Ok, let’s get it out there. I love this Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. Yes, I’m late to to trying this foundation since it’s been out for a while, but it wasn’t for want of trying. I had a really poor experience at the MUFE counters at Sephora over 2 years ago and I swore off buying anything from them even though I was very interested in many of their things. I used to be a ardent user of their eyeshadows and Full Cover concealer, going through a couple of tubes of the latter even. But one horrible experience, where the SA at the counter refused (yes, that’s right, refused flat out) to allow me to purchase a foundation shade I wanted (I got the right shade, she wanted me to use one 2 shades darker) had me cutting off the brand from my radar.
But later, Make Up For Ever opened up their pro boutique on the 1st floor of Sephora Starhill and that is the place to go to for your needs. I had decent service there and I wasn’t pushed into buying crap I didn’t want, while allowing me to buy the crap I wanted, and everyone was happy.
Which is how I finally ended up buying the HD Invisible Cover Foundation in shade #N115. Sephora describes this as 115 Ivory, for light skin with pink undertones which is pretty accurate for me. I find this to be a fairly neutral shade that swatches on my hand lighter than I expected, but when worn on my face, is the perfect shade. So always try foundation where it is to be applied, folks, on your face not on your hands :P
I will have to say that finding the right shade can be a little tricky. There are about 26 shades available with subtle nuances in each that allow it to suit most skintones, but you have to try it on to be sure so it is a high risk buying this sight unseen.
Make Up For Ever (MUFE) describes this as a HD High Definition Foundation because it has medium to high coverage, and gives skin the soft-focus effect so you look flawless up close and even under harsh lighting. While I and most of us, are rarely thrust under the spotlight, I like how this foundation makes my skin look pretty much perfect for photographs and in person for days when I feel the need to impress. Oh yeah, we all have those days don’t we? ;)
The MUFE HD Foundation has pretty high coverage and a slightly thick texture, but I find it fairly easy to blend. I have read reports of it setting quickly making for harder blending, but I did not personally experience it. Due to the high coverage, you don’t need a lot of product so bear in mind that less is more. Start out with just a little dollop and then work up from there.
I usually pump out a dollop on the back of my hand. This is usually about half a pump or less. Then, I use my fingers to blend it out and draw stripes down my face before blending it all out with a foundation brush. It’s basically this fool-proof foundation technique that I shared before, but the simplified, and lighter coverage version.
I personally find this foundation very easy to blend, and the high coverage means I can usually skip using concealer on areas that have some redness or pigmentation. For areas with pigmentation, I usually just go over with another thin layer of product and it looks fine.
I love the texture, which is very lightweight and practically weightless on my skin. It doesn’t feel heavy nor suffocating the way many full coverage foundations are, and yet, when you don’t use too much and you blend it out nicely, you look almost air-brushed when you look into the mirror. I have normal-dry skin and this doesn’t settle into lines nor does it enhance any flaky skin I may have from time to time. It doesn’t feel dry nor turn oily, and it really seriously looks great on skin from morning till evening. To help it stay looking flawless for longer, I usually buff over the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Powder (which I’m told is similar the the MUFE HD powder) which eliminates shine and keeps my skin looking pretty much perfect all the way till the evening, so I only have to put on some lipstick and I’m good to go after a day at work. Seriously, no other liquid foundation I own is this efficient!
But as they say, the proof is in the pudding, so here are the unretouched before-after photos to show you how the MUFE HD Foundation looks on me.
I only used a thin layer of product as this is how I wear it most of the time. A lot of my photos are taken just before going to work, so I don’t do dramatic stuff :P You may notice that redness oon the skin is significantly reduced, and the pigmentation on cheeks are covered. Not 100% but with just 1 layer of product, I think it’s pretty remarkable.
Here is the swatch of MUFE HD Foundation in 115 Ivory, alongside other foundations I wear and their shades.
Left-Right: MUFE HD Foundation 115 Ivory, Diorskin Nude 010 Ivory, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum #51 Light Vanilla, Naked Skin Foundation 1.0
The MUFE HD 115 has more pink tones than Bourjois and Naked Skin foundation but I wear the latter 2 well because their texture is lighter and so applies more sheer. The texture of MUFE HD is rather similar to that of Diorskin Nude, except that Diorskin Nude in Ivory is more pink and will turn glowy after a while, while MUFE HD doesn’t. I like Diorskin Nude so I wear that a lot for work, but it doesn’t last from morning till evening, so then, I wear MUFE HD which works perfectly.
I do find that this foundation photographs very well so if you know you’re going to be photographed a lot, this is one you could consider. It’s definitely one of my favourites when I want to look picture perfect yet without looking like I piled on a truckload of makeup.
IN A NUTSHELL
The Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation is a medium-full coverage foundation that has a lightweight texture that is very easy to blend. I find the coverage impressive with just one thin layer of product and I do find that a little goes a long way so you don’t really need a lot to get good coverage over the skin. I also find this long lasting on my normal-dry skin especially when I set it with the NARS Light Reflecting Powder and it isn’t drying. To get a lighter foundation effect, I sometimes mix in a serum or moisturiser so I only get a light coverage. The foundation photographs well, and makes you look picture perfect so this is one to try, if you plan to get a lot of photos taken or be seen on TV!
PROS: Lightweight texture, Easy to apply on skin, Medium to full coverage covers redness and flaws well, Not drying, Photographs beautifully, Makes skin look flawless even in person
CONS: Pricey but a little goes a long way, It maybe hard to find a colour match initially
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who wants a foundation that will photograph well and medium-full coverage
Have you tried the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation? Do you love it as I do, or you hate it if it didn’t work for you?
Incidentally, this was the very same product and shade the Sephora SA refused to let me buy. I don’t know. As much as I appreciate having people help, quite often, a decision like this is for me to make isn’t it? If it didn’t work out, I can only blame myself; and since there’s no return policy here, if I had been gullible enough to listen to the SA I’d be saddled with a product far too dark for me to use and then I’d hate this. But I didn’t listen and I love this so all’s well that ends well :)
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation Price: RM175/30ml Availability: Sephora stores or the Make Up For Ever Pro Boutique at 1st Floor Sephora Starhill