My #1 Drugstore Foundation

When summer rolls around, I push all my full-coverage foundations to the deep, dark depths of my makeup drawer. I love “less is more” summer beauty vibes — and the Florida heat and humidity literally melts heavy makeup right off yo’ face — so I reach for lightweight water-based foundations, sheer skin tints, and all-in-one CC creams that even out my complexion and give it a little glow, while letting my freckles peek through.

This drugstore favorite delivers all of the above, for less than $10.

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One of my favorite natural-looking foundations is the L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion. I think it’s one of the best products at the drugstore year-round, but I find its sheer-to-medium luminous coverage especially perfect for summertime.

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I keep this cushion foundation in my makeup drawer, and a backup in my handbag for the frazzled mornings when I run out of the house with a naked face; it’s quick and easy to throw on when I get to the shop. It comes in a convenient, mess-free compact with a foundation-soaked cushion that you gently press to release the product onto your fingers, sponge or brush. (This drugstore sponge is my go-to, and a pack of 2 is less than $9.) The formula is super light weight — it’s almost watery — so it’s foolproof to apply and easy to build in the areas where you need extra coverage.

This foundation is ideal for normal to dry skin; it may be too hydrating for combination/oily skin types. It wears well throughout the day without creasing or fading, and I love pairing it with this mineral powder for reliable all-day coverage. It can get a little shiny by the end of the day, which is pretty unavoidable this time of year, but I just dab oily areas with a blotting sheet as needed and I’m good to go.

The L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion comes in a range of shades from fair to deep skin complexions with options for three undertones: neutral, cool, and warm. (See: How to Determine Your Skin Tone and Undertone) W2 is a nearly perfect match for my light golden skin; for reference, I’m an NC20 or ‘Light Plus’ in MAC foundations, and a 117/118 in MAKE UP FOR EVER.

L'Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation W2, NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme Ibiza
Wearing :: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion in W2 with another drugstore fave, NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in ‘Ibiza’

The L’Oreal True Match Lumi Cushion doesn’t contain sunscreen, so be sure to layer it over an antioxidant-infused SPF 30+ for perfect coverage plus protection!

Editor’s note: this post first appeared on on 6/20/17.

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  1. 6.26.19

    I love a good drugstore foundation and I find the cushion ones to be so convenient!

  2. 6.26.17

    I’ll have to try this!

  3. 6.22.17

    This one is great! Great review and beautiful pics! x

  4. 6.21.17
    roberta m said:

    Thanks for another great suggestion–love the Ibiza too!

  5. 6.20.17

    Great post. Looks like a good foundation to try.

  6. 6.20.17

    I’m going to try this foundation. It looks so good on you!

  7. 6.20.17

    I go a bit crazy and only use some concealer and a light sweep of powdered foundation in the summer and i am ready to go lol less really is more but this foundation looks great on you