I've been seeing various different brands of cushion foundations circling the blogosphere for a couple of weeks now and I've been wanting to jump on the bandwagon and give one a try for myself. So when The Body Shop sent me their new Fresh Nude Cushion Foundation* to review, I was really excited to finally be able to give one a go!
So at first application, I noticed that it has a nice fresh scent to it which is really nice. I'm not a fan of the applicator, I don't know if you're even supposed to use this to apply it with or if it's just to get the liquid out? But I found that I preferred to grab my beauty blender and dab that directly into it and then go straight onto my face. I actually really love that I can do this, with all of my other foundations I squeeze some out onto the top of my hand and apply it with my beauty blender that way, but with this foundation because of the fact I can dab my beauty blender directly onto it, there's none of that mess to clean up afterwards! So much easier.
I was sent the shades Peony 01 & Vanilla 02, Vanilla is a tad too dark for my skin tone but Peony is perfect. It doesn't look like the lightest of foundation shades but it's very neutral toned and blends into my skin perfectly. I do struggle with drugstore foundations as they are always so pink toned and I have yellow undertones so I either need a neutral or yellow based foundation for it to be a good colour match.
The coverage is light initially which I really like, you can't even tell I'm wearing any foundation it blends in that well! It's so natural looking and is perfect for a no makeup makeup day or for those that don't like caking it on. It's definitely buildable like it says it is, so I also love that about it as I can go back in there for more coverage over redness and blemishes. It's also very lightweight and I don't even feel like I'm actually wearing a base so if you get to that stage in the day where you just want to take all your makeup off, you would probably forget you were even wearing any with this. The finish is semi-matte which I find to look pretty much matte with the tiniest bit of dewiness. After I set my face with powder, it didn't even look any different which is really good as some foundations tend to go a little bit too matte or slightly cakey. To be honest, I didn't even feel like I needed to set it at all but because of my oily T-Zone, I feel like I should never skip the powder stage.
It claims to provide 24 hour moisture which is good for those who suffer with dry skin, I do have a few dry areas so it worked really well on those. It didn't seem to cause me any oiliness around my T-Zone so I think as long as you set it with a matte powder, it will work fine with oily skin types too.
Overall I actually really love this foundation, in the A/W I like a matte base and this is just that without being overly matte and drying. It went straight into my everyday makeup bag after first application so that's how much I'm loving it! I highly recommend trying this out if you're after a lightweight & natural looking foundation that has a mix between a matte and dewy finish. It retails for £16.00 which is on the more expensive end for a high street foundation but it's totally worth it and I'll definitely be repurchasing this in the future!