I have to be honest, when I find a foundation I like, I tend to stick to it until it just doesn't cut it. Until recently, I'd stuck to my Lancome Cushion foundation like glue; after all it gave me a flawless finish fast and effort free. What's not to love? Well the price, just over £25, pinched my purse at little whilst saving for my trip to USA & Canada, and I needed an alternative. Step up L'Oreal who somehow offered a near enough identical product for a fraction of the price. After swapping between the two for the best part of a month, I thought it was about time I reviewed and compared the two and let you make up your own mind.
Before I get down to the nitty gritty, let's talk a little about the packaging. There's no surprises that Lancome looks high end, but I don't really hate L'Oreal's version either. Both are hard-case compacts, with near identical inside layouts; big mirrors, sponges, and a lidded cushion section. I will say that whilst Lancome's is the more luxurious of the packaging, it doesn't half show dirt. The mirrored outer is a magnet for makeup finger prints and it will drive you crazy. If you like products to look nice for as long as possible, you will understand the frustration this can bring after just a single use. So let's just say their both even on packaging.
Lancome Miracle Cushion Fluid Foundation Compact
A buildable light to medium coverage liquid foundation, Lancome gives a natural glowy look.As you can see above, it's great for evening out skin tone and covering any redness, but still lets freckles shown, which I happen to like. It blends like a dream, is super lightweight and doesn't cake or cling to any dry patches either, ideal for combination/ dry skin. As lasting power goes, it reaches the 8-hour mark with no need for a touch-up. Can you see why I've stuck with it for so long?
L'Oreal Cushion Nude Magique Foundation
Now for the budget version, L'Oreal's cushion foundation in the original formula (opposed the more recent bronzing edition). Again, another light to medium liquid foundation, I actually the coverage of this more buildable than Lancome. It's still super lightweight but requires slightly more blending if you want to build the coverage. To be honest, when I have it on, I can't really notice the difference between this and Lancome. The one downside I do have is that this foundation goes fast. I don't know if it's the amount of product, or it just dries up fast but I seem to have to repurchase this a lot more frequently that any other foundation, meaning what I've saved in choosing a budget brand is lost through frequent buys.
At £14.99 on Feel Unique, L'Oreal's Nude Magique Cushion is over £10 cheaper than Lancome.
So which one do I prefer? Both. They produce pretty much the same results on my combination dry skin. Usually, that would make me instantly say L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion is better because of the price, but because I need to repurchase it so frequently, it's not as clear-cut. Honestly, I think it all depends on if there's an offer, making L'Oreal the most likely of the two.
If you've tried these foundations out I'd love to know your thoughts? As I said I can't tell the difference between them when they're on, so it would be interesting to see if any of you can too. As always I'm always on the lookout for suggestions, so if you have any foundation recommendations, let me know in the comments below!