I love trying new foundations but it can get quite expensive to test out the higher end brands. Which is why it makes me so happy when I can score a deluxe-sized sample. I hoard them. My latest venture is the new Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation which, of course, I received as a promo perk with a Sephora purchase.
MUFE says: Created for the very latest high-definition technologies of the film and TV industry, ULTRA HD advanced formulas look invisible on 4K camera and to the naked eye. The ULTRA HD foundation feels light but still provides medium coverage, and the light-diffusing formula looks natural and makes skin look flawless and feel moisturized. Exclusive 4K Complex guarantees invisible, natural and comfortable makeup. The fluid texture blends in seamlessly and conceals imperfections to unify the skin’s texture.
Packaging: Unfortunately, as I don’t have the full size I cannot speak to the packaging other to say it includes a pump which is always a plus.
Shade Selection: With 40 shades, the selection is pretty impressive but the lettering/numbering system can be a bit confusing. Basically, the shades are categorized as being Red based (R) or Yellow based (Y) and then further divided into four tone groups: light (2), medium (3), tan (4) and dark (5). These two categories account for the first part of the shade designation, i.e. Y3 (yellow based medium shade). This designation is followed by two additional numbers which basically indicate how light or dark the shade is within the wider scope of the range. For example, Y305 (Soft Beige) would be the lightest of the yellow based medium shades whereas Y385 (Olive Beige) would be the darkest. I tested the shade Y315 Sand which was the lightest of the shades offered as part of the Sephora perk (code: ULTRAHD). It works alright for my light to medium skin tone (about an NC25 in MAC) but I would have probably preferred a shade either on the lighter end of medium (i.e. Y305 Soft Beige) or darker side of light (i.e. Y255 Sand Beige)
Application Notes: The foundation definitely has a liquidy texture, but it’s not overly runny. When I pump it out onto the back of my hand, it feels very light weight and airy. My favourite way to apply is with a dense, flat top buffing/stippling brush. The beauty blender works as well, but it does take coverage down a notch. In any event, the formula glides on the skin so smoothly and really lends itself well to brush application, buffing in evenly and sans stroke marks.
Coverage: Initial coverage is light but it layers easily and builds beautifully up to about a medium without looking the least bit cakey.
Finish: Very skin like, natural finish. Feels and looks like next to nothing on the skin. Getting up close and personal in the mirror, I really can’t tell that I’m wearing anything.
Wear: On my combo-oily skin with some dehydration, the foundation never felt greasy and did not settle into pores or cling to dry patches. On really hot days, I had to blot after about 5-6 hours but if I managed to stay fairly cool, blotting wasn’t necessary. Perhaps because the coverage is on the lighter side, I never noticed the foundation fading or breaking apart even after 10+ hours.
Other Notes: It contains “time-released” hyaluronic spheres which claim to plump dehydrated skin and even fine lines. I did not detect an obvious scent or fragrance and this formula did not cause irritation or break me out. Oxidizes maybe about half a shade.
Final Thoughts: I really, really like this foundation. Do I wish the coverage was tad higher? Yes. Although, I find myself moving away from some of the very full coverage foundations that I use to enjoy, I still prefer the fuller end of the medium and I think the Ultra HD sits squarely at the lighter end of the medium spectrum. Nevertheless, it works very well on my skin and I like the fact that it provides good enough coverage without looking like I’m wearing very much. I think it would probably work for dry skin types as well. Very, very oily skin types, however, may not enjoy as much.
The Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation retails for $43.00 USD and can be found at Sephora.
The product(s) mentioned were purchased with the author’s own money (meaning I got this sample using a promo code when I placed an online order which I paid for). The thoughts and opinions expressed are the author’s alone. No affiliate links. For more information see Disclaimer here.