I’m a huge foundation junkie and really into Lancome, so of course I wouldn’t hold out on you when I find a new favorite! I have been wanting to try their Miracle Cushion Foundation for a while now and I’m excited to share the find with you. I think it will make a great addition to your fall makeup stash!
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So yes, I’m really into foundation, but I’m even more of a sucker for ones that have fun application methods. Ditch the pump top, how about one where there is a squishy sponge inside? Plus awesome benefits!
The innovative cushion sponge inside this container contains over 800,000 pores to transfer the ideal amount of product for an effortless makeup application. The formula delivers intense hydration with cooling and brightening properties. You get the benefits of a BB/CC cream and the benefits of light to medium coverage! Suspended in a cushion sponge, the liquid is enclosed in an air-tight compact.
The shade I have, 220 Buff C is on the lighter end of the spectrum, but I’m still trying to get lots of mileage out of this right now before the shade is too dark on my quickly fading summer tan. I’ve had this for a couple months now (I know…I really have been holding out on you!) and I’ve done some experimenting to find the perfect method of application. You can see above on the right that the compact comes with a little powder puff that you can push down into the sponge to deliver foundation. In a pinch, this will work but it’s not my favorite way. When I’ve used the puff, I end up having a hard time getting into the small crevices on my face, like around my nose. One way I have tried to apply it is with a Beauty Blender, which is without a doubt how I apply most of my foundations. The results of that are ok, but not perfect. Pushing a porous and squishy sponge into another porous and squishy sponge filled with foundation is not the best way, I find that the foundation just kind of seeps into things and doesn’t know where to go.
You can see what happens when you push your finger down into the compact, the liquid is is there and pools up a bit. What I’ve gotten in the habit of doing is pushing a foundation brush down like this on the top and around the edges of the product and applying that way. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve used a foundation brush to be honest, probably at least a few years. It’s kind of nice to use one again and I love the effect I get from this. It’s sheer to medium coverage, which for me is enough as long as I go back in with a brightening concealer under my eyes afterwards. Unless my foundation is super full coverage, I ALWAYS go back in under my eyes, so this is not anything new.
A couple more tips to share with you….
- My skin is pretty dry normally but when I apply this foundation my face almost looks oily or plastic-y. I immediately go in with this setting powder and it turns the finish into something perfect that I love. But without a setting powder over top, it gives my skin kind of a wet-ish finish. If you’re oily, definitely use a mattifying primer with it!
- There is a learning curve with this. The first few times I tried it I wasn’t sure what I thought. After playing with it a while, I do love it though!
- It’s hard to know how long this will last. It’s possible to close the compact completely, but considering the shelf life of a sponge I don’t know if it will just start to dry out on its own and take the liquid foundation contents with it. Bacteria tends to breed on sponges so that is somewhat concerning.
- There are only 0.5 oz in this product for the $46.50 price tag. Comparing it to the price of some other Lancome foundations like Teint Idole (1 oz for $46.50), and Nude Miracle (1 oz for $42) the price is pretty steep. I wonder if we’ll start seeing more of these price hikes in the foundation with unique packaging. Estée Lauder just came out with a push button applicator for their Double Wear formula called Double Wear Makeup to Go and you get 0.41 oz for $45 compared to 1 oz in their regular packaging for $38. Plus, it seems like it would be harder to get out every las drop than a regular bottle.
So…what do you think of some of the unique packaging and application methods we now have for foundations? Have you purchased any? What do you think of the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation?