Fortunately, the Korean beauty inspiration that seems to be sweeping the Western World doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon – but I actually look forward to a day where brands take inspiration from other parts of the globe, just so I have something new to write about! Cushion foundations aren’t exactly new to UK shores, but until now they’ve only really been available via premium brands or if you went to the added effort of importing one from overseas. Unlike their BB and CC counterparts, which aim to provide multiple benefits in one creamy formula, cushion foundations are all about the application method; the formula itself isn’t necessarily revolutionary, but it’s the way in which you apply it (and the result you achieve) that’s really rather special. It’s taken 18 months for L’Oreal to embrace the trend and take inspiration from their big sister Lancome (who launched their own version at the beginning of 2015,) but my oh my it was worth the wait.
If you’ve not tried one for yourself before, then these compact-like bases are applied using a foam pad that you tap against the foam cushion within the compact case; the more you tap the more product you release onto the foam applicator, which is then used to apply product in short strokes and buffing movements. The compact has been designed to provide an even
amount of product and always saturate the cushion to ensure it’s easy to
apply, while the foam applicator ensures even and
comfortable coverage without soaking up all the product or getting in a
mess. The foundation itself is incredibly light, but yet incredibly buildable, meaning it’s super easy to create the bespoke finish you want – whether that’s a light and radiant dusting on a warm summer’s day, or a heavier finish that helps to even out imperfections and create a warm glow.
Although I usually like a heavier finish, this is perfect for those days when you just want to chuck on some makeup and be on your way. The formula isn’t incredibly covering, nor does it counteract discolouration or pigmentation issues, but what it does do it create a comfortable and light-reflecting base that means you look like you – only better. A touch of concealer and a light dusting of blush is all I would add on a day when I’m working from home, popping out for coffee or chilling out at the weekend. Having tried (and really liked) the Lancome original, but being unconvinced at the amount of product you get for the (£30.00) price, it’s fab to see a much more affordable version that’s practically identical in every way. (Honestly, I can’t find much between them at all!) I can see cushion foundations becoming as mainstream as BB and CC creams in the coming months – but this is a great first step on the metaphorical ladder.
Would you give cushion foundations a go? Did you try the Lancome orginal?
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