Asian beauty products have made some of the most innovative products in the beauty industry for quite some time. From BB creams to cushion compacts, many of these have crossed over to the Western side and are dominating the business. Unfortunately, a lot of them don’t really cater to individuals with darker skin tones, so when I found out that L’Oreal created their own take on cushion foundations by making the True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, I was all over it. After all, L’Oreal impressed me when I tried their version of BB creams, so I thought that this could also be a hit.
I bought this foundation from Wal-Mart for about $17 CAD. That was the cheapest I’ve seen it selling for, which to me is quite expensive for a drugstore foundation. To make matters worse, it only comes with about half the amount of product that foundations typically come in, which is about 30 mL. That makes it just as expensive as some mid-range foundations on the market by volume. Because of this, my expectations clearly shot up. Besides the price, I will say that I do like how the foundation is packaged quite attractively. It comes in a sturdy rose gold compact, with a little compartment separating the product from a little puff to apply the foundation with (which I tossed because it’s borderline useless). It also comes with a large mirror.
As always, here are the claims that the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion makes:
L’Oréal’s True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation is their first liquid foundation in a cushion that provides a fresh, luminous look in just one tap. Using the puff applicator, tap makeup onto skin and layer for perfectly customizable coverage.
- Fresh, luminous finish for every skin tone
- Buildable, customizable coverage
This foundation is available in 12 shades with a choice of 3 undertones: warm, cool, or neutral. Although 12 shades may give the illusion of better options, the reality is that depending on what your undertone is, you only have 4 options to choose from. I went with the shade W5.5 Suntan because I usually get the shade W6 for the original True Match foundation and that was the closest shade.
Application & Wear
I didn’t even try to apply this foundation using the little powder puff it came with and used a buffing brush instead. I was under the impression that it would have a light to medium coverage, however I was shocked by how much coverage it provided using such little product. The compact is quite saturated so you only need to tap your brush/sponge/fingers lightly to get a decent amount of product.
One (1) layer of L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in W5.5 Suntan
Two (2) layers of L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in W5.5 Suntan
As for its texture, it feels light on the face and it is fairly dewy. I wouldn’t say that it has any luminosity to it since it doesn’t have any shimmer or sheen to it, but it’s definitely hydrating. It looks quite natural on the skin, and it builds up nicely to a medium to full coverage. I would compare the texture to a tinted moisturizer or BB cream but with much more coverage.
Close up: Two (2) layers of L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation in W5.5 Suntan
I added a closeup of what my skin looks like with 2 layers of foundation on. I don’t normally apply more than 1 layer, but I wanted to emphasize how natural and skin-like it looks up close. I didn’t apply a primer so I could see how the foundation would sit on my skin, and it didn’t seem to accentuate any fine lines or pores. I did wear this foundation out for a few hours and found that I definitely did have to touch up my T-zone which gets quite shiny throughout the day, but other than that, it help up quite nicely.
It isn’t extremely obvious in the pictures, but this shade was way too orange and dark for me. I made it work by blending it way down on my neck and my chest, but in person it looks a lot more noticeable. If you’ve ever tried any of the other foundations in the True Match line, I wouldn’t suggest going by the shade you would normally get because the Lumi Cushion shades don’t seem match up accordingly.
As you can see, W5.5 in the Lumi Cushion foundation is much darker than W5 in the regular True Match foundation. It’s even darker than my MAC Pro Longwear foundation, which is one of the darkest ones I own. Unfortunately, the Lumi Cushion shades really missed the mark.
I think this foundation has a great formula that looks and feels wonderful. It did live up to most of its claims and I was very impressed with its coverage and how natural it looked. However, the shade selection is very disappointing given that it is very limited. I’m also not a fan of how expensive it is for a drugstore product. That being said, if you can find a shade that works for you and if it happens to be on sale, I say go ahead and give it a try. It would work wonderfully for individuals with combination to dry skin, but might be a little greasy for those with oiler skin types.
Have you tried the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion?
What are your thoughts?