Monday, 22 February 2016

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation: Review, Swatches and MOTD

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation: Review
Look how elegant & luxe this packaging is! Oh the feels!
Amongst the numerous cushions I own in this couple of years, lately I have developed a penchant for Western ones more so than the Korean ones. Although we all know that Koreans are the pioneer/mastermind behind the cushion technology; but as the point of writing, many Korean cushions have limited shades, and the finish is also a hit or miss for individuals. For combination-oily skin like mine and residing in humid climate like I do, most Korean cushions pose another prevalent problem of longevity.

Following Lancôme and L'Oréal, many other big brands such as Givenchy, Dior, YSL, Biotherm also jumped onto the bandwagon - no wonder we say 2016 is a year for cushion foundations. And judging from the amazing compact technology of convenience-and-beauty-in-one, we totally understand why this hype never dies!

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review

YSL Singapore is the first in the world to launch Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation on 20th Feb 2016, at the YSL Beauty Boutique at ION. 

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review Singapore
So this was what happened to my vanity on the first day of the launch of Fusion Ink Cushion.

LIMITED TIME PROMO of YSL Cushion + any lipstick at SGD109 (For the first 100 customers at ION YSL) with free customisation of wordings is just too attractive to miss for any self-respecting beauty aficionado. Ahem.

On normal days, the cushion retails at S$88 for the case and a single sponge; subsequent refills can be purchased at $58.

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review Singapore

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review Singapore

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review Singapore
My shade is 20!


YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review Singapore


YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review Singapore

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review Singapore
Click to enlarge image: Check out my cranky Skin Of The Day. #horrors

Above photo shows yours truly wearing no other makeup besides a very light layer of Fusion Ink Cushion.

This is by far the matte-est and most long-lasting cushion I have ever tried at this point of writing. Still, I'd consider this cushion more "demi-matte" than "matte". It is one that ages well throughout the day (but you have to pick a shade lighter than your usual). By "aging well", it doesn't mean it won't oxidize - it will; however with this cushion, your face still looks good after 6-8 hours without a need for some batshit crazy blotting.

Tip for shade selection: Most of us Singaporean Chinese girls (MAC NC 20-30) will go for YSL's 20 or 30. I chose 20 over 30 because my oily & sweaty skin oxidises cushion EXTREMELY fast. Also, I prefer to look fairer than my real skin (I don't care what experts say about shade must match my neck and not my face. Duh. I go by personal experience and how many heads I managed to turn. Haha.)  And at the end of the day, shade 20 still rocked my skin!

30 has yellow undertones. 20 has beige/slightly peachy undertones + brightening effect (Now you know why I chose this right!).
  1. Classy, glamourous packaging that is customisable!
  2. Medium to high coverage; buildable.
  3. Suits normal, combination and dry skin types
  4. Matte yet natural glow-within (not dead matte, not dewy, not oily)
  5. Doesn't streak or cake; very long-lasting
  6. The sponge picks up a lot of product - a layer is enough
  7. Comfortable on the skin
  8. Six neutral shades - you should be able to find a suitable match.

  1. SPF 23 may not be sufficient for some.
  2. Hefty price tag (but YSL is supposed to be high end and you knew it)
  3. If you've very oily skin, this is not the best product for you, as with all other cushions
  4. Formulation is great but did not come close to being a revolution of any sort.
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Wow I really like my skin after patting on YSL cushion. No filter shot okay.


Yves Saint Laurent YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation is now available in Singapore at all YSL counters. Wording customisation at ION, only while stocks last.


  • Read my review of Lancôme Blanc Expert Cushion UV HERE if you haven't.

  • Lancôme recently also launched its new cushion formulation - Blanc Expert Cushion Compact High Coverage and new cushion blushers! Check out  HERE on my IG. 

  • Review of Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion HERE.


  1. I know I've said it many times.. BUT.. I really love this idea of customising your cushion~ Its like something that's uniquely yours and great shots btw!!

    xoxo, Aldora
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  2. Love the packaging!! & its cool that you could customize it!

    Emmi -


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