This is a complete novelty to me, to have a foundation and bronzer presented in this format. I know Lancôme and YSL have had these products for years, but other brands have started following the trend and you can buy them everywhere, from MAC down to Topshop.
I really like the concept of these products. They are essentially a liquid foundation in compact form, which seems an incredibly easy and convenient way to use foundation.
The two products that caught my eye were the L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation and the L’Oreal Paris Glam Bronze Cushion Soleil (both £14.99, Boots). The packaging looks absolutely beautiful, with the foundation in a pretty metallic lilac and the bronzer in a metallic copper. They were also part of a 3 for 2 offer, so I took advantage and got both to try.
They both come with a little cushion applicator that you press into the foundation and apply to your face. The foundation provided quite a sheer coverage, but is buildable to a medium coverage if you are looking for something a little heavier. It is extremely lightweight on the skin, and didn’t feel like I was wearing anything! It did, however, create a lovely flawless finish. It evened out my complexion and any redness, and created a lovely dewy finish. It also did not settle into any fine lines or pores, and didn’t go cakey when more product was added.
It also lasted quite well, not as long as some of the more ‘sturdy’ L’Oreal foundations, but I used it on a day when I was out running errands and completing chores, and found it lasted well.
I chose to use a stippling brush to apply it, as I’m not a fan of compact sponges/brushes/cushions etc, and found that this worked just as well as a normal foundation.
I got this in the shade Rose Vanilla, and found it an ideal match. There are 7 shades available, but all look a little light at first glance, so make sure you swatch them properly to get a correct match.
L’Oreal Paris Glam Bronze Cushion Soleil – This product is the same as the foundation, where you have a little cushion applicator and can use it as a contour product to add definition, or all over for a healthy glow.
I’m not a bit fan of liquid contour products, but this was actually easier to use than I originally thought. Again I used a sculpting brush rather than the cushion, and I found it went on really well and blended in nicely. As the formula is the same as the foundation, they looked great together and gave a lovely healthy colour without being too ‘in-your-face’. It also doesn’t take much product to get a decent colour, so go in with a light hand and build it up more.
This comes in one shade, and should suit all skin tones, although those who are lighter should go easy on the product, as it is quite pigmented!
My only query about both products would be the price. £14.99 seems quite expensive for this type of product (Surely you’d get more bang for your buck with a bottle foundation?) but this is something I’d have to try. Based on foundations I’ve had in the past I wouldn’t say you get as much product in a cushion foundation, so the price may not warrant the quantity.
I’m also unsure about whether this would be more susceptible to drying up, but I’m sure if you keep it firmly closed and store it correctly that this shouldn’t be an issue.
Would I repurchase? Yes – both products looked and felt great, but I’d only get this when its on offer. £14.99 seems a lot to pay for a cushion foundation, where I personally believe you’d get more from a bottle.