Most of you know by now the difficulty I have in finding base products that match my Casper-like complexion. I've tried every brand under the sun; from Chanel, Clinique, Estée Lauder, Rimmel, Revlon - you name it! None of them offer genuinely pale shades (in foundations especially), it's really irritating - especially in this day and age. One of the only brands I've stuck to for years, has been Make Up For Ever. Lucky for us folks in Dublin, we have a Make Up For Ever store in the City Centre situated here. I know how difficult it is to get in other countries, so I always feel extra-lucky that we're able to get our paws on it on these shores. I usually switch my foundations up between one of three Make Up For Ever products I have in my stash (HD, Mat Velvet +, Face & Body) and MAC's recent launch: Studio Fix Fluid NW10. I studied Pro-Artistry Makeup in MUFE two years ago and fell in love with the ever-so talked about HD Foundation* instantly, in my opinion it's 100% worth the hype.
If you love a light, natural and dewy finish, this foundation isn't for you (try their Face & Body) - if you're like me and love medium-high coverage and photoshop-perfect skin, you'll adore this! I have combination-oily skin and foundation is something that can be quite hit and miss with me because of this; as much as I love my MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW10, it can sometimes get quite oily around my T-Zone area and needs to be touched up every few hours. The HD Foundation stays puts for at least 6 hours, with minimal powder touch-ups required - it's completely oil-free, which is a major bonus! I've heard from drier-skinned people, that it tends to not work too well for their skin type, as it has a tendency to cling to dry patches on their face. Exfoliating and moisturising just before application would combat that issue, I'd imagine!
My shade in the HD Foundation is N110 - 'Pink Porcelain'. It's a nice balance between pink and yellow (I have both tones in my skin). There is a lighter shade (107 - 'Pink') but it's far too pink-toned for me and doesn't look too flattering on. Shade-wise, the foundation is the slightest bit too dark but looks fine once blended into the skin and amongst other products. It's designed for the likes of people who are on stage, on tv or are being photographed; the finish it gives on camera is fantastic and natural-looking, without looking cakey.
I apply the HD Foundation with a buffing brush, as I find it gives me the best coverage. It's advised you apply the foundation with a sponge, but I personally find that they soak up and waste product. It's all personal preference, however! The HD Foundation to buy is €39.50, for 30ml of product. A little goes a long way with it, so it lasts at least 4-5 months. During the makeup course, we used all of the HD products in conjunction with each other; the HD powder, HD cream blushers, HD primers etc and it gave an overall flawless look to the face. The range does what it says on the tin; if you're up for a splurge, buy the foundation and HD Powder at least - you won't be disappointed!
If you can't visit the store anytime soon, you can also buy Make Up For Ever products online directly from the Dublin store here!
Have you tried MUFE's HD Foundation before? What did you think?