The leftover bit I take with me for touch-ups.

Still not amazing hygienic and still compromising the formula but I don’t mind as it’s only going to be use in a few hours, if at all. You don’t have to mix if you don’t want to, I can see this working with a few products you want to layer, just be aware that the puff does soak up quite a bit of product.


Method 2.

I like this for traveling. This was actually my original idea until semi-necessity required the first one. For this you’ll need a shallow sample container like this. Those aren’t the exact ones but similar. I’d recommend measuring the internal area to get an idea of how small you need. Place your foundation, I do not recommend mixing, in it and place in the compact. Add a spatula and an alcohol wipe and you’re done. I usually wipe the spatula and drop the foundation on the puff holder and spread it around a bit then use the puff to apply. Originally I wanted to use a small airless pump but good luck finding one the right size. If you’re wanting to try this I suggest measuring your compact first and then the container you want to use note; the standard sample cases won’t work and the YSL ones won’t either. I had to go on a mission to find them. You can put a little bit of blue tack underneath it if it jiggling around annoys you. If your spatula doesn’t fit you can hide it under your puff but I’ll imagine it will get dirty quite fast.


I’m actually thinking of modifying method 2 into a full face palette. As in take a magnetic palette, put in your powders and either attach some magnetic tape or blue tack it down for cream products. I’ve always wanted to have a full face palette for travel. Gimme a couple months to find everything haha. I can’t imagine liquids going well… Actually new goal: an entire travel skincare routine in a palette.

First K-Beauty Haul

So my, technically, first haul arrived about a week ago. I had another order which has been delayed by a week so I kinda sorta broke my no buy for some less delayed gratification. Worth it.

I ordered from Hikoco, a NZ company. I placed my order on Wednesday (25/1), it shipped Thursday(26/1) and I picked it up on Friday (27/1). As I’ve only had these for a grand total of a few hours I thought I’d write a first impression on the skincare and palette.


I got the Son & Park Beauty Water, Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream and the Aritaum Styling Eye Palette in Grey Brown.

Son & Park Beauty Water

I love the scent, it’s very citrusy, wish I could get it as a perfume almost. It nice and cooling when applying it. Where I was testing it stayed a bit shiny for a while before settling into what my skin normally looks like. It was actually the first product that got me interested in skincare after trying and disliking heavier western products. So seeing in stock on a NZ site I jumped at the chance (plus the bottle is aesthetic).

Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream

I can’t quite put my finger down on the scent exactly but it’s definitely florally/fruity. The scent is very strong. I can still smell it on my face at least 30 minutes after applying it. I was surprised at how hard the cream was, but it melts very easily and blends in wonderfully. My skin is still a wee bit sticky at about 40-50 minutes after application.

Aritaum Styling Eye Palette in Grey Brown

I love this palette. It is tiny 9cm x ~4.8cm x 1cm (~3.6″ x ~1.9″ x ~0.5″). The colours aren’t that pigmented especially the lighter 2. In saying that they do show up (slightly) on my pigmented lids. The shimmer glittery shade is impressive and my favourite on first look. Since I’ve had it a wee bit and I’ve been playing around with it (i.e. wearing it everyday) I have an entire review with swatches here.

Aritaum Styling Eye Palette Review

I’ve been on the look out for a good neutral palette, and by that I mean something that contains everything I need for whatever eye look I’’m going or. Currently I’m using the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette. Which I do like the colours, bar 2. And there’s a few I don’t really use but my everday look is perfect. But I wasn’t sure how I felt about the pigmentation which is alright but I do also kinda wanna try the eastern ‘natural’ look. I debated between this and  a Clio palette but this suckered me in with the shades and a review.

This is my favourite everyday palette. Before I was using the Too Faced Natural Eye palette but they did look more makeupy if that makes sense. The Eye styling palette is perfect for that no makeup makeup. I’s also very small so I think it would be good for travelling. The packaging is a nice sturdy plastic and it clicks shut nicely.

At first I was a bit put off by sheer shadows, so I jumped in with this and I absolutely don’t regret it. These shadows are buildable and show up on my pigmented lids. I use the lighther shades on lazy days all over my lid and a little bit into my crease. If I’m doing a bit more effort I’ll usually put the second shade over my lid and then the third in my crease and blend to give a bit more definition. A full out look involves all the shades pretty much. I’ll pat the 2nd shade all over the lid, 3rd in the crease and the 1st as a transition shade going up to my brown bone and then the 4th on the outer v. Finally I’ll pat the 4th shade all over my lid to add some shine.

Shade Reviews

Airlike – I’m surprised at how much I like this shade. It’s a light peachy pink shade. I like applying it all over my eye as a one eyeshadow look. It’s sheer when you first put it on but you can build it up to a pale pinky colour.

Mild Sun – I have mixed opinions about this shade, it’s a light taupey brown but with a tiny hint of yellow undertone. I like patting this all over my lid but sometimes it can look a bit too grey.

Desert Sun – warm soft brown. I should really start using this as an all over

Rainy – I wanted to like this shade so much. It’s a deep reddish brown with gold glitter. In a finger swatch is looks okay. But when you apply it with a brush it’s very sheer and looks like a warm brown with a bit of glitter. So I’d recommend foiling it and then patting over the top. In the pan it looks quite a bit red but it doesn’t look that red when swatched or applied to the eyes. 

L-R Foiled with dry on top, foiled, patted on, swiped on, finger swatch

The Big Night – Your general cool dark brown. This is perfect for creating shadows to add defition to your eyes. I can’t tell if this is more pigmented or it just shows up more because it’s a darker. colour


Final Thoughts
This  would make a good beginner’s palette if you’re looking to practise techniques. I chose this because of the matte shades, however I am now second guessing if I want to get any other palettes as they have more shimmery shades. And even though I like the range you can make with rainy I wouldn’t be impressed if I needed to go through that for a whole palette. However I could see them working well a one shadow colours. The shadows can be quite fallouty if you pick up a lot so I definitely recommend starting with smaller amounts and building up the colour.

What is it: Aritaum Styling Eye Palette
Price: $18NZD
Would I repurchase: Yep
Rating: 4/5