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L'Oreal Cushion Foundation & Bronzer Review


Happy Friday guys. It's the weekend again and I will be celebrating my *cough* 24th *cough* birthday this weekend so I wanted to make sure I got this review up in good time before the festivities - even though I hate my birthday it's great to be around family and friends. Today's post is on the rather hyped up L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation and the (not so hyped) Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil Fresh Glow Bronzer (shorten these names people WTH). Let's get started. 

I have to say, I have been really looking forward to the release of the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation in the UK and so the moment it went up on the Boots website I snagged it up quicker than you could say "New Makeup" - To see what else I purchased that's just been released, check out April's New In Beauty. So I thought I would do a review on it, see what it's like, how it wears and performs and give it a proper test. I also wanted to include the L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil so there will be a mini review of that too.

The cushion foundation trend is one that has been around for about a year and it originated in Korea as far as I know. I haven't tried any others before but the one that brought the trend to my attention (and many others') was the Lancome one and although I never tried it, it was on my wishlist for a while. Then this one came about from L'Oreal and so I decided to hold off and see if this is something that I would like. 

So down to the details. This is £9.99 and currently comes in only 7 shades so it's frankly a poor shade choice even for the drugstore. The packaging is very sleek and chic, it comes with a sponge and there is a mirror in the compact which makes it great for travelling or on the go makeup spruce ups.

I have tried using this a few different ways, with the applicator it comes with, with a Beauty Blender and with my favourite foundation brush which is the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, and I have to say I cannot get any coverage from this at all. It's less coverage than a tinted moisturiser and that's saying something as traditional tinted moisturisers don't have any coverage. No matter how hard I try I cannot build up any form of coverage and it just seems to sink into pores and attach itself to any dry patches. I just couldn't get on with this, and I was so disappointed as I had seen and heard so many great things about it but I just couldn't get it to work for me.

I really like that it comes with SPF29 (random I know), it has a very dewey finish and feels very lightweight like you're not wearing any makeup, which I can't figure out if it's because it's not giving me coverage or if it's because it's very liquid-y and watery. But this is not a foundation in my opinion. It doesn't provide any coverage nor does it even out the skin tone and the lightest shade Porcelain is way too dark even when I have a tan - I can get a tan, sometimes, if I hit the bottle and fake it.

Alright on to the Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil Fresh Glow Bronzer, now cream and liquid bronzers have been around for a while, but I've never seen any in this form before so I think it's great that they have taken one of their new releases (the foundation) and extended that to really catch their consumers as I have seen a lot of people in the UK who have brought the foundation, also buy the bronzer too, sneaky there L'Oreal, sneaky.
The bronzer (£14.99) is more expensive than the foundation (£9.99) although I have no idea how that makes any sense.

This is a similar concept to the foundation in that it has a liquid self tan formula soaked into the cushion so when applied, you get a fresh, healthy, bronze goddess kind of look, which all sounds great and all, but I have a love hate relationship with the shade of this bronzer - one day it could look really amazing and I look like I've been in the Caribbean for a two weeks, and others I just look like I've had a mishap with a bottle or two of fake tan. I can't imagine this being suitable for different skin tones so I wonder if they are going to be bringing out more shades?

Because this is a watery, light texture, a sponge or stippling brush would be the best way to apply this and blend it out so it looks natural. Forget the sponge that comes with it, I haven't the foggiest idea how you are supposed to apply bronzer with a round flat sponge. Anyone?
But my advice to make this last as long as possible, (like any other makeup product) is to set it really well with either a translucent powder or better yet a powder bronzer so that it keeps it in place all day, and if you need to adjust the tone or shade so it's more suitable for your skin tone, adding a more neutral bronzer or light powder will certainly help.
For a quick and easy sunkissed bronzey look, this wouldn't be my go-to product.

In theory this sounds like a really great product, healthy, bronze, sunkissed looking complexion and in an easy to use compact, making it great for taking to the beach or travelling with you - who wouldn't grab it in a heart beat?
But in reality, it takes some effort to make it look natural and goddess-esque, especially for fair-light skin tones as you have to apply a teeny amount and blend it out and repeat until it is your desired bronze-ness. Oily skin may also find it difficult to maintain an oil-slick-free face and end up having a blotchy, very shiny and greasy J-Lo gone bad kind of mishap on their hands.

Overall, I would have to pass on both of these products I think. I just don't think they live up to the hype, especially the foundation considering everyone and their mother was using it when released internationally. I can't figure out if it's the consistency of the product or the concept of a cushion foundation that let's this product down. But it would be a no go for me and I will be seeing if any of my friends want to give these a good home.


Disclaimer - I have not been asked or paid to write this post. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. I am not slating the brands nor the products reviewed today, these are simply my findings and thoughts. What may work for me may not work for you and vice versa. Please do not take offence to anything I have said in this review and feel free to leave your thoughts or recommendations on how I can use either of these products so they can work for me. 

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