It came to no surprise that L’Oreal Lucent Magique Cushion Blush were recently released in Asia this Summer as cushion makeup is currently the biggest trend in Asia right now!
I was in Singapore this June and spotted these gorgeous blushes at Watsons – so of course I had to grab them. There are actually three shades in the collection, but Singapore only had two shades. Click here for more information.
Here’s how they are described on the L’Oreal Singapore website:
Pair your moist, dewy makeup look with the Lucent Magqiue Cushion Blusher for naturally-flushed cheeks that radiates with a healthy glow. With each light tap, the liquid light formula and rubycell sponge work together to illuminate the apple of your cheeks. The lightweight water-based formula creates a gradient effect for naturally flushed cheeks.
Well, check out my L’Oreal Lucent Magique Cushion Glow Blush review below!
Shades & Color Payoff
The two shades that are available in Singapore are P2 Pink Fantasia, a “pink shade to achieve the natural, rosy flush look” and C1 Sunkissed Coral, a sunkissed flush of coral.
My absolute favorite shade is the Pink Fantasia because it gives the cheeks a very natural and skin-like “pinched cheeks” look. I honestly don’t reach for Sunkissed Coral much because it’s way too yellow/orange toned for my liking.
The additional shade that is available in a few other Asian countries is Rose Affair.
The color payoff of these blushes are very, VERY intense. A tiny little dab on the sponge will give you enough for both cheeks! They’re definitely buildable in opacity so make sure you start with a very light layer and lightly build up the intensity. Be very careful when you apply these because they’re very intensely pigmented and they quickly stain the skin, but definitely smooth and blendable before it dries.
Formula & Application
Texture & Consistency
The texture and consistency of these blushes are very light and watery, almost like a thin lotion. I like that it doesn’t feel greasy or tacky on the skin!
The fact that it’s water-based makes blending a breeze, but make sure you don’t leave it on the skin unblended for more than 5 seconds as they quickly stain the skin. It’s better to blend them straight away after being applied on the skin.
My favorite way to apply this is by using the sponge applicator that it comes with. I dab the applicator on the cushion very lightly, and dab it straight on to the skin whilst blending it out at the same time. I rarely see any streaks and unevenness, but when I do, I simply blend it out with my fingers.
I recommend applying this on top of foundation, but beneath powder as this product is water based and blending this on top of powder might end up being a hot mess!
I also recommend applying this using the applicator that it comes with, or your fingers. Avoid brushes as these are very pigmented and you need to have more control over the application.
One of the downsides to this product is that they don’t have excellent longevity. Pink Fantasia lasts up to 6 hours (tops!) on my cheeks, but Sunkissed Coral was barely there by the third or fourth hour.
This is why I like wearing these on laid-back, effortless/natural-makeup days when I only have a few errands to run.
I would never opt for this for a full-on glam look or for when I need my makeup to last all day.
As with most (if not all?) cushion makeup products, these come in a double-lid compact with a full sized mirror. The first lid opens up to the sponge applicator, and the second lid opens up to the cushion blush.
These, however, are not refillable like most cushion products out there.
I find the packaging to be really cute, but I don’t understand why it has to be so bulky and huge. I’ve seen ones from Etude House and other Asian brands, and they’re not as bulky and they don’t come with as much product. This comes with 0.38 fl. oz. of product and it could probably last me a lifetime. It’s unfortunate and is such a waste that I would have to throw this out before I completely run out of it! I would prefer if the packaging is smaller (and price lower hehe).
Speaking of price, it’s not crazy expensive. You get more product with a fraction of the price compared to the Lancome cushion blushes.
This retails for about SG$22.9 in Singapore. This product isn’t widely available online yet, but once it is, I will update definitely update this post and let you know where you can get these from!
All in all, I really like this product despite its poor longevity and bulky packaging. I reach for Pink Fantasia at least twice a week because it’s my go-to blush for an effortless, natural, “no-makeup” makeup look.
I absolutely recommend this if you love blushes that look like skin and are very natural-looking.