Review: L’OREAL | True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review

Pop the champagne! The Canadian drugstore aisle has finally stocked its first cushion foundation thanks to L’Oreal. To be fair, the brand has already released a cushion product in Asia (but presumably very similar formulation) a few years ago but it’s only earlier this year that we’ve gotten our own North American version. Categorized as part of their True Match Lumi line, this is marketed as a buildable luminous foundation that’s speedy and flawless.
L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review
Brand: L’Oreal
Product: True Match Lumi Cushion
Size: 14.6g
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.

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review

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.

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review

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.

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review

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!

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion before after
* Photo edited only for exposure and white balance*
I was really happy to find the texture of the Lumi cushion foundation super smooth and creamy which meant it applied easily onto the skin with no tugging. Blending out was also quick and I was able to cover pores decently given that I carefully and firmly pressed over my pore zones a few times. It was quite forgiving over flaky patches over my nose. On days that I actually remembered to exfoliate and prime, this applies flawlessly.
The foundation itself is easily buildable and I would call it a light to medium coverage. For most day to day activities, I don’t feel the need to wear a concealer at all though you might consider it if you’re particularity concerned with under eye coverage or blemishes. It gives my skin a dewy, non-powdery finish that feels comfortable and slightly moist although not wet. I’d compare it to the feeling of wearing my MAC Face & Body Foundation.

L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review
True Match Lumi Cushion | N2 Classic Ivory

Now I stood at the display for ages trying to decide my right shade. Although I usually wear the W range in True Match, I thought W2 looked quite yellow and eventually decided on N2 instead. This seems to be a pretty good match for my NC20 skin tone upon first application but I do find it has an ever so slight white cast in photographs, possibly due to the reflective quality of the foundation. If you’re debating between two shades, I’d recommend the darker of the two.


L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review
L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review
True Match Lumi Cushion | Full application
For those with combination skin like mine, wearing this to an office type of indoor environment should last you most of the day without any major touch ups thought I’d do a check in around 1-2pm but even then its just a quick pat over to smooth out around the nose, blot my forehead and I’m back in action. I’ve also worn this for up to 8 hours and it’s worn better than a lot of liquid foundations yet without caking up like many powdery finishes do. Should you need to add additional coverage, the Lumi cushion blends over top your morning application easily but note the more you apply the dewier it looks. If I’m planning to be filming or out in full sun, a light layer of invisible powder helps everything look more natural instead of overly shiny.

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.
L'Oreal Lumi Cushion Review
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.

Stay luminous,

HOW TO: Wash your BB / CC cushion sponge — FAST!

Ever since the bb and cc cushion compact exploded on the beauty scene, the nagging question has been how to keep the sponge clean. Advertised as the key component to making cushion makeup so flawless, the sponge here is usually different than your average latex or foam applicator. Thin and delicate, the material should not be rubbed or squeezed lest you tear a hole right through it. Been there, done that.

In fact, most brands will tell you simply not to wash it but replace it with a new one. But fear not frugal beauties, there is a time to save and a time to spend but washing your bb cushion sponge is absolutely okay in my books.

SPOTLIGHT: Shu Uemura (Porefinist Cleansing Oil) | Iope (Air Cushion XP)

Wasn’t that painless? Like it does to your full face of makeup, the cleansing oil effortless melts away the what’s accumulated in your puff and rinses away easily with a little water massage. The key here is to add small amounts of water for proper emulsification of the oil before fully submerging the puff. Be gentle when cleaning and use pressing motions rather than rubbing the puff together. I even have a feeling this may work well with other hand to wash sponge items in your beauty arsenal so give it a try and let me know your best method!

 Stay Clean.
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Review: Laneige BB Cushion Foundation SPF50/PA++

You’ve heard about me talk about bb cushions for a while now and you may have even read my reviews for a few of them. Since then I’ve really grown to love them for easy on the go application and convenient touch ups, all without getting a single finger dirty. Today we’re delving into one of my favourite Korean brands, Laneige and their award winning BB Cushion.

Brand: Laneige
Product: 6-in-1 BB Cushion* SPF50/PA++
Colour: #13 True Beige (shown), 5 shades in total
Size: 15g x 2 (per package)
Price: $46-50 CAD via YesStyle
Availability: Yes Style (online), Laneige stores worldwide
Would I (re)purchase: Yes
As you’re reading this right now, Laniege currently has a few different bb cushion types on the market. This exact one you’re seeing here is the latest updated version of the original bb cushion (other variants include the Pore Control and Anti-aging) which has taken Asia by whirlwind especially with their beautiful spokes model Song Hye Kyo.

The full package of the Laneige bb cushion comes with a mirrored compact case, instruction pamphlet as well as two refill cushions (one of which is already installed in the compact) each at 15grams for a total of 30grams of product. The official Laneige website lists 5 shades which coverages light to medium-dark skin tones (around NC/NW45-50) although most stores tend to carry the 3 lightest shades.
Of course, multi-functionality is the bb cushion’s claim to fame and Laneige markets this to be brightening, provide UV protection, increase moisture, provide natural coverage, provide skin soothing properties as well as be water resistant. The product itself is sealed inside a lidded compact which can be closed after use to prevent evaporation.
A closer look at the cushion itself (below) shows a soft sponge which holds the foundation. Now having use a few cushions from various price points, I can say that the Laneige version feels sturdy yet soft to the touch while others feel rough in comparison. A simple pat with the enclosed sponge into the cushion picks up a small amount of product that you then blend over the skin in a patting motion. The foundation has the classic (heavy) Laneige fragrance that will linger around for a couple of hours after application and while I don’t mind it, I would have preferred they make it a little milder.
Here I’m wearing the lightest shade No.13 Light Beige which is described by the brand as a beige shade with yellow tones that creates a bright and clear complexion. Do we agree? I certainly think so!

Having had a little hiccup with the IOPE No.21 which had a pale cast, I was rather worried the Laneige version would be too light as well but it actually blended in very nicely with my (NC15-20) skin and helped to even the colour with my neck. In these photos I am wearing one layer of the foundation but it is certainly buildable. I’d rate the coverage at light to medium which will easily take care of some redness, light discolouration and minor blemishes. Dark circles and prominent spots will require additional concealer but I’ve rarely worn any when using the Laneige cushion as I find the coverage perfect for my daily use.

What really impressed me, above all else, was how natural this looked while still giving me an illuminated lift to my complexion. My skin just looks smoother and clearer without a drastic coverup. The finish is a satiny glow that leaves skin looking soft and supple but not greasy. Minimal cling to dry patches and smoothes over pores decently though it I would still recommend a primer for pores to make things more impeccable.

Doing a little finger swatching with the foundation reveals a creamy consistency which gives is great blendablity yet it feels thin, light and comfortable on my skin. I do notice that it never really sets completely (as most cream/compact products would) and remains somewhat pliable which does mean that if you wear glasses, those pesky bridge marks are inevitable.

As far as all of its skincare functions go, the Laneige bb cushion did an excellent job of keeping my skin hydrated throughout the day and even helped to calm some facial redness. By the end of the day, after removing the makeup I still found my skin to be in pretty good condition instead of looking worn and tired. There were no notable improvements in skin tone or dark spots, so although I adore the Laneige White Renew Serum, this bb cushion alone isn’t going to take care of your skincare altogether. No other breakouts, negative reactions or skin issues to report which is great!

My main (and only) disappointment with this bb cushion its lack of long lasting power. It doesn’t break down or melt off per say but that fact that it never trul
y sets means that it rubs off everywhere with everything I touch. Plus this also means that it does crease a little into smile lines. In the fall to winter season, it lasts a good 5 hours on my combination skin an it is easily retouched if needed. I do tend to like it better when worn with the Laneige Water Base CC Cream which helps with smoother pore coverage and also seems to extend the wear slightly.


You win some, you loose some but the Laneige BB Cushion is mostly a winner in my books! The texture and blendabilty really impresses me and the fact that it provides a natural satin glow yet keeps my skin moisturized all while feeling lightweight is exactly what I need this time of the year. If you are looking for quick everyday coverage (the type you can do while standing on the bus) that looks great in all lighting situations then you certainly need to give this a try. Best suited for dry to combination skin rather than oily skin. For the fact that this has great colour match and does not cling to my dry patches, the Laneige bb cushion edges out the IOPE slightly for me and I will most definitely be picking this up again either in this variation or trying out another from the range.


Review: ChokChok Shining CC Cushion | Makeon – Tosowoong

Another cushion product means another Korean makeup review and today we’re talking about the brand MAKEON which is the colour cosmetic branch of Korean beauty brand Tosowoong. Though newer on the market, Tosowoong currently has a small selection of well curated and innovative sounding products. But of course, being the foundation hoarder that I am would it have been any question that the first thing I tried was a makeup compact?
Brand: MAKEON / Tosowoong
Product: Chok Chok Shining CC Cushion* SPF50/PA+++
Colours: #21 Moist Glow Vanilla (shown), #23 Moist Glow Natural
Size: 13g
Price: 15 900WON (approx $17 CAD)
Availability: Tosowoong Website (Int. Shipping), Tosowoong eBay Shop
Would I (re)purchase: Yes

The ChokChok Shining CC Cushion boasts a 5-in-1 function (essence, pore primer, foundation, moisture pact, sun cream) in an easy to use and portable cushion plus puff dispensing system which is created to give provide whitening, anti-wrinkle and SPF50 protection. I do not have the full English ingredients but it’s advertised to include jasmine, mulberry, mungbean, calendula and ginseng extracts among many other plant additives.

Opening the packaging, each box contains a mirrored compact case with the (refillable) foundation portion already installed as well as a specially designed puff applicator. Compared to other similar bb/cc cushions I’ve encountered this is definitely smaller and more lightweight which makes it easy to carry though slightly less luxurious in aesthetics. The puff has a fine micro-pore texture but doesn’t feel quite as soft as I’d prefer for an applicator. None the less it does do an excellent job of applying the product evenly and seems to absorb less foundation altogether.

Pop open the lid of the cushion compact (which is there to prevent it from drying out) and you’ll need to push on the cushion a few times to make sure the product saturates the sponge completely. To my  nose, there is a faint slightly floral fragrance but it doesn’t usual linger. 
In the before/after photos (above) I am wearing one layer of colour #21 all over my face with an extra layer in certain problem spots such as the red speckles on my cheeks and a little extra under the eyes. It does an excellent job of evening out my skin tone and minimizing any minor blemishes not to mention I was ecstatic to find that with 3 layers it can almost completely cover those perpetual red spots on my nose. I would rank this as a light/medium coverage foundation that can be built up to medium/near full coverage if desired. To be frank, on the days I wore this, I didn’t even bother with concealer or any other corrector.
What you’ll probably notice however is that #21 is slightly pale in photos for my NC15-20 skin tone (check My Stats for more of my colour matches). I’m going to attribute that to the high SPF50 factor because in person, it’s actually not very noticeable and it’s definitely a better skin match for me than the IOPE in #21 (see my review for swatches). In fact when I have blush and other makeup on, it’s nearly negligible so I don’t do anything special to correct the colour for everyday wear.
If you’re using the cushion for the first time or simply just swatching it on the back of your hand don’t be intimidated by the almost oily-creamy texture. Once blended onto the skin and left to set for a few seconds the super emollient foundation actually semi-sets into a velvety finish yet still maintaining a soft glow. Notice how it picks up light up the high points of my face like my cheeks, nose and chin.
The effect with this ChokChok Cushion is similar to that of a cream foundation but much more suitable for a wider range of skin types. While I wouldn’t say this is ideal for super oily skin, anyone from dry skin to combination skin should find this very likable.

For a product this creamy there is minimal settling into fine lines (that’s marionette lines for me) and I can easily achieve a 4 hour wear without even needing to check up on my face. Any for those living in a drier country or are experiencing the winter blues I think this would be an worthy makeup bag companion.

More good news is that after few weeks of usage, this proved to be pretty skin friendly for me, meaning no breakouts, sensitivity or any adverse reactions. I also found this to be rather calming on my skin and once removed at the end of the day, my skin doesn’t look dehydrated nor worn out and tired as it sometimes can when I wear a heavy base product for a
long period of time. As for the skincare functions? It did prevent my skin from drying out and seems to help maintain a smooth and soft complexion but I wouldn’t say it had any major healing effects.
In performance this hits most of the sweet spots but I will say that it does feel a heavier on my skin versus the IOPE. Noting terrible but definitely noticeable. If you are very acne prone, I’d proceed cautiously with the ChokChok cushion mainly because while I don’t know each ingredient in here,  from the way it feels I am rather certain there are oil extracts in this emollient formulation. I’m not particularly breakout prone with oils (except for mineral oil) but this doesn’t seem like an oil-free foundation. In addition, I would have liked to see a more developed colour selection (this is more of a peachy beige) plus this compact actually needs to be bigger because I was having quite a fickle time trying to get my fingers through the tiny loop on the applicator and then only being able to press two fingers into the cushion making it hard to cover a large area in one go. And trust me, I don’t even have big hands. Altogether the foundation does an excellent job but small details like packaging and design does fall behind a little.

A little elusive to find but overall an excellent product for its quick application, great coverage and a nice balance between longevity/glowiness. The MAKEON ChokChok Shining CC Cushion is what I would call a reliable everyday product. One of those base products that you can put on in 30 seconds and actually look rather put together. I really love how buildable it is and I can forgo all other products (concealer, powder) while still getting a nice finish that lasts most of the day. If you happen to come across this product and can find a suitable colour match, it’s absolutely a must try.


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Review: IOPE | Air Cushion Sunblock SPF50 + Video

With string of prestigious awards to its name, it’s no wonder that the IOPE Air Cushion Sunblock (foundation) is one of the most well known and the new darling in the foundation world. It has won the 2013 product award from SURE Magazine, Cosmo Korea as well as Allure Korea. When I had my eyes on trying the cushion trend for myself, it was an easy choice to start with IOPE.

Brand: IOPE
Product: Air Cushion Sunblock XP SPF50/PA+++ / Natural
Shades: S22, N21, N23, C21, C23
Price: $43-50CAD (via ebay)
Availability: AMORE Pacific Shops, eBay, select Asian retails online.
Details: Each boxed set comes with 2 x 15g of product, refills may be purchased separately, refill sponges are also available. 
Would I repurchase: Undecided.

This product boasts a few functions, from moisturization and sunblock to skin whitening and wrinkle control. It’s advertised to contain 35% “Moisture Bright Essence” for skincare and is also said to be long lasting up to 12hrs in addition to being sweatproof. The cushion aspect is also supposed to be somewhat innovative but if you recall, Almay once put out a Nearly Naked Touch Pad Liquid Makeup that is exactly the same concept in a screw top lid without the mirrored case and sponge. In short, this sounds like a compact version of a multi-functional bb cream. 



Below you can see the different elements of the compact, colour swatches of shade N21, close ups of the sponge as well as before and after photographs on my own skin. Note that this is the full boxed set and I have already put one of the included cartridges into the case. Sellers/shops may choose to sell the product without the extra include refill so do check the listing carefully if you are shopping online.

Tipping aside the cushion, you can see the creamy product that’s soaked into the sponge. Remember that there is 15g of product per cartridge and you get two of them per boxed set which does work out to be a pretty standard 30g of foundation.
Now of course, the linger questions is… can you refill this product?
IOPE does not sell liquid refills, only filled cartridges however I have seen a few brands who make empty cases that you can fill with your foundation product. The concept would work similarly though not all foundations are fit for this method of application due to things like consistency, the way it sets/or doesn’t set and a few other finer details.

See how this product adds instant brightness and a luminous sheen to my skin? It’s certainly a “wake me up” type of quick makeup that you can put on even with just 30seconds in the car or bus. Optically, it really seems to blur imperfections and smooth out my skin.

Notice how the product settles into the lines around the mouth. Immediately swatched on my face, the foundation seems like a decent match (below) but once blended out the white cast is quite obvious and again this isn’t something I would wear solo without adding a darker powder or just other makeup to balance out the mismatch.

Colour issues aside, the IOPE Air Cushion Sunblock XP is a must try for those with dry to combination skin who desire a quick everyday skin friendly product that’s gentle and covers well. The soft texture makes it comfortable on easily dehydrated skin yet feels lightweight for its opacity and I do love the healthy glowy finish it gives to my skin without the use of shimmer or glitter particles. However pass on this if you live in a humid climate, have oily skin, mature skin needing wrinkle coverage or require your makeup to stay on for long periods of time. And let’s make it clear that I do not see this as heavy duty sweatproof. It’s not quite a perfect item and I’m still going to try a few more cushion products to see the variety out there but I like it enough that I will finish using this for the winter and possibly try N23 as well.