Tried & Tested – Cushion Foundations review

February 2, 2017 2 Comments
tried and tested cushion foundations
cushion foundations review lancome body shop marks and spencer

Today's Tried and Tested Beauty Tools is a Cushion Foundations review. Started in Korea, 2016 saw so many brands releasing their own versions of Cushion Foundations for the UK market . They are so popular because they make putting on your makeup super fast, super clean and without the need for extra tools and brushes, plus they claim to give the skin a much more flawless finish.

I'm testing out three Cushion Foundations; the Marks and Spencer Air Cover Foundation £16, the Lancome Teint Idole Cushion foundation £30 and The Body Shop Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation £18.

tried and tested cushion foundations
tried and tested cushion foundations
tried and tested cushion foundations

Each of the cushion foundations come in a compact complete with mirror and sponge. (I'd lost my Lancome sponge for pics) The foundation is applied by pressing down on the cushion with the sponge which will release the foundation. You then use the sponge to apply the foundation using dabbing motions and once coverage is how you would like it you can smooth out the foundation using the sponge.

M&S cushion foundation
lancome cushion foundation
body shop cushion foundation

The Lancome Teint Idole Cushion foundation in shade 03 was the first I tried out and quickly became my favourite. I love the packaging its so luxe and pretty. The coverage is great. It goes on really smoothly and covers all my blemishes and evens my skin tone so quickly. It has a matte finish I would say and once on my skin feels amazing. I honestly loved it. It has 13g contents but also has a high price point especially as for example my other fave foundation is a similar price for 30ml. The foundation refill is £19.50 so once you have bought the compact it is cheaper to keeping re buying.

The next one I tried was the Autograph Air Foundation in shade Medium Beige. The packaging was quite basic but had the mirror and sponge. This foundation is listed as being hydrating and I think that is why it had a more watery consistency than the Lancome. Hypoallergenic, Fragrance Free and Paraben Free this foundation is designed to make skin more illuminated, but it didn't have good coverage for me. It had a dewy finish and I prefer a matte finish. It did even out my skin tone but coverage just wasn't strong enough for me. It has a good price point, but it only has 10ml contents. However I imagine it will probably go far as its thinner. As far as I know this product doesn't offer a refill option but I guess with a £16 price tag it is still a good buy.

The Body Shop Fresh Nude Cushion foundation was a big surprise to me as I really liked it. It had a semi matte finish but still had good coverage and I found the shade 03 a great match for my skin tone. I liked the packaging and the sponge put the makeup on really smooth and with a beautiful finish. This has a brilliant price point at £18 for 18g (with no refill offered) and I think that makes it my favourite. It was very buildable so I can create the heavier coverage that came with the Lancome one.

tried and tested cushion foundations


I'd love to try out some more cushion foundations so please do let me know your faves or let me know if you haven't tried Cushion foundations yet too?

Pop back tomorrow for a BIG Valentines themed DIY post xxx






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  • Patricia Dunn February 5, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    The Marks and Spencer Autograph one is now discontinued much to my disappointment, started using it a couple of months ago only to find it no longer available. So looks like the Body Shop will be getting a visit

    • Bang on Style February 19, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Ahhh thats so annoying. I hate it when they discontinue stuff. Yeah I loved that one.

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