Foundation Steal: Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation Review

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Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation Review

A few weeks ago, I ran out of one of my favorite foundations, Lancôme Miracle Cushion Liquid Cushion Compact Foundation. I love that it is super lightweight, blends perfectly into my skin, and just makes me look like I have great skin, instead of rosacea.

Maybelline (which happens to be owned by L'Oreal, just like Lancôme), just released a very similar cushion compact foundation. I've tried similar foundations from other brands, but didn't find them worth mentioning. This one is worth mentioning. I probably won't be repurchasing my Lancôme, since this Maybelline is so close.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation Review

The set up of the foundation is pretty similar to the Lancôme. There's a top that comes down and seals the foundation, so you can travel with the compact without it spilling all over. A sponge applicator sits on the top. Inside you'll find a dense sponge that has been saturated with the liquid foundation.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation Review

The foundation comes in 8 shades, and while they do have some light colors and a few darker shades, I'm really hoping they come out with more shades. Note that while the color on the packaging varies, I really don't think it reflects the color of the foundation accurately.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation Swatch

I've been wearing 10, the lightest shade. In the Lancôme I wear 110 (from Nordstrom), in Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk I'm 3.75 (from Nordstrom), and in Bobbi Brown I'm Cool Sand (from Nordstrom). I was surprised by how much the undertones varied in the different shades, but I think this picture does show them accurately.

Application is very easy! I just dab the sponge applicator onto the foundation to pick up a bit of liquid, and then I pat or roll it on to my skin where I need coverage. The foundation is very lightweight and provides medium coverage, but you can easily just add more where you need fuller coverage. After some experimentation, I've discovered that if I wait about a minute before blending the foundation, I get the best results. The minute lets the foundation set a bit, if I blend too early then I'll remove too much of the foundation. To blend, I roll a slightly damp BeautyBlender (from Sephora) over any areas that need it.

I've been using this foundation with Maybelline's Dream Brightening Concealer (from ULTA, I'm using 20 Light), which I just draw onto any trouble areas such as under my eyes or a blemish. Together they create medium, luminous coverage that looks very natural. It lasts all day for me, though I do get a little shiny mid-day in my t-zone, so I blot gently with a BeautyBlender Blotterazzi (at Sephora) to remove the excess shine but leave my foundation intact.

My husband actually commented on my skin this weekend, asking if I was wearing anything and saying that my skin looked great! I think the lightweight foundation looks super natural, but underneath my rosacea is definitely still there. If there's a shade that matches you, this is definitely worth checking out!

You can find Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation at ULTA, Walmart, or Amazon

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  1. I really like the Dream Brightening concealer but wasn't sure about this so thank you! #20 looks perfect for me and hopefully won't oxidize darker or orange like some other brands can on me. Now I'll definitely pick some up next time I'm at the DS. This also looks very similar in packaging at least, to the L'Oreal version, but I have a harder time with their shade range, too dark or too light. This looks great!

  2. Thank you for this excellent product review. I've been using a liquid version of both Maybelline and L'Oreal luminous foundations and been pretty happy with them. Your review makes me want to try out this sponge foundation, probably in the # 40 shade. Thanks again, Ardith

  3. This is not available in India yet but I believe you! Since Lancome and Maybelline are essentially owned by the same brands, it's gonna be close. However, Lancome's ingredients and finish is bound to be superior.


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