Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation is Lancome’s new, first ever cushion makeup which has debuted for Spring 2015 in the permanent Lancome Makeup Collection. I’m hearing a lot about how this is the “first ever cushion makeup”…ummm no. This isn’t the first ever cushion makeup as we’ve seen plenty of it from Korean brands in the last two or so years so there isn’t really anything new about it.
However, if you aren’t privy to the Asian beauty world it will feel like a completely new, unique, and innovative product. But….you have to also keep in mind that we’ve already had cushion makeup in the US market for the past several months and even so far back as a year if you take into consideration that Amore Pacific brought their Cushion Compact to the US in 2013 and more recently both It Cosmetics and Mally Beauty have introduced cushion makeup products.
So yeah, Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation doesn’t quite fit the bill for BRAND new or innovative but none the less it is an exciting launch for the brand.
Lancome seems to be very heavily influenced by Asian beauty lately particularly Korean! This is a good thing in my opinion as I’m enjoying how the US beauty market is being so influenced by the Asian one as of late. However, what I don’t love are the prices. Lancome’s new Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation will set you back $46 and some change versus say purchasing Etude House’s Magic Cushion for as little as $18 and in some cases you can get cushion makeup from Korean brands for as little as $13-$15. It’s sad that the pricing isn’t influenced by the Asian market as well as the products.
Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation weights in at 0.5 oz in size and will set you back $46.50 which refills of the cushion makeup available at $39 in a range of 12 shades. The main compliant about It Cosmetics Cushion Makeup was it was so small in size at 0.34 oz for $38. Honestly, you’re not getting more more from Lancome for $10 more. I’m not terribly concerned with the size to be honest because I don’t use foundation heavily and I can likely get a year out of a single Miracle Cushion Compact. However, it does deserve to be mentioned in this review if you’re weighting in on the cost especially when taking into consideration products like say Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H which cost less but get you nearly two times the amount of product at 1 oz in size.
Lancome packaged their cushion in the customary chunky compact with a dual lid for freshness. The compact has a white bottom and a mirrored top which is elegant but a magnetic for fingerprints and grime. Once open you’ll find a generously sized mirror and a rubberized flat sponge for application. A dual lid keeps the cushion fresh and it easily flips open when you’re ready to use it. I typically apply cushion makeup with my fingers. This isn’t something I’d do for touch ups or when I’m traveling but when I’m home, first thing in the morning, doing my makeup, I do use fingers. I feel like I have good control over the makeup when simply pressing my finger into the cushion, dotting on, and blending out. You can of course, use the sponge or a strippling brush of some kind both of which would work well for application.
Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation
Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation Swatches (250 Bisque W)
This is a customary cushion that’s quite saturated well with product. It’s basically a sponge dipped into foundation, laid into a compact, and you can gently squish it to release the foundation. Sounds weird when you think about it but it is pretty nifty!
Lancome’s formula is probably one of the creamiest I’ve ever tried in cushion makeup. It’s quite thick yet watery and runny with a very creamy feel. At a glance, first swatch, it’s very pigmented but it actually blends out very sheer. I wouldn’t say this will offer full or even medium coverage so if you have a lot of complexion issues you’re looking to hide you might want to shop for another foundation product. Those looking for a “your skin but better” look will find this formula is perfect. It brightens up my complexion considerably, eases dullness, and creates a nice second skin coverage. It should ease redness nicely, conceal minor issues, and create a very nice, flawless finish on skin.
The formula starts off slightly dewy on the finish but it sets to soft, satiny finish. The product doesn’t adhere to drier areas and melds with skin. The formula feels quite hydrating on application. It doesn’t feel or look dry on my drier skin and has a second skin finish that’s very, very natural. What surprised me the most is I didn’t notice any fragrance! For some reason I thought this would be heavily fragranced but it isn’t. The wear time seems to be around five hours on my drier skin without setting with powder.
All in all Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation is a very nice cushion makeup. However, in a sea of cushion makeup there isn’t a lot that sets it apart from other brands. I actually prefer It Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation myself. Also the price prevents me from getting too excited about it as I can get any number of cushion makeup products for under $20 from a variety of different Korean brands plus those desiring more coverage might rather pick a Korean cushion makeup versus Lancome’s version.
Yes, I love Lancome for stepping into the cushion makeup world. Yes, I love the formula. I just don’t think formula is unique enough to warrant too much raving sadly.
Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation is available on counters now or at Sephora.com.