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.
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.
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.
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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