A little over a fortnight ago I received Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation and it was pointed out to me on Facebook that it actually borrows from Korean technology. Apparently cushion based foundations have been around in Korea for quite some while (around 2008) and much like the BB trend it is has taken quite some while for it to filter into the western world of cosmetics. Apparently the reasoning behind the springy, cushion based compacts make it not only easier to create a sheer, glowing veil of coverage but apparently it is easier to add nourishing, skin friendly ingredients to a cream product rather than your traditional liquid foundation. The more you know!
Let's forget the official blurb as it is somewhat confusing and let me explain the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation. First of all it is a round, compact that not features a large round mirror, a silicone face sponge and a stand alone, sealed compartment. Within said compartment is a sponge, a bouncy, air and liquid filled sponge. It takes a little getting used to that's for sure. The idea is that you take the supplied applicator, gently press onto the liquid filled sponge and apply to the skin. Essentially Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation is where cream and liquid foundation technology combines. As a quick side note you do only have to purchase the compact once, after which you can purchase foundation refills.
Curiosity got the better of me and I simply had to dip a (clean) finger into the sponge, it is soaking wet with foundation yet never leaks or spills. Pretty clever. The foundation itself is lighter than air and feels cooling not to mention weightless on the skin. You would be forgive for assuming that the finish of the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation would be super glowy, don't get me wrong it does add a certain radiance quality but it settles to a mostly, light naturally velvet almost matte finish. The coverage is light but buildable, at the most you will be able to achieve is a medium finish - it evens out the skin tone without masking the skin nor caking. For blemishes, dark circles et al you will require a concealer. The good news is that Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation blends seamlessly into the skin, you can use the supplied sponge (you must regularly wash this) or a brush should you wish. Next to no blending is needed, the wet liquid glides on to the skin without settling into enlarged pores, lines nor does it cling to dry areas; rather it creates a natural, light level of coverage that stays in place for a good 8 hours (even on oily complexions) more if combined with powder and primer. The formula also contains an SPF of 23 which isn't prone to flashing back in photography.
In my opinion the selling point of the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation is the texture, I have never experienced anything quite so light and liquid like. It is not creamy which I initially thought it would be, rather it is wet, wetter than any other liquid foundation out there. If you are not a fan of foundation due to being able to sense it on the skin this could be the product you have been waiting for. There will be six shades in total once it launches, I have shade 3 which is a fairly yellow toned medium shade - somewhat comparable to NARS Barcelona.
Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation £29.50 and will launch on the 16th of February.
This post contains a press sample.