I previously reviewed the L’Oréal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation and had a lot of positive things to say. The cushion foundation phenomena has completely taken over the European and U.S. beauty market and the latest to add their own are The Body Shop. Enriched with 100% organic Aloe Vera and English Rose Water this vegan formula was one I was keen to try.
I never thought I would be one to enjoy a cushion foundation as I have always preferred full coverage from my foundation. However, recently I have enjoyed formulas that provide lighter coverage, particularly those that have a dewy finish. If you also prefer such outcomes from a foundation then cushion formulas are definitely ones to consider.
Currently The Body Shop offer the Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation in only five shades. Undoubtedly, the limited shade range is disappointing and I sincerely hope that The Body Shop do consider expanding on their range to allow a variety of potential customers to find a shade that will match their skin tone. Other than the limited shade range, I have nothing else that is negative to say in regards to the actual product.
Packaged in a chic white compact, the formula is beautiful and I actually prefer it over L’Oreal’s. The concept is the same as all cushion foundations, you press down on the cushion and the foundation rises upwards for you to pick up with your choice of tool. I prefer applying this formula with a Beauty Blender, although a brush and the powder puff work well too. The powder puff comes particularly in handy for touch-ups and taking with you on the go.
The formula blends seamlessly on to the skin with minimal effort and leaves a semi-matte finish that gives you that perfect balance of natural looking skin – not too matte and not overly glowing either.
Initially I expected this to offer only very sheer coverage, but much to my surprise although the coverage is light and certainly feels weightless on the skin, you are able to achieve medium coverage with ease as the formula is so effortless to build on.
As mentioned above, I do prefer this to L’Oreal’s cushion compact as the finish is far more beautiful finish, furthermore it also lasts longer on my combination skin. Although the formula did begin to wear off around my nose (as most foundations do), it otherwise did not budge throughout my 8 hour working day.
The Body Shop’s Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation costs slightly more than L’Oreal’s (only by a £1!), it’s still a more affordable option than other brands that have also picked up on the trend. It’s also worth keeping in mind that The Body Shop often have promotions online and in store that will definitely allow you to make a purchase and save some money.
What are your thoughts on cushion foundations? Share your opinions with me in the comment section below.
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