Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation On-The-Go

First look at Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation On-The-Go.

The packaging is quite handy. It is made of plastic, which is lighter than that of traditional glass bottled foundations out in the market. It is quite easy to store with out the risk of spillage or bottle caps turning loose. This is perfect for women who are always “on-the-go”.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation On-The-Go compact had a radius of 2.6 inches and a depth of an inch. The applicator sponge that comes along with the compact is more rubbery in nature. It feels smooth to the touch and spreads the liquid foundation on the skin quite well.

The cushion is soaked with liquid foundation and housed at the bottom of the compact. It is separated from the rest of the compact (and the world) with a “snap-on” lid. This “snap-on” lid acts as an anti spillage mechanism, it keeps the foundation from drying out and serves as the “well” that stores the applicator sponge. The cushion appears more porous and holds .51 oz/14.6 grams of product.

As you’d noticed on the video, this liquid foundation is quite pigmented. As stated on their packaging, it offers medium coverage. You can start off with a sheer application and “build up” the coverage as needed.

The main ingredient of this is water. Which means it’s hydrating. Anyone can use this but, it’s best suited for people with normal to oily skin.


Maybelline Dream Cushion
True Beige 40

I decided to try this out on myself at work; I work closely with people who work for TV and I’m sure they’d notice.

With a taping motion, I applied True Beige 40 on the centre of my face and under the eyes, spreading upwards and out wards. This was the color that matches my skin tone. I applied Medium Beige 45 to the rest of my face to add depth. I lightly contoured my temples, hollows of my cheeks, on the side of my nose and on my eyelids with Caramel 55.

All three colors were easy to apply and blend using the applicator sponge. Again, I used a tapping motion when applying this product. I did not set this with powder. If I did so, it will look very obvious that I was wearing makeup and I wanted to see how long it was going to last by “itself”. Plus, I love looking dewy. ALWAYS.

Let me say, I do not wear makeup unless needed (in DRAG) and I’m proud of my skin. I wanted to be sure that this product does not make me look like I’m wearing makeup.

Off the bat, people started noticing.

“You’re looking fresh today!”

“Your skin looks lovely!”

“Your skin is looking glow-y today!”

“Why is your skin dewy?”

“You’re wearing makeup today aren’t you? It matches your skin perfectly!”

I had a generally good response. I was impressed.

I have oily skin, and I have to say that the foundation stayed all day. Despite the occasional blast of heat from the hair dryer, going in and out the studio, eating, and even after brushing my teeth; it stayed. Then again, I am very disciplined when it comes to my face. Aside from having a skin care routine (click here to read my blog about that), I rarely touch my face. When I do, I’m mindful about it. That in itself helps makeup stay on longer.

As soon as I got home, I jumped into the shower and washed my face. I skipped the toning and the moisturizing to see if any residue of the foundation would lead to a breakout the next day. I am happy to announce, that my skin stayed clear.


Let’s talk about cleanliness.

Before wearing makeup always clean your skin first. Cleanse, tone and moisturize. This will create a clean canvass for your makeup and there would be less dirt, oil or grime the applicator sponge will pick up.

The applicator sponge of the Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation On-The-Go, as I described earlier, feels more rubbery. It’s also feels dense yet fine and very soft to the touch. I’m not too sure if the sponge is made with Rubycell technology because it is not stated in the packaging. Rubycell technology creates microporous materials that has anti-microbial  and anti-bacterial properties. The only sponges I have seen that were made with Rubycell technology are colored blue. Once this launches we’ll have more information and I will update this entry.

I must reiterate, always clean your applicator sponge every so often. Like every two – three days with warm water and an anti-bacterial soap. It’s very easy to do. Do it at night before going to bed. Leave this to dry overnight on your bathroom counter. It should be dry once you wake up.

I have tried washing the applicator sponge after using. No matter how much soap I use, even if the water from the applicator sponge runs clear, the foundation stain stays. Never the less, it’s always best to have clean tools. Your skin will thank you for it.

Over all this product does the job. It feels light and it makes the skin look refined. Since this offers medium coverage, additional concealing methods should be applied to cover any spots and blemishes.


As of press time (char!), the product featured in this blog entry, The Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation On-The-Go, is not yet available on the market. If my readings are right, it is set to launch in 2017.

I got this from a friend of a friend of a friend during my recent trip to New York, straight from the backstage of New York Fashion Week . I ended up with fifteen pounds of makeup products that left me scurrying for new luggage.


The first time I saw cushion compacts was when Korean cosmetics companies launched them in 2014. Most of the products launched were BB and CC creams. I have had no experience with these types of products until recently. The reason they did not appeal to me is because these products are marketed for personal use.

I still believe, after this review, it is best for personal use.

I would like to hope that the Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation On-The-Go will have a color range that would suit most skin tones. I have 8 shades with me; colors that would suite fair , medium and dark skin tones. I’m sure when this product launches it will have more shades. After all their Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation has 24 shades, their Fit Me Dewy and Smooth Foundation has 16 shades, their SuperStay Better Skin Foundation has 16 shades, while their Dream Matte Mouse has 12 shades.

Take note that Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation On-The-Go does not have any SPF. This would be great for photographs because there will be no flash back. But if you’ll be out and about on that specific day, dab on some sun screen prior to applying this foundation.

If you are a Maybelline fan, you have something to look forward to this coming new year.





VMV 2016

InSkin Magazine Cover


VMV 2016
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VMV Hypoallergenics print materials for the year 2016 as seen in stores, online and  inside the pages of InSkin Magazine.

The Artis Makeup Brush

My latest brush acquisition is this Elite Mirror 5 Brush Set from Artis Brush.

Over the years, I have seen these brushes pop up online every so often. I have been been generally intrigued by it. I first saw this modern makeup brush from MAC. However, upon seeing the design sensibility of Artis,  I wanted to have one.

Nat passed on to me this Elite Mirror 5 Brush Set during my recent trip to New York. He had this in stock but he never used it. This set comes with:

Elite Mirror Oval 6
The Elite Mirror Oval 6 ($55)


Elite Mirror Oval 4
The Elite Mirror Oval 4 ($45)


Elite Mirror Oval 3
The Elite Mirror Oval 3 ($40)


Elite Mirror Circle 1
The Elite Mirror Circle 1 ($35)


Elite Mirror Linear 1
The Elite Mirror Linear 1 ($35)

This set retails for $165 with a $210 value.

Nat and I have discussed the ergonomic design of this brush in detail. Using this for the first time will take some getting used to. We have come to the conclusion that it is easier to use this brush on oneself than using it on somebody else.

The brush heads of Artis are designed to be like the pad of your fingertips. Therefore the movement in makeup application is the same as that when you are using your fingers.

The bristles on the brush are very compact but very soft. It’s the same sensation as running your fingers through a very fine piece of Persian carpet. I used this on Suzi Abrera when I did her makeup for the show (MARS) we work on, she found them to be very soft. The bristles glide smoothly. She said it was like a cross between a brush and a sponge.

The fibres are called Cosmefibre. Synthetically produced to be more superior than that of natural animal bristles. These fibres do not absorb any product. This means more product is delivered unto the skin, less residue on the brush.

I have used this with cream, liquid and powdered products. It’s very versatile. I have used these for foundation, cream and powder blush, concealer, powder and cream eyeshadow, eyeliner, gel and powdered eyebrow products and lipstick. It does the job, with a little bit of practice.

I clean my Artis brush heads the same way I clean my traditional brushes. Although Artis has it’s own cleaning system. I find it too extravagant and wasteful (click here to see their full range of cleaning products.). I still prefer to clean my brushes on the palm of my hands or on a brush cleaning pad with an anti-bacterial washing agent.

Over time, as a makeup artist, you will find your own rhythm, your own style, your own process. The tools you use will adapt to this. As an artist, you can use any brush to suit your needs at any given time. As with any other brush, there is no one specific way that you have to use them. What works for you might not necessarily work for other, and that is totally fine!

To see tips on how to individually use the brushes featured in this blog, here are a few videos from the Artis Brush Youtube page:

The Oval 6:

The Oval 4:

The Oval 3:

The Circle 1:

The Linear 1:

Artis Brushes are made by Japanese manufacturing company Taiki. The brushes however are produced in China. The brain behind the redesigned brushes from Artis is former MAC executive Mathew Waitesmith.

The Ultimate Smokey Kohl Tutorial + History by Lisa Eldridge

I have been a fan of ancient Egyptian art and culture since my childhood. Every time I enter a museum, I always visit the Ancient Egyptian wing first. Always.

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I first encountered this contraption in 2007. I was going around the Ancient Egyptian gallery of the British Museum when I saw an Ancient Egyptian Kohl container amongst an assortment of vessels used to store various cosmetics and skin care products.

The photo above was taken during my recent trip to The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The MET) in New York. It was then that I remembered that Lisa Eldridge had an amazing video about the history of Kohl. This video talks about the reasons why Ancient Egyptians wore Kohl, the design of the containers, the ingredients in making Kohl and on how it’s made.

So, if you are a little bit interested in the history of makeup and  wanting to see a makeup tutorial on how to wear Kohl, then click on the video below.