One of the things I love about cushion foundations is that they marry skincare benefits, SPF (usually) and luminous coverage. Now there’s a new temptress from La Prairie, Skin Caviar Essence-In-Foundation and it’s all that and more.

Cushion Foundations are still a relatively new thing in the U.S., but they’re commonly found in K-beauty lines. I’ve tried many cushion foundations (read my comparison here)  and when I read that La Prairie had launched a new one, I was curious to see how it would compare to others I like. Although I’ve long been a fan of La Prairie skincare, the Skin Caviar Essence-In-Foundation is my first experience with the brand’s foundation.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-In-Foundation is a fluid, hydrating emulsion foundation infused with caviar water. In addition to hydration and firming benefits, there is broad spectrum SPF 25 protection. The feel and finish of this foundation is very natural, with light-to-medium buildable coverage. It imparts a glowy, “soft focused” finish; it looks and feels like you’re not wearing makeup at all, but in the best possible way.

There are 8 Skin Caviar Essence-In-Foundation shades available in a light to medium range. I was surprised that the shade range only included light to medium shades, no deep. Hopefully those shades will be added, as that is my only critique of this product. I was sent the N20 shade; a medium/light neutral that is very close to my natural complexion (the above swatch was taken outside in natural light). I swatched this with a brush so that you could actually see the contrast.

In terms of “how much” coverage, this foundation is certainly pigmented enough to cover minor skin perfections, but if you have need for a medium to full coverage, a cushion compact is probably not what you’re looking for.  I found that 1-2 pushes on the compact delivered more than enough foundation for my needs (there is an excellent tutorial on the La Prairie website). I didn’t experience any oxidation, even after all day wear, and no transferring. There is a slight fragrance, but overall, this is a breatheable, beautiful, luminous foundation.

La Prairie Skin Caviar Essence-In-Foundation comes packaged in a gorgeous, air-sealed compact, and there is a refill, two sponge applicators and a protective pouch included. It’s a pure luxury experience, as you’d expect from La Prairie.

You can find Skin Caviar Essence-In-Foundation at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks and at This cushion foundation is a splurge, but I won’t hesitate to replenish it when I run out!


Disclosure: A press sample has been provided by the brand/PR for editorial consideration, product testing and review. Affiliate links have been used in the post; see Disclosure Policy for additional information.


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