So, the cushion foundation that gets a lot of us beauty junkie excited – the YSL Le Cushion Encre de Peau cushion foundation. After much temptation and debating, I eventually gave in and got this incredibly expensive cushion foundation, which is the most I have ever spent on a cushion foundation to date, especially when you consider it doesn’t even come with a refill as most Korean cushion foundations do (you can purchase the refill separately, which is also ridiculously expensive at$58 SGD, or $38 USD).
Price aside, is it a killer cushion foundation?
Let’s address this by starting with what’s not great about this foundation: the shade range of this cushion foundation is terrible. It goes from B10 up to B60, and that’s it. Also, the entire shade range is leaning towards the pale side. To give you an idea, I have light medium skin tone (I wear NARS pure radiant tinted moisturizer in the shade Groenland), and B40 would be my ideal match in this YSL fusion ink cushion foundation. So if you are anywhere between medium to dark skin tone, very unlikely you will get a good match.
Now allow me to digress, and tell you why I have such mixed feelings about this foundation. I made a mistake of not testing the foundation on my face in the store, blindly trusted the SA and got the shade B20 (don’t ask me how it even happened…). And as you would have guessed now, it turns out to be ghostly white on me, though this foundation does oxidize quite a bit on me within one hour after initial application. As a result, every time when I use this foundation, I need to go to the town with bronzers so I don’t look too dead.
But (and this is a big but), even with the shade problem, I would still go ahead and say it’s one of my favorite cushion foundations. And here are the reasons:
Firstly, different from all other cushion foundations I have tried in the past, it has great medium to full coverage. You can go with a light hand to achieve medium coverage, but can also easily build up as you desire. It delivers a fresh, skin alike stain finish. Fair to say, this is the first non-sheer/light foundation I have tried and actually liked a lot. As you can see in my comparison photos below, it evens out the discoloration, covers the redness and under eye dark circles, as well as other imperfections I have on the face (and this is with just one light tab of the sponge). But it doesn’t look even a bit of cakey. As a matter of fact, every time I wear this foundation, I have people compliment my skin – even my male friends have commented that I looked really fresh, that’s when I know it’s not my imagination that this foundation looks natural yet perfecting at the same time, something I never really expected from a high coverage foundation.
Here is a photo of me before applying the foundation:
And here is the after with a light layer (ignore the obvious mis-match of the color , I told ya that was a huge mistake on me):
And a close up of the before & after:
Secondly, the foundation lasts really well on the skin, and looks even better as your skin’s natural oil starts to come out and blend in with the product. Usually I put it on at 8:30am, and until I take it off at 8pm (occasionally even at 10pm), the foundation looks just as good as I put it on in the morning, if not better. Isn’t’ that what everyone wants with a foundation?
Thirdly, the finish of the foundation is lovely. Unlike most Korean cushion foundations, which are very dewy and borderline too glowy, the YSL cushion foundation strikes the right balance: a beautiful satin finish, with a hint of realistic glow, especially after you have had the foundation on for 1-2 hours. It doesn’t get overly dewy or oily throughout the day on me (I have combination to dry skin) either, even in hot and humid weather. And the good news for dry skin girls out there? It doesn’t clinch to the dry patches either. So I could see this foundation work for most skin types – even if you have oily skin, I reckon a little of setting powder could do the trick.
Last but certainly not the least, the package, the package! The black and gold package just got me immediately, and in all honesty, I think the package is what gave me the final push to buy this foundation.
I like to apply the foundation with a damped Real Techniques complexion sponge. The flat side of the sponge fits perfectly into the cushion, making it ultra easy to pick up the right amount of the product and apply evenly.
In summary, if you are looking for a medium to full coverage cushion foundation that gives you a perfected, satin finish, looks fresh and takes you from day to night with minimum touchup, this YSL fusion pink cushion foundation would not disappoint. But also keep in mind, it has a high price tag and poor shade selection – highly recommend you test it out in person before hand over your credit card.