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The Best New Compact Foundations

A crop of prestige brands are making the compact feel new again.
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  • M.A.C. Prep + Prime BB beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 ($30)
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    M.A.C.’s Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 ($30) has all the benefits of a does-it-all cream, but in a purse-friendly compact. Use your fingers to dab it on and blend for light coverage, or use the included sponge for a more-opaque look.

  • Armani Lasting Silk Compact Foundation SPF 35 ($60)
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    If you want to dabble in matte this fall pick up Armani’s Lasting Silk Compact Foundation SPF 35 ($60). The pressed powder foundation creates a wearable version of the trend with a satin-meets-matte finish.

  • Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder ($45)
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    Laura Mercier’s Smooth Finish Foundation Powder ($45) is technically a powder, but goes onto skin like a silky foundation, thanks to hydrating ingredients like vitamin E and shea butter. It comes in 20 shades and can be used dry for medium coverage, or with a damp sponge for full.

  • Shiseido Sun Protection Compact Foundation ($27)
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    If you have oily skin, try Shiseido’s Sun Protection Compact Foundation ($27), the limited-edition formula was designed to protect and mattify skin during the summer months, but is just as useful come fall. Plus, you won’t forget your SPF on chilly days!

  • Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 ($58)
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    Dusting powder onto your face in public is hardly glamorous, but it can feel that way with Chanel’s newest compact: Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 ($58). The simple packaging contains a light powder that stops shine, evens skin tone, and protects with SPF.

  • Nars Radiant Cream Compact Foundation ($48)
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    Nars’ new Radiant Cream Compact Foundation ($48) is a medium-weight creamy formula with a luminous finish. You can apply it wet or dry: use a damp brush for full coverage or blend the formula in with the sponge for a barely-there tint.

  • Lorac Cococin Cream Compact Foundation ($32)
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    Lorac taps into the hydrating effects of coconuts with their new Cococin Cream Compact Foundation ($32): the easily blendable formula keeps skin hydrated with the popular extract, plus vitamins A, C and E, aloe, and red seaweed. Expect medium-to-full coverage that’s buildable with your fingers, a flat foundation brush, or the included sponge.

  • Perfekt Skin Perfection CC Crème SPF 30 ($42)
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    Another does-it-all formula, Perfekt’s Skin Perfection CC Crème SPF 30 ($42) is a gel makeup that color corrects, protects with SPF 30, and controls oils. Hyaluronic acid hydrates and plumps skin, while vitamins C and E help to brighten and nourish your complexion over time.

When an old fashioned idea—the compact—meets new skincare (CC creams, tinted moisturizers), we get excited. A crop of prestige brands have released foundations, full-coverage powders, and yes, BB and CCs in a variety of pretty—and handy!—compacts, making applying and touching-up your makeup incredibly convenient.

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