Admittedly, I’m a bit late to the cushion foundation party. L’Oreal launched their affordable version of the Asian beauty trend earlier this year, the Nude Magique Cushion Foundation, which was met with loads of hype and fairly good reviews (hiring model-of-the-moment Karlie Kloss for the ad campaign was probably a good move, too). This foundation is the only drugstore-price cushion I have seen, although I’m sure other brands will be keen to capitalise on the frenzy.
However, I didn’t immediately pounce on it, because foundation is tricky for me. My skin is very pale (think paler than MAC NC15), and won’t make its mind up about being either too dry or too oily. So, I have stuck to my current favourite – my much-loved Estee Lauder Double Wear in 1C0 Shell.
Since summer is now upon us, I wanted to find a lighter base that would let my freckles show through and give me a more ~dewy~ glow (also, my sister decided to steal my bottle of Double Wear for a trip away so there was that). While browsing the makeup aisle in Asda (of all places), I noticed that this foundation had £5 off, and decided to take the (somewhat gimmicky) plunge. I chose their lightest shade, of course – 01 Porcelain, which is a fairly good match for my summer skin tone.
The cushion thing is a bit odd, but it seems to dispense the product well and is protected from drying out by the packaging – which also includes a nice mirror and a thin puff/sponge for application. I opted to use a damp Real Techniques sponge (another favourite) to apply the product, and this worked pretty well. The foundation itself has a light but buildable coverage, and overall the finish was nicely glowy without transferring or feeling sticky. Anyone wanting to mattify a bit more can powder this without having to worry about caking up, and both my blush and highlighter went on smoothly.
I’m really impressed with this product, as I think the formula is lovely even if the packaging is a little gimmicky. The longevity was also good, and it stayed fresh throughout the day. The foundation has SPF 25, which is always a plus, and is currently available in seven shades (sadly all are on the lighter side). L’Oreal have also brought out a cushion bronzer – the Glam Bronze Cushion Soleil, although my aversion to bronzing means I likely won’t be trying this out.
I’m excited to see what the future of cushion products holds, but for now I’ll continue using this as a fresh, summery base. The L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation is available at Boots, Superdrug and other L’Oreal counters, and retails for £14.99 – though it pays to watch out for reductions and offers.