I’ve been waiting to try out a non-Korean cushion for so long! They’ve been releasing overseas, and now I finally have the chance with this L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion, also known as L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Cushion in the US. I’m thinking they’re the same because even though the Australian version is called “Nude Magique cushion”, the formula is a creamy dewy and glowing foundation more like the Lumi Magique foundation (True Match Lumi foundation in US). And not liquid to powder like the Nude Magique foundation. Anyway….here are some pics and my first thoughts on my first non-Korean cushion foundation :)
The formula is a very creamy liquid formula, with a very dewy and glowing finish, and is very smooth and bendable. It feels very hydrating and creamy on the skin. The creaminess of the formula reminds me a little of the Lalavesi FW. So probably best for autumn/winter. But the similarities ends there.
The formula is natural looking and dewy on the skin, but the pigments in the formula are not as fine as other cushions foundations I’ve tried. When you compare it next to another foundation the finish doesn’t look as airbrushed and smooth. And instead of blurring over imperfections, like pores, it can accentuate them a little instead, after the foundation settles into the skin.
The coverage is light to medium. And is buildable without looking cakey. However, the formula does darken a little, a short time after application and oil control is not great. The dewy formula does get shinier as wear time increases (hence why I think it’s probably best for autumn/winter). But it does last a long time without separating or fading.
I like that this cushion has a larger range of shades than Korean cushion foundations, which usually only have 2 or 3 shades. But the shades available in Australia are limited. There are only 6 shades here compared to the 12 released in the USA. And there’s no light yellow undertones shades. There are two fair shades 01 Porcelain and 03 Vanilla that look more pink/neutral. There’s no 04 and 05 shade and jumps to 06 Rose Beige, 07 Golden Beige, 09 Beige and 11 Golden Amber. I bought 07 Golden Beige, the lightest yellow toned shade and it’s darker than No.23 Korean foundation shades. It’s an ok shade for now in summer in Sydney, but once it’s winter my skin will be less tanned… and that’s when this formula would be best for.
The case cover is a mirrored pink. I personally prefer the rose gold packaging they have in other countries. The case scratches very easily. Mine already has scratches on it from being in my bag once, so it’s not great for carrying around in the handbag. The bottom part is a light pink plastic. The case doesn’t have a buttoned clasp you press to open. You just pull it apart with your hands. And the puff inside doesn’t have branding on it, making it feel very plain and anonymous. As a whole the packaging doesn’t feel $29.95. It’s more like the lower end Korean cushions that cost around KRW 10,000 (around A$11).
The label on the cover is colour of the shade inside, but you can’t tell exactly what shade that is after peel off the security sticker, which has the shade number on it.
The cushion sponge the foundation is soaked in, is not very dense. It doesn’t bounce like a cushion sponge should usually bounce and doesn’t hold up the product very well. So you need to be quite light handed or else you end up with too much product on the puff applicator. And this also leads to the product more easily sliding around inside the case. If the case is tilted for a period of time (e.g. if it’s not played flat in your handbag or if you store it standing up, not flat) the product can slide to one side of the sponge quite easily. You can see from the pics that that’s what I found happen to my cushion when I first opened it.
This cushion doesn’t come with a refill and there are no refills sold at the moment. From inspecting the case I think the cartridge can be taken out, but with great difficulty. I tried to pull it out, but failed… So I don’t think it’s intended to be refillable.
Side note: the cushion is labelled “Made in Korea”, so I’m not sure whether I should be considering this a Korean cushion or a non-Korean cushion. To be labelled with Korea as the country of origin, I think at least 50% of the cost of making the product needs to have been incurred in Korea. I would guess that the formula of the foundation would still be from L’Oreal Paris, but the packaging would be Korean. If that is the case, I guess I would consider it non-Korean still.
What I Think
My first immediate impression of the formula was ok. Dewy and glowing, smooth and easy to blend. But I felt the pigments could be more fine and didn’t like that it did accentuate pores a little more than other formulas I’ve tried. Plus I think it’s very expensive for a drugstore brand with no refill. However, the real deal breaker for me with this cushion is my skins reaction to it… my skin doesn’t seem to like it. After wearing it for a few hours my skin felt a little itchy and irritated and after taking it off, my skin looked a little rough…. :( *sigh* I need to figure out what ingredient my skin isn’t liking. I had so much hope for this product. I’m a little sad that it didn’t work out for me. I hope this product works out better for you if you’re trying it out :)
Purchased from: Target; also available from Priceline and Chemist Warehouse.
Happy Shopping Everyone! :)