Mascaras and foundations – release something new, novel and even a tad gimmicky in the form of a mascara or a foundation and I will buy it the second it lands, which is pretty much what happened with the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation. As is often the case, cushion foundations have been well-received on the Asian beauty market, but we’re only just starting to see them arrive over here on the UK shores.
There’s a lot of hoo-ha about what the benefits of a cushion foundation are, so I’ll say it from my perspective; it’s a liquid foundation in a compact format, giving you – too a certain extent – the best of both worlds. A cushion foundation is compact with a sponge inserted inside that’s soaked with foundation. This means that the foundation sits happily within the sponge and doesn’t leak, yet when pressed its’ released on to whatever applicator you’re using to press the sponge, be that the enclosed face sponge, a brush or even your fingers.
The Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation is beautifully presented in the brand-typical chrome mirrored compact that’s a little thicker than a traditional compact to make room for the foundation-soaked sponge. Inside the compact is a shelf where the sponge applicator sits, then underneath that you’ll find the foundation. It’s very well packaged making it ideal for travel or carrying around in your handbag. The foundation itself provides a light but buildable coverage, although I’d say at max it’d go to medium coverage. For me, I’m reaching for this on lazy days when I want to tone down redness and blemishes as it’s very easy to use and comfortable on the skin.
I like the fact that you can buy refills for this as otherwise it’d prove to be quite expensive to keep repurchasing. As is usually the case, I’m the palest shade – Porcelaine – which is a relatively good match for me, although I’d say it’s a tad too yellow if I’m going to be fussy. All-in-all this is a very interesting, innovative and effective product that’s definitely piqued my interest in cushion foundations generally – I’ll be hunting down some of the more Asian brands that provide higher coverage to see how they fare, but this one from Lancome is great if you don’t need heavy coverage and enjoy a natural, semi-dewy finish. It can be found here – link – for £29.50 with the refills costing £19.50.
*Purchased by me