Up the hi-def! Make Up For Ever releases HD Pressed Powder

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Just like any other beauty blogger, I have a few products that are must-have holy-grail items. Although it hasn’t been getting much love as of late (too many products to try, too little time), I swear by the Make Up For Ever (MUFE) HD Microfinish Powder.  This white powder sets your makeup and is perfect for photography (think wedding photos, graduation photos, really any event where there’s photography) because it makes your makeup look as perfect as it does in real life (sometimes, you can look a bit whiter in photos because some powders contain sunscreen, which reflects light back).

As much as I love this product, I do have a few qualms.  Because it’s a loose powder, the stuff is awful for travelling, unless you can ensure it stands up straight or tape the nozzles so no powder can get out.  I used to travel with it all the time, but as soon as I opened the jar, white stuff got everywhere and it made it look like I had way too much fun in my hotel bathroom. Plus, no one wants white powder all over their stuff (try explaining to the TSA guy that it’s setting powder, not cocaine).

Anyways, I was in Sephora a month or so back and roaming the aisles like I always do (#beautybloggerproblems) when I came across the MUFE HD Pressed Powder.  It was like a halo of light shining down onto the black compact.  Like the MUFE angels heard my wish and released their glorious powder in a compact form.  I think my heart may have stopped for a split second when it sunk in that, yes, this powder was real and I wasn’t dreaming.

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The MUFE HD Pressed Powder comes in their sleek, uber-sexy black compact, complete with mirror.  The packaging is pretty much identical to their Pro Finish powder, but without the sponge.

According to Sephora’s website, the compact comes in two sizes: 0.07 oz (C$26) and 0.21 oz (C$41).  With that being said, I’ve only ever seen the larger size.  You can still buy the loose powder too if that’s more of your jam, which they also rebranded with new packaging.  In terms of the most bang for your buck, the HD Microfinish Powder is better for your wallet (0.3 oz for C$39, 0.14 oz for C$22), but you don’t get the convenience and simplicity of the compact. If I had to choose one, I would go with the compact.

Okay, so here’s why you need it.  You apply this magic wonder after your foundation as a finishing powder.  Ideal for all skin types, this lightweight powder softens the appearance of fine lines and pores, while also slightly mattifying the face and reducing shine.  It also adds a soft-focus, naturally radiant effect to blur imperfections. I like using a kabuki brush to apply it; MUFE has one for C$60, but if you are thrifty like me, get the $6 ELF version, it does the job perfectly.

Before After

As you can see from the above photos, my face doesn’t look as shiny and my skin tone appears more even.

I have loved MUFE’s HD Microfinish Powder ever since I first started using it like three years ago.  I still have tons of the powder left, so it’s definitely a great product to have on hand for really anyone.  I love that the brand came out with a compact version of this cult classic, and once I run out of the powder, I’ll just keep repurchasing the compact.  Even though you don’t get as much, and it’s a few dollars more, I love the convenience of the compact version more.  Kudos to you Make Up For Ever!

Have you tried MUFE’s HD Pressed Powder?  What are your thoughts?

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Please note, this post contains product that were sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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