Beauty on a Budget Product Reviews

L’Oreal Lumi Cushion Foundation Review

February 13, 2016
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Hi Everyone!

I have been testing out a hot new drugstore foundation and I thought I would share my thoughts.


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The cushion trend has been exploding in North America, even though it has been popular in Asia for a long time. This type of packaging was pretty intriguing and definitely enticed me to buy this product. The packaging is appealing, especially because I love rose gold, but the round shape does make it a little more difficult to store, since I stand all of my foundations up in a plastic container. It can go on its side but it’s still a little bulky that way.

In terms of functionality, I usually will dot the foundation on my face 1st and then go in with a brush or sponge to blend it out, so there was definitely a learning curve with this product. Unless I was going to put my finger into the container/sponge, there’s not really a way to dot it on first, so I have switched to lightly dipping a brush into this product and then going right onto my face, which has worked fine. You can’t really tell how much product you’re using with this style of packaging so I suggest dipping lightly and adding more if you need it. I also question how easy it would be to see when you’re getting low and need to purchase more. This style of packaging is super clean though so it would be great to travel with, as the foundation doesn’t leak out and it’s plastic.


This is seriously getting up there for drugstore foundations. I did purchase this with some gift cards I got for Christmas, but it was still $24, which is a lot for drugstore. When shopping at Sephora I accept the prices, but when drugstore prices are high, it hurts me. Not sure why that is. Probably some sneaky marketing techniques of high end brands.


The shade range for this foundation is downright awful. I have no idea what L’Oreal was thinking when they came up with the shades for this product, but it was not well done. I picked up the shade N2 which was the lightest thing they offered. I would have liked C1 or even N1, but those didn’t seem to be offered. I have cool undertones and usually neutral foundations are fine too. This shade is okay for me, but I definitely have better matches in my collection. On the other side of the spectrum, there were basically no dark shades either which I think is unacceptable. I don’t get why they wouldn’t release this product in a wide range of shades. The True Match line is known to cater to a large variety of skin tones and if this product is in that line, it should too. Definitely a huge let down for this product.

Finish and Feel


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This foundation is definitely very glowy, as the name would suggest. I like dewy finishes so this is right up my alley. In terms of feel, this is definitely heavier on the skin. It hasn’t looked cakey in my experience but I can definitely feel it on my skin. It does set and I haven’t experienced transferring. Now I can’t find anywhere where it says if this has SPF or not, but it did flashback a little for me in flash photos. Usually I try and take my photos without flash, but good to note just in case. With how luminous this is, I’d be hesitant to try it on oily skin, but of course you could.


This reminds me of the regular True Match Lumi, but that one breaks me out and this one doesn’t. The finish is very similar. The regular Lumi has more shades than this, but also still not as many as the regular True Match.


I had no issues with wear time on this, but like I’ve said before I haven’t really experienced wear issues ever due to my normal-dry skin type.

Final Verdict

This foundation has the potential to be a great drugstore options, but they need to come out with a full shade range. I do prefer being able to dot my foundation on, but the concept of the cushion is still intriguing to me and likely something that is going to be trendy or a while. I do think the price is a bit high for drugstore. My cap for drugstore is generally right around $15, which I think is reasonable. If I’m being honest, I like this product but I don’t think I’ll be reaching for it a ton. Lately if I want a luminous look, I reach for the MUFE HD Stick, it’s super quick and gives me the luminous look that I like. It’s not that this is a bad product, but I just have other foundations that I like more.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think of it?

Bye for now!






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  • Reply Amel February 13, 2016 at 1:11 am

    Great review! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • Reply Chelsey February 13, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you for reading!

  • Reply Ask Cara February 13, 2016 at 7:46 am

    Great review!

  • Reply BeautyliciousStyle February 13, 2016 at 7:55 am

    How much does the MUFE stick foundation cost in comparison to this one? How long does the actual stick last you? I used to use the Dermablend stick foundation and I loved it! So easy to use and amazing coverage! Only the actual stick did not last all that long. The liquid foundation lasted much longer. Is it the same with this product? Nice review! πŸ˜€

    • Reply Chelsey February 13, 2016 at 10:04 am

      The stick retails for $50 CAD, but I picked it up at IMATS for $30. I have owned the stick since September and I still have a ton left, it’s high coverage so you don’t need a lot. To me the stick lasts longer than the MUFE liquid.

  • Reply Joyce @localgirlforeignland February 15, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I haven’t see this one in UK yet. Thanks for the review. I love dewy finish.

    • Reply Chelsey February 15, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Hmm hopefully it will be there soon if you want to try it! I love dewy skin too

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