Cushion foundations seem to be all the rage right now and I am all about trying new things so I had to pick one up! And by one, I mean 2. I couldn’t decide between them and I needed to make a comparison! I mean, how else could I call myself a beauty blogger? :-]
I picked up the it Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation and the L’oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation at Ulta and i’ve been trying them out for a couple weeks and i’m ready to tell you guys my thoughts.
Honestly, they’re both pretty identical in packaging. They both have a lid that flips open to reveal a sponge applicator and then another lid that opens sideways to reveal the actual product. Looks wise, it’s pretty hard to compare, I can’t decide whether I prefer the rose gold of the L’oreal or the silver of the it Cosmetics. While I love the rose gold, the it Cosmetics does have a feature that just cannot compare. It’s refillable. Instead of just tossing the entire packaging when you’re finished you just buy a refill and pop it in there. Perfect!
Verdict: it Cosmetics
L’oreal: This goes on so amazingly well. I love how easily this blends into my skin. The texture is silky and goes on my skin smoothly while sinking in so well that you wouldn’t notice there was any foundation there. The sponge is thoroughly drenched in product but it’s not too wet where it would be spilling all over the place. I can get just enough product on the applicator to get a nice, even layer on my face. I don’t have to press too hard into the sponge to get the right amount of product which really makes me happy.
it Cosmetics: This sponge was a bit dryer than the L’oreal and I feel like I have to work more to get the product out. It’s not too annoying but it’s definitely a big difference between the two. To be fair the it Cosmetics has .34oz of product and the L’Oreal has .51oz which is definitely a hefty difference considering the price tag. Besides that, the foundation goes on very smoothly and seamlessly blends into my skin. The fact that this has a sunscreen makes this super appealing as well.
L’Oreal: I was extremely impressed with the coverage on this cushion foundation. Because the texture is so lightweight I was concerned that I wouldn’t get any of my redness covered but that was not the case. Now, that’s not to say this this is a full coverage foundation, it’s not, but, it is the perfect amount of coverage for me. I’d say that this is a lightweight coverage (my preference) but it is easily build-able to medium coverage without looking cake-y.
it Cosmetics: This was a lovely, lightweight, coverage that really hid my redness. I love how light and soft the texture is and despite that it doesn’t slide right off my skin when I get oily. Because of that though it does tend to look like there’s foundation on your skin. My nose gets especially oily throughout the day and it’s constantly red. This cushion foundation just doesn’t cover that up without powder.
L’Oreal: Well, there had to be a down side right? This holds up pretty well though the day but it does start to fade away. Luckily it seems to fade evenly so my skin doesn’t look patchy. For a drugstore product under $20 you get what you pay for and I’m more than willing to touch up towards the end of the day if i’m going out after work and want to be looking fresh.
it Cosmetics: For a foundation with a high SPF I wasn’t expecting this to stay too long on my skin but I was wrong. Any other foundation i’ve tried with sunscreen seems to just melt off as soon as I get oily (another reason I generally prefer powder foundations) and I was so thrilled that that wasn’t the case with this one. I’ve found that most of this stays on my face all day, except my nose region that I mentioned earlier. When I go and remove my makeup with a wipe at the end of the day there is considerably more product on there then when I use the L’Oreal foundation.
Verdict: it Cosmetics
L’Oreal: I’ve discovered that liquid foundations seem to be removed more easily than powdered foundations. This foundation slides right off with a makeup wipe without too much effort. And, when I use just a cleanser to remove my makeup it comes off just as easily. (I use a makeup wipe first and then a cleanser every night)
it Cosmetics: For the most part this comes off incredibly easy but I’ve found around my hairline I do need to scrub a bit with my makeup wipe to get it off. While that’s a great thing during the day because it lasts forever, it is a bit of a pain at night to have to scrub it off.
While I truly love both of these cushion foundations I do have to pick a winner. I preferred the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion and have found myself gravitating towards it. I really think that the sponge texture is what made me chose the L’Oreal. I use a real techniques sponge to apply this to my skin (I tried the included sponge applicators for a while, it worked but not as well as a real sponge applicator) and the transfer from sponge to sponge is way easier with the L’Oreal foundation. As you can see from the picture above the right product (L’Oreal) is more porous and allows the liquid out much easier while the it Cosmetics on the right is way more dense.
Overall: L’Oreal wins!
Question of the day: Have any of you tried a cushion foundation, what are your thoughts?