I love an aul makeup trend and without them, I'd not be enticed into trying out as much make up as I do! But it doesn't always go to plan... I tried (and failed) to make strobing work for me and the strong brow trend did not in fact make me look like Cara Delevingne. Ultimate rager. But cushion foundations, they seemed like something even I'd be able to get a handle on.
I've been waiting for a more affordable version of cushion foundations to launch so I could test them out and while L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation has been on stands for a couple of months now, I've been putting it through it's paces in recent weeks and I'm ready to dish the dirt. And the L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion de Soleil? Well that has fast tracked itself to the top of my bronzer list. More on that later. Let's start with the cushion foundation shall we?
There are seven shades available here in Ireland I was sent shade 04 and 07, at least I think I was if memory serves correct. See I pulled the little bit of plastic off that keeps the packaging closed and that had the shade number on it. Rookie mistake Karen, always take photo of the shades before doing anything else!
Shade 04 is definitely more pink toned than 07 and as I've some redness on my nose and cheeks, I tend to reach for more yellow or neutral toned foundations like shade 07 to help counteract the red head on me. It comes with a little sponge for application, but I like to use a brush instead, dipping it into the sponge to soak up some product before getting stuck in. They say it's infused with water to help hydrate the skin and give a cooling effect and while I can't say I felt it to be any more cooling than any other foundations I'm using at the moment, it definitely is one of the more hydrating formulas I've tried. But part of me wonders if "infused with water" means "a bit more liquidy than your usual liquid foundation". Who knows?
The foundation offers a light to medium coverage, is easily buildable and if you've normal to dry skin, then this is definitely worth checking out. I've an oily t-zone with normal cheeks and while I don't mind having a dewy glow on my cheeks, my forehead is a whole different ballgame. I don't glow on my forehead, I shine to the point where I can't use my Lumee for selfies because the light bounces back off my noggin and makes it look like I've highlighted the bejaysis out of my head. So while I would usually powder my forehead, nose and chin in day to day life, I haven't for these photos, just to show you what the foundation is like.
It does a great job of covering up the majority of the redness on my face and while I could've done with another layer on my nose, this would be grand for me going to work. In saying that, for an oily person like me, I definitely do need to powder or use a primer for it to stay in place all day. That or I can top it up during the day. I love how it melts into the skin, making it look like I'm not wearing foundation and when I've worn this in the past, I've had people tell me that my skin is looking lovely, not that they like my makeup. Result!
Now can we take a second for the star of the show... The L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion de Soleil. This is a bronzer I can really get on board with because it's so natural looking, blends into the skin seamlessly and gives a gorgeous sun kissed look. Because it's warm toned, don't even try to contour with it or you'll give yourself an aul beard. Instead, either use the sponge that comes with the bronzer or a brush to hit the parts of your face that would get bronzed by the sun. For me, that's my massive forehead and along the tops of my cheeks. I wish I looked like this when I got a bit of sun on my face! In reality, my freckles join together, I get odd patches of tan and it just isn't worth it. No, I'm happy to use an SPF of 50 every day and then use a bronzer like this to warm up my skin.
If you're paler than me, then definitely use this with a light hand and blend like you've never blended before. If you think you've applied too much, go back over it with what's left on your foundation brush and you'll be good to go.
These are on stands now and are definitely worth checking out. The foundation comes in at €21.99 and the bronzer is €22.00 Not the cheapest but not the most expensive either. If I had to pick a must-have out of the two, the bronzer wins hands down! It's gorgeous, will work on all skin types and I'm happy in the knowledge that I'll be a naturally bronzed goddess from now on!