L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Buildable Luminous Foundation: Review & Swatches

The perks of having three ladies in the house with different shade of skin tones is that when you end up buying something online, that is either a shade darker or a shade lighter than your skin tone, instead of throwing it away, you can exchange it with of the other person. My mother, my sister and me look like a skin tone shade card and exploit this benefit to the hilt. A recent example of such a situation is when my sister ended up buying the L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Buildable Luminous Foundation. It is shade that was light for her so she asked me if I wanted to try it. Considering the amount of money I spend on buying stuff for this blog, I was obviously not going to say no to a free product to try.

Loreal True Match Lumi Cushion Buildable Foundation

Price: Rs 1150 for 14.6 gm


The L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Buildable Luminous Foundation comes in a plastic pan packaging with the brand name printed on the top. The pan opens to a mirror and an applicator. The applicator rests on a separator that in turn opens to the base which has a sponge like surface that houses the product in it.

The only time I have seen a similar packaging is with a Korean brand. Koreans are pretty much market leader when it comes to packaging so I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the pan and saw the similarity. I love the idea of a pan that has everything in it making retouching a piece of cake. Loads of extra points from me for the packaging.

But I have to mention that the applicator is pretty useless. I have stopped using it all together and I will go in the detail of why it not an ideal tool to apply the product later in the post.

Loreal True Match Lumi Cushion Buildable Foundation Packaging

Loreal Lumi Cushion Buildable Foundation

Loreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation Packaging

Texture & Product

This is unlike any foundation I have used because the actual product is placed in this sponge like surface. It is very watery and feels really wet on the skin. The texture ensure that it spreads on the skin easily but you have to give it time to settle. Once it settles, the product gives a very natural and dewy finish.

The shade my sister got was W3 and it matches my skin tone really well. I am a NC 41 in terms of MAC foundations and usually a natural beige in most of the other Indian drugstore brands like Maybelline, Loreal, Revlon etc. There are only 6 shades available so shade selection is a tad limited.

Loreal Lumi Cushion Foundation Closeup

My Experience

I was pretty excited to try this foundation but it turned out to be a very disappointing product for me. Let’s start with the challenges of applying this foundation. Like I mentioned before, the applicator that it comes with is pretty useless. It doesn’t pick up the product properly and all you get is a tint of the product on your face. The rest is absorbed by the applicator because of the material it is made of. Other sponges posed the same problem. The product is so watery in consistency that most of the product ends up inside the sponges rather than on your face. I then had to move on to my brushes and that is when I got some kind of coverage.

The next challenge was applying this foundation evenly and getting any kind of coverage. The texture is again a big culprit in creating an issue in this area. You have to use a pat motion to apply this product otherwise the product ends up moving around and settles in a very streaky finish. The watery texture also requires you to wait for the first layer to settle before you apply a second one or you end up with a patchy finish.

In terms of coverage, this product has a very minimalistic opacity. If you have pigmentation or acne marks, just wearing this foundation won’t help in getting an even finish. For me, I have quite a few light acne marks on my cheek and I had to use a concealer when I tried to wear this product to cover the marks.

The product did not survive more than an hour a half on my oily combination skin. I also ended up retouching it every two hours which was honestly a really annoying thing to do. To add to it, the foundation also ended up oxidising on my skin if I was out and about in the heat.

Cushion Buildable Foundation Swatch

Final Verdict

I honestly have nothing good to say about this product as it pretty much did not work at all for me. The texture is just too difficult to work with and I was so mad that my sister ended up spending so much money on it.  The only thing I ended up liking about the product is the packaging.

It might work for someone who has a very even skin tone, is not looking for too much coverage and has a normal or dry skin type. A big no for oily skin types and if you want a decent coverage.

Have you used the L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Buildable Luminous Foundation?

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