L’Oreal Cushion Foundation: flawless finish or cakey mess?

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, $16.99, Walgreens
L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, $16.99, Walgreens

Just when it looked like the Korean beauty trend might finally be dying down, here comes the rise of the cushion compact. Considered a fusion of skin care and makeup, cushion compacts house sponges soaked with liquid foundation.

Most cushion compact formulas offer sheer to medium coverage and are packed with skin-care benefits like sunscreen and moisturizer. They’re meant to be applied with your fingers, a brush or another sponge.

This week, I’ll be taking a look at a cushion compact by the drugstore brand L’Oreal. Sold at Walgreens for $16.99 (a bit steep for drugstore pricing), the True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation claims to offer users a fresh, luminous finish with one tap.

First impression

Housed in a plastic, mirrored compact, the foundation contains only 0.5 ounce of product (half of what most foundations on the market contain). The compact features two lids. The main lid closes over the entire compact, keeping everything secure, while the smaller, inner lid closes over the cushion to prevent the foundation from drying out.

To apply the foundation, simply press your fingers or your desired beauty tool into the sponge to dispense the product. L’Oreal includes a sponge applicator inside each compact, but for the purpose of this review I chose to use my trusty beautyblender.

The product is described as sheer and lightweight but can be built up when needed.

Fab or flub?

Fab-ish. For those who love natural-looking makeup, L’Oreal’s True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation is right up your alley.

The easy-to-apply foundation offers just the right amount of coverage to give users a fresh, vibrant complexion perfect for summer.

The liquid formula is lightweight and goes on smoothly with either a brush or a sponge. While the product falls somewhere in the middle between sheer and medium coverage, it still manages to do a decent job of hiding minor blemishes and discoloration.

The only flaw with the foundation is that the luminous finish can leave anyone with oily to combination skin prone to more shine.

I found that applying a setting powder (my favorite is Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder) over the foundation helped to eliminate unwanted shine while still maintaining an overall glowing complexion.

If you have severe acne, I’d suggest skipping the product completely for a formula with more coverage and less dewiness.