Drugstore Cushion Foundations | L’Oreal Vs. Maybelline.

Drugstore Cushion Foundations | L'Oreal Vs. Maybelline.

I would be very surprised if you hadn’t heard of cushion foundations by now. They are a compact housing sponges drenched in liquid foundation originally hailing from Korea and they hit UK stores around 2016 with Lancome being the first to launch their Miracle Cushion Foundation. I was intrigued by it but put off by its high price tag. So, when L’Oreal released their Nude Magique Cushion Foundation, I could finally give this compact a try. It soon became a staple in my makeup bag, I reach for it whenever I’m having a good skin day and want to achieve a healthy looking dewy glow. Recently, Maybelline released their Dream Cushion Foundation and I decided to see how it compared..

L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation
A gorgeous foundation that you must try if you love achieving a dewy glow. It’s an incredibly lightweight, sheer formula and it’s perfect for those of us with dry skin. I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for a lot of coverage, it just doesn’t exist in this foundation, as I said before it’s incredibly sheer. Therefore, I’m more likely to reach for it on good skin days and those rare warm days during the summer when I don’t want anything too heavy. I love how natural my skin looks when I’m wearing this!

Drugstore Cushion Foundations | L'Oreal Vs. Maybelline.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation
When I first heard the name of this, I had flashbacks to the days of the Dream Matte Mousse. Oh dear, I think we all had disasters with that foundation. Anyway, you’ll be glad to know that the Dream Cushion is a really lovely foundation with a nice amount of coverage. It feels comfortable on the skin and looks nice too. Often with my dry skin, foundations with significant coverage can look cakey, thankfully it’s not the case with this one. I also find that it’s a lot easier to pick up more product with the Dream Cushion, I found my L’Oreal Nude Magique seemed to dry out very quickly. My only gripe with the Dream Cushion is that the lightest shade (01 Natural Ivory) is a lot darker than the lightest shade in L’Oreal’s version (01 Porcelain) so we definitely need a lighter shade for us pale people please, Maybelline!

What makes cushion foundations so good is that they are a great option for top ups on the go or for packing in your suitcase for your travels. Now that a load of brands both high end and in the drugstore have jumped on board, there is sure to be a cushion foundation out there for everyone.

Have you tried a cushion foundation? Which is your favourite?

Laura x
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  • I do like a cushion foundation, I never thought I would but they are pretty handy and so many brands are doing them now. I like the sound of the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation – I tend to like my foundation to give a light coverage so this sounds ideal for me.

  • I have heard some really amazing things about both of these foundations! I especially like the sound of the Maybelline, it's just a shame that it isn't pale enough!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  • I really like the Maybelline one so I definitely need to try the Loreal one I'm not really sure why I haven't yet!

    http://www.coleoftheball.com xx

  • I haven't tried the maybelline one but I absolutely loved the Loreal cushion one, it's got such a beautiful finish! The one thing I hate about cushion foundations is that you just don't have enough product and they always dry up. Is it possible for Loreal to release the exact formula but in a bottle haha! xx


  • I've tried the Maybelline one and I definitely find the lightest one too dark for my skin, which is such a disappointment as I love the coverage and finish of it. I have used it a good few times tho with a tan on tho, but I won't be repurchasing due to the shade choice and also the lack of product, I don't feel like theres even half as much product as a usual foundation. xx

    Lisa | Soho Stripes

  • Absolutely love Maybelline's Dream Cushion. I can put it on with a sponge in like 15 seconds. I use it on days that I'm running late for work. It had sheer coverage and looks so natural on

  • I don't think I've ever tried this type of foundation…

    Lauren x Huggled

  • Yeah if you a like light coverage, you should definitely give it a try!

  • Yeah, it's ok but can have the tendency to look a bit yellow on me! xo

  • Yeah definitely give it a try!

  • Yeah, it's a pain! My L'Oreal one dried up so quickly, hoping it doesn't happen with the Maybelline one but it probably will 🙁 xo

  • Completely agree with you! It's a nice foundation but a little too dark. xo

  • It's a lovely foundation! xo

  • You definitely should! 🙂 xo

  • I do love the formula of the L'oreal paris cushion foundation. I wish that formula came in a bottle but i just can't seem to get super excited about cushion foundations. I don't like that they don't come with much product and that it takes long to build up any coverage. x


  • I've been eyeing up the cushion foundations for a while now, since the craze died down but I literally have no clue which one is good and not so this post is so helpful. The L'Oreal one sounds so lovely but I'm a bit iffy of the amount of coverage you get on that one. Maybelline please up your shade range!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks