Hello, fellow MakeupAlley friends! I have used this foundation for over a year and I have decided that I am ready to contribute my opinion to this site regarding this product. Conclusion: I LOVE IT. This is the first and only foundation where I have gone through four bottles, and not only that, but intend to continue to use the product for awhile. However, let's go over the specifics to see how I arrived at that result:
MY SKIN: I have oily skin (think Clinique Type 4) that will shine through virtually every foundation or powder after a few hours. I am fairly pale (MAC NC/NW 20) and I was matched to the shade 115 Ivory, which blends very well with my skin, although some may want to consider going up to a 117. While I have few active breakouts, I need medium-full coverage to conceal acne scars remaining from my teenage years, dark spots, and uneven skin tone. My skin is fairly blackhead/clog-prone and even though some reviewers have rated this foundation poorly given its silicone base, this foundation did not aggravate my skin any worse than other foundations. I even slept in this foundation a few times by accident (terrible, terrible...I know), and it did not mess up my skin the way most foundations would. My dermatologist also told me that this is a good foundation to use. Be sure to remove this properly before bed using a good, gentle skin cleanser, and if you are like me, you should have few skin issues associated with using this product. Also, I have large pores and some peach fuzz, and I do not find that this foundation accentuates these imperfections. It can cling to drier areas, but this was minimized by exfoliation (I love the Olay Pro-X brush everyday, and the Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub a few times a week), and using a serum (I cannot say enough good things about Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair) and moisturizer (Clinique DDMGel for my oily skin).
LONGEVITY: MUFE HD is a foundation that can last me all day, provided I set it with powder and touch up around the 4 hour mark. Chanel Mat Lumiere and MAC Studio Tech, my favorite foundations prior to MUFE HD, would melt off my forehead on warm days before the end of the day.
ROUTINE: After trial and error, I prefer to apply MUFE HD with the Sephora 56 Pro Flawless Airbrush foundation brush. This gives me fuller but still natural looking coverage. I have also tried the BeautyBlender sponge, MAC 190 regular foundation brush, MUFE HD kabuki brush sold with the MUFE HD kit, Sephora 55 Pro Airbrush, and my fingers. I prefer to set the foundation with NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder or MAC Skin Finish Natural in Light Plus, both with the MAC 150 brush, or sometimes if I feel like putting in the effort, the MAC velour powder puff.
I really like this foundation. I seriously didn't realize it until I purchased my fifth bottle, and this is coming from someone who has tried countless foundations before and never purchased any of them more than twice. While it provides nice coverage, it still looks very natural, photographs well, and has nice staying power. This foundation is also available in a wide range of shades that should suit almost all skin tones. Your skin will not look dead with this foundation! I just like this product so much! It gives me almost everything I could want, and even though it is expensive, I consider it worth it since I know I will use up the entire bottle instead of just trying it a few times like some less expensive drugstore foundations. You definitely get what you pay for with this product.
Even when I was looking for a new foundation after my beloved (Chanel Mat Lumiere) was discontinued, I was initially hesitant to try this foundation because I saw an advertisement in a magazine featuring a Ke$ha-esque teenage girl taking a selfie with a phone cam. This, combined with the price, made the foundation seem very gimmicky. Please, do not be like me! This is a wonderful foundation that is used by people of all ages, of all skin tones, of all skin types, with great results!
This foundation stinks! There is no coverage. I have very clear skin, I wanted it to cover my pinkish tint. It is so thin! I STILL have to wear another foundation with it to get full coverage. I also live in AZ so it gets a little warm here. It was 74 degrees in my house and you could just see the foundation on my face! There really is nothing like MAC studio fix foundation.
I will NEVER understand the hype. If you have any more than average peach fuzz, big pores or skin that has a little texture...STAY CLEAR OF THIS FOUNDATION because it highlights every imperfection you have. It has decent coverage but little staying power. It also does not work well for my best friend. It makes mine and her little peach fuzz stick straight out. My skin looks flaky after I put it on. More than one layer and this stuff looks cakey also. While it works well for some. If you cant go somewhere like Sephora to try it on before you order it DONT BOTHER. It could potentially be a huge waste of money because this stuff is not cheap and so not worth the money. I wouldn't pay half of what it costs for it.
I was soooo disappointed, I've been matched to 120 (too yellow for me) and then 117 (too light) I was hoping to finally find a perfect match for my skintone. However even if the shades would've worked the formula settled into my pores, never seen anything like it, and was shiny much quicker than normal for me. Two times it was applied professionally using different primers and the 3rd time I applied it at home during my normal routine so I know it was the foundation itself. I was disappointed after reading all the hype. I highly recommend trying this on in the store and getting a sample before buying. Only good thing is the pump bottle.
I don't get the hype.
I caved and bought this after reading the rave reviews from people who've joined the apparent MUFE HD cult. I decided even before trying it on myself that they were probably right and this was probably the BEST FOUNDATION EVAARRRR!
Sadly, it does not work for me. My skin's combo - I can get oily in the T-zones and dry-ish in the other regions. And after this is on my skin for a couple of hours I am seriously shining like the top of the Chrysler Building. I feel like this foundation encourages oil production like no other foundation I've tried! And it's not that it's just not soaking up oil or something - I don't get this shiny on days that I wear no makeup at all.
On top of that, after it encourages oil production, the makeup just sliiiiiides right off my face. I'd say that if you even have a tendency to get a little oily, this foundation MIGHT not be for you. It's too bad, because I found a perfect color match. But I don't want to be blotting myself all day with Starbucks napkins.
Back to Sephora!
Ok so I have been trying out what seems like every foundation on the market trying to narrow it down to my HG. Well I can say I didn't find it in this. Not because it's not a beautiful foundation, because it is at first. My problem with it is the staying power! Even after primer, powder ( hd) and UD deslick setting spray, I am really shiny after just a couple of hours with this. Which is such a bummer because when you first put it on, it looks so airbrushed and natural... but I have oily/ combo skin and it just doesn't work for me :(. I like Mat Velvet plus a lot better! I may have to except that I may not find a HG.I'm trying Kat Von D next...
PROS: Beautiful, natural finish, nice shade selection ( I'm 118), No smell that I can detect, goes on great with any method of application ( although I find clean fingers are the best), would be great for someone that has normal to dry skin!! Great packaging( has a pump yay!) Medium buildable coverage. Looks great in pictures!!
CONS: Pricey, no staying power on combo/ oily skin and that's about all I can say for the cons. It was just not the right formula for my skin type.
For some added color selection help ( I know I always like to see when people list what shade they are in other foundations) :
Mat velvet: 30
Revlon color stay: sand beige
UD naked skin: 3.5
Color stay whipped: natural beige
Sheseido sun protection: sp40
Tarte amazonian clay: light/ med
HOPE THIS HELPS!!!! :)
My sister bought this foundation a few years ago to try and help cover up her acne. Based on so many great opinions of YouTubers and bloggers, she spent the $50 or whatever it was and gave it a try. Since we were living together at the time, I decided to give it a go as well. She didn't seem too impressed but I was outright disappointed. This applied nicely but the coverage wasn't nearly as good as we hoped it would be. Also, after an hour I looked like an oily mess (my skin is combination and doesn't look oily often). I broke out the following day and decided not to go near this stuff again. For the hype and the money, I was really expecting something better.
This is possibly one of my favorite products! The staying power is really good and I use this over my Rachel K CC Cream for full coverage. This foundation is not oily and it feels great on my skin. I've been using this HD foundation for about 3 months now and so far I've had no breakouts.
This is my HG foundation. After Revlon discontinued my beloved colorstay active foundation, I was forced to hunt for a replacement. I spent a small fortune trying different foundations until I decided to give this one a shot. They have a wide selection of shades. I'm fair skinned and shade 115 perfectly matched my skin tone. It works like a dream. Using a makeup sponge, I stipple it on and the results are so skin-like that you can hardly tell I'm wearing any foundation at all. The only issue I have with it is that it doesn't contain sunscreen so I removed on lippie but other than that, I love it and highly recommend it.
After reading reviews on this HG foundation and coming to the end of my MAC Studio Sculpt foundation, I decided to visit my nearest MUFE stockist in London to get a colour match and some samples before trying out the full size.
Colour matching took a good 30 mins as there is such a range and the MUA had me standing outside in the natural light too, so as to get the perfect colour match!
I am an NC42 and my best bet was the 153 or the 128. Both were a good match with the 128 being slightly darker but drying to quite a nice match-up.
I took both samples for £1 each which is a great and cheap way to avoid mistakes. Along with my foundation samples, I took some samples of the primer in neutral and an uplighter and a cream waterproof concealer in No 7 all for £1 each.
My only full-size purchases were the HD loose powder and two lip liners.
On to the foundation. After some deliberation, the 153 is the better of the two and is a perfect match as this dries more to match my own natural shade which has more yellow tones. 128 was darker and gave a different hue to my skin, more reddish tones, so I ditched the sample. You can only work this out by trial and error over a few days as these foundations dry and develop to show their true colour, so getting samples is ideal.
I have tried this foundation over two primers, the MUFE neutral primer and over my usual Smash Box primer.
The only way to use this foundation contrary to what most reviewers say on these reviews, is with your clean fingers. You can work quickly and without wasting product on germ-harbouring sponges and brushes. The pump is excellent and dispenses the right amount, you can always add more.
Make sure your skin is exfoliated, moisturised and primed as this sticks to any dry skin flakes. I start off with a small pump into the palm of my hand and work it into a creamy consistency as it is too runny otherwise, then with my fingers apply to my face, working quickly and adding more if I need to build up coverage. Quick, circular movements work best as this product dries fairly quickly.
The finish is semi-matte so if you're like me and like the dewy look, you will need highlighters or MAC lustre drops to get some sheen. The true colour develops within the first 20 mins and as the day wears on, my skin looked better, less 'done' as it blends with your own oils. Coverage of imperfections is medium and you will still need concealer if you have melasma or acne scars. I used Becca blushers with this, cream and powder and both work well. The HD loose powder sets the foundation on oily areas perfectly without creating that chalky, ashy finish that my MAC Blot powder gave. Will def stick with this combo.
On the subject of primers, I tried with the MUFE primer which was excellent but I found quite drying as the day wore on. Alcohol content? Not sure as it was a sample. However the staying power for the makeup that follows is phenomenal and my makeup was still on one Spin Class and Abs Attack class later.
I will however, be sticking with my Smash Box and Body shop primers as I like the creamier base it gives especially with such a fast-drying foundation.
On the whole, I find the MUFE foundation excellent and have since ordered the full size when to my horror they told me that they were out of no 153 as it is one of their most popular shades! Luckily for me the MUA I had seen on my visit pulled out all the stops and got her hands on one that a customer hadn't called in to collect after a while! Their service is so professional and unbiased that switching from my MAC foundation to a completely different brand was a smooth and pleasant transition.
The fact that this foundation has no SPF content has made a big difference to my skin and there is no longer that slight ashy tone in natural light. That was the only problem with the MAC studio sculpt, the SPF tends to go off after a while and you have to throw the foundation away, as I now realise why half way into my MAC tube my foundation would no longer give me the same flawless look without ashy undertones.
Yes, it's expensive, but if you use clean fingers you won't waste so much product on sponges and brushes.
I definitely recommend this foundation for anyone who has normal/combo skin who is looking for medium to full coverage.