April 28, 2015

Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation Review & Swatches

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Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact

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 Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation

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

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.

Pur Minerals CC Cushion

Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation

Lancome Miracle Cushion swatches

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.

Tried it?

Do share!

Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation is available on counters now or at Sephora.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Natalie

    Perhaps Lancôme is being influenced by Asian beauty trends because Lisa Eldridge is the new makeup creative director for Lancôme. She did a video about the makeup she found in Asia a little while back and she seemed intrigued by the products she found. Then it was announced she was their makeup director and now there are Asian influenced products popping up at Lancôme.

    • Isabella Muse

      yup, saw that video actually mentioned it recently in a post I wrote about the US market being influenced by Asia! She had a two haul videos I believe that featured a ton of stuff she purchased in Korea.

      • Natalie

        She just did a Japan haul and look video too. Her makeup tutorials are the only ones I watch anymore. She has influenced how I do makeup so much.

  • Joan

    I adore cushion compacts for their finish. It’s just as good as a beauty blender. My favorite so far has been that AmorePacific one.

  • kimkats

    So – these cushion compact things are just liquid foundaiton soaked into little sponge that you then apply with your fingers?? And they charge THAT kind of money for them?! Holy crap…. I’d rather spend the same $38 bucks and get a whole full sized bottle of good foundation!! This strikes me as a cutesy kind of fad – “this too shall pass”… 😛 I can see the fun allure of this, but it’s too expensive for what it is. The korean ones I’d spring for; they’re not nearly as expensive, and I’ll piddle away that kind of money. 🙂 (says the great money piddler….) Cute idea, but too much $$ for this ol’ gal!

  • Sarah

    I love cushions, but I’ll pass. We may be importing the Idea but not the same color range. I got a sample size of Laneige’s cushion last month, available at target, and even the lightest color was off by a mile. Further my frustration when I found out that there were at least two more lighter shades available for the Korean market. I avoid US High End brand’s foundation’s as well as they are all way too warm for my skin tone and from other reviews of this new compact it looks to be the same.

  • Fancie

    The formula doesn’t sound bad at all. I’m not too keen on the cushion concept but it does look interesting to say the least lol. I’d have to try this in person before I’m completely sold

  • Jes

    I do love etude house’s precious mineral cushion line, almost as much as I love their collagen cc cream. This is way more expensive, journey it does offer much more generous shade options. This is a real positive. The Korean brands just do not cater to women of any color, or even my Korean skin with a tan. It would be nice if Lancome would charge less for refills though.

  • Renu

    I love the IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil and it actually gives me enough coverage to hide my ugggggerly pimples. It’s a shame that this one is too light to cover spots. At the price, I would want better coverage, especially when you can easily opt in for Teint Idole Ultra instead. Thanks for the fab review, Musey!

  • Katherine T.

    IMO, the Asian brands should expand into USA, so they can offer some unique products at affordable prices, instead we get Lancome charging huge amount for a product that you can get much cheaper from the Asian brands

  • Kay B

    Does anyone remember years ago when Almay had a range of foundations and blushes that were the same concept of liquid color saturated sponge? I could swear it was more than 5 years ago. Did Almay bring the cushion to the US first?

    • Lery

      IOPE air cushion was the first cushion created in 2008 from amorePacific. The manufacter that makes the Korean cushions is the same company who makes the Lancôme miracle cushion.

      IOPE is a foundation similar to Lancôme miracle cushion. I paid $42 including one refill.

      I haven’t try the Laneige BB cushion. I think it is different from both above. The majority of the Korean brand cushions are from their parent company, AmorePacific.

      Don’t remember Alway having something similar like this cushion.

  • Eva

    you have to consider that brands like etude house and equivalently priced korean makeup is comparable to drugstore makeup here, so of course the price range will reflect that. cushion makeup from higher end makeup brands in korea range from $40-50 as well i believe (but they do include refill!)

  • Arps

    Isabella, which shade r u in MAC… Like nc or nw something. Coz i m nc30 and there is no lancome store near my place so would like to guess my shade in this miracle cushion. I use 03 beige diaphane in teint indole

  • Maddie

    Have you tried the one from Laneige? They sell it at some Targets.

  • Nadya Sadri Mulok

    I have the Blanc Expert Cushion Compact. I am not sure if they are the same.
    And shade wise, I think they have different names for the same shade in different parts of the world. I bought mine from a local department store in Brunei and I am in the shade P-02. And hey hey.. It is made in Korea. Comes with SPF 23/PA++. Very hydrating and yes, I rarely use the sponge applicator, I use my fingers. And it has a soft fragrance to it.. I’m gonna use this again later, cos when I first bought it, the shade is a bit off.. But it feels so good on the skin. The Laneige one is more cooling hehehe