When it comes to foundation, there are quite a few different options to choose from. The most common are liquid or powder. I have to admit, I don’t think I have used a powder foundation since maybe first year of university, instead sticking to my tried and true liquid foundation. Instead of sounding like a foundation snob, I just love the way a good liquid foundation makes my face look. I have tried both drugstore and department store powder foundation (including Chanel), but I haven’t found one that I have fell in love with. Yet.
I got the chance to try out Make Up For Ever’s (MUFE) brand new foundation, Pro Finish, before it officially launches in February 2013. The powder is the blood, sweat, and tears of MUFE founder Dany Sanz, who after four years and more than 70 formulas, finally came up with a foundation that allows you to fully customize your finish and coverage level. In fact, it’s the first foundation to truly do this. Formulated with exclusive bio-mimetic coated pigments, the foundation is a breakthrough formula that can be used wet or dry. Apply it with a wet sponge for a sheer, semi-matte look, or apply it dry for a full coverage, matte result.
I have tried MUFE’s HD Foundation in the past and it broke me out, so I was a bit scared to try this one out as well. Luckily, I had nothing to worry about because this foundation glides on smooth and lasts for hours.
I received the colour 115, Pink Ivory, however, the line consists of an impressive 25 shades, so you can find any colour suited for your skin tone.
It comes in a round compact, with a mirror on top and then the powder, which flips up to expose a sponge to apply the product with. There are air holes in the bottom so the sponge can breathe.
I put the foundation to the test, first trying it out a few days using it dry. The above photo is me with no makeup on. As you can see, I have pretty good skin as it is, I don’t really have any blemishes, just a few bumps and colour around my eyes.
When applied dry, I would start with a primer and then put apply concealer from the MUFE 5-color Camouflage Concealer palette under my eyes, on the bridge of my nose, my forehead, and my chin. I then would apply the foundation with the supplied sponge. Once I’m done applying it, I would throw it in my bag so it was handy for touch ups throughout the day.
I would check my reflection a few times throughout the day and this stuff is long wearing. The only touch ups I would have to do were under my eyes because of liner or mascara flakes, but other than that, my face stayed flawless until I got home from work.
As for applying it wet, I was a bit hesitant at first because often when you apply a powder wet it leaves a hard film on top. I ended up using my Beauty Blender and found the results to be similar to when it’s applied dry. According to Make Up For Ever, when applied dry it’s supposed to be full coverage, and when applied wet, it’s supposed to be sheer. I found it gave me similar results. However, I did find my face felt tight when applied wet, whereas I didn’t get that feeling when it was applied dry (I used a primer both times before applying this).
If you are wondering if there was a film left over after a damp application, there wasn’t; it looked the same as it was when applied dry. Keep in mind that my sponge wasn’t soaking wet, I squeezed the water out it before dipping it in the product.
So would I recommend this foundation once it launches? Absolutely! This may be the first powder foundation I have really liked. I find that I am constantly throwing this in my bag, and since I’ve received it, it’s the only foundation I have used on my face. I believe the shade ranges are similar to their HD foundation, so if you know your colour in that you should be the same in Pro Finish.
Liquid foundation will always be my number one, my MUFE Pro Finish comes in at a close second. Would I purchase it once I run out? Absolutely. Truth be told, I don’t even want to be without this fab compact, I like keeping it close for touch ups whenever I need it.
Just a minor comment, I was a bit heartbroken when I found out this happened:
On the plus side, it’s nothing that a little superglue can’t fix.
Make Up For Ever Pro Finish foundation launches in February 2013 at Sephora stores and sephora.com. It retails for $40 in Canada.
Please note, I was sent this product for review consideration. All opinions are my own.
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