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L’oreal Cushion Foundation

We’ve seen the trend extend from Asia to Western countries where larger name brands are adopting the cushion foundation or BB cream concept. Lancôme launched the cushion foundation in 11 shades for $47. However now its L’oreal (who owns Lancôme) launched its drugstore version. Lets dive in the review:

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L’oreal says: Introducing new True Match™ Lumi Cushion, a liquid foundation infused in an innovative sponge that delivers the perfect amount of makeup. Our luminous refreshing formula creates sheer to medium coverage. Tap a little for a fresh natural glow, tap on more to build a new level of luminous coverage. Liquid foundation + tap on applicator puff gives you convenient on-the-go coverage.

 

 

Packaging – The usual Cushion Foundation package, where first layer includes the brand provided sponge applicator and as you open the second layer it’s the cushion/sponge with  liquid  foundation under (no dripping or spilling issues).

 

Application – Recommended with Sponge, however I’m a brush addict. I tried with both methods and finish is different. Brush tends to leave streaky finish due to the foundation consistency however sponge application pushes the foundation nicely in the skin and allows better blending (except I loathe washing sponges).

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Texture & Consistency – on first touch and feel, it feel rather liquidy however it packs a decent pigment.

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Coverage – Sheer to Medium Buildable. I generally stop at sheer coverage, however for those who like Medium coverage, this foundation can be buildable and leave a dewy finish on the skin.

Finish – Dewy and Luminuous

Lasting Power – In the current weather situation (winter, low humidity levels), the foundation stayed put for 10 hours on my skin without any touch ups. I had to blot the oil in 4th or 5th hour however that I’d have to do with any foundation. I powder T-zone with Soap & Glory Kick Ass Powder and the whole face stays put.

Suitable Skin Types – L’oreal says suitable for all skin types however I think for oily skin peeps, using a mattifying primer or oil control primer would help the foundation from slipping and sliding.

Skin Shades – available in 12 shades, in Cool, Neutral, and Warm category.

 

N2 Classic Ivory, N3.5 Classic Beige, N4 Buff BeigeN5.5 Perfect Beige

C3 Creamy Natural, C4 Shell Beige, C5.5 Natural Tan, C8 Cocoa

W2 Light Ivory, W3 Nude Beige, W5.5 Suntan, W8 Creme Cafe

Travel Convenience – The best for travel! No stress about spilling or cracking the glass bottle foundation.

Drawbacks – Unlike Laneige, there are no refills available (yet) with L’oreal Cushion. When you finish this compact, toss this out and buy another one.

Availability & Price – Available in most drugstores and priced at $16.99 (USA). Not sure if this has launched in Boots UK or Priceline Australia.

Ingredients: 

Aqua / Water / Eau, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate / Dicaprate, Methyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, Titanium Dioxide, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Trisiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Acrylates / Stearyl Acrylate / Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lecithin, Isopropyl Myristate, Isostearic Acid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Adenosine, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Disodium EDTA, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Tocopherol.

Overall thoughts: For a person like myself who prefers Sheer coverage generally from BB creams, this foundation is a breath of fresh air which is sheer coverage, convenient to travel with, at a good price point and decent shade range. Flip side, wish it was compatible with brushes and had refills to be cost effective & environmentally friendly.

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Kiko Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation

P1010079In my recent Kiko Haul, I mentioned this fab foundation Universal Fit Hydrating Foundation. I’ve been using this foundation for lil over a month now and I can safely say I friggin love it!

It comes in an opaque tube with a very runny texture. This foundation is pigmented enough to cover any blemishes or dark spots. However I still prefer to fade them with a concealer. Its coverage (medium to full), finish and buildability makes it a versatile choice for day or evening wear. Either way the finish on skin is very natural due to its ability to blend seamlessly. I apply it with Real Techniques Buffing Brush or plain ol’ fingers.  It doesn’t leave a cakey face with visible lines <ewww> The foundation lasts on me all day without any touch ups.

If you get a chance to visit the Kiko store, I would highly recommend to try it out. They have many shades, precisely 20 shades so it shouldn’t be very hard to find a good match. Kiko claims: Hypoallergenic – formulated to ensure  minimum instance of allergic reactions. Non comedogenic. Fragrance free. Paraben free.

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2014 EMPTIES

GOOD LORD!!! Where did 2014 go? This is pretty much the same thing I say every year end. Anyway so as I mentioned few months ago, I was gathering most of my empties for 2014 and would do a post on them. So without further ado let’s get started (based on categories).

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Andalou Naturals Clemetine Ginger Shower Gel – nice while it lasted.

Dr Bronners Magic Soap – comes in many fragrances and I’ve pretty much tried ‘em all. Always a repurchase.

Forest Essentials Mashobra Honey & Vanilla Shower Wash – got these during our holiday in India and these smell heavenly.

Kiehls Vanilla & Cedarwood – nice but not a repurchase left my skin dry.

L’occitane Amanda Shower Gel – Love & repurchase.

The Body Shop Tropical Oasis Shower Milk (now discontinued) – creamy wash which smells frigging awesome but sadly discontinued.

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Yes I’m Eucerin Junkie and so is my husband. One bottle for each quarter.

Dove Nourishing Lotion – this was a holiday emergency purchase, needless to say went back to Eucerin.

Argan Body Crème – this stuff is RIDIC, sold in Spain supermarkets for ‘a Euro’ and smells divine and ultra-nourishing. Waiting for next Spain trip to stock up.

Bath and Body Works Twilight Woods – purely used it for its fragrance period.!

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EO Organic Deodorant – purchase from Whole Foods, nice while it lasted.

Bath and Body Works Brown Sugar and Fig Body Splash – simply and purely for fragrance.

Secret Clinical Strength Sport – have repurchased this many times and will continue to do so.P1000980

This one is a mixed bag. Somehow I managed not to save my shampoo or conditioners!

Aveda Invati Shampoo, Conditioner and Scalp Revitalizer – good while it lasted, not a repurchase

Aveda Pure Abundance – same as above

Daily Beauty for Wildlife Beach Spray – Yep I will repurchase, once I get through the million products I’m working through.

L’Oreal Everstrong Overnight Hair Repair Treatment – Nope made my hair flat.

Eva – Nyc Therapy Session Hair Mask – Nice while it lasted not a repurchase, same as above.

Random Samples – Molton Brown conditioner, Lush Hair Doctor – not purchasing any of these.

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Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cleanser – very affordable glycolic cleanser with slight tingle, repurchase at some point in future.

Priori Gentle Facial Cleanser – expressed my love before, repurchase at some point in future.

Reviva Brighten and Lighten – experiment which was pleasant and will keep this cleanser in mind when I’m seriously broke but don’t want to compromise on results.

Nuxe Comforting Cleansing Milk – love the scent, repurchase at some point in future.

Skin Blossom Gentle Cleansing Milk – nice but won’t repurchase.

Vasanti Brighten up – read here why I won’t repurchase this cleanser.

Dermalogica Precleanse – we’ve had on and off relationship, repurchase at some point in future.

Clinique Take the Day off Makeup Remover – same as above.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm – Defo repurchase when I’m in London.

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Frutique Papaya Enzyme Exfoliating Gel – raved earlier about it here, though not a repurchase.

Real Chemistry Peeling Gel – trial from Birchbox, did nothing to my skin, therefore not a repurchase.

Organi Enzyme Honey Peel – Extremely pricey but darn good. Can’t repurchase as it’s sold only in Australia.

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Neostrata Oily Skin Solution (2 bottles) – we’ve been consistent with each other and will repurchase at some point in future.

Alpha H Liquid Gold with Glycolic Acid – same as above

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Floral Toner – nice while it lasted.

L’occitane Roses Hydrating Face Mist – same as above

Pixi Glow Tonic – Love this product and working through the back up bottle now.

Rohto Hadalabo Gokujyun Hylauronic Lotion – will repurchase at some point in future.

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Alpha H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum – This has been repurchased for second time and it is FAB.

Aesop Oil Free Hydrating Serum – Whilst it’s pricey, it lasted forever. Made my skin appear oilier hence not a repurchase.

Juju Aquamoist Whitening Essence – experimental order from sasa.com which left me underwhelmed.

The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Serum – This is excellent as day time serum, working on my second bottle now.

For localized spots in addition to La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, I tried Aesop Control Gel (great product but too pricey for what you get) and Burts Bees Acne Solutions Spot Treatment (no repurchase, except giving a cooling sensation did nothing).

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Hydraluron – I have ranted about this endlessly….refer Here.

Bioderma Hydrabio Legere – Excellent product, immediate nourishment and have a back up.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – Lifesaver, always a repurchase.

Juju Aqamoist Hylauronic Essence – experimental order from sasa.com which left me underwhelmed.

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Origins Ginseng Eye Cream – Loved it, wanted to repurchase but it was out of stock. Hopefully when I finish my existing one I may come back to this.

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Laneige Water Sleeping Mask – working through my third jar right now and still loving it.

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Enzyme Mask – Holy smokes this stuff was good, but many similar products on market which I’m keen to try.

Aveda Intense Hydrating Masque – Loved the scent, this was a trial pot but lasted me a while so I might take the plunge at some stage.

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Biore UV Aqua Rich Jelly and Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence, bantered on about this in my previous posts too.

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Revlon Colorstay Foundation – always there, one of my unsung hero.

Lakme Absolute Foundation – plesant while it lasted.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer – In a committed relationship with this concealer, currently working through 2 of these simultaneously (one in purse and one in ‘concealer drawer’).

Bobbi Brown Gel Liner Black – Loved it! Trying Maybelline now.

Mac Paint Pot – Bare Study – this shade dried out too soon, not repurchasing.

Nars Pro Primer – Defo repurchase.

Guerlain, Clinique, Make Up Forever & Lakme Lipstick – Loved ‘em all while they lasted. No repurchases here.

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Kiko Night Balm – Nice but can’t repurchase till I travel to Europe.

Nuxe Reve De Miel – we share a very committed relationship where I have backed up 3 more of these lovely pots.

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Kiehls Hand Salve – www.thebomb.com yes love this product and been using for 4-5 years now. Always a repurchase.

Eucerin Intensive Repair Hand Cream – by now you may have guessed anything with AHA and I’m all over it.

Hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Year eve and may the new year bring you lots of love, luck, happiness, health, wealth, and peace in your lives.

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