May 05 2017

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation

I bought this.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation review and swatches on BeautyJudy

So clearly, I took that product shot when Valentine’s Day fingertip towels were on my bathroom counter.

But isn’t it still relevant – the idea of yes, no or maybe?

Maybelline Dream Cushion Fresh Face Liquid Foundation On-the-Go is finally a drugstore choice among cushion foundations, with a great selection of shades that I’ve seen in my experience, but how does it perform? Is it a YES! Is it a NO! or is it a MAYBE?!

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation review and swatches on BeautyJudy

The foundation compact comes with a simple, slender puff that you can slip over your fingers as you apply. I scoffed at this. I always scoff at the sponge tip applicators in eye shadow palettes and these cosmetic puffs in foundations and powders. But, I gave it a try anyway and stay tuned for more thoughts on how it performed.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation review and swatches on BeautyJudy

When you pull back the plastic piece housing the puff, you find that the foundation is safety-sealed. I love that this has two lids to add to helping keep it fresh. In order to properly test out how this holds up over time (i.e., does it dry out quick?!), I’ve worn it a couple months.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation review and swatches on BeautyJudy

The cushion is saturated with foundation but isn’t messy. It’s super easy to use.

What I did was push the accompanying cosmetic sponge into the cushion, and pat the foundation on my skin, before blending it out. I’d repeat until I had the coverage desired.

Surprisingly, the sponge did an amazing job. I have to be careful around the crevices of my nose, because after my first application I noticed that even though I went over the sides of my nose, I didn’t get it in the crevices. But that’s all. The sponge was fantastic. And it’s a relief to have a foundation that is so travel-friendly!

So how was coverage?! Check me out, half my face naked, half my face with foundation:

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation review and swatches on BeautyJudy

This foundation went on great, and gave me great coverage. While a little of my redness on my cheeks peeks through, giving me a rosy look, it covers the redness on other areas of my face which is what I look for overall in a foundation – full coverage.

Here’s how it looked fully applied:

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation review and swatches on BeautyJudy

I am so satisfied with the coverage of this foundation!

As far as wear, I had the usual breakdown of coverage on my chin and a bit on my nose but it otherwise held up good all day. It’s easy to make touch-ups to your chin and nose with that handy cosmetic sponge.

The great thing about having a cushion foundation from a drugstore brand is availability. You can purchase this all over the place! Walmart lists it for $12.98 while the Maybelline and Ulta sites say $15.99, so you can probably find it between that price range – even cheaper if there’s a sale or coupons at the store of your choice!

Have you tried this foundation? I would repurchase it, especially for travel!

  • Anastasia

    The coverage looks lovely! It’s like your skin but better, and it doesn’t look heavy. I like how affordable it is, too.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks and yes the price is awesome!

  • Lisa Marie Heath

    Coverage is really good it looks like, and the skin tone match is perfect! I’m not a liquid foundation person really (skin is oily and it usually doesn’t “sit” right) but I’m still interested in trying this one out

    • BeautyJudy

      Oh Lisa I feel you on oil! I like on mattifying Primer and sometimes I use Urban Decay Eden eye Primer on my nose, where breakdown can be worst!

  • Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    I hear so many people rave about this product but seeing your side-by-side results makes the argument even more compelling. That’s some pretty great coverage without looking heavy, in my opinion.

    • BeautyJudy

      That struck me too – you can still see that my skin is imperfect but it looks more flawless. I’m really excited to have this option with more sheer coverage coming into trend for spring and summer!

  • marciaf

    I love the coverage and how well it covers your rosacea. It’s too bad we can’t find testers to find the best colors.

    • BeautyJudy

      I wish a store like Ulta would allow that. It really does drive me crazy with drugstore brands. On a positive note, most drugstores have amazing return policies and when something isn’t right I’ve easily returned or exchanged at CVS and Ulta, by example!

  • PrimeBeauty

    That’s great coverage, plus it looks lightweight. I don’t have good luck with most drugstore foundations, but this looks like it’s worth a try!

    • BeautyJudy

      That’s a bummer about drugstore foundations! I don’t use many. There was one from CG I was into a few years ago (it was my wedding foundation!) but I generally love my prestige brands more than drugstore these days, but appreciate that the market has gotten better!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Wow, you got amazing coverage from the Maybelline cushion! I’d be very happy with that. I usually have a hard time getting a good color match with cushions because of their limited range but your match was very good. I had the sponges that come with cushions because I find they are impossible to get clean. Is this one different? I wish they’d just include a plain old blending sponge.

    • BeautyJudy

      Allison I felt that way too – I had tried one when they first became a thing but the brand had four shades and the lightest was still too dark! Even this one is a little darker than I’d like but doable. As far as the sponge – the responsible thing would be for me to share my experience but the irresponsible me has to confess I haven’t tried to clean it yet. I know, I know!!!! I am cleaning my brushes tomorrow and I’m going to make sure I remember to put this in the pile!!