So, the cushion foundation phenomenon shows no signs of halting, and YSL join the ranks with the launch of YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation (£35). If this wave of products has passed you by, cushion foundations are compacts in which resides a squishy porous sponge which is impregnated with foundation. You can use them with a sponge or a brush to apply, the USP being that they are portable, easy to apply and light in formula. Let’s have some thoughts on this new offering from YSL-
So what are the claims?
” Fusion Ink Cushion foundation – fresh feel on the go. Luminous finish. Long-lasting build able coverage.”
~ Radiant smoothing formula
~ Luminous finish
~ Portable fluid foundation
~ All day long wear
~ Cool, fresh sensation when applied
~ Buildable coverage with a natural looking finish
~ Refillable insert
~ Can be used to top up foundation on the go
~ SPF 29
Before and Afters
Surprisingly full – I always use a brush and I was surprised by how far the product went once I’d pressed it into the sponge. There is a little powder puff type sponge applicator but I’m not a fan of these full stop – I guess for touch ups it has a place. I’d definitely say this is a medium – full buildable coverage.
Radiant, natural – it’s not a tinted moisturiser, so it’s not invisible, but it blends easily, feels moisturising and smooth and doesn’t cling. It does not have any oil control as far as I can tell – after a few hours wear a little shine comes through on me on the T Zone. Great for dry to normal skins, and adequate for combination skin although maybe not ideal for the super oily (although you could definitely try a mattifying primer underneath and a setting spray to help longevity.)
This is where this foundation really falls down – there are currently only 6 shades to choose from, and there is not a huge jump from 10 (the lightest) to 60 (the darkest) – ie. the darkest is not dark, and tonally they are all quite neutral. 60 is for a medium olive skin tone at best, so there are no shades for any skins darker – hopefully the shade range will be extended very soon. 10 is super fair, so good for any pink based porcelain skin, but I struggled to see huge differences between 20, 30 and 40 – I was shade matched to a 40 but I found it hard to believe I could ever be the second darkest shade in a foundation range, so I played safe and opted for 30 (which if I’d had to take a guess without seeing I not have thought I was- I’d have said 20 as I’m usually the second fairest colour).
Good – a comfortable 8-10 hours for the non oily amongst you. Unlike matte full coverage bases this doesn’t “stick” so it wears a little, however it doesn’t go patchy or cake at all. Looking at other users reviews on the YSL site, lots say the length of wear is very good – the areas where it wore away on me were my oilier zones so I imagine that’s why. I’ve been trying this with no primer – I shall try with and update you if it makes a significant difference.
The packaging is sleek, beautiful to look at and durable, the product itself is smooth, glowing and super easy to work with. There’s some SPF in there for those who prefer sunscreen, and I imagine this is a good option for mature skins, tinted moisturiser lovers looking for more coverage, dry skins, travellers and anyone who enjoys a natural radiant and seamless finish. At £35 it’s on the pricey side but you can buy just the refills at £25. My previous experience of cushion foundations is they don’t last me many wears but that may well be with using a brush you pick up more product. Either way, this is generally being hailed as a great base, and I’d agree. I’d say if you love the Touche Eclat foundation (the old one!) you’ll love this – if you like the Ink Fusion in the bottle it’s not as powdery matte a finish. But a great option for a natural looking full coverage.
Let me know if you try! It’s available nationwide from YSL counters and online at £35.