I remember a couple of years ago Lisa Eldridge came back from Korea and did a video about how cushion foundations were going to be all the rage. I remember thinking “what in the hell are those and no. Never will I ever.” Well, things changed. Damn it, they won me over. There’s just something about them. They’re so quick and easy to pop on and they feel so weightless on the skin.

I purchased L’oreal’s version, the True Match Lumi Cushion, a few months ago and I was really impressed. Then when the YSL Fushion Ink Cushion came out we received them in gratis at work. I initially assumed, due to the difference in description, that they’d be nothing alike, but the more I used them, the more similar they seemed. So I decided to put them to the ultimate test and do a full day with a half and half face. Shall we chat about how they compare? For reference I have the L’oreal Cushion in W3 and the YSL Cushion in 30.

I applied both with the sponge that comes in the compact. They’re certainly similar in texture, but I’d say that the Lumi Cushion is slightly more thin and fluid and provides slightly less coverage (light to medium) compared to YSL’s (which is more of a true medium coverage). The effect looked almost identical on my skin though.

This is what I found odd. YSL’s cushion is meant to be a spin off of their Fushion Ink Liquid Foundation, which has a matte finish. But they can’t quite seem to decide in their official description if the cushion is also meant to be matte or if it’s meant to be dewy. “For an even shine free complexion.” “For a radiant, smoother looking complexion.” “Leaving a luminous, matte finish.” Good god that doesn’t mean anything! I can’t stand when brands try to call things matte and luminous. Those two things cannot co-exist. Long story short, YSL’s cushion is very dewy… which I quite like. It looks just as dewy as the L’oreal Lumi Cushion.

Shade range
L’oreal has the upper hand in terms of shade range. I counted 16 shades on the Ulta website. YSL only has 6 shades in Sephora. I’m also not crazy about the tones that YSL carries either. There’s a lot of pink happening. I can get away with my shade, but it’s not ideal.

Wear time
I suppose the real question is how did they hold up? The answer to that is pretty simple. Good. Yup. They held up good. Real good like. Both stayed looking quite nice on my skin by the end of a 12 hour day. There was still a decent amount of coverage going on and there was no obvious separation. If I were splitting hairs, I’d say the YSL one looked ever so slightly worse for wear (oilier and more broken up), but I think that’s only because it’s a bit higher coverage. Higher coverage foundations always look worse over time.

Both foundations are lovely. You’re getting a beautiful dewy finish with a similar level of coverage either way. You’d honestly be hard pressed to tell one from the other if you couldn’t see the packaging. I’d say if you want a fantastic foundation for a much more reasonable price (literally, a quarter of the price), then L’oreal is your guy. But if you want a right treat, then go for YSL. I mean… the packaging is fancy AF. You’re literally paying for the packaging. And maybe the cucumber scent. I REGRET NOTHING.

  • I looooove the L’oreal cushion foundation so much! Its my fave

    Ellie xx

    • Amen to that. It’s really well done.

  • I like the L’Oreal Lumi foundation as well! I think it’s quite expensive for a drugstore foundation, but the most affordable of the Western cushion compacts out there. The L’Oreal group actually owns L’Oreal, Yves Saint Laurent Beaute, and Lancome, so a lot of times, if I am eyeing a pricier product, I try to find the L’Oreal version. Might be something keep in mind when trying to save a pretty penny!

    • Yeah. You can definitely see a lot of exact equivalents with L’oreal and Lancome quite often. Even sometimes the same smells in their products.

  • Ah the matte and luminous description that brands have been loving these days. Sorry folks, you can’t cater to both clientele – it’s one or the other or neither all together! I’m a big fan of L’oreal’s (wear the same shade as you so I’ll tuck that tidbit away for future foundation recs from you!) and am curious to try Maybelline’s after actually hearing good reviews.
    Jaime |

    • Oh yeah. I totally forgot that Maybelline just launched a cushion. I saw someone use it on youtube. It’s meant to be more matte than most cushions.
      And yes, thank you for agreeing with me about the matte/luminous thing. It blows me mind what people will fall for in marketing these days. Primers for everything imaginable.