Sunday, November 17, 2013

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation {Review and Swatch}

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation | Left: 118 Flesh | Right: 120 Soft Sand

Today's post is a little bit different... it's not your typical nail post. I wanted to talk about a foundation that I have been enjoying using over the past months. It's Make Up For Ever's HD Invisible Cover Foundation. Ok, I am a little bit late on this, but better late than never, right?

This MUFE HD foundation is an oil-free medium, yet buildable coverage foundation that feels light on the skin. This foundation is designed to create a soft-focus effect that will give your complexion a flawless finish. And it comes in 26 shades!!! So it will pretty much suit all skintones!

For a medium coverage foundation, I think this is quite pigmented. I only need less than a pump for the whole face if I am going for a natural everyday makeup look. This HD foundation is pigmented enough to blur out all the minor imperfections. (I guess that's what they call it "soft-focus", hence it photographs beautifully!!)  Then I will do the rest with my trusty concealers. Or if you want, you can always layer it up for full coverage! 





Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation | Left: 118 Flesh | Right: 120 Soft Sand
I first got #120 Soft Sand and I loved it so so so much! And about a month later I snagged #118 Flesh during Sephora's 20% sale on their complexion set (link here) which I thought was a super awesome deal :D (by the way, the HD Kabuki Brush that came with the set was super super soft and amazing. I have a mini review on this wonderful brush here if you'd like to read ^-^)

The shades on Sephora's site were described as: #118 Flesh - for light skin with beige undertones and #120 Soft Sand - for medium light skin with yellow undertones. I feel #120 matches me a bit better but both 118 and 120 work just fine on my skintone. 

The packaging comes with a clear round plastic bottle with a black pump and a black cap which I think is very pretty and sanitary. The pump is also very easy to work with. You can control the amount you need by pressing it lighter or harder, even if you  just need a teeny tiny bit of the foundation. There is no waste here!


Here is a packaging comparison to MUFE Mat Velvet + (which I loved for its long-wear, water resistant and full-coverage properties. My winter shade is No.30 Porcelain). As you can see here, Mat Velvet + definitely won over the travel-friendly category as it's so compact and the cap is twist-tight, whereas the click-on cap on the HD one is kinda loose after some uses.
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation | Left: 118 Flesh | Right: 120 Soft Sand
Now let's move on to swatches! As you can see the picture above. This foundation is quite liquid-y when I posed my arm for photograph. I usually apply this foundation with my Sigma Sigmax Kabiki brush, but it's quite easy to blend with just fingers. You just need to work quickly and a little bit at a time. If you need more, you can always add a little more from the pump! 
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation | Left: 118 Flesh | Right: 120 Soft Sand
Although on Sephora's website, #118 Flesh is described as a shade for light skin with beige undertones and #120 Soft Sand for medium light skin with yellow undertones. From my swatches here, #118 Flesh is actually slightly darker than #120 Soft Sand. These 2 have different undertones: #118 - beige and #120 yellow. 
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation | Left: 118 Flesh | Middle: 120 Soft Sand | Right: MUFE Mat Velvet+ No.30 
Here I added Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet No. 30 on the right for comparison. No.30 Porcelain is for medium skin with beige undertones and matte finish. 

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation | Left: 118 Flesh | Middle: 120 Soft Sand | Right: MUFE Mat Velvet + No. 30
When slightly blended into skin. You might feel the finish of these 3 looks similar, but in real life HD foundation is less matte compared to Mat Velvet+ on the right. 

Blendability and Finish:
This Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation is very easy and smooth to blend on the face. You can use either brush or fingers to blend for a flawless photograph-ready finish. It has a slightly dewy finish, but not so much that will make you look shiny or oily. The finish is quite natural if you use the right amount for the whole face. I usually powder to set my makeup and let my face "glow" later in the day^^
Coverage:

Coverage is great for a medium coverage foundation. But it's buildable, you can always layer it for full coverage. It's amazing on blurring out minor imperfections and evening out skintones. For problem areas, layer on more of this foundation or use concealers! 

Staying Power:
Pretty long-lasting for a good 6-7 hours! I don't feel like to powder during the middle of the day which I think is pretty amazing! It stays nicely and feels very lightweight. (for reference: I have dry skin, slightly oil T-zone. And I always use foundation primer and then set my face with powder after foundation application)

Overall:
I'm very happy with this foundation. It looks very natural and the feel on my face is very nice/lightweight/comfortable. Pretty long-lasting. Coverage is great. Fragrance free is a plus. Very easy to work with. You don't always need a brush for this foundation. Most importantly, it photographs really beautiful on camera! And I think that's the main point of using foundation, right? 

Long post! Feel like I'm writing an essay XD Readers, have you ever tried this foundation? What do you think? 


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1 comment:

  1. I'm doing my research on MUFE 120 before the big purchase. :) I've tried both 117 and 120, and I'm pretty sure I fall under 120. My primary concern is how breathable the formula is and if it will be able to color-correct redness near my nose. Could you give me your input on those two aspects?

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