Is Estée Lauder's Cushion Stick a Foundation and Makeup Sponge?

Hey lovelies! So, for the past couple of months (maybe less) I've seen advertisements for Estée Lauder's Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup. I've been thinking of trying out stick and cushion makeup but have been a bit hesitant because I have combination skin. When I saw that Estée Lauder came out with foundation that was both at once, I was there for it. Therefore, I bought one as an early Christmas present for myself.

A Few Cushion Stick Product Details

Of course, you know it is a combination stick-like and cushion foundation all-in-one. I say stick-like because it is a liquid foundation but in tube, aka stick, container. The tip or applicator of the stick is a cushion where the foundation comes out from. You can twist the base to release the foundation into and out of the cushion.

You are supposed to be able to apply your foundation by dotting or stroking it on your face. Then you should to be able to use the cushion tip as a makeup sponge/tool to smooth and blend the foundation on your face and neck. You can go in a circular or stroking motion to smooth out the foundation.

My First Impression Using Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup 

I filmed my first impression using this product. It is a long video so here is the condensed version. I purchased the shade Honey Bronze, it is an exact match for me. I dotted the foundation on my face first. Next, I tried using strokes to smooth it out. That method was not working too well for me. Then I tried using circular motions and this method worked best.

Although using a circular motion worked out best, it still did not blend and smooth out my foundation well. It was a bit streaky. It was evident I was wearing foundation. While the formula allows for buildable coverage, using the built-in tool did not provide a desired application. If you are the type who color corrects before applying foundation, this cushion tool will erase your color correcting efforts. Aside from that, the formula is very lightweight. Even though the cushion tool did not apply the foundation in a desired way, I did not feel the weight of the foundation on my skin.

My Second Try Using Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup

Since I love the shade match and formula of Estée Lauder's Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup, I was not going to write it off. The cushion tip does allow for mess free application. I knew I could not smooth and blend using the cushion tip. So, I used a flat top foundation brush to buff and blend the foundation.

This made a world of difference. The finish was much smoother and seamless. I could not feel any weight from the foundation on my skin. Plus, I could build coverage better in the areas I needed it.

Final Thoughts About Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup

I truly adore this foundation. I will give you the quick points why:

  • True shade match
  • Weightless formula
  • Buildable coverage
  • Luminous finish that is not overly glowy on my combination skin
  • Blends seamlessly with standard foundation blending tools (brushes, sponges, sponge blenders, etc)
  • Color lasts several hours without fading and even withstands light sweating
  • The cushion tip is easy to clean and attach back onto the stick.

Even though I adore this foundation it is not without flaws. Estée Lauder hypes up the tool part of this cushion stick foundation. I think they need to stop. It can be used for quick touch ups and to dab on the product. However, it is inadequate as a blending and smoothing tool. The tip will erase any color correcting you do before foundation. I think the reason is because the cushion is not malleable enough to bend or squish enough over a person's bone structure.

I do think the Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup is a good foundation to spend your money on. It costs $39.50 which does place it in the luxury makeup realm but it is not too expensive. I personally feel it is worth every penny.

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