At the very start of the year, British Beauty Blogger Jane predicted that 2015 would be the year that we start seeing more of an Asian influence in the Western beauty world.
As usual, she wasn't wrong - and Lancome were quick off the mark with the release of their version of the incredibly popular cushion foundation compact. A new concept to most of us, the cushion compacts are a big deal in Asia, where they are considered a staple item in any daily makeup routine. A quick glance at eBay throws up any number of brands, and I have ordered one to have a play around with so I'll have that for you whenever it arrives.
Back to Lancome:
The packaging is sleek - a sturdy white compact with a silver lid. It just about fits in the palm of my hand.
There's a mirror in the lid when you open it, plus a little puff applicator sponge. I am NOT a fan of sponges like this when it comes to foundation, mainly because I tend to get the odd spot lately so would be afraid of spreading infection. I treat puffs the same way I look at those spongey eyeshadow applicators that come with quads - in the bin. If they are your thing - brilliant! You have hit jackpot. Me personally, I'd pop a brush in my bag with it.
When you lift the plastic part containing the puff, you get to the good stuff - the cushion foundation. It's covered with a little sticker:
That you can peel off to reveal...
Ta-da! The cushion part is springy, and looks really wet.
It actually looked a bit like mousse when I pressed my finger into it. It was light, and you could almost see the air bubbles. It's water based, and stays cool (more about temperature in a minute). It blended really well:
As you can see, the shade is far too dark for me. It does come in more shades - this is 03. There are three darker shades and two lighter shades, I'm usually an 005 in Lancome or an 01 depending on the time of year (and if I have gradual tan or bronzer on). I passed this along to my darker-skinned sister in law, who has been using it for work and says it's really handy to have in her bag for touch-ups.
Something else I found interesting about this was the claim about temperature:
Apparently, the temperature in the compact is a little lower so that the foundation is cool on the skin, leaving it instantly refreshed. I can't vouch for these claims as I haven't worn it on my face, but my sister-in-law is very happy with it. The fact that it contains an SPF of 23 is a big plus too.
Overall I'm intrigued, and I still want to try out a cushion foundation properly. I love that we are starting to see more innovative products over here, it's nice to see brands stepping out of their comfort zone to bring us a little of what the other side of the world are enjoying regularly.
Lancome Miracle Cushion foundation is available nationwide at Lancome counters and online at usual retailers for €38. The compact can be refilled, those refills are priced at €25.