YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review

If you’re not converted to the cushion yet, you might be after this!

This post is my YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review. A cushion foundation is a sponge filled compact which makes applying foundation so much quicker and easier. The foundation is inside the sponge in the compact. You use a powder puff to push into the makeup sponge and then pat the foundation onto the skin.

As with most beauty technologies, this trend started in Asia and it’s only in the past year or two that they’ve finally found their way over to the mainstream designer makeup brands.

Now they’ve officially landed, more and more brands are jumping on the bandwagon and launching their own, so I picked up the new YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation so I could give you my thoughts on it.

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation Review


YSL have recently brought out the Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation. It’s a light to medium coverage foundation which can be used alone or as a top-up product. It’s meant to give you a luminous finish that lasts all day.


I have been loving using this foundation for every day. It’s so handy to shove in your handbag as it’s very secure.  It doesn’t leak so you don’t need to put it in a makeup bag. The packaging is gorgeous and seriously glam so you feel fine whipping it out on the train for a quick touch up.

The shades available would probably be quite disappointing for those with darker skin as shade 5 even works for me when I wear fake tan.  Leaving that aside the shade matches are both good for me and it gives an even and natural coverage for that ‘glow from within’ luminous finish. I started off with shade 5 as I was fake tanning when I bought the compact however have bought a lighter shade refill which I switch between now when I am not so tanned.

Packaging and Refills

While the entire compact and foundation cost £36.50 each refill only costs £27.00. Refills are easy to pop in/out and replace. It feels quite glammy when you apply it as the compact is gold, classy and good quality. I know that doesn’t make any difference to the product but I like to feel I’m getting my money’s worth from product and packaging.

Wearing the YSL Cushion foundation in shade 3 in all but the bottom left-hand pic (using shade 5 as fake tanned)


It’s quick to apply as you don’t really need to even blend. You just dab it on. Then where you feel you need a bit more coverage, dab a bit more. You can use it with the pad included or a beauty sponge. You might find using a separate sponge easier to keep clean or a silisponge if you don’t want to waste product as it won’t absorb any of it.

If you’re not such a fan of the glowy finish you can powder over the top. It will definitely last a whole day with powder, probably only until mid-afternoon without.

Overall Thoughts

I was so excited to try my first cushion foundation and I absolutely love the YSL Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation.  I love a good YSL foundation anyway so I was really interested in this as soon as it launched to hear some reviews, the ones that I saw were all good and I love it too. What I really like about this is the ease of application. There aren’t many products where you can just slap them on and you get a great finish! Perfect for busy people or people who like to go out after work and quickly touch their foundation up without removing and re-doing.

One layer is quite sheer for when you’re having a good skin day, but then you can easily build up in the areas you need it. This left my skin looking super glowy, which personally I prefer as I feel the older you get, the more foundation can make you look old as it settles into lines. The lighter coverage leaves my skin looking natural and fresh. A tip to ensure you use up all of the foundation is to store it upside down that way the foundation comes to the top of the sponge.

Rating Out Of Ten 

I would give this foundation an 8.8/10. Points detracted as 1. It would be easier if the black part of the compact was more matte or satin, so smeary fingerprints weren’t so obvious and 2. I think the price point for the refill would be better at £25.  Those are my only small thoughts. The product itself is amazing and definitely speeds up getting ready in the morning. Love!

Prices and Where to Buy

You can buy the foundation at Boots for £36.50

You can buy the refill at Boots for £27.00

Have you ever tried a cushion foundation?

What did you think?