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My Foundations: Make Up For Ever High Definition

Two things happened since my last post in this Foundation Series: 1) after seven entries I realised that I would have to start over the swatches. My arms just ain't that long; and, 2) I gave Heidi the Revlon Nearly Naked and Lancome Teint Visionnaire foundations. I have six more foundations (excluding powders) to bring to you, therefore I certainly don't need to be holding on to ones that I have to make work.

On to our story... *Groover voice*

From the site: "Details - The MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Complexion products use innovative formulas to create a new generation of makeup which is both invisible on HD cameras and to the naked eye. HD Foundation combines flawless coverage and an extremely natural finish.

The Sericite contained in HD Foundation heightens the diffusion of light and intensifies the glow of the skin.
Enriched with moisturizing agent, HD Foundation moisturizes and prepares the skin for makeup. Its usually smooth and elastic texture makes it easy to apply and a pleasure to wear. Skin texture is refined to give a very natural complexion.

HD Foundation is an oil-free medium-to-full coverage liquid foundation which covers skin imperfections, while remaining invisible on-screen and in real life. It is available in a wide range of shades to suit all skin tones.

How to Apply - Apply with the HD Sponge (or other soft sponges) or the Foundation Brush - Large - 108 or the Concealer Brush - Medium - 176 (or other nylon brushes). Give a velvety finish to the skin with the HD Powder.

Do not use a sponge that is too absorbent: only a small amount of foundation is necessary to even out the skin tone.

Thanks to its pump dispenser, just the right amount of foundation can be measured out directly onto a spatula or sponge, allowing makeup artists to respect the all-important hygiene necessary for movie and television sets. Its plastic packaging makes it practical to carry and fits easily into makeup cases
Thanks to its light, fluid texture, the HD Foundation can be applied with an air brush

The Make Up For Ever (MUFE) HD foundation comes in 26 shades. I have 175 'Cafe/Coffee' (how fitting *giggle*). The standard 30 ml or 1.01 fl oz comes in each bottle. I purchased mine from Sephora last June for $42USD.

I should start by saying that the main reason I even wanted to get this product is due to Heidi and Lashawn's - from Colour Coded - constant raves. So imagine my shock when on my first couple tries I didn't really fancy it.

I have worn this over Phillips Milk of Magnesia, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, M.A.C Skin Base Visage and Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. I only used the NYX Dewy Finish Setting spray when I did use one. I have applied it with my fingers, a damp beauty sponge, a kabuki brush and a duo fibre "skin perfecting" one. Yeah, I put that work in.

Things I have encountered while testing this foundation:

  • MUFE says this is medium-to-full coverage but that solely depends on the means of application. The fullest coverage I obtained was when I used my fingers. I however wouldn't recommend that method for the most "flawless" look.
  • Without a target specific primer this foundation accentuates pores.
  • This is the most 'skin like finish' foundation I think I have ever used. That's good in a sense but bad if you have a lot of hyperpigmentation to cover.
  • In many of my trials I might have used too much product (up to six pumps). It's best to even out the skin tone and then go in with concealer on troublesome areas.
  • 175 suits the perimeter of my face but not the centre.
  • This foundation oxidizes. What Sephora describes as suitable for "coral undertones" becomes quite orange looking after a few hours.
  • I've gotten the most compliments on my makeup whilst wearing this. The adage 'skin is in' seems to be very true. This foundation definitely gives that glowy look.

The pump on this foundation is great, you can dispense as little or as much as you want.

One coat of the MUFE HD '175'

Two coats of MUFE HD '175'

From the photos above you can see that the foundation didn't totally cover my hyperpigmentation. In those photos I used the ecoTools Skin Perfecting brush. To me that's not a huge issue; that's why I have a gazillion concealers ennit?

Here you can see what the foundation looks like live when used over M.A.C Prep+Prime Skin Base Visage.

On my way to Girlfriends Expo 2015

In this keek you can see how it hold up when used in conjunction with the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer.

The picture below shows two hours of wear with no primer at all:

M.A.C Mineralized Skinfinish Natural 'Dark' used as a setting powder

Due to its low/no spf one thing is for certain, it surely does photograph well, even in low lighting:

Four hours after application

As I said here, I think this is best suited for dry to normal skin types. Not that us oily girls can't wear it but we certainly need great primers. With every single primer I used I was sweating before I even got to the setting powder. Granted the Gully is hot; so cooler climates would have better results. All things considered, it's perfect for that "no makeup makeup" look.

Ingredients: "175 Cafe

-Relipidium: Moisturizes the skin (+46% after 4h).
-Fucogel: Forms a microfilm that prevents dehydration and protects against external aggression.
-Sericite: Enables rays of light to spread more widely intensifying the radiance of the complexion.

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Talc, Mica, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Lauroyl Lysine, Glyceryl Caprylate, Methylpropanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Chlorphenesin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Propylene Carbonate, Aluminum Hydroxide, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Pentylene Glycol, Benzoic Acid, [+/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)]

Did I leave out anything? Leave your questions in the comments.


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