YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review

ysl foundation review

My love-in with the cushion foundations continues: I’m still using the Lancome (reviewed here) but when such a heavy coverage isn’t required, it’s on with YSL’s new Fusion Ink. Actually, Fusion Ink isn’t new at all (I video reviewed it here almost exactly two years ago) but the cushion format is a recent launch. If you’re not familiar with these cushion foundations (and there are plenty coming out) then – in brief – it’s a foundation-saturated piece of foam housed in a compact.

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It can be applied using the little pad provided (I only use in an emergency) but far better, I think, is a short and stubby foundation brush such as Bobbi Brown’s Full Coverage or Zoeva Buffer Brush. There’s just something about the squishy nature of these cushion foundations that makes them very satisfying to apply with a stubby brush – you can squash it into the pad and almost hear the squidge!

But onto the Fusion Ink, and, like its bottled counterpart, the light texture and gorgeously fresh feel. It’s just beautiful and the formula works so well in cushion form, too – non-claggy, easy to blend and with a natural, non-cakey finish. Those lamenting the loss of the original Teint Touche Eclat may quite simply rejoice at this launch – I feel that the results are quite similar. Good coverage but not total coverage, and a very fresh-faced finish that is almost on the dewy side.

Here are my before-and-afters:

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And from the side, trying to catch a bit of light so that you can see the glow:

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As you can hopefully see, the Fusion Ink Cushion does a great job at concealing the darkness under my eyes, redness around the nose and general skintone unevenness – I’d say that the coverage is actually a bit more comprehensive than in the original (discontinued) Le Teint Touche Eclat, or Touche Eclat Le Teint or whatever the Gareth it was called.

Close-ups? Alrighty then. Before and after:

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On closer-inspection, the coverage is far greater than I first thought – look at the small mole to the side of my nose. It’s very pigmented, yet the foundation completely covers it. Interesting, because at a (relative) distance, the finish is so juicy and fresh that it feels very “real skin”.

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Longevity and general wear seems pretty impressive – I’ve worn this now on normal, rushing about days and also to an event where I was photographed under bright light. I never get to the end of the day and find that it’s disappeared, though I am the sort of person who removes makeup at 6pm if they can possibly get away with it!

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Just one prob with this foundation, though – the shade range is incredibly small. Bearing in mind I’m fair and I’m wearing a 40 in these photos, you’ll be disheartened to know that shades only go up to 60. I’m hoping hoping that this is addressed, it looks as though this launch has been hugely successful as the shades keep going out of stock all of the time, so perhaps it’ll give YSL a kick in the right direction!

YSL.co.uk has the best stock of this, with all shades available – you can find the website HERE. Compacts with a refill are £35 and a refill on its own costs £25.


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  1. Bbbbbb
    November 10, 2016 / 11:03 am

    I’m all about cushion foundations. A few to try: Iope, Hera and Sulwhasoo.
    You will love them.
    I like applying it with the puff. 2 minutes and ready!

  2. AnnaLena
    November 10, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Hi Ruth!

    Have you tried the dior dreamskin cusion? If so – how does it compare? And the bew guerlian foundation is it as good?


    • Bbbbbbbbb
      November 10, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      The oxidation on Dior’s cushion is HIDEOUS. At first, your skin looks beautiful & then 4 hours later, you’ve dipped your face into fake tan. Not good, at all! Such a disappointment considering they usually do such great base products.

  3. November 10, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    Sounds like a great pick and the coverage falls in the range of what I’m looking for. Plus, I love the look of that compact! I don’t think I could toss it!


    • November 10, 2016 / 8:26 pm

      You don’t – you just get a refill when it’s finished! : )

    • Bbbbbbbbb
      November 10, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Try Korean brands

    • Sophie c.
      November 11, 2016 / 1:43 am

      The color #10 is very pale, I’m a nw 15 in mac and #10 is to pale for me.

  4. Hannah Chaney
    November 10, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Hi Ruth, would you say the amount of product longevity is about the same as buying a standard fluid foundation? I don’t know why but I would worry the cushion foundation would dry up…probably a silly question I haven’t tried a cushion foundation yet…

    Hannah x

    • Bbbbbbbbb
      November 10, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      They usually come with a refill included in the price.

    • November 10, 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Ah, so hard to tell unless you use one continuously until it runs out and then the other! None of mine seem to have dried up yet though. It would be a good test to do! You get less in terms of ml with a cushion, usually, but perhaps you use less because of stippling the brush in… x

  5. November 10, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Ruth, you’re the first blogger I’ve come across who has explained exactly what a cushion foundation is. I’ve been trying to understand what everyone has been all about with these as they look exactly like a powder foundation at a first glance. Thank you! No more ignorance!!

  6. Alex P
    November 10, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    Which do you rate more, Ruth, the YSL Fusion Ink Cushion, or Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau? x

    • Sophie Chamberlain
      November 10, 2016 / 7:42 pm

      I’m curious too!

    • November 10, 2016 / 8:28 pm

      OOOOOH! Difficult! I’ll have to do half a face of both and let you know! x

  7. November 10, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    I love your foundation reviews (the close-ups are so great!) and this looks so beautiful on you – totally natural and lovely. Such a shame about the shade range though – that’s one thing that is constantly disappointing me about foundations that are otherwise lovely.

  8. November 10, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    Ever since you mentioned it in one of your videos I keep double checking if you actually switched the before and after…

  9. Cmjohnson82
    November 11, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    How do the cushion foundations compare to say Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder? I’m not very adventurous, but very tempted to try a cushion foundation.

  10. November 11, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    The packaging is everything!

  11. chris
    November 12, 2016 / 9:15 am

    hi Ruth, I love your reviews so much, they’re so thorough, thoughtful and entertaining!
    I was wondering if you’d consider reviewing some of the green foundations on the market, like the Gressa minimalist serum foundation? I’ve seen lots of positive reviews, but would love to see what you think :-) as always

  12. Karen
    February 17, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    I love this product for me I found the perfect shade it is great coverage and as I travel a lot a convenient product to carry around. BUT – you have half the product, I believe, in the cushions than in a normal bottle of foundation and thereafter you lose a lot to two adsorbing sponges. I’ve had my YSL product less than three weeks and it feels almost empty. I only apply once a day and no touch-ups and I don’t think I am plastering it on with a workman’s trowel. So excellent product but lasts a fraction of the time of regular foundation and therefore works out a very expensive item.

  13. Karen
    April 20, 2017 / 9:23 am

    Love this product, but why does the cushion fall into black flakes? On my third compact – same problem!

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