Product: True Match Lumi Cushion
Colour: N2 Classic Ivory (9 shades in Canada, 12 shades in USA)
Price: $25- 29CAD
Details: Fragrance-free, oil free.
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I repurchase: Probably yes.
Aqua / Water / Eau, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate / Dicaprate, Methyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Trisiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Acrylates / Stearyl Acrylate / Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lecithin, Isopropyl Myristate, Isostearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Adenosine, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Disodium EDTA, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Tocopherol.
Let me start with the obvious, yes it’s $29 dollars for a drugstore foundation. L’Oreal has really come out with some very likeable products in the last year but their pricing has also hiked (remember that eye shadow palette?). At regular retail price this actually works out to be slightly more expensive than Laneige’s cushion which comes refillable as a pack of two plus the compact in a set. The last time I remembered, drugstore meant no more than $12-15 for a makeup product but we’ll come back and answer the “is it worth it” question later on.
Produced in the similar spectrum as their other True Match foundations, the cushion comes in N (neautral), W (warm) and C (cool) shades for a total of 12 options (in the USA) with the darkest similar to a caramel or cafe latte. From what I’ve seen in stores and on the L’Oreal Canada website, we will only be getting 9 of the lighter shades here.
Like other cushions, this is packaged in the familiar flip top compact with an inner lid to keep the cushion foundation moist. Under the lid is a well size mirror and a specialty sponge is also included. However this version by L’Oreal is not refillable; the entire compact is one piece and you’ll need to buy an entire new compact when repurchasing which I suppose is what adds to the high price point. I found the over all design to be pleasing, lightweight yet well made and it holds up well to daily shuffling in your handbag.
Looking at the applicator, the sponge itself is softer than other Korean brand cushion sponges I’ve had previously but because the method for application is a patting motion I actually would have preferred a slightly denser sponge. After multiple usages it also seems that this sponge picks up more product than its Asian counterparts. If we look at overall finish and application though, it does the job perfectly as it should.
Onto the cushion itself, the sponge that holds the foundation is very porous (compared it to this Korean IOPE one) but it’s also very saturated. Cushion foundations are best for layering and with this it means you only need a light tap to get the product onto the applicator. I was overly excited on my first try and having actually pushed into the cushion and ended up with much more product than what I needed so go lightly!
True Match Lumi Cushion….
- is very comparable to Lancome Teint Cushion but that is more powdery.
- has better in colour selection than most Asian brand cushions.
- has a similar glow factor to the IOPE cushion.
- similar overall finish to MAC Face & Body or the original Lancome Teint Miracle foundation.
The L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion is a great well rounded and easy to use liquid compact foundation that has all you need for an everyday base all in one. I’d recommend this for dry to combination/slightly oily skin (with primer) as its smooth texture is a pleasure to apply and it sits on the skin in a very natural way. The glowy finish may not be everyone’s style but I find it powders down easily and still wears a good amount of time without sliding around. The range of colours still isn’t completely inclusive but it’s a much better shade selection than the 2 or 3 you have with most Asian brands. Note that there is no specific skincare function, fragrance or SPF as part of this formula. I’ve yet to experience any adverse skin effects or breakouts even if worn daily. As for the linger question of “is it worth it”? If this was refillable and sold in a store like Sephora, I would absolutely say yes. As a drugstore product it is over priced for that market but that doesn’t affect how well the cushion works. I have quite a few cushions on hand at the moment so I’m on rotation but I’m likely to pick this up again as long as I’m budgeting for this as an entry level high end product.