L’Oreal Lucent Magique Cushion Glow Blush is a new cushion blush that launched in Asia this past Summer. Cushion foundation, cushion eyeliner, and many other cushion makeup offerings are starting to gain popularity here in the US at a rapid pace and I imagine you’ll see this new L’Oreal Cushion Glow Blush launching shortly here in the US.
You might have already tried Lancome Cushion Blush Subtil which launched just a few short week’s ago. Considering Lancome is part of the L’Oreal family I would not be surprised to see L’Oreal releasing this cushion blush as soon as August or earlier and in a much more wider shade selection than the ones that Japan got! If you can’t wait Sasa.com does sell all three shades and ships to the US (click the top toolbar to convert the site to English). I personally couldn’t wait to try them so I purchased them this way!
Lucent Magique Cushion Glow Blush comes in the standard double-lid compact which opens to reveal a full size mirror and sponge for application. Below the sponge is a secondary lid which flips open to reveal the cushion. Unlike many Asian cushions this cushion does not pop out of the compact and refills can be be purchased. The package is bulky and rather wasteful considering the no refill option.
If you’ve never tried cushion makeup it’s simply a sponge cushion that’s saturated with makeup, in this case that would be blush. You simply pat your sponge onto the cushion, or your finger, or a brush, and apply to your cheeks.
L’Oreal formulated this with mineral water which has a beautifully hydration consistency that blends easily. I’d say the formula is very, very much the same as Lancome’s but I found this sets to a less dewy finish which I really liked and of course, at a much cheaper price tag (and larger size of 0.38 compared to Lancome’s 0.24 oz). They promote the finish as a “natural glow” but I didn’t really notice much of a glow from it. The wear time is around five hours for me before showing signs of fading.
Sadly, the shade line up is a little blah. I loved the shade Pink Fantasia! It’s a gorgeous, vibrant juicy raspberry pink with excellent color pay off! I was as lucky with the other two shades Rose Affair and Sunkissed Coral. Both of these colors reminded me of the weaker, sheerer color pay off I got with Etude House’s Lock n’ Summer Cushion Blusher. Rose Affair was a very pale, pastel pink that barely showed up on my skin. Sunkissed Coral had a little more pigment but was still quite sheer! If all the shades were as gorgeous and vibrant as Pink Fantasia I’d be a very happy girl! But I’m not too disappointed because I feel like we might just see a wider, brighter shade selection when these reach the US. I will say this is where Lancome excels as their formula is considerably more pigmented.
On that note, I will say, as exciting as cushion makeup is I do fear I won’t be able to use it up before it expires. The cushion is a breeding ground for bacteria and at most you’re likely be able to get three months from these blushes tops before they become unstable for use. I will say I never had much of a problem with cushions drying out but as far as using them quickly enough is the main problem for me!
All in all, the L’Oreal Lucent Magique Cushion Glow Blush was a lovely little cushion blush. The wear time is a bit shorter here but the price is right and the application is easy for a pinch of pretty color with minimal effort! I know I like the price a whole heck of a lot better than Lancome which is near $40 each. I look forward to seeing if these arrive in the US!
Have you tried L’Oreal Lucent Magique Cushion Glow Blush?