Foundation formulas keep getting better and better! Lately, I’ve discovered some amazing new foundations, some high end and some drugstore. While, most of them are liquid, the one I’ll be talking about today is a cushion. The concept was completely new to me, but now I’m seriously hooked!
The L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation retails for $16.99 (prices vary based on location), and comes packaged in a plastic container, complete with a mirror and washable applicator. It’s described as a luminous buildable foundation, with sheer to medium coverage. It can be used on all skin types, and is available in 12 shades.
Introducing new True Match™ Lumi Cushion, a liquid foundation infused in an innovative sponge that delivers the perfect amount of makeup. Our luminous refreshing formula creates sheer to medium coverage. Tap a little for a fresh natural glow, tap on more to build a new level of luminous coverage.” L’Oreal
As mentioned above, cushion foundations are simply liquids drenched in a sponge, and that’s exactly what you get. It looks like a sponge, feels like a sponge, and even makes that squishy sponge noise when you press your fingers into it. It’s definitely the most unique formula I’ve ever used, and it’s strangely fascinating to stare at haha.
The texture of this foundation is really creamy and easy to blend. It applies nicely with the included applicator, or you can use a flat top kabuki, stippling brush, or a dampened beauty blender. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, and it leaves behind an airbrush finish that hides imperfections and minimizes pores. The coverage is easy to build, and I’ve had no issues with it appearing heavy or cakey on my dry cheeks and forehead.
To apply, you simply press the included applicator (or brush of choice) into the product, tap it onto your face, then blend. It wears all day, without turning oily or splotchy, and it can be worn with or without a setting powder. You can also throw the compact into your purse for convenient touch ups on the go.
Despite the fact that this claims to have a luminous finish, I find it to be more of a demi-matte. It provides the flawless look of a matte, but it still manages to leave skin looking natural with a hint of glow.
BEFORE & AFTER (USING SHADE N3.5)
SHADES N3.5, N5.5 & C5.5
I received three shades for review purposes, but the one that matched me best was N3.5 (as seen above in the before and after photo). It can be a challenge to color match yourself in store, because the foundation comes with a protective seal, so you can’t see the actual color until you buy it and rip it off.
L’Oreal tried to make things a little easier by dividing the shades into three categories: cool (c shades), neutral (n shades) and warm (w shades). But, it would still be helpful to have a clear container to actually see the shades in store. Below, are some swatches!
Formulated with Precise Match™Technology to match your skin’s tone and undertone, the shade range definitely appeals to a large number of people. Some of them are really yellow though, so it might be best to purchase a few, and return the ones that don’t work.
Overall, I’m really loving this foundation! The cushion is so different than anything else I own, and the finish is beautiful. You can customize your coverage, and it works great on my dry/combo skin. I highly suggest to anyone looking for a new drugstore foundation!
Have you tried cushion foundations? Which ones do you love best?
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