I know I said I should not be buying any more foundations but when a foundation has been on your wish list for the longest time and a visit to Sephora was made, it is quite understandable that previous "no foundation buying" promises fly out the window. Anyway, silly intro out of the way, I am so happy that I finally got to try this foundation. The fact that it was difficult
Although it is a simple packaging, I really like it because it is very light weight. It is a little bigger than some of my other foundation bottles which sadly means it can’t fit into my Muji Drawer of Foundations (very, very sad) but it has a special place on my desk. It has a pump which is the best thing ever because you all know I struggle with foundations without pumps and the pump dispenses a decent amount of product so it’s not too messy or wasteful. My shade is N173 Amber which is a similar shade to MAC NC45, Loreal True Match N6.5 or W8 and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in Golden 6. They have a variety of shades; 26 shades in all, which run from light to really dark with varying undertones: neutral, pinkish and warm. I am absolutely impressed with their wide range of shades because it means there is something for everyone.
Makeup Forever (MUFE) describe their HD Foundation as an oil free foundation with an innovative formula to create a new generation of makeup which is both invisible on HD Camera and to the naked eye. That's a very interesting claim and I actually agree with them. It feels really light on application and it applies well with a flat top foundation brush, beauty blender or a buffing brush. I really like the texture as it is not too runny and it’s not too thick which I think is why buffs/blends really well into the skin. I prefer to use the Sephora Buffing Brush or the Real Techniques Buffing Brush with this foundation as it is faster and delivers excellent results especially if you are pressed for time. MUFE also claim that this foundation contains Sericite (yeah me neither, never heard of this) which heightens the diffusion of light and intensifies the glow of the skin
The MUFE HD Foundation offers medium to full coverage which is right down my alley and it can be built up to full coverage. I have built it up a few times and it still felt light on my face and I did not have that “foundationy-masky” feeling which you get from some foundations (MAC Studio Fix Fluid....I am slyly sideyeing you) and I feel that’s a winning point for this foundation. It gives good coverage to my blemishes with two pumps but I still go in with my concealer for those really naughty dark ones. It also gives a natural looking finish which really endears it to my heart (I know it’s just a foundation but still...foundations junkies I know you would understand)
This foundation gives a soft focus glow to the skin which my skin loves for a while before it goes into overdrive and converts that beautiful glow into a shiny T-zone towards the end of the day. However, I sort it out with a light sweep of powder which sorts everything out and it stays that way. If you have oily or naughty combination-oily skin, don’t fret as it’s an oil- free foundation although you may need to use a primer and powder if you are after the best results you can possibly get.
Now things get a bit downhill here because it is not a cheap foundation at all. It costs me about 37 Euros in Sephora which came down to about £30-32 pounds depending on what conversion rate you are using. This makes it tip into the higher end foundation range which is not the best if you are on a budget. You get 30 ml of foundation which is pretty standard for many foundations, however, if you use this judiciously, it should last for a good while even if you use it every day (just me saying; what do I know). This foundation is not readily available in the UK which is such a bummer but I think during IMATS, Makeup Forever have a stand. I am not sure you can order this off the Sephora USA website who now ship to the UK and even if it can be shipped to the UK, the price you pay at the end of the day (with tax and shipping) is a little ridiculous. I saw this foundation being sold on Ebay but I would not advise anyone to buy it from Ebay because there are so many scammers out there. I am going to do a post on Ebay very soon because I recently learnt a very big lesson the hard way.
1. Availability is really limited in the UK and I guess in any country that does not have the luxury of a Sephora and/or a Makeup Forever Counter
2. It is an expensive foundation so it is not one you just wake up and purchase on a whim.
3. If you have oily skin, the glow it gives may switch to an oily T-Zone but using some primer and powder can prevent that from happening.
Personal ThoughtsI am pretty sure you know where I stand with this foundation. I absolutely love it and I am planning to make a repurchase for a backup because this is definitely a keeper and I am so pleased I finally got my paws on it. Have you tried this Holy Grail Foundation yet? See you in my next post....x