I received the Makeup For Ever HD Foundation in the "starter kit", that included a sample primer and setting powder with a small kabuki brush for application, for my birthday. For its high price, I expected a lot more from this foundation. I have tried every type of application - fingers, brushes, and Sephora sponges. I found that out of the three evils, fingers have actually worked best for me, despite this being a pretty thin liquid. There is practically no coverage - any redness shows proudly through, so a concealer is necessary - and two large squirts are needed to properly cover the face for the makeup to look remotely nice, which uses up the bottle pretty quickly. Any less, and you'll look like you bought dollar store makeup, a mistake I learned not to make.And yes, it looks good - for about three hours, tops. I have used three different setting techniques and all three combined (their setting powder, setting spray, which normally works wonders, and a matte layer of foundation) but it isn't the fault of the setting products (they've worked fine before), it's the foundation itself.
Perhaps it is my difficult skin type that makes this product hate me, but I have tried everything to make this foundation work and it will only look nice enough to take pictures in when you first put it on. After a few hours, my face will either grow super oily (if I haven't layered it with a matte setter) or just disappear. I do not touch my face, or rub it off on any surfaces. Its as if my skin soaks it up and it's gone forever!
Currently, I still use this foundation (I don't want to waste something someone paid forty dollars for) and it's in its last squirts. My current routine is to apply a primer, concealer, then the foundation, bronzers, blushes, setting powder, then setting spray. I will look good long enough for a brief outing with a friend, but I have to admit that $7 drugstore makeup has worked for me far better than this.
Again, it may be because of my individual skin, because I hear raves about it from others, but it doesn't work for me and I will not be buying it again. I would proceed with caution, but from others I have seen, if it "works" with you, it works great.
It's really nice. I think it has a natural finish... the coverage is just right... and when I wear it, I photograph amazingly. I've used foundations that look horrifying through flash photography, this one makes you glow for the camera. I am fair skinned with cool undertones, though, and I have to say it's really hard to find my shade. I usually need to balance the color out with other products, as it's either too pink or too yellow for me most of the time.
Expensive for a product that's unremarkable.
If you have dry skin, STAY AWAY. it will look awful and definitely puts extra attention on any flakes you may have sitting on top of your skin. I returned this foundation the day I put it on.
I paid $42 for this foundation at Sephora....not a cheap foundation so, it's definitely worth to do research before purchasing.
I have combination skin(Oily T-zone/normal skin on the rest of my face with occasional dry patches) and I generally tend to purchase/favor foundations with medium to full coverage(like this one). The best method I've found to put this foundation on is with my beauty blender.
Water based (if you are looking for that)
Don't need a lot of foundation to do your face
Can easily look cakey/ become cakey during the day
Clings to dry patches of skin
Looks like you have makeup on your face
I've had this foundation for almost 1 year and in comparison to some other foundations that I own that are even roughly the same price(Like Laura Mercier Silk creme & Estee Lauder Double Wear), this foundation is just OKAY. It's definitely not my holy grail foundation or the foundation I reach for when I want to look my best, but it's not terrible or the worst thing I've tried.
I will continue using this foundation until I finish the bottle(BTW the packaging is great...very nice pump!) but I will not repurchase this foundation again.
In my opinion, better alternatives to this foundation are:
Drugstore: Revlon Colorstay Whipped or Revlon Colorstay for Oily/Combo skin
High-end: Estee Lauder Double wear or Laura Mercier Silk creme
This is actually my first foundation. I've always used bb creams and I wanted to try out foundations for better coverage. I'm glad this was my first one because it was a great experience. It applies nice and smoothly and stays on my face all day long. Looks natural and not cakey like I thought it would look. The colour matches me perfectly and with concealer, my face looks nice and clean with no redness, scars or dark spots! :D Very happy with it. Want to try other foundations to compare~
Not for me.
I have fair skin with neutral undertones. I ordered this foundation in #110 , I think this is the second lightest shade. Yes, it's quite hard to choose the right shade online, but I had no choice... I really wanted to try this...
#110 is too light for me, and looks really pink, well at least on me! I was horrified when I saw myself in daylight, pale, lifeless and PINKISH. So I decided to order #117 (which has yellow undertones) to (sort of) neutralize #110. It got lost in the mail, so I decided it was fate's intervention, and I gave up on this. I mean come on... Seriously? A £30&shipping product and I still have to DIY mix'n'match the shades daily? No, thanks.
As for the coverage. It is light-to-med, your real skin's texture shines through. I quite liked it, but sometimes it sits really badly into pores and looks ugly. Even is they made new shades between 110, 115&117 I'm not sure if I would buy this again. I'm not convinced.
I hate to say this but I will not be repurchasing this for awhile - until they change the packaging. I love the foundation - it is a good one for my dry skin - but I hate the packaging. I bring my makeup out with me and this one spills all the time. Yes it comes with a pump but the cap always dislodges itself in my makeup pouch. This is frustrating and I really hope they can fix the problem
I've had this product for 4 months now and I use this only for the night when I want a fuller coverage. The lasting power is amazing and it did not cause any irritation to my skin. The foundation smells nice and it was easy to apply on my skin. The staying power is good and it lasted for a good 5 hours without touching up.
I've had this product in my arsenal for about 2 months now, and I'm a bit conflicted as to how I feel about it. I use a flat-top brush and use it two ways:
-----1) sheered out with some water – pref. Avene Thermal Spring Water – and applied over my sunscreen for day, only where coverage is necessary
-----2) over primer – Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel – for full coverage for events**
** If I don't use a primer, the foundation settles into my pores. I have normal/dry skin and this has never happened to me with makeup.
117 is a PERFECT color match for me. I'm ecstatic about that, so I put up with the need for a primer. I'm pleased it does not break me out or irritate my sensitive skin. (I have several ingredient sensitivities that limit what cosmetics I can use, so this is a happy find.)
I like the finish of the product is very flattering for evening and special occasions. However, I find this product heavy for day-to-day use. Unless I need extra coverage, I've just been using my tinted EltaMD UV Physical SPF 41 and a bit of powder and that's it. I could also use the MUFE Full Cover Concealer for these little fix-ups, so that's why I'm conflicted about having spent over $40 for this foundation. It will last me a long time though, so maybe it's all for the best.
At this point, I'm not sure if I would buy again. Will update.