Review – Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation On-the-Go

Review – Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation On-the-Go

Review – Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation On-the-Go

Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation On-the-Go

Made for lazy girls on the go.

If you’re like me, you look for steps to cut out of your make up routine. The easier and quicker, the better. If I can finish my makeup in half the time, with the same results, I’m all in.

The first time I used a cushion foundation, I wasn’t sold. I picked up a “full coverage” formula at a drugstore while in Hong Kong. It was thick, heavy and super messy which wasn’t helping me while I was traveling.

About a year ago, I started to see cushion foundations popping up at drugstores and even high end brands were coming out with them. I pushed them aside as I had too many bottles of foundation I needed to get through first and the one that I did try left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

I went Korea recently and decided to pick up the MISSHA Magic Cushion as it was being sold on every corner. This one really impressed me which made me wonder how well the American counterpart stood up to it.

I tried out the Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation on the go since it’s so raved about. I had to try it out for myself!

The packaging

The Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation comes in a nice beige compact with a decent mirror. The cushion itself is very spongey and holds 0.51 oz of product. The puff that it comes with is thin and soft, allowing you to grab just the right amount of product without absorbing it like most sponge applicators do. The compact is the perfect size to throw into your bag and touch up with on the go. I haven’t had problems with any leaking or nasty spills so I’ll say that it’s travel friendly.

The product

Cushion foundation is the perfect blend between a bb cream and foundation. It’s light and natural like a bb cream with the coverage of a foundation. Most Korean brands are marketed as skincare because they usually incorporate anti-aging properties into their formulas. They also usually have SPF where as this one doesn’t, although they do have versions with SPF 20 and 40.

The formula is inky and wet. I think the first time I went into it with the puff I grabbed a little bit too much. This is easy to fix as you can just tap it all over your face and blend out.

The coverage is there, although it’s not a full coverage foundation, it’s medium/buildable with a light feel. It doesn’t feel cakey or thick at all, I actually forget I’m wearing anything on my face when I put this on.

Left: Bare face | Center: Foundation only | Right: Foundation with setting powder, blush and bronzer

I’m currently breaking out making this a perfect time to test out a foundation. How’s the coverage? Did it last?

Let’s put it to the test

I didn’t use any primer, I moisturized and gently applied the foundation onto my skin using the puff that it came with. I let it set for about 5 minutes on it’s own and then finished my makeup off with Kat Von D setting powder, Tarte Blush in bright rose and a little bit of Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer.

What I did notice is that it looked like a perfect match in the centre photo, which was right after I applied it, but it slowly oxidized leaving me with an orange finish.

The coverage is decent. I don’t mind letting my blemishes shine through but if you prefer a blank canvas, you’ll need to use a light concealer over the spots that need extra care.

It didn’t cling to any of my dry patches and left me with a beautiful glow. I was really happy with both the application and the finish.

Here’s the foundation after 6 hours with no blotting or touch ups. 

Check in

I went to go see “It” in theatres and I was sweating profusely, I don’t do well with scary movies. This foundation did okay through the heat of the day and everything else that it had to deal with (me.)

I’m looking pretty greasy. The foundation was basically gone around my nose, my acne was peaking through more, my contour was looking harsh and it was beginning to look a little separated in-between my eyebrows.

With that being said, It still isn’t terrible. I think this would do better with a primer and without the humidity of the Summer. If you lean more towards a dry/normal skin type then this will work PERFECTLY for you.


Maybelline came out with only 8 shade for their dream cushion foundation making it really tricky to find a match. Even the warm nude I picked up ended up going a bit orange on me. I wish they didn’t only have a few more in-between shades but also included a larger range of darker shades making it accessible to everyone.

In the end, it won’t break the bank and it’s a pretty decent product with good coverage. It’s lightweight and comfortable on the skin. I also like being able to put this in my bag and do my make up on the fly. If you can find your shade, I definitely recommend it!

Have you tried any cushion foundations? What are your thoughts?




Lela | Vancouver, BC | 23 | Beauty enthusiast on a budget.

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