MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Stick Foundation Review

The MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Liquid Foundation is a cult classic product in the beauty community. When MUFE re-released the foundation as “Ultra HD,” they also included a stick foundation. I had heard that this one was nicer on dry skin than the liquid, so I wanted to try it. I purchased this foundation about two months ago, and I’ve used it several times since. I finally got time to sit down and do a review, and here it is:

Packaging:

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The packaging for this foundation, like most of MUFE’s other products, is nice and simple. The top of the lid is clear so you can see the shade and it is very easy to twist up. It is nice and compact. However…

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Seriously, MUFE? This is all that’s in the freaking tube! Maybe like 1 mm more that I’ve already used. Like it doesn’t even go far enough down to cover the whole top area of the tube. I get that a lot goes a long way with stick foundations, but I could see how this would run out SO quickly compared to a normal liquid foundation. For $43, it’s definitely far from a good value.

Ingredients:

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Here is the ingredients list. Sorry it’s a bit blurry. Here is a list (Taken from Paula’s Choice website):

Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Synthetic Wax, Polyclyveryl-2 Triisostearate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Dimethicone, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Alumina, Methicone, Tocopherol, Propanediol, Parfum (fragrance), Aqua (Water), Sucrose Palmitate, Benzyl Benzoate, Evodia Rutaecarpa Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Linoleate, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tin Oxide, BHT, [+/- CI 19140 (Yellow, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77007 (Ultramarine), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77891 (Titanium Oxide)].

This product is not cruelty free. MUFE sells in China and is therefore required to test on animals.

Coverage & Finish:

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Here is a before and after on my face. Please forgive my nasty chapped lips! I’m wearing the shade 117, which is close to a MAC NC20. As you can see, it covers my freckles and redness. It also covers a bit of my undereye pigmentation, but I didn’t apply much there. I did apply the amount that I would normally apply. I wear this foundation when I want full coverage, so I don’t try to sheer it out to be more natural. But you can apply less and have it look more natural.

You can tell that I have foundation on, but I wouldn’t say it looks like cakey theater makeup or anything. This picture is WITHOUT primer or powder. I wanted to show how the foundation looks on bare skin. This foundation has a satin to dewy finish on my dry skin. I would like to note that on particularly dry days, this WILL cling to dry patches. This foundation looks more “flawless” with a skin-smoothing primer and a light powder to blur pores and texture.

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Here is another photo after I added concealer, blush, contour, etc, and lipstick. Still no primer, powder, or setting spray.

Wear Time:

This foundation holds nicely on me throughout the day. I normally use primer, powder, and setting spray and it lasts me through a work day with no problems. It also helps that I don’t have oily skin.

Overall Thoughts:

While I like this foundation, I don’t love it. It works nicely for full coverage on days where my skin isn’t terribly dry. I like the finish as long as I don’t have dry patches to cling to. I don’t think that the amount of product in the tube is adequate for the price. Overall I don’t think I’ll repurchase this foundation. I think people with normal skin will LOVE this foundation. I think those with oily skin will find it too dewy.

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think?

❤ Jen

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