Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation Compact

**PR Sample. Opinion 100% Mine.**

Hi!

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.



11 comments:

  1. Ah, it's a pity the shade didn't work out for you!

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    1. I know - but at least I got to have a look at it, I couldn't get around the idea in my head so it was nice to have something tangible!

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  2. This is a very interesting concept indeed, have to say when I heard of it first I was like nooooo way but I'm coming around to it, looked at one in McCabes and it felt so wet, I've a bit of an issue colour wise with Lancome foundations anyway but you've definitely put this one on my radar! The fact that it stays cool is also quite, er, COOL! X

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    1. The coolness is very unique alright, it felt very cool to the touch, I'd say it would be lovely after the gym or if you felt a bit warm! x

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  3. I'm really interested in this, but I don't think the palest shade is pale enough for me. Weh! You'd think, with the Korean origins, that'd there'd be some proper chalky options.

    P.S. Sorry the one you were sent didn't match. It happens to me sometimes, and it's so frustrating!

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    1. Ah I can't complain, first world problem - but I had the bloody opposite problem with the Korean ones! The lightest shades were almost white. I had to get one in beige. BEIGE!!

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  4. It wouldn't be my cup of tea but at least your sis in law will get some use out of it. SPF 23 is an awful odd number xx

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    1. Haha it is, when you think of it!! I like to see SPF on anything, must actually start using an SPF properly every day x

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  5. I'd only use this for touch-ups as I can't imagine covering my whole face with it every day and the pot lasting. Nice concept though x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

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    1. I know that the Korean ones are mainly BB or CC creams, so I don't think they were ever designed with full coverage in mind - probably why Lancome have the refills on sale too!

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  6. Really want to try this, looks so interesting!

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