DIOR Dreamskin Perfect Skin Cushion Foundation Review and Swatch

November 1, 2016

Dior has had several cushion foundation releases over the past 2 years, and their latest is the Total Capture Dreamskin Perfect Cushion Foundation with SPF50. Since I am a big fan of their Capture Totale Dreamskin Serum, which is the best daytime serum I have used from all the high-end beauty brands in the $100ish price range, I had to get my hands on this cushion foundation. It is on the high price end, but the good news is that it comes with a refill!


Dior claims that it is a hybrid of skin care and makeup that visibly improves pores, redness and shine, and leaving skin looking flawless and luminous. It boasts the same skincare ingredients as in the serum, so it works as a skincare and makeup that nourishes, protects as well as enhances your skin continuously throughout the day.


I have been using it for the past two weeks, and my conclusion is that it is more of a skin perfector with the benefit of cushion foundation. It has the most hydrating (but not creamy) and lightweight formula compared to the others. The texture is ultra fine, and it melds into the skin as soon as you stamp the sponge. For the application, there is no sweeping and blending required, and it leaves absolutely no traces of makeup. The formula is so hydrating that it almost feels like I am spraying a hydrating mist, and it instantly makes the complexion appear more plump and dewy and takes away all the dry skin patches and fine lines. It also leaves a semi-matte finish with radiance and dewiness that looks like your-skin-but-better. The formula would work particularly well in humid weather condition as it controls oil and shine, as opposed to the other more creamy cushion foundations that tends to crease during the day.


It blurs out the pores and evens out the skin tone exceptionally well for such a lightweight and silicone-free product. I am very impressed with how poreless, fine and smooth the skin texture looks with this product. The only shortfall is that it has quite a sheer coverage compared to the other brands such as YSL (reviewed here) and Sulwhasoo (reviewed here). It doesn’t cover the freckles nor the acne marks. For a flawless yet natural finish, I would suggest to apply a layer of tinted base first, then apply this cushion on top.


Formula comparison

YSL Fusion Ink Cushion – most opaque with the best coverage

Sulashoo Perfecting Cushion – most creamy with a medium coverage

Dior Dreamskin Cushion – most hydrating with the best staying power, and works the best for oil control with a sheer coverage

Swatch comparison

I bought the Dior Cushion in shade 10.

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Bottom Line: If you prefer coverage, this product does not deliver unless you combine it with other complexion products.  I see it as a skincare product with a sheer coverage that I can use any time of the day to hydrate, refresh and even out my complexion. On the other hand, If you have good skin with little skin concern, and after a ‘no-makeup’ feel, then this product alone will make your skin look like absolute perfection.



{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Anika Hunt November 1, 2016 at 3:04 pm

I like a bit of coverage so I might have to combine this with something else, but it still sounds like an amazing product! Great post.

Anika | anikamay.co.uk


Jason September 11, 2017 at 3:16 am

It’s relatively buildable, but if you’re looking for almost the same product with a little more coverage the Physician’s Formula cushion foundations with spf 50 are very very similar to the Dior, the only difference I find is that the PF has slightly more coverage than the Dior. One thing about the Dior is that when you first put it on, it looks like it’s just given you a sheer bit of coverage and you may think “oh….well…I wish it were more…”. But as you wear it, it transforms your skin and I think your skin underneath just starts to look better and blend into the foundation. It’s pretty wild, really. I use the whole Capture Totale regiment and honestly the foundation looks better and better as time goes by.


Candice November 1, 2016 at 4:52 pm

Oh wow these look absolutely amazing

Beauty Candy Loves


Kendal November 1, 2016 at 5:54 pm

This sounds perfect! I definitely want to try to get a sample of this.

Kendal // Life With Kendal


Jason September 11, 2017 at 3:06 am

You can’t really get a “sample” of a cushion foundation. You’ll have to try it in Sephora, Macy’s, etc. I will say that the Physician’s Formula 50spf cushion foundations are almost as good as this, and they’re less than half the price. A quarter of the price really when you consider that to buy the Dior you have to buy the compact plus a refill.


Renee November 2, 2016 at 1:28 am

I am so late to this bandwagon. How do you actually use the cushion? similarly like normal foundation or is special technique is needed?


Reika November 5, 2016 at 9:40 am

Hi Dear it’s super easy to use. Just ‘stamp’ onto the face with the sponge applicator. Cushion foundation is very high in water content so it melds into the skin upon application with no blending required.


Jason September 11, 2017 at 3:08 am

The applicator that comes with it does “okay”, but a beauty blender does it way way better.


Ninz November 2, 2016 at 9:54 pm

This foundation looks so dewey which I love. I am yet to try cushion foundation so thank you for sharing!
Ninz | http://www.ninzbeauty.com


Gail November 4, 2016 at 12:36 am

Do you have the ingredients by any chance?


Traci January 30, 2017 at 1:42 pm

Hi! Great blog 🙂 could you please tell me what color lipstick is in this photo? Looks like Givinchy? Love the color!
Thank you ❤️


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