December 8, 2015

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation Review & Swatches

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation is a new, permanent cushion foundation that’s available in 12 shade selections with the L’Oreal Spring 2016 Collection which is launching at drugstores now.

This year there were quite a few higher end brands that ventured into the world of the popular Korean cushion foundation world. One of my personal favorites is the It Cosmetics CC Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation although It Cosmetics was way ahead of the game as their cushion makeup launched in 2014. Psstt but it is made in Korea!

Lancome also introduced their Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact and we even got cushion blush from Stila’s Summer 2015 Collection and cushion eyeliners from the Stila Fall 2015 Collection.

So obviously Western and Eastern trends are joining forces at the drugstore this year as L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation isn’t the only cushion makeup arriving for Spring 2016 but also expect to see a Physicians Formula Cushion Makeup and a few other budget brands who will launching their own formulas!

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation is currently available in 12 shade selections for $13.59 in Bed, Bath, and Beyond Beauty and Makeup section (also check Harmons or Christmas Tree Stores). I haven’t a clue if more shades will be available as sometimes these displays only have a few preview shades and with a wider launch we see more shades available but as of now displays have a total of 12 shades.

L’Oreal calls their new cushion makeup a “fresh luminous glow in a tap”. Having never used L’Oreal Lumi Foundation I can’t compare the formula of the cushion to the regular liquid and/or cream foundation sadly.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion makeup

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion

This comes housed in a double lid chunky compact which has a full size mirror located on the top compartment and a secondary lid that cover the cushion is also located here. A rubber sponge lays a top the secondary lid which clicks open and closed to protect the cushion located below that top compartment. I have a lot of experience with cushion makeups and I’ve never had issues with any of them drying out aside from It Cosmetics formula. I wouldn’t say it dried out but it does seem to change color over time and becomes darker and also the cushion is less saturated with color as it tends to leak down into the well of the compartment versus staying in the cushion if that makes sense. This happens within an eight month period so honestly, you should be tossing it at that point anyway. I just wanted to mention this because I think cushion makeup can be a cause for bacteria concern and also people are just generally curious if the cushion is going to dry out. Out of all my cushion makeup I’ve never had any dry out.

If you’ve never tried cushion makeup before the concept is fairly simple. Inside the compact you’ll find a cushion or a sponge of sorts which is heavily saturated with foundation. Simply press on it with a brush, the sponge applicator it comes with, or your fingers and apply! Done! It’s simply your regular run of the mill liquid foundation in a new and innovative packaging.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation actually has a selection of small sticker cards located next to the display. Each card features a group of four foundation shades in cool, warm, and neutral shade selections. The idea of the stickers is you peel them off, stick them on your face, and bob’s your uncle you have a color match.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation20

Ahhh yeah not so much. The idea is cute but it didn’t quite work for me. I ended up purchasing several shades because I was very unsure about the best shade for me. The colors seemed either too dark or too light for me. The neutrals are very yellow based and the warmer shades seem to be lighter than your average medium fair skin tone. I could be completely wrong here but the colors seemed a little weird and dare I say they kinda looked like they all worked for me except for one (W5.5 Suntan was a big no). Although I did decide that the shade W3 Nude Beige was the one that worked best although I wish it was a smidge darker as it looked a little pasty on my skin. Some of the shades look like they either darken or lighten upon contact with skin. In the pot they are one shade applied they look either darker or lighter.

They call this buildable coverage but personally I felt it was sheer. It does perfect, it does conceal minor issues such as redness, and it does brighten your complexion considerably but for those who like a higher amount of pigmented coverage this might not be for you. I liked the natural, second-skin coverage it provided. It eases my dullness, brightened my complexion, and gave my skin a very natural, flawless finish. I also loved the super creamy consistency that blends easily into skin without adhering to drier areas. I think L’Oreal has the texture down just right as too many times I run into Korean cushions that set to a matte or satin finish that ends up clinging to my drier areas. This formula had a soft, smooth, semi-satiny set that felt moist but not oily, greasy, shiny, or dewy. It does wear a shorter time if you aren’t setting it with powder. I can get about five hours from it without powder and at hour five it shows signs of fading.

L'Oreal N35 Classic Buff True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

L’Oreal N35 Classic Buff True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation Swatches (N 3.5)

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation Swatches (N 3.5)

L'Oreal N4 Buff Beige True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

L’Oreal N4 Buff Beige True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation Swatches (N4)

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation Swatches (N4)

L'Oreal W5.5 Suntan True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

L’Oreal W5.5 Suntan True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation Swatches (W5.5)

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation Swatches (W5.5)

L'Oreal W3 Nude Beige True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

L’Oreal W3 Nude Beige True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation Swatches (W3)

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation Swatches (W3)

All in all L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation is an excellently formulated cushion makeup that does Korean brands proud! Dry skin users should love this one as it sets to a soft, smooth finish and those looking for natural flawless coverage will love the second-skin natural look on skin but beware if you’re looking for a high coverage foundation product as this isn’t it.

I think L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation is a welcome addition to the drugstore world and it’s rather nice to see Korean beauty coming full circle now and becoming more readily available not only at higher end counters but also at your local drugstore.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation is launching now at drugstores and is also on sale now at with Buy 1, Get 1 50% off.

Tried it?

Do share your experience with it!

I purchased this item.

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  • Jasmine

    Aw they definitely should have added more shades. I felt that L’Oreal’s strong point with their True Match lines were that they had all the in between shades and this cusion line kind of goes against with huge jumps in color numbers. I am glad they finally included W8 in another True Match line (besides the original) because it always used to stop at W7.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m just assuming this but I think this could be a preview display and they might do more shades on a wider scale when these get added to the perm display!

  • Viv

    Thanks for the review! Do you think the W3 shade is the same as true match super blendable W3? And does it become darker or lighter as you wear it overtime?

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m not sure, I had mentioned in the post I never tried any of the True Match Lumi/True Match foundations so not sure how these compare. Sorry! :-/ W3 didn’t oxidize on me. It actually swatches a little darker than the pan but once applied I didn’t have issues with it going darker or lighter thankfully. I did have a problem with the neutral shades changing on me though! They both swatched oddly and oxidized. Hope this helps!?

      • Viv

        Very helpful, thanks! I will try W3 as I typically wear W4 in the super blendable.

          • Viv

            Finally got to test W3 shade. I am MAC NC25, and normally on truematch W4. Without using primer, the W3 cushion works with my skintone with one layer, for some reason with 2 layers it turned a little pinkish. It covered the pores on my nose very well even without a primer which is amazing. I tried it with a primer and 2 layers worked fine without oxidizing. Coverage is sheer to light medium, with my hyperpigmentation peeking through. However, it made my skin more luminous looking and this lasts a good 6 hours with primer (i have combination oily skin). Overall, good foundation to have for days where you need a quick foundation makeup and for travel. Hygiene on the sponge somewhat irks me but I wash the sponge after every other application so that is not too bad.

    • Shawna

      I know it s a little late, but hopefully this will help someone else with the same question. No. I wear W2 in the true match line, and bought the W2 lumi cushion – totally not the same color. I’m hard to match because I’m pretty fair – usually the color fairly light in some brands – but with a yellow undertone. The true match W2 is almost perfect for me, as least as close as I can get with drugstore foundation. The W2 cushion seems darker, and very orangey. Not at all the same color. I have to blend it clear down to my collar bone to make it work.

  • kimkats

    Wow – maybe it’s just my monitor, but those shades blend out a lot different than they swatch on… the N 3.5 swatches very yellow but blends out more neutral, and the N4 and W3 blend out rather pink! This could be tricky getting a match….. I will probably still have to try it, tho! 😀

    Thanks for the review and swatches Muse – dunno what I’d do without you! ((hugs!!))

    • Isabella Muse

      I dunno, the colors are really weird to me. They look a lot different in pan, apply different on skin, blend out different, etc…maybe I’m being nitpicky, but they seemed off somehow. My pleasure!!!!!!!! xoxoxo hugs! 🙂

  • Katherine T.

    Thanks for the review, I was curious about these. I have some yellow undertones, so 3.5 might work on me, but I can see what you mean by the colors being too yellow or too light. I love the idea of a moisturizing formula, but this is probably too sheer for me, and this will probably be $15 or more at DS. Even with sale/discount, it’s a lot for a DS foundation that’s sheer

  • Kate

    Here’s my 2 cents for WIW

    I really, really liked this one and I have a few foundations (well more than a few) I like including Rimmel to Chanel.
    Anyway I went back and forth between n2 and the n3.5 which at the store looked just a touch too dark.
    Even though the N2 is called Ivory it worked well on my older skin, that has a lot of redness to it.
    Even though this went on sheer there was still a good amount of coverage on the icky parts, I also liked the “slip” I guess that allows you to put it on, and apply more without looking like you applied more layers.
    Have to test during the day but so far for the money it is pretty good.
    Any idea of the SPF of this item, there is Titanium listed but no actual SPF indicated

    Price after BBB coupon was 10.43, which is probably more than I might spend on a DS foundation, but this is worth it.

  • Susan K

    My L’oreal foundation shade is around a W4, so no go on the color. And although I love the concept, I’ve already tried a few cushion foundations and they’re all a bit too sheer for me. Maybe ten years ago, but need a little more help now a days.

  • Melanie

    Ulta here in Phoenx has this for 16.99… Is it just me or is drug store makeup getting more expensive… Less product poor quality

  • Cianelle Maala

    The look of the cushion does seem to have a “cheap” look to it but if the formula is good.. who am I to complain? I’m excited to try this and the Physician’s Formula! Thanks for this!

  • Annabel Von Toastingtom

    This foundation is so expensive for drugstore but I love the formula, finish and light coverage so much. Lucky me that one of the shades on the display was W8 which I also wear in the True Match line. I have to say, for my first cushion foundation, this was a great start.I

  • Paula White

    I just ordered W3 Nude Beige. I am sort of on a wing and a prayer with this! I will follow up as soon as I get it via post. Thank you for all your reviews.

    • valsab

      You should try N5.5, it’s supposed to be neutral undertone but it tends to yellow. I find the W5.5 too dark and the lighter W is a W3. Hope this helps!

  • cecilia

    Could you possibly explain the differences between this cushion and the loreal nude magique? Where i live only the nude magique is available, although ive only found reviews on the true match lumi…so im not sure if i should purchase the nude magique or keep searching for the lumi. Thanks for the review!

    • Michi

      I asked the same question earlier and didn’t get a response, but since I bought the lumi anyways, here are my thoughts..
      The lumi is catered more to western audiences with the wide variety of shades and is one of the cheaper BB cushion option available. I fell in love with the magique but it is not available here in the states. I was curious on how the lumi compared so when I finally saw it in stock I had to get it. I would say it’s essentially the same product, but does not give as much glow as the magique. It is now my go-to bb cushion and I prefer it over the magique!

  • dee fox

    I have a tan and bought the C3. There was display to peel sample colors and attached to face. The C3 was too light but I kept it. I found applying a dot of my liquid foundation and then patting the C3 was almost perfect. I have large pores and there is nothing to minimize them. I’m going to buy the W3 or W5.5. I like the concept but need help with a shade.

  • Linlin1000

    I like to switch out sponges or have one that I can wash after each use. What makeup sponge would u recommend that can also fit into the compact? I live in NYC – maybe Ricky’s may have something ? Or maybe just look in Duane reade? Its such a unique sponge. TIA!

  • Iristheflower

    No SPF? I haven’t tried the product but I have a bunch of Korean cushion makeups and they have a hella high amount if SPF. That would be a game changer for me if they put some SPF in this product.

  • Lia

    I just recently bought the shade W5.5 and it’s too dark! Any tips on how to lighten it? You can’t really use normal methods since it’s a cushion foundation and it’d be a shame to waste it.

    • Isabella Muse

      maybe dab it on the back of your hand and mix with something darker.

    • valsab

      I sometimes mix W5.5 with N5.5 to make W5.5 lighter (the N5.5 is not only less yellow but significantly lighter). I like the finish!

  • Nicole

    What are the two side by side swatches of? One blended out and one not? Are they both the same color? Thanks!

    • Isabella Muse

      Same shade, I just blended one side out and the other I didn’t just so you could see the texture and consistency.

  • Claire L

    I have the Nude Magique in 01 (I’m in the UK) and it’s lovely, I love the dewy finish it gives. I do need to use concealer on blemishes but I always need to do that anyway.