The new L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion ($14.99-$16.99) dropped in stores in December and I had a chance to pick it up on Ulta! The popular Korean beauty trend is slowly making its way to the states with cushion releases from many American brands starting last year. Because this is my first cushion purchase marketed here and from the drugstore, I thought it would be fun to compare it to Korean cushions that are around the same price range! I will be comparing the True Match Lumi Cushion to the Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion ($15-$16) and the Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion (sold for around $30, but comes with one refill).
The L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation comes in 12 different shades, 4 for neutral, warm and cool undertones. Although this doesn’t seem like much, most Korean and American drugstore cushions have 2-5 shades so this is a step up (Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Cushion comes in 3 shades, It Cosmetics CC+ Veil Foundation comes in 5 shades). I picked up 'N3.5 Classic Buff' just by eyeing it. I don’t own an foundations from the Lumi line so I can’t compare them. I have combination skin with a very oily t-zone and drier areas around the outside of my face.
L’Oreal describes the Lumi Cushion as “an innovative sponge drenched in liquid foundation…Effortless application, completely buildable...Formulated with Precise Match™ Technology to match your skin’s tone and texture.” They also boast its use for all skin types for light to medium coverage with a fresh and luminous finish.
For those who are new to cushions foundations, they are simply compacts that come with a cushion applicator and a porous sponge saturated in liquid foundation. Press the applicator into the sponge and tap onto the face.
The Lumi Cushion comes in a compact with a plastic white bottom and a rose gold top. There is no way to easily push out the inner part of the compact for a refill, so you would have to purchase a completely new case with the foundation which is not the case for most Korean brands. The Lumi Cushion comes with 0.51 oz of product. Similarly, the Etude House cushion has 0.52 oz and the Laneige cushion has 0.5 oz.
One to two layers of the Lumi Cushion blended out ends up more on the sheer side but I would say that you could build it to medium coverage before it looks cakey. After it sets, the foundation has a natural almost dewy finish. It covered up slight redness but if you have dark under eyes or more pigmented blemishes, you will need concealer. I found that it clung to some of my drier spots. It wore well on me for 4 hours before my t-zone needed a touch up. I personally think people with normal skin who prefer lighter coverage would really like the formulation. N3.5 looks very yellow based but blends out fine on my skin, a tad bit too light for me but I just set with powder. There is no SPF, which is new for me in a cushion, no more horrible white cast like with the Etude House and Laneige Cushions. The Lumi Cushion is also unscented, which is different that both of the Korean cushions. There is almost no oxidation unlike the Etude House and Laneige Cushions, which oxidizes to match my skin tone very well.
I found this to be the messiest cushion I own. The sponge is heavily saturated in product, but because it’s almost too porous, the product sits around in the compact and gets everywhere rather than settling in the sponge (Korean cushions have sponges that have a lot of very small pores that retain the product well, if this makes sense). Also the puff or cushion applicator looks horrible after a couple uses because of its cream color and thinner shape. L’Oreal states that their puff is anti-microbial but after using both of my puff cleaning methods (cleansing oil and beauty blender cleanser), it looked awful so I have since switched it out for a new puff. Both Etude House and Laneige have puffs that use RubyCell technology, which is supposed to be have anti-microbial properties and they clean easily with a soak and rub in any emulsifying cleansing oil.
Out of the three, the L’Oreal Lumi Cushion is in the middle of the pack. I prefer the wear and the way the Laneige Pore Control BB Cushion sits on my combo skin. Keeping in mind both Korean cushions have semi-matte to matte finishes, the Lumi Cushion would be great for those who prefer a more natural finish and have the right skin for it. Packaging wise, the Korean cushions reign supreme, the plastic is more sturdy, there is less waste when you can just buy refills, and the sponge and puff is a lot less messy. I do prefer the Lumi Cushion Foundation to the Etude House Precious Mineral Any Cushion because the EH cushion doesn’t look great when trying to build coverage, doesn’t deliver on many of its promises and doesn't wear as long or as well.
The L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation is available on Ulta.com and most drugstores! Let me know if your thoughts if you guys have tried it!