L’Oreal Cushion Foundation

Since my beloved YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat has been running out slowly but surely and, on top of that, has been reformulated in the meantime, I turned to the drugstore to get an adequate replacement.

Of course, while there, I fell prey to the current cushion foundation trend and picked up the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation in the shade 01 Porcelain. To be fair, this ticked all of the boxes of being a natural-finish light to medium-coverage foundation, so I think I did good.

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The packaging is very cute and well thought-through, with a little plastic lid protecting the actual cushion from too much air and germs. It also comes with a little applicator pad that, in all honesty, I have never used. It is easy enough to dip a sponge or buffing brush into the cushion and apply that way.

Application itself is easy as the cushion is nicely saturated and the product itself is light and blendable with a surprising amount of coverage that isn’t to heavy or flat. I usually dip my brush in two to three times to get an even, light layer of foundation all over me face and jawline.

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On the face, it looks great, natural enough to let my freckles shine through but definitely perfecting and glowy. It is by no means greasy looking but fresh and natural. I also set it with a light layer of powder through my oilier parts, but I have noticed the foundation breaking up a little around my nose and around the mouth, where I am not that dry. That, really, is my only point of contention as it inhibits lasting power a little bit, but even so, my face still looks even and reasonably fresh after a few hours, so all in all, it’s a winner for me.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions BB Cream

This summer has been one of the hottest ever, so for most of the season I eschewed make-up in favor of a good SPF. When I really did need to look put together and presentable, however, there was one base product I could really count on to stay put on my face – the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions BB Cream.

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Now I did have some bouts of breakouts lately, but I’m usually not one to go for acne-treating formulations. What made me want to try this particular product was a rave review by Tiffany of MakeUpbyTiffanyD on YouTube. She said that while she’s not really blemish-prone, she loved this product. And because her recommendations are pretty spot-on, I went and gave this BB Cream a go.

Formula-wise, this reminds me a lot of Chanel Vitalumière Aqua, since this is also a very watery foundation that you need to shake well before every use. The coverage, however, is insane, especially for such a liquid product. I barely need any concealer when using this because it covers blemishes and redness almost perfectly. Also, since it is formulated for oilier skins, the Clinique BB Cream doesn’t really need to be set with a powder but dries to a natural semi-matte/satin finish that stays put for hours.

My only gripe with this product is the limited color range. It comes in three colors only, I think, and the shade Light, which I chose, pulls very rosy and almost ashy on my very pale skin. But if you’re lucky enough to find a decent color match, make sure to pick this product up – just don’t be scared by the marketing.

YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat

While I usually tend to keep my bases very light and natural, I do like to have a more traditional, higher coverage foundation in my make-up stash for special occasions or times when my skin is acting up.

The YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation has been my go-to for quite some time as it ticks most of the boxes on my ‘perfect foundation wishlist’.

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In my opinion, this is a medium coverage with a natural, slightly dewy finish. You can build this up to some extent, but I find that the coverage is usually enough and I like to target blemishes or redness with a separate concealer anyways.

As I said, this looks extremely natural and ‘skin-like’ when applied and leaves the skin looking healthy and glowy. If you like a matte finish to your face, this is definitely not the one, but I find that it makes my complexion look perfected without being masklike or fake looking. It also wears well and does not get eaten up by my face in mere minutes. Especially with a touch of powder on top, this will wear nicely throughout a workday or an evening event, so I like to keep it around for a failsafe option on long days.

For application, I like slap it on with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, which works beautifully, but since I’ve been lusting after the Beautyblender for quite some time now, I think I’ll be trying the two it in conjunction next.