A few months ago I was looking to buy a new foundation and due to the fact that I read so many great reviews about Make Up For Ever HD Foundation I wanted to give it a try. I went to the Make Up For Ever Studio decided to buy a new foundation and take a closer look to their new products (read all about it here).
I have an oily complexion type so I was looking for a oil-free foundation that can give me a matte finish. The makeup artist recommended me the HD Foundation in 117 Marble (for light skin with yellow undertones). The foundation is available in 25 shades to suit all skintones so I’m pretty sure you can your find your own shade. I’ve tested the foundation on my face and I was pretty happy with the shade and the light texture. At that time my face was clear, I had no breakouts or pimples so I couldn’t test the coverage very well.
They say it will cover skin imperfections flawlessly and create a soft-focus effect. After testing it, my complexion had a natural glow, not really matte but I was thinking about the cold winter weather at that time and the makeup artist suggest that will have a more mattyfing effect when the temperatures are low.
It comes in a 30 ml transparent bottle provided with a foundation pump which is very handy to use and the price is $40.00 but I’ve paid $50.00 because in my country most of the products are much more expensive than in U.S.
Despite the hype, I’m not overly impressed by this foundation and it didn’t last it all day like others said. Probably if you have a dry or normal type of skin the probability to last all day on your face is higher, but with an oily complexion like mine I didn’t see it to last more than 4-5 hours. I can recommended to anyone looking for a semi-matte, medium-coverage, liquid foundation.
After 2 hours I noticed that my skin became shiny even though I’ve used the Matifying Primer also by MUFE (review here) before applying the foundation. I regret that I didn’t bought their Mat+ Velvet foundation, because I think it would have been more suitable for my complexion.
I can’t say that it doesn’t improve the skin aspect but when I had imperfections that I wanted to hide it didn’t do such a great job. It doesn’t accentuates wrinkles and leaves a naturally looking skin. It felt light on my skin and because it’s enriched with moisturizing agents the HD foundation will leave skin soft and radiant.
It’s recommended to use the HD sponge created specifically for this texture (or other soft sponges) or the HD nylon brushes. I’ve bought a set of HD sponge but I was not impressed by the result after I’ve applied the foundation. A lot more product was needed when I used the sponge. Usually I used one and half to two pumps but when I decided to use the HD sponge about 3 pumps were necessary.
It said that the new generation of textures leaves your close-up-perfect, yet so natural it won’t look like you’re wearing any makeup at all.
Because of it’s oil-free texture it did provided me a natural, non-greasy finish but as I said after 2 hours the oil was starting to come out. Maybe a loose powder would have helped.
If your complexion is combination to oily then you should probably try the Mat + Velvet foundation, because after 2-3 hours your face will start to shine. It provides your with a natural glow and healthy skin aspect but if you want to hide breakouts or pimples you can’t count on it. It has a light texture and you won’t even feel it on your face so that’s a plus.