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Foundation Steal: Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation Review

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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6 Comments

  1. 10.21.18
    Megan said:

    I love this product. Would you consider it pregnancy safe?

  2. 10.22.19
    Zoe said:

    Hi Christine

    Please review if these products from Maybelline safe for pregnancy:

    1/MAYBELLINE SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick
    Dimethicone Trimethylsiloxysilicate Isododecane Nylon-611/Dimethicone Copolymer Dimethicone Crosspolymer C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane Lauroyl Lysine Alumina Silica Silylate Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate Phenoxyethanol Caprylyl Glycol Limonene Aluminum Hydroxide Paraffin Benzyl Benzoate Benzyl Alcohol Citronellol, Parfum / Fragrance. [+/- May Contain / Peut Contenir CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 45380 / Red 22 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 6, CI 17200 / Red 33 Lake, Mica] F.I.L D197345/2.

    2/MAYBELLINE Master Contour V-Face Duo Stick
    G823448 INGREDIENTS: ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, POLYETHYLENE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, PHENYL TRIMETHICONE, NYLON-12, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, OZOKERITE, POLYVINYL, LAURATE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORATE, SILICA SILYLATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, ZINCA PCA, TOCOPHEROL [+/- MAY CONTAIN: MICA CI 77891/ TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI77491, CI77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES] F.I.L B185098/2.

    • 10.23.19
      15mins said:

      Both look good!

  3. 11.30.19
    April said:

    Hi doctor,
    Would you consider Maybelline Dream Urban Cover pregnancy safe?

    Active Ingredients Homosalate 10.0% Octisalate 5.0% Octocrylen E 4.0% Cosmetic Ingredients G854910 Water Dimethicone Propanediol Alcohol Denat. Niacinamide Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer Synthetic Fluorphlogopite Peg-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate Tocopherol Caffeine Disteardimonium Hectorite Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate Magnesium Sulfate Phenoxyethanol Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract Aluminum Hydroxide Fragrance Limonene Benzyl Salicylate Citral May Contain Titanium Dioxide Iron Oxides F.I.L. D226424/2

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