Last week I shared with you what cushion foundations were and I promised to show you an everyday look wearing a cushion foundation this week. Unfortunately, I’ve been busy working and running around that I never even found the chance to photograph my face whenever I do have some cushion foundation on. My apologies everyone. So, I thought I’d share a little review of the L’Oreal Nude Magique cushion foundation I’ve been trying out recently.
As I shared last week, the first cushion foundation I tried was by Laneige BB cushion foundation that I bought on my trip back to Singapore last year. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the brand, Laneige is a Korean brand and I thought, why not start with one of the original brands that started all these cushion foundation phenomena before heading in the direction of the more Western brands.
I found that I actually liked the feel of the light formula and the fact that I don’t have to use my fingers to apply liquid foundation, or in this case BB Cream on my face. Plus, the compact it comes in makes it a lot easier to cart around in my bag or when I’m travelling, which was why I was keen to try out L’Oreal’s version.
Cue the Western brands, and as I’ve mentioned previously, it was through Lancome that I first discovered the idea of cushion foundations. But, let’s face it, I wasn’t too keen to drop $60 on a compact, when I have no idea of its performance. ^L’Oreal Nude Magique then came up with their own line of cushion foundation compact – not a surprise really seeing that they are both from the same company. A more affordable option for those in Australia too. I got it during the Priceline 40% off cosmetics sales – as you would when you’re keen to try out something new but don’t want to pay the full price on something you’re not too sure about.
^L’Oreal’s cushion foundation comes in 6 shades:
And it retails at only $29.95 – compared to Lancome’s $60.00. The formula is somewhat similar to that of the Laneige one I have – similar as in, it gives a dewy finish, gives light cover and slightly buildable.
Besides the fact that it’s a wet foundation compact, I do also love how easy it was to apply and the fact that there was NO scent – unlike the Laneige cushion foundation, which has a slight perfume scent to it.
I loved how there were more shades to choose from. Ok, maybe only 1 more than the Laneige one, but the shades were not all too light.
Unlike Laneige, and I believe this applies to all the other Asian brands that carry cushion foundations, this did not come with a refill, nor is there an option to purchase a refill. At least I don’t think there is. With the Asian brands, you have the option to purchase new refills, much like the powder compacts, which comes with a new applicator sponge too.
So I’m guessing that once you finish your compact you’re going to have to chuck it out, and that just goes straight to landfill I say. Fine, I know… Even the refill goes into landfill but the way I see it, you can reuse the compact, so why waste it?
Another thing I found rather undesirable was the fact that the testers were pretty yucky. I didn’t try on any because they just looked so disgusting. The Laneige counter also had its own testers but the sales person actually gave me a new applicator sponge to try out the shade. But I guess, that’s what it’s like at Priceline as it’s not a one brand type of place.
The answer is yes. I don’t mind it, but I wished they would create a refill for it so I’ll only have to purchase a refill instead of a whole new compact.
Have you tried the L’Oreal Nude Magique cushion foundation? What were your thoughts on it? If you haven’t, do you think you’ll be trying it?
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