I am brand new to Make Up Forever, just recently tried some of their products. Iíve been looking for a good foundation (again) and so far, I really love the Make Up Forever foundations. I have tried both Face and Body, and also the HD Invisible Foundation. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!
Here is my take on this product:
Consistency: The consistency of the Face & Body is weird. Gel-like and jiggly, part liquid, part blob. LOL. The foundation texture is liquidy with gelled coagulated globs in the bottle. Yes, itís odd. You have to shake it really well to mix it all together, and it still will be lumpy. Donít let that scare you. It goes on sort of smooth and lumpy at the same time (hard to describe it), but blends so smoothly into the skin, itís as though Iím not wearing anything, but the flaws are covered up. Dries pretty quickly, so work fast. I blend it in with my fingers. Works very well for me this way.
Coverage: Buildable, smooth and flawless. Dries kind of matte but does not feel drying. I use my fingers, it works just fine that way. Looks like a second skin. FYI- I do always wear a primer (Cargo Blu-Ray HD Mattifier) - not sure if this makes any difference in the application process or staying power, but thatís just my routine.
Colors: Many shades to choose from. But they have a weird color numbering system which seems to make no sense to anyone but them! Also, in the store, I noticed that the bottles do not list the shade name (which would be nice to know). Some bottles had a sticker at the bottom with a shade #, while other bottles had a sticker with just a product #, no shade number. Very confusing. The testers were all out of order in the display, it was hard for even the Sephora SA to figure out which tester bottle matched up to which box due to the lack of shade name or number. But this is a minor annoyance.
Colors look darker than they go on. I am NC or NW 20 / 25 (winter / summer) and the colors I was matched to are: Alabaster Beige #32 and Honey Beige #34. Most women can probably find more than 1 shade as a match since these really blend in and melt right into the skin. I thought the #34 Honey Beige looked way too dark, but when it blended in, it was as perfect.
(I do prefer to go a shade darker in the summer & fall until my tan fades, then in the winter I go back to my ghost-like color) #32 will be my winter shade.
Staying Power: Excellent. Very water resistant. Maybe waterproof, I havenít tried. But on a hot humid day (the middle of summer in NJ), this stuff did not budge. Not a bit. Foundation looked the same (freshly applied) at the end of the day as the moment I put it on in the morning. WOW. I have never been able to say that before! You do not have to use powder to set, I did not, but my skin is combination in T-zone, dry everywhere else. Itís probably not necessary unless you are extremely oily.
Price- Yes, it is a bit high, but Iíve used other high end foundations like DiorSkin Forever Extreme Wear Foundation, which cost just about the same, but you get less in the bottle: $42 for 1 oz versus the MUF Face & Body at $38 for 1.69 oz So this makes the MUF cost appx 22.50 per oz. which is almost half the price of the Dior (and many other high end foundations!), and youíre getting a vastly superior productÖ Though I liked the Dior, I could still feel it on my face, and it never held up this well! Makes this an excellent value!
Packaging- this is the one annoying thing I do not love about this foundation. I wish they would change the bottle on this. Itís heavy and made of glass. I am clumsy. (Can you say KLUTZ?) Not a good combination! If I drop it on the tile floor and it breaks, I will cry. If I drop this on my foot, and it breaks my toes, I will cry too! But I can live with it, I will improvise if I have to!
But I digress, back to the bottle. The mouth of the bottle is quite large (probably to accommodate the chunks). Itís hard to get the right amount on my finger. I may just pour some of this stuff out into a wide mouth plastic jar, although I really wish it came in a pump. Though, it probably wouldnít work with a pump mechanism as the gelled bits would probably gum up the works.
Scent: It does have a bit of a weird smell to it. I can't describe it, but it dissipates quickly. I do not smell it after I put it on. Those with very sensitive noses may want to try a sample first.
This is an excellent foundation. It did not break me out, but I am not usually prone to that. My skin is normally on the drier side, but this does not emphasize any flakey bits on me. Hopefully, it will be just as good in the dead of winter when my skin turns into petrified flaky mess... LOL. For those with very sensitive skin, you may want to try a sample first. Very happy with this foundation!
Definite re-purchase for me. HG status along with the MUF HD foundation (see my review on that one, too)
***************EDIT************************ok, this is really cool - I emptied out the remains of my old MAC Satinfinish foundation into a different bottle, washed out the MAC bottle and pump, and filled it with the MUFE Face & Body. AWESOME! I no longer have to worry about spillage! The pump seems to work just fine, I just make sure to shake well first! If you have an old pump from a different foundation, recycle it!
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Still LOVE it. I've been wearing this for a little over 2 months and I REALLY LOVE IT. Looks so natural and never cakey.
BEST. FOUNDATION. EVER
I recieved a sample of this through swap and was very excited to try it after hearing so many raves about it. I used Porcelain 2, which was an okay match. I was surprised by the thin consistency but was pretty happy with the coverage. It is very buildable, which is a nice quality in a foundation as sometimes it seems like I need more coverage than other times. It would also make it possible to have only one foundation year round IMO since you could just use less during the summer for a more sheer application. Unfortunately, though, this foundation broke me out with cystic acne after just a few days. When I stopped using it the acne went away. I am not sure if the fragrance is too much for my skin or what it is about the formulation that doesn't work for me, but it just doesn't. I would not buy a full sized bottle for this reason.
I like this product..I was skeptical at first, b/c every1 saids its sheer coverage, and I need way more coverage than that..but it goes on sheer but actually cover my acne scars..I still need 2 layers, but it still looks natural..I'm definitely glad I decided to try this after all. One thing I hate is the smell, and it takes a while for it to wear off! I don't know about HG, but its definitely a keeper, and u get alot of product, so it last long.
EDIT: sending it back..the smell is starting to get to me and other people are noticing the smell also..The smell last for a good hour and its not a great scent..maybe ill re-try when they have a fragrance free version..I moving on to Yves Saint Laurent next
is two days of wearing this too early to review? i'm so excited but i know it might be early.... i got a sample of this at sephora this weekend. i've worn bare escentuals for almost two years and am almost out so i've been looking to try something new.... i've never been thrilled with it. i wore medium, which was too dark for me but the lighter colors were WAY too light, so i settled. it worked, decent coverage, but didn't last throughout the day even with my primer (monistat), so i've been wanting to try something. i've never worn liquid foundation before, but i thought it might be time, so i decided on MUFE since it gets such great reviews. based on the shade finder, i would wear #20 Ivory....so i came home with my sample, washed my face, moisturized as usual, and put this on (with my fingers, no brush or sponge) and was kind of weirded out because it's like someone took my skin and put it in a bottle... IT'S A PERFECT MATCH. i wanted to cry, it looked so good! it didn't cover up blemishes completely, but it toned them down enough and i didn't feel the need for concealer. best of all, it almost completely erased my DARK under eye circles! i've never seen my eyes look so bright without looking dry and icky! i did a second light layer where i wanted a bit more coverage (super easy to layer), and i was so happy with how i looked! i wore this all day, no primer, in pretty humid and hot weather (southern cali this weekend was gross) and it held up great! normal creasing around where my glasses sit, but i wouldn't expect anything less. i wore it today to work with a primer this time, and it's been PERFECT! i'm glowy on my cheeks where i want to be, and pretty matte on my forehead and nose, jsut a light dusting of powder after 7 hours of wear. best of all, there was almost no movement of the foundation around my glasses! i'm amazed! i think it makes my blush show up better on my skin that BE ever did also! i'm SO excited! so far no breakouts, i hope this isn't premature. but luckily i have a very generous sample to try for a week (probably two, you need so little at a time) so I'll have time to really make a decision before i buy. i'm SO excited though! it is expensive, but i know it'll last forever (the jar of BE lasted me a year and a half) so it's just initial sticker shock. might be HG material for me!
Edit 9/13/08- been two weeks, still thrilled! I tried MAC face and body just to compare, and this is a billion times better (go read my review for MAC). My sample is gonna be enough to put it on tomorrow morning, and then I'm off to buy a full size! to help with the packaging problem (big clumsy glass bottle) i bought a 3oz travel size plastic bottle from target with one of those lids you push one side down on and the other side comes up with a little hole---lol i have no idea what it's called, hopefully that makes sense. i put about a 3rd of the original bottle in there to help preserve the quality so i'm not opening and exposing the entire amount of foundation every day. i'll just have to remember to give the original glass bottle a good shake every few days so it doesn't separate permanently or anything! the plastic bottle works great and it'll travel much safer also!
I tried several samples of this to get a color match and I couldn't. I am a MAC W20, which was discontinued a few years ago. I tried #2 and that was a bit too dark and not pink enough. I ordered #40 from Sephora and it's too dark so I ordered #38 and that's not right. I mixed them together and got perfection. It's hard to find a foundation that is pink enough when you are truly pink.
I love how this melts into my skin and the coverage is buildable. I don't mind the fragrance and I love how it feels when I brush it onto my skin. It lets skin look like skin only better.
This is the best foundation I've used. I'm NC30 and I got this in #34 Honey Beige based on some other reviewers here. Unfortunately, #34 is NOT for neutral nor cool skin. It looks very tanned on my skin (noticeably different from my neck by 1-2 shades). I think this colour would be perfect for people with light-medium skin tones (more on the medium side) with olive undertones. But regardless of the colour, this is REALLY great. I just got it in the mail today and when I put it on... it just blended! As some people mentioned, it does dry very quickly so you need to spread VERY quickly but it's not the "oh if I don't spread quickly it'll streak". The end finish is very uniform no matter how much layering you do. For me, 2 layers already gives me full coverage and I have many freckles (that have seemed to bunch together), blemishes and acne on my forehead. This looks just like SKIN as many ppl pointed out. I also got the full coverage concealer in #6. Now this concealer is a PERFECT match for me and I feel that I only need this concealer to look great!
UPDATE September 7, 2008: I went to Sephora to get matched with the correct colour. Again, I'm NC30 (or at least that's what the MAC artist said though I feel she might be wrong now) and I wear IVORY#20 in MUFE face and body foundation and IVORY#6 full cover concealer.
Skn Tone: Neutral/Cool, pale (NW20/N4 in MAC, Porcelin Ivory in LM, Light #1 in Maybelline Pure), purchased this product in Porcelin #2
Skin Type: Combination/oily, more oily in summer. Occasional dry spots on forehead and jaw.
I LOVE THIS FOUNDATION. Simple as that.
I had some reservations in purchasing it, but I am so glad that I did. It gives the perfect light/medium coverage I was looking for. The formula is a little strange - it's a liquid/gel, and when you pour it out (no pump on the bottle) it kind of plops out. I shake it really well, then pour a little on the back of my hand, and use my Sonia Kashuk "blue peep" (blending sponge) to apply. And it goes on flawlessly. What's so great about this product is that it's very buildable - I can apply a layer, let it dry for a minute or 2, and apply another layer in areas that need more coverage. There's a fragrance, but it fades upon application. I set this with either MUFE HD powder or NYC translucent powder. Staying power is great, it makes it through my workday with no problems. I had originally purchased this in hopes of using it for my wedding makeup, but I think I need a little more coverage for that day. It's great for everyday though. I bought this product in Porcelin #2, which is a great match for me. It seems a lot of NW20's are buying Ivory #20, but that was too yellow for me. The new shades (#36 and #38) were too pale. The shades are somewhat forgiving, due to the lighter coverage. Retail is $38 for about 1.75oz, which is pretty reasonable. I will definitely repurchase when I run out.
EDIT: Shade #2 is a bit too dark for me, so back to the drawing board. Going to try #20 or #38 next.
I have a light olive skin tone, so that alone makes it hard for me to find good foundations. On top of that, combination skin! A hopeless nightmare. Or so I thought.
Enter Makeup Forever's face and body liquid foundation - a dream come true!!!! SUPER LIGHT formula yet gives great coverage, which you can 'build up' by applying extra layers.... WITHOUT looking cakey!
It's long wearing and shine resistant, but isn't drying.
Perfect product in deceptively simple packaging. A beauty revolution in a bottle.
This is by far the best liquid foundation in my opinion and I've tried many of them. I love the consistency, though some people may find it to be too wet but I only have to let it sit for a minute and it'd dry up and gives my face a healthy glow. It's between light to medium coverage and no matter how many layers I put on it never look heavy nor accentuate dry spots and flaky skin. It's supposed to be waterproof so I don't have to worry about it melting off in a hot summer day. All I need is MAC blot for touch up throughout the day to control the oiliness on my T-zone. Another good thing about this foundation is that it doesn't oxidize on the skin like many liquid foundation tend to do - the color stays fresh on my face. It's oily-free but comes right off with my regular face cleanser so it's good for my combination/sensitive skin. I've been using it for over two weeks now and it doesn't cause any breakout. For reference, I'm NW10 in MAC and I bought this in #38, it's the lightest neutral shade they have. I also tried #20 though it has the yellow undertone that I need but it's tad bit too dark for me. I have to admit that this foundation is quite expensive, but for $38 I can honestly say that it would last a long time considering that I only need a tiny bit (about a dime size) for my whole face. The only things I don't like about this foundation is the glass bottle and the fragrance. It can be messy to pour out the right amount of product so I have to do it very carefully. The scent, I can understand that some people may not like it but I'm glad it fades away within a minute unlike Dior Forever - another liquid foundation that I loved but allergic to the strong fragrance in it. Overall, one of my favorite foundations and I highly recommend it to everyone - maybe not too great if you have super oily skin but it's still worth a try. I would repurchase if I ever run out, but who knows how long that's going to take. :P
I used to really adore this product, but I don't wear it anymore because my skin has cleared up and I don't need to wear a liquid foundation. (Yay!) It is a very, very nice liquid foundation though, and for $38 it darn well better be! ;-) It is light to the touch, looks dewy when applied with a brush (highly recommend the MAC 182) and never slid off my normal skin, even with a sunscreen-laden moisturizer underneath. This product has an old ladyish rose scent, so caveat emptor! Color matching is fantastic, if you've had trouble getting an exact match, try this! The glass bottle packaging is not so great though...those with tiled floors should be careful.