centerfuse's review of Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Foundation [DISCONTINUED]


2290 reviews

57% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$$


Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Mica, talc, PEG-10 Dimenthicone, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Phenyl, Trimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimenthicone Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Cyclohexacyloxane, Methylisothiazolinone, Sorbitan Sesquileate, Silver Oxide, Propylene, Carbonate, Parfum (fragrance), Methylparaben, Fagus Sylvatica Extract (Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract), Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, [+/- CI 77891 )titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).


Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I use #20 (sometimes mixed with #2) in Face & Body and #29 in Mat Velvet+, which is a tad light for me. The differences between the shades are subtle. I LOVE the Face & Body for the natural look it gives to my skin.I've found nothing better than the F&B for retinoid dried skin. It works well, period. That is, if you aren't trying to "change" the your skin with heavy coverage. So let it be established that I LOVE my Face & Body, especially in the colder months.

Before trying this, I went to the Sephora site to get a handle of the various colors/undertones in this foundation, and that was extremely helpful. Now that I wear sunscreen religiously, I can look pale with the right shade of Mat Velvet with a "flat" look because of the super matte finish.

Has pump bottle--a plus.

After trying on a few, I purchased 118, which is for light skin with beige undertones (and the lightest hint of yellow to balance). It smooths redness and gives a very light/medium highly pigmented matte finish. If you want serious cover, go for Mat Velvet. Not as "skin-like" as the Face& Body. In fact, I felt as if every flaw was exaggerated. UPDATE: until I started moisturizing with Sage Hydrating Emulsion. Now I use the F&B and lightly dust with Besame or Majolica Majorca 24h pressed. On warm days, though, I have started using the HD .

As another reviewer mentioned, the HD makeup does look a bit better after about 10 minutes, much like the Face &Body But the deal is that this formula can look powdery and uneven you are not properly moisturized/primed underneath. Sure, if you have oily skin, it will work if applied properly and lightly.

Update after a year of Face and Body:
If you have any issues with dryness or large pores and unless your skin is smooth and moisturized, this high pigment formula dries quickly into a light matte finish and seems to accentuate the pores, lines, and flakes IF YOUR SKIN IS NOT PROPERLY BALANCED. Please, I do not mean to shout. I initially gave this foundation a terrible review. Tried it again when my skin was oiler and with a light touch and the right color, it is an excellent warm weather foundation.

I use Sofina ss so prefer no ss in my foundation.

I tend to use the Face & Body with a bit of the High Def over my oilier areas. It gives a nice finish. On very warm days, the High Def, lightly smoothed on, gives a nice finish that can be blotted. As mentioned before, I use the Majolica Majorca 24h Pressed Fantasia, which is an incredible powder for fairer skins in terms of translucency and non-drying properties.

So I've upped my numbers for the High Def. Just be sure to get a perfect color match (get samples and wear/check under different lighting) and do NOT apply too heavily. If you are into heavy coverage, forget it. Also, if you don't properly prime your skin (with a proper moisturizer or primer/silicone ss) this may not work because of the lighter coverage. I.f your skin is dry, I do not recommend at all

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