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on 2/21/2010 2:42:00 PM
More reviews by pastryadventure
Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
When this was recommended to me by the MUA at Sephora I was turned-off by the boring bottle and poo-pooed this for being old-fashioned, but I'm glad I gave it a chance! Like most women, I have spent the better part of my adult life looking for the "perfect" foundation, and this is the closest I've come yet. Lots of complaints here about lack of SPF, but I'm not bothered. That only makes this foundation more versatile, as it can be work with SPF underneath during the day or without for evening events (best NOT to have SPF for flash photography, and SPF in the formula can make foundation oxidize funny sometimes). Anyway...This is the first foundation I've ever used that gives coverage without cakiness. It's FANTASTIC with the stippling technique for that air-brushed finish (use a MAC 1897 brush or similar), sparingly for light coverage and buildable where you need more. I also like that there is no sparkle/shimmer whatsoever-- most of the new "HD" formulas are actually quite sparkly, not flattering if you have any lines at all. Excellent range of shades, and nice that there are neutral beige choices in addition to straight yellow/pink. The texture is truly weird, sort of a jelly. Make sure to shake well. The smell is definitely old-lady, but once you've got it on it's not as if you can smell your own face. I agree that a pump would be nicer, but I decant smaller amounts from the large bottle into a smaller squeeze bottle and refill as needed, to keep the main bottle bacteria-free. It's actually a decent value, +70% more product vs the HD formula for the same price, and a little goes a long way.
7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.
on 2/20/2010 9:20:00 PM
More reviews by Katherine99
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine
My new favorite foundation! After struggling a bit with color matches, I've settled on #38 for my fair skin (I'm a redhead for reference). I love the texture of this foundation. It looks odd but after blending on the face with a foundation brush, it looks lovely. I love how I can build the coverage where needed (like my acne scarring). It doesn't look cakey and it has great staying powder (I always set with powder). Another expensive product that delivers. I'm hoping this will work just as well in the humidity of the summer. I will update then.
on 2/20/2010 2:20:00 PM
More reviews by Bunnisan
Age: 18 & Under
Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Not Sure
Hair: Black, Other, Other
it can go on your arm,leg etcmore then just on the facethis was my first foundation i bought i didn't know all the tricks so i asked for a darker tone instead of going lightermy mistake but it doesn't have a heavy coverage for mestays on for a long time and great prep before putting on makeupgood for combination,oily skinacne might not cover all too goodand dry don't use too much or might flake (\ /) (^_^) C(")(")
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
on 2/14/2010 9:20:00 PM
More reviews by bmoviebloodbath
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I guess I'm the odd one out on this one. I really didn't care much for this. I was so excited to try it based on the reviews here, so I went to Sephora to get a sample. She color matched me and found that #20 Ivory would be my color. It's odd that the shade is called Ivory, because it isn't even close to "ivory", it's darker. Anyway, I tried it over the Nars primer, and I just found it to be so-so. Definitely not BAD, but not anything special. I found that the coverage is light, as it doesn't cover many spots on my face that need evening out. I can't understand if someone needed such light coverage, why even bother? I really didn't like the consistency of it either, it didn't seem like a gel to me, but really watery. It did feel nice and light on my face though, which I liked. Also, my chin gets really oily and my makeup usually slides right off my face even with a primer. However, with this, my skin felt MUCH less oily. For the price, I expected more from this. Like I said, not a bad foundation, but it acts more like a tinted moisturizer.
3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
on 2/14/2010 7:16:00 PM
More reviews by kawiki
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine
Wow. I love this foundation. The consistency is just marvelous, and it feels so light on your face. It gives just the right amount of coverage for me: (skintone a bit uneven but no acne issues etc) and it gives a lovely glow. The only problem I've seen is it wears off a bit if you don't set it. I actually like the packaging, I shake the bottle then stick my stippling brush in the cap to pick up the foundation. Easy easy foundation.
on 2/7/2010 10:43:00 PM
More reviews by Avg_Jane
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
Love! This foundation has a gel consistency that is extremely easy to blend for a smooth finish. It gives medium coverage without much effort. I'm MAC NC-27, BB Skin Foundation in Beige (3). I found that 32 Alabaster in Face and Body is a terrific match. I also use Make-up Forever Full Cover Lift concealer in #6. My skin is usually combo...more towards the dry side. This foundation is perfect. I use MAC prep and prime for the SPF first. Then follow with FB foundation and concealer on a few darker marks. Great wear, too.
4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.
on 1/28/2010 6:11:00 AM
More reviews by msshai
Skin: Normal, Dark, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Medium
I am a big fan of this MUFE foundation. It's what opened my eyes to wearing makeup in the first place (im still in the rocky stages) What attracted me to this was the fact that I had so much difficulty finding a color match for me and a texture that looked and felt natural. A natural finish is really important to me and since I have what most would consider good skin I just needed something to help even my skintone and give me the finished look that would keep my lipstick or eyeshadow decisions from looking amateur. I found that that #44 Coffee, matched my skin perfectly last summer and I would eventually discover that #12 Caramel is my perfect shade for the rest of the year. I look like i'm glowing when I put it on! I find it easy to blend and work with due to its gelly consistency and as long as I moisturize a bit before hand, it brushes on smoothly. I dont find the smell offensive at all, just a bit flowerry and mature, but like most other odors it goes away. I do wish that the packaging were a bit different. And id be interested to know if anyone has found an aftermarket pump solution because I definitely knocked over my "summer" bottle of the stuff one night and it really is a tragedy when you can hear the cha-ching of $15 of brown liquid going to waste.
on 1/27/2010 10:37:00 PM
More reviews by blushingpale
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
This is the best liquid foundation I've tried for my dry, ultra-sensitive rosacea skin with enlarged pores and texture issues. Do try it if you are very pale, as there are new shades for the palest skin tones including #36 (Pink) and #38 (Pink Porcelain). I'm neutral-toned MAC NC/NW 10-15, and #38 is my perfect shade, in fact, the best shade I've found in any foundation, because it doesn't darken my skin at all yet somehow doesn't look ghostly either. Unlike the previous reviewer, I found this shade in my regular Sephora store (in Canada). (UPDATE: I've realized #38 actually is a touch too pink for me despite how it looks in the bottle, so I may try #20 Ivory, or possibly mix the two)I was hesitant to shell out over $40 Cdn for this simple-seeming foundation in the clunky glass jar, with no SPF. Also the watery-gel texture (I always shake before using) seems like it would be very thin, but it is actually medium coverage despite the lightweight feel, and easy to build if needed. I actually like the texture as it feels cooling and moisturizing going on, which soothes my rosacea. The foundation has a slight scent and this was another reason I hesitated to buy it, but I've had no irritation at all and I don't notice the scent after applying. I've been using this foundation on and off for months now with no blocked pores or bumps even after having it on for 12+ hours. Only bismuth-free mineral foundations have felt so kind to my skin.The greatest thing about this foundation is the skin-like natural finish it gives, which blurs texture issues without covering them. I use less concealer with this foundation. I am not a fan of "dewy" finishes because they tend to highlight pores and texture. The finish of F&B is not quite dewy, but has a sheen like that of well-moisturized bare skin. It looks great on my dry cheeks, and I use a setting powder just in my oily t-zone (Maybelline Dream Matte). It wears extremely well on me, and I'm sure oily types could just use a good blotting powder. This foundation seems to work exceptionally well with powder, turning matte without looking "powdery." I also can use this under my eyes, which is amazing as normally I always need a separate moisturizing concealer. Thus, this is great when I'm in a hurry. I find using my fingers to be the best application method for this formula as it dries rather quickly after the initial watery sensation.I often use mineral-powder foundation (EDM) but I find it takes a lot of buffing and smoothing to look natural and there are days I don't want the hassle. This is the best alternative I've found. Also, it photographs better than mineral foundations or ones with SPF. The huge bottle will last me forever, so I now think this was a bargain!From the website: "80% water. An ultra-light, ultra-fresh gel emulsion formula for long-lasting wear. Non-oily texture. Volatile silicon for a silky feel and easy application. Pigments coated with hydrophobic properties: water and sweat-resistant, they have a natural affinity with skin. Glycerin makes foundation easy to apply and improves moisturizing. Mango butter enriches the texture, nourishes the skin and reinforces moisturizing. Clinically tested hydration levels: +37% after 1 hour, +17% after 2 hours."INGREDIENTS: Aqua (Water), Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Cyclopentasilaxane, Methypropanediaol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Mangifera Indica Seed Oil (Mango seed butter), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tetrasodium EDTA, Parfum (Fragrance), PEG-8, Phenoxyethanol, Tromethamine, Potassium Myristate, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Panthenol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Cinronnellol, Ceraniol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
29 out of 29 people found this review helpful.
on 1/27/2010 8:52:00 PM
More reviews by adele37
Skin: Other, Fair, Cool
I got three samples of this foundation: #38, #36, and #20. For reference, I am extremely fair (MAC NW10ish) with pink undertones (as opposed to yellow). Looking at the foundations before putting them on: the 38 looks like a standard fair foundation, with slight yellow undertones. The 36 is light pink. The 20 is a light foundation, but definitely looks too dark for me. The texture is lumpy until you shake it. Then it smooths out to a liquidy gel. All three colors spread really easily and you don't need much, but they can be layered easily. Now for the colors. 36 is the lightest. It's not pink when you spread it out, it's almost white. I do have a cool undertone to my skin, so on warm skintones, it might look pinker. This is definitely not for fair warm skintones. It's also not for me. I have a fair, cool skin but I'm not paper white with very pink undertones. The 20 is not really fair. It's more light, and it looks warm, with very yellow undertones. The 38 is PERFECTION. It is the perfect color for my skin. It is very fair (but not white) with very faint pink undertones, neither aggressively pink or yellow. It covers any redness in my skin easily without caking up and without looking like foundation. This is lightweight and really looks like skin. It needs about two minutes after application to set. The coverage is definitely on the light side, though, and you will need a separate concealer for blemishes and undereyes. However, if you are looking for a lightweight foundation to even out redness while still looking completely natural, this is the one. Yes, it is on the expensive side (I know I never thought I would spend this much on foundation) but you only need a little and this foundation is so good that it's worth it.The packaging (a glass, open-mouthed container) isn't great but I don't think this foundation would be compatible with pump packaging. NOTE: #38 and #36 are only available on Sephora.com or from the NYC Make Up For Ever boutique, which is where I got my samples.This compared to MAC's Face and Body: I have N1 in MAC, which is a little too dark for my fair skin. The MAC foundation is a fluid liquid. I use much more in every application - it is more sheer than the MUFE Face and Body. The MAC needs more product to get the same amount of coverage but does not control oil for more than three hours on me. I set it with powder after applying it, and three hours later, I need to blot. It also doesn't look as natural as the MUFE. Also - after about six hours, the MAC Face and Body oxidizes, turning slightly orange on me. The MUFE is longer lasting and does not oxidize. On a side note: I've been using the MAC for a year and it has never broken me out. I will finish my bottle of MAC F&B, but I won't repurchase because the MUFE F&B is much better, with a better color match for me, and nicer, longer lasting coverage.UPDATE: I wore this foundation to my friend's wedding and it was perfect. Perfect. It looked so natural but polished. And it lasted for eight hours! I didn't even need to touch it up, blot, or repowder! It was incredible. It did not give me clogged pores or break me out. Also: I did notice a faint scent. It didn't bother me and it fades after about five minutes.
13 out of 13 people found this review helpful.
on 1/27/2010 5:21:00 PM
More reviews by DiyaSpade
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I bought MUFE F&B in #18. Im usually a MAC C4. This looked good, and very dewy. It was easy to spread, and I liked the sheer coverage. Only problem was that SO said it made me look kinda red/orange.I wish this had a pump, because its hard to pour a small amount out, you either end up with little or a huge blob. I put a small blob on a petri dish to use, I didnt clean up yet, and when I came home, I saw that there was BIGtime oil separation! Soo much oil! It also made my skin feel itchy, and I noticed small bumps right away. I'm returning it!
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