I used to wear Prescriptives Virtual Skin in champagne everyday. Then about two years ago I got too lazy to put on makeup and stopped wearing makeup altogether, except for special occasions. A special occasion was coming up (my wedding, which was going to be outdoors on the beach) and I wanted to see what was new in foundations. I also wanted something that would look more dewy and not too matte.
After reading many reviews on MUA, I thought I'd try this foundation. I went to Sephora and tried it. This is a great feeling foundation --- it's cool to the touch with a gel-like consistency. It feels like you're putting on Purell rather than foundation. Also, it looks very natural and not too matte. I am a fair skinned Asian with yellow undertones and I tried on #32 alabaster beige, which was a very good match.
A couple days later I went to a Make Up For Ever store and got a custom blend of #32 with #03. I used it for my wedding with La Mer translucent loose powder along with bronzer. The coverage is at most medium I'd say.
I totally recommend this foundation and don't think I will change foundations any time soon. I also tried SK-II air touch foundation but Saks in NYC carried limited colors, none of which matched my skin tone. After several hours, I noticed that I could see the pores on my cheeks, which I can't see when I'm not wearing any make-up! I don't know if it was improper application or a because the shade was wrong. In any case, based on that one experience, I'd say this Make Up For Ever foundation is superior to SK-II air touch foundation.
I love this foundation ( I wear #20) and go to it almost every day. It has light, natural coverage that melts into my skin. I apply with my fingers, and then dust with the HD powder. Tricky to learn to apply at first because of the formula, and I decanted the bottle into a plastic squeeze bottle for ease of use. I would prefer a pump. I will buy over and over! Easy to add a little more if you need more coverage. Thanks MUA!
Holy Grail. BUT... you need to apply it as another MUAer described,
with the Too Faced Panda brush. I put several smears on in a section, and buff with the brush. Then on to the next section. I can see how others would be disappointed just putting it on with their fingers, etc. I don't know how, but it gives the perfect finish & doesn't set into wrinkles. AND it's waterproop. AND you can use it anywhere...great at covering the sun spots on my hands & chest. Only negative is it would be great in a plastic pump bottle...I just know some time I'll send it crashing to the tile floor. I've used them all, from mineral, to airbrush, to cream. This is the best. Looks perfect in every light.
I love the finish for this foundation. Number 32 was perfect for me. It covers slight discoloration and makes my skin flawless. It's like airbrushing in a bottle. That's why I was so disappointed when i figure out that it rubs off too easily on my oily skin. I've tried it with powder but it just makes it a shiny mess. The coverage isn't that good if you need it for acne. Sadly for those reasons i wouldn't buy it again. For those out there that just have a bit too much redness then this is perfect. I'm currently Using Velvet Mat instead by the same company. Works well too.
I wish this came in a pump but this probably is the almighty of all HGs. It's the only foundation I've ever used in my life that looks 100% natural. It never cakes either and I love that I can apply another light layer or an area I need extra coverage. I'm also a big fan of the fact that this can withstand a thunderstorm and a waterpark lol. I currently started using one of their new shades since the shade I was using was a teeny bit dark but nothing major since I was a very light self tanner on my body. However the newest shade I'm trying (their lightest shade they make) is Pink Porcelain 38 which is a VERY neutral shade. This is the foundation color for you if you are the palest they come in. I was actually shocked because this is probably one of the few foundations that actually make a super light shade that doesn't cast a yellow or pink undertone. I'd like to point out that the 2 newer shades have different ingredients. They work the exact same as the other shade ingredients though. This really is something everyone should give a try.
The bottle is blah. Product needs to come with a pump. However, the coverage and color match are great as well as the long wear. More expensive than I would like, but a little goes a long way and i dont even wear it everyday. No problem repurchasing when needed
so, i bought this after reading all the good reviews and i am so happy with this product! i love the coverage, it's light but just enough to cover what i need covered. the finish is slightly dewy which i love. and the color is a perfect match. i apply with my fingers, it's really fast and easy. i just all around love it and will definitely buy again.
UPDATE: this is my HG. i love this foundation. i top it off with MUFE's super mat loose powder and my skin is perfection.
Ok, so I have been on the search for an utterly indestructible, long lasting full/medium coverage makeup. Something that does not melt off in the sweltering heat, or settle in lines.
My HG foundation for 15 years, belive it or not, has been revlon colorstay liquid. After getting bored with it, I was wondering what other brands out there would have as much staying power with possibly better shades or texture. I tell you, I have put them all to the test. I am a wedding photographer and I work and sweat in the heat of AZ.
Someone recomended the makeup forever brand. I tried this on a shoot, and unfortunatley it did not hold up nearly as well as colorstay. In other words, when touched it transfered more, (not totally stay put, but better than say the average foundation.) So I found at the end of the day, it looked much worse for the wear than the colorstay. I would say so far after trying all the brands they rank as follows for stay-put power. All three brands have about the same coverage.
1. Revlon Colorstay
1. Estee lauder double wear
3. Makeup forever face & body
Hands down, in side by side tests, colorstay literally "stays" the best. It feels completely light and dry when it sets. I think the only reason it has lower reviews is because it takes some practice to apply it, since it does set faster and more permanently...you can't keep blending it!!
On goes the search for a foundation that can compete with colorstay!!
I tried MUFE Liquid Lift Foundation before and I didn't like it so I was curious whether or not I should like F&B Foundation. But after reading all the raving reviews I just had to get it. My current HG foundation is LM Silk Creme Foundation #Soft Ivory but it also would be nice to have a foundation lighter in texture and less in coverage. Note: this review is for the new formula!
SHADES: I have dry, sensitive, very fair cool- to neutral toned skin (MAC NW10/15) with mild Rosacea but otherwise no major imperfections. Now MUFE foundation shades and numbers are utterly random and confusing. I already knew #20 Ivory would be way too dark and luckily MUFE released two lighter shades, #36 Pink and #38 Pink Porcelain. After seeing some swatches and having talked to other people using those lighter shades I decided to go for #38 because it's a tad more neutral and I prefer some slightly yellowtoned foundation to counteract the ruddiness of my cheeks. But #38 had been sold out so I got #36 instead. It looks very pink in the bottle, so I was concerned looking like a boiled lobster but this shade turned out to be a very close match! I think because of the sheerness, adaptability and flexibility of this foundation it really doesn't matter that much if your shade is a tad off. The shade in the bottle doesn't look at all like it ends up being on your face! So please don't pick your colour just by looking at the bottle or at the swatches on the MUFE site or the Sephora site. They're way off. It might be helpful to check out MUAer Karlasugars' blogspot; she cross-referenced MAC and F&B shades. URL: http://karlasugar.blogspot.com/2008/06/make-up-for-ever-face-body-cross.html
I think I also would be able to use #38 and if you're warm- to neutral toned (NC10/15, N3) go for the #38 too. But best is to try samples of both #36 and #38 if you're NW/NC10/15. And if you're closer to NW/NC20, try #20 Ivory and #2 Porcelain.
TEXTURE/APPLICATION: Now, back to the F&B. It comes in a clear glass bottle which is a bit annoying because I do prefer tubes instead. You have to shake the bottle well before using the foundation. I poor out some foundation onto the back of my hand, place some tiny dots onto my left cheek, blend with fingers and then right cheek, chin, nose etc. IMO fingers work best with this foundation. I also tried using a damp sponge and a foundation brush but I prefer using my fingers. You have to work fast because it dries quickly. The texture of this foundation is weird indeed: it's not quite a liquid and not a gel. You definitely have to get used to it. But it feels very refreshing upon application and the finish of this foundation is unbelievable natural looking, sheer and dewey. Like your skin but better. It doesn't settle into fine lines and it doesn't cling to any dry patches. It does hide minor imperfections, cover my Rosacea and yet it looks so freakingly natural! And best of all, this shade adapts to my skin tone so no obviously pink tones but just a very fair neutral complexion while still showing some of my freckles. I set with some face powder and I'm off to go. Ok so far so good.
SMELL: Ahh, the smell. I really don't understand why MUFE make their products that heavily fragranced. This foundation smells like you immerse your face into a pool of rose water. A very heavy rose scent. Now it does fade away after some time, but I imagine the smell could be too obnoxious to some people although fragrance is a matter of personal taste and it's all YMMV of course. I'm very sensitive to fragrance but at least this rose scent smells better than the burned plastic scent of the MUFE Liquid Lift Foundation. I guess I'll just have to get used to it.
OTHER: This foundation is water-resistant; that's what makes it long-lasting and sweat- and swimproof. So you have to use a cleanser/makeup remover designed for waterproof makeup/sunscreen like a cleansing oil. Your ordinary cleanser won't do the job. Speaking of sunscreen: this foundation doesn't have SPF. That's fine with me because I don't like to have SPF in my foundations. Price: I paid 32 Euro/$55 for 50 ml/1.69 Fl.Oz. Not that bad for a huge bottle.
CONCLUSION: F&B is a nice addition to my makeup stash. Not HG material but def. worth having a bottle around, especially in summertime! However MUFE: please, PLEASE do something about the fragrance!!
Update: I got some cystic pimples which I've never had before and I'm afraid they're caused by the F&B;-( Beware if you're sensitive and always try a sample first! Up for swap it goes...
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Ingredients (new formula): aqua, hydrogenated polyisobutene, sorbitan sesquioleate, cycolentasiloxane, methylpropanediol, glycerin, butylene glycol, mangifera indica seed oil (mango seed butter), acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, tetrasodium EDTA, fragrance, PEG-8, phenoxyethanol, tromethamine, potassium myristate, chlorphenesin, methylparaben, propylparaben, caprylyl glycol, sodium polyacrylate, panthenol, hexyl cinnamal, limonene, citronnellol, geraniol, butylphenyl methylpropional, linalool, alpha-isomethyl ionene. May contain: CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 777493 (iron oxides), CI 77492 (iron oxides), CI 77499 (iron oxides).
Ingredients (old formula): aqua, mineral oil, sorbitan sesquioleate, cyclopentasiloxane, phenoxyethanol, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, triethanolamine, magnesium myristate, tetrasodium EDTA, methylparaben, propylparaben, fragrance. May contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides.
It's been a few days since I bought this product and I definitely like it. The packaging is just a bottle, no pump or anything. I just spill a little into a small dish and use it that way. It doesn't dry me out nor make me look oily. I have combo skin. When I was in the sephora store buying it most of the SA were wearing this product. They told me they love this foundation. Anyway it gives a dewy look on its own without finisher. After I apply my finishing powder it still gives a slight glow which I like because I have a dull complexion. I'm using 32 which is second to the lightest and it seems to match me very well.
One lippie off for the packaging -.-