When Lancome released their first cushion foundation (an exciting foray into the world of Korean beauty - influenced by Lisa Eldridge, their newest Creative Director), I made it my mission to go out and try it immediately. At the time, I was all about that full coverage face and sadly, the cushion foundation was just too sheer for my liking.
Fast forward about a year, and my taste in bases shifted slightly. Okay, I still love my Double Wear and Sheer Glow, but I've developed a new found appreciation for a sheerer, more natural looking finish. My most recent love is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, but that stuff is hella expensive. I've been using the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, which has a lovely finish and the low maintenance "throw it on with no need for brushes or beauty blenders" vibe that I've become obsessed with, but in reality it's just too yellow toned for my skin *cries in corner for days*
The L'oreal Nude Magique Cushion is described as a "dewy glow foundation" and that's definitely true. I used to have oily skin so a dewy finish takes some getting used to! I got 01 Porcelain, which is the shade - I'm usually between Siberia and Mont Blanc in Nars Sheer Glow, between shades 2 and 3.5 in Illamasqua Skin Base and shade 2 in Giogio Armani Luminous Silk - although the cushion foundation is probably quite forgiving if you don't get an exact match, due to how sheer it is.
For the purpose of testing the foundation, I skipped out on primer and I only lightly powdered areas where I'd concealed. The foundation evened out my skin tone but didn't cover any blemishes or redness, and I could have done with a light dusting of loose powder all over to keep the shine down. That said, I do really like it and I'm much happier these days to use a lighter coverage foundation and pin point conceal any problem areas. I think this is an excellent foundation for summer, due to its SPF of 29 and its radiant finish. I also love how practical this product is, its plastic compact packaging will be great for travelling and touch ups on the go.
It's been a while since I tried out drugstore foundations, but I'm suitably impressed with this one and I'll definitely be trying out more that the high street has to offer - if you have any recommendations please let me know :)
It was actually was the Cushion De Soleil that I was originally interested in - I've never been much of a bronzer gal, but have recently become re-acquainted with my Nars Laguna and I'm loving that summery bronzed look right now. I've become rather preoccupied with finding the perfect natural looking bronzer and have spent hours browsing beautiful cream products; but was worried that I don't have the skin type, the skin tone or the skill required to get the best out of them. I was equally afraid of the new liquid bronzers, mostly I'm concerned that I'd overdo it and look streaky or muddy.
This new offering from L'oreal piqued my interest as it seemed like it might be a fool proof way to get that bronzed goddess look on my low key makeup days. If you're pale like me, this "fresh glow bronzer" is perfect to get a gorgeously sunkissed appearance, which is just what I've been craving. So far, I've used my Real Techniques stippling brush to apply it, and it meshes seamlessly with the cushion foundation.
Both of these items have an RRP of £14.99 but are currently on sale at Boots and Superdrug for £9.99. I'm so happy with both of my purchases, but I think my favourite of the two so far has to be the foundation - which I never thought I'd be saying! Will you be trying either of these?