I really wanted to like this foundation and purchased it based on MUA reviews. I have combination skin with occasional dry patches around my mouth and on my chin frm Retin-A Micro use. While I liked the texture of this foundation, I was unable to use it if I had any dryness, even if I exfoliated first. I understand that this is not marketed as a matte or oil control foundation, however, within an hour of application my face was oily. Not dewey or a with a sheen/glow, it was greasy (when set with the HD powder). This foundation settled in every fine line and emphasized my pores, which is a problem I do not typically have with foudnations.
I am MAC NC-30, and I purchased shade #123, which was a good match until it oxidized. It turned at least one shade darker and orange within one hour of application.
I did like the pump dispenser, and one pump was the exact amount needed to do my full face. As far as how it photographs, I have one picture of me wearing it, and my face looks orange and greasy. I will not be re-purchasing this foundation.
This is a light to medium buildable coverage foundation. It's really light and has a watery, very runny consistency which combined with the lightness of the coverage going on makes it a little awkward to apply in my opinion. I've not yet gotten the hang of applying the right amount. It does blend in really well, but I always end up feeling like I've used too much whether I've used a foundation brush, sponge, fingers, kabuki brush, whatever... there's a fine balance with this foundation between too little and too much and it's really too much trouble to find it. Also the runny consistency makes it a little tough to deal with.
Color-wise, i got the 178 which was an okay match and faded really well into my skin initially but oxidized a little red on me (I'm about NC50 normally) after a couple of hours. I probably should have gotten the 177 instead. I didn't really like how this came out on my skin, I didn't feel like it improved the appearance at all and I felt it looked a little greasy and red within a couple of hours but then again I didn't use powder to set it so that might help it.
I'm going to finish this at some point because it doesn't break me out and it wasn't cheap. It may take a while because it's kind of a pain figuring it out right now and I have loads of other foundations I'm working through but this one's not so bad I won't eventually get through it. I probably won't buy it again though.
EDITED 13th November 2013: Okay so I ended up getting the 177 (a week after the original review) and it was amazing on me. I think getting the right match was key for me to enjoying this foundation. I also started using MAC MSF in Dark with this and it's a lovely, lovely finish. It's really long lasting and I get at least 6-8 hours out of the combo without blotting. What I love most about this is that my skin is really finicky and this doesn't break me out. Also I realized that one pump (not 2 or 3 or however many it was, I was using) was all I needed for great coverage in combination with the MAC MSF. This product also lasts a really long time. I've used it consistently nearly every day for nearly 8 months and I'm just getting to the point where I know it's nearly finished (needs a few pump presses to get product out). I still have the 178 and I tried it again but it doesn't suit me. I look dull, washed out and red. I think this is one foundation where it's important to get the shades right.
TIP: If you also have the NARS Sheer Glow foundation, the pump of this MUFE HD fits perfectly into that foundation, you only have to cut the straw-part shorter with a pair of scissors and it's a perfect match, this could save you the energy and effort of hunting down the NARS Sheer Glow pump.
MUFE HD High Def Foundation is the BOMB DIGGITY. I get so many compliments on my skin when I wear it. It gives me a wonderful airbrushed look. And a little goes a long way so it lasts forever; a huge plus because of the price. It stays put, too - my skin looks just as great at the end of the day as when I first applied it in the morning.
The ONLY problem I have with this product is that the cap will not stay on! I keep my products in a makeup bag and every time I reach for this bottle, the friggin' cap has come off. Luckily, the pump is pretty secure so it doesn't squirt all over the place inside my bag.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this foundation!!
Other than Colorstay, this is the only foundation that I have purchased more than once.
Currently, it's my go-to, and I pair it with HD Primer in Caramel for additional warmth and finish off with HD powder... what can I say... I'm big into continuity.
First things first... the color selection, at least for my neutral toned, Edward Cullen skin, is acceptable. 117 matches me perfectly, and during the summer time, I add a smidge more of the Caramel primer. (#4 I believe?) I never get dark enough for the 118, despite my best efforts. One of the only companies, IMO, that understands that just because I have the skin pallor of a corpse, does not mean that I have cool undertones.
Applies beautifully, covers up acne, acne scars, dark circles. Pretty much makes concealer a non-issue. Photographs beautifully as well.
Here's where lippies come off. I have.. . let's say, "combination" skin. Also, I work with dog's all day and have a propensity to sweat and be a disgusting human being. I am oily and a hot mess around 1 pm everyday. Nothing Palladio blot papers and some powder can't take care of, but if I am paying 42 dollars for foundation... b**ch better work. I feel like a goddess every day before noon... and then after that.... meeehhhh.....
So, for now, this foundation is a go-to, especially for night's out, and everyday use as it does work wonderfully for a short period of time... I shall continue to be on the hunt, however, for something that'll last throughout my endeavors in the veterinary field/ drinking binges,
When I used this product I use it with all of the MUFE HD line - from primer to finishing powder. I don't hate this at all, it does give a nice finish and does a good job covering. I do like the way my face looks when I leave in the morning. My problem with this is later on in the day my face looks very bad. I catch a look of myself in a mirror and my skin looks so dull and flat. Its not like the product completely comes off on me, it just looks like the finish has changed. I have better long term luck with a lot of other products. For that reason, I only use this for short trips out or something and refuse to wear it for a long work day.
I have used this for a few months now, and have to say it's not all that.Tried applying with my fingers, duo fiber, sigma's flat top, all the other foundation brushes I have.
Pros: The coverage is buildable
Covers my acne and redness very nicely
Cons: doesn't last all day on my oily skin (hot weather too!)
Clog my pores (I'm not sure whether or not it breaks me out, which is the main problem for me)
When I first apply it, my pores get much more noticeable
My skin doesn't absorb it very well at first, feels like it's not going to set.
Overall, I think it's a good foundation for those with normal/dry/combination skin, it has a good coverage and can look flawless.
PROS: Good Coverage without looking cakey
CONS: I would think that this only suits people who put themselves in the normal skin category. It's not good at controlling oil (although being fair it doesn't claim to) I can imagine it would also cling to dry patches on drier types.
IT CAUSED AN ALLERGIC REACTION ON MY SKIN
After weeks of trying to work out what was causing my cheeks and jawline to have raised red bumps I finally figured out it was this foundation which never initially crossed my mind! It contains METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE which is a newer type preservative that has replaced parabens as they have received more negative press. This particular ingredient is recommended to be used in wash off products, not ones that remain on the skin Google it to find out more. I'm just pleased I got to the bottom of what was causing my issue!
I wanted a fdtn that would look good (though I have pretty good skin) in direct sunlight as I have a bit of hyperpigmentation on my "driving" side where sunlight does get in. I usually use sheer to med fdtns but thought I better go with Med to Full. This does layer nicely and look really good, if you want full fdtn look. BUT nothing, nothing breaks me out and this did! Back to Sephora for this! Got Healthy Mix Serum by Bourjois.
I really wanted to love this foundation... but the lightest shade is a touch too dark for me (hardly noticeable so long as I buff it out correctly) and this stuff will rub or slide right off and the slightest contact with cloth or sweat. I can get maybe 6 hours out of this foundation, which I find absurb considering I have such dry skin and most things stick to it well.
I will say it's an amazing foundation to wear if you know you'll be in pictures, or under black lights (no spf) so I tend to wear it at night - unless I know I'll be sweating. No amount of primer, setting spray, or powder keeps this stuff in place. I love the way it looks, applies, blends, but for it's staying power I find it over priced.
Eh. The color match was pretty good but honestly this did not look any better on me than Maybelline fit me liquid or Neutrogena healthy skin liquid foundation. If I am going to spend $40 on a foundation I expect to be wowed not left thinking "really....?" I much prefer MUFE F&B foundation---if only sephora would get the lighter shades in stock again so I could mix them with the 20 I am currently using!