Loréal Paris has finally released the cushion foundation in the UK. The Lumi Cushion foundation have been available in the US for a very long time. I have seen so many reviews on YouTube. This product is in high demands and I believe once again the UK is the last place to launch. The name is different, like many of the other Loréal Paris Products compared to US releases, but I believe the Lumi cushion/ Nude cushion is exactly the same thing. Why confuse us? Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.
I knew the cushion foundation was to be released at the end of April and when I picked this up on the 29th of April, it just arrived that morning. I have tried cushion foundations before, the likes of Kiko's CC Compact System available to read here, Etude House's BB Cushion and the Loréal Paris Lucent Magique Cushion available to read here. Cushion foundations are not very popular in the UK, since we can't get hold of them, but more and more western brands are bringing out a cushion compact or some sort. You have Lancôme Miracle Cushion which is the most known in the UK, I've heard Mac is coming out with one and obviously it will be launched in the US first and lastly the Kiko Cosmetic's CC Compact System as mentioned before.
The packaging has a reflective metallic pink lid with a large mirror inside and a pink base. There is no shade name on the back of the compact or the colour code once you peel off the sticker to open the product. I stuck the colour code on the bottom of the compact after I peeled it off. It feels plastic and looks very feminine.
The product is soaked inside a sponge cushion with 14 grams of product which is equivalent to 0.49 ounce, half the amount of your normal drug store foundation. The applicator puff is included to 'tap' and 'glide' the product onto your face and has a nice place to sit on top of the suction lid which helps prevent spillages. The applicator puff is washable and there is a sticker that keeps the foundation fresh. Overall it is compact, looks pretty, seems travel friendly and easy to use.
Now, the shades is where it got to me. It is newly launched so they had no testers and no visuals to help shade match yourself. I thought it would be a similar code to their Loréal Paris True Match Foundation since it goes from shade 1 - 11, but I spent a good 15 minutes trying to work out my shade. I asked for help but their was no one who works for Loréal on the counter. For shade reference I am a W3 - Golden Beige and sometimes a W4 - Natural Gold if I were really tanned.
Their shade range was: 1 - 11. So I automatically assumed I was going to be a 3. I thought about it for a long time and 'googled' the shade range on my phone. I'm pretty sure I looked suspicious since the Revlon girl kept looking at me. There are 7 shades in the range and a bronzer cushion that I overlooked (Cushion De Soleil). I managed to find this post to help identify what shades were what, which I am really glad otherwise I would of wasted my money. For £14.99 a pop this is expensive. You get half the product therefore only lasting you 1 and a half months. I walked away with Shade 4 - Rose Vanilla, (not for me) Shade 7 - Golden Beige and Shade 9 - Beige. They had a 3 for 2 offer so why waste my money.
I have provided a swatch on my arm, please bare in mind, my arms, legs and face are more pale than rest of my body. Shade 7 -Golden Beige has a yellow undertone and was a perfect match for me. Shade 9 was a bit darker and made me look dull since it looked pink when applied.
I won't be giving a full review yet, because I think it's unfair for me to judge a product on one use. But my first impressions as follows:
- Easy to use with sheer to medium build-able coverage.
- Marketed as a dewy foundation therefore a dewy finish but I must powder because I am an oily girl.
- If you have acne scars like me I found that it did not cover them very well.
- Bit patchy especially on my forehead and nose area even though my skin was not dry (This was after 5 hours)
- Places where I applied concealer such as my under eye area wore off.
- It is very easy to reapply and starts looking fresh again in a couple of seconds.
Overall first impressions: I like it, I did not realise I wore the foundation for that long because it felt like nothing on my skin and if I were to achieve a natural looking look, reapplying wouldn't bother me. When I reapplied the foundation under my eyes and problem areas, I found that it set very well, better than when I first applied. Will I be experimenting with it more? Yes.
I hope you found this post helpful. I picked this up from Boots and I will update soon.
Until next time!