Aug 28 2015

FF: Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review


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.


Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review


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. 

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review

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.


Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review


Coverage: Initial coverage is light but it layers easily and builds beautifully up to about a medium without looking the least bit cakey.


Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review

Bare hand (Left): Two light layers of the Makeup Forever ULTRA HD Foundation (Right)


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.


Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation Review


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.






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  1. I really appreciate a foundation that finishes naturally on the skin, I hate a really cakey foundation & what’s perfect is that it looks as if nothing is on too! I will have to give this a test <3 thanks for a really great review Kimmy 🙂 Xo

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    1. You’re welcome, Serene. So happy it was helpful and I hope you get to test it out soon. 🙂

  2. Have wanted to try this foundation for a while but have never got around to it. I actually like that the coverage is not too high as I prefer more natural bases. Also love that it looks dewy. One to try, hopefully soon. 🙂

    Renata x
    UD Naked Palette or Anastasia Contour Kit GIVEAWAY

    1. If you like a lighter coverage then I think you’ll love this!

  3. This looks like a second skin! I dont think we have MUFE in our Sydney Sephora, but if they get it, Id definitely try this!

    1. I highly recommend, Christina! I hope you get to try it and I’d love to hear your thoughts if you do. 🙂

  4. This looks wonderful. The colour naming system actually makes sense too. I just might have to get a sample. Thanks for the review – would you consider buying the full size or you would prefer more coverage personally?

    1. I’m definitely thinking about it. It’s on the list of foundations to consider once I run out of a few that are almost empty. I like it better than the Too Faced Born This Way which I reviewed a few weeks ago. Though that one was nice, it’s gets a little too dewy for me at this time of year…but for “winter” would be nice.

  5. This sounds really nice, I’m more of a medium coverage fan so it sounds perfect to me. The swatch looks really nice too, like a second skin 🙂

    India | Touchscreens & Beautyqueens | Home and Beauty Giveaway

  6. I actually like that the coverage is on the lighter side. I have read lots of good thing about this foundation so will keep this in mind when I finally head out to Victoria and finallyyyyy, get to shop at Sephora again. Gosh, I miss Sephora.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:08 pm
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      Definitely keep it in mind, Shireen! It’s a good one 🙂

    • Silke Laura on August 28, 2015 at 1:50 pm
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    Lots of positive reviews on this one. I was watching a Pixiwoo video just now and they were using the stick version and I must say, it looked amazing. I’m picking that one up very soon to be honest!

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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      My positive experience with this one makes me want to try the stick version as well. 🙂

  7. That soundsreally good, the coverage is great!

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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      It’s a good one for sure!

  8. A 5-6 hours range to blot or not to blot is not bad at all, it looks good on your skin in the picture, Kimmy. But I was stopped by the price lol.. It would hurt my pocket hihi

    Jhem |

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:11 pm
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      It is a little pricey, right up there with other high end brands but the formula is AMAZING!

  9. I love foundations that feel like nothing on the skin! That’s why I loved my Naked foundation but it has finished already. *siiigh* So I might have to pick up this one then! It looks amazing! <3

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin’

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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      This is similar to the Naked but less dewy and even more skin like and light weight. 🙂

  10. Sounds like a product I would enjoy. And thank you for breaking down the color code, I got pretty confused by all these numbers…

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

      • Kimmy on August 31, 2015 at 12:13 pm
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      Hehe. You’re welcome sweetie! x

  11. Great foundation review, thanks for sharing!

    I have a new outfit post up on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:

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    • Mia on August 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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    Great review! This foundation sounds awesome!
    Urban Obsessions // Vegan Food, Beauty & Lifestyle

    1. Thanks, Mia. It is awesome! 🙂

  12. I will have to see if this has made its way to the UK yet as I really struggle to find nice yellow-based foundations so the shade range is appealing to me 🙂 xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    1. I hope so too because they seem to have a fantastic selection of shades. 🙂

  13. Everyone is talking wonders about it, and in that swatch I can see why! It really looks amazing!
    Have an amazing day! xx

      • Kimmy on September 3, 2015 at 2:49 pm
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      It is pretty amazing. If the coverage is good for you, then I highly recommend trying it out, Selena!

    • Lulle.Beaumiroir on August 29, 2015 at 10:35 pm
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    The amount of new foundations is a bit overwhelming these days! That’s one I want to try when I get a chance.

    1. It is overwhelming! There are some I’ve wanted to try for ages like the Armani ones but then the new ones keep piling on! 🙂 This is one I definitely think is worth giving a shot though. x

  14. I’ve had my eye on this foundation for quite some time now, but considering the higher price tag I just wish I could try it out first and I haven’t found a London counter yet (even though we can buy it online). I have too many bases at the moment that need using up but towards winter I will probably splurge on this because all the reviews seem to be saying the same thing, flawless and that it feels like skin which I love and I don’t mind the light coverage x

    Beauty with charm

    1. I really recommend this one! But foundation can be a tricky thing so I hope you get a chance to check it out in person somehow. Would be perfect for winter! xo

  15. Sounds like a good everyday foundation. I have never tried anything from the brand, because I haven’t seen it around here. I know they have a shop in Brussels, maybe next time I’ll go check it out when I;m there x

      • Kimmy on September 3, 2015 at 2:59 pm
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      The foundation is worth trying, in my opinion. 🙂 Hope you can track down a store. x

  16. Great review. I have yet to try out this foundation.

      • Kimmy on September 3, 2015 at 3:08 pm
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      It’s a good one, Simera. 🙂

  17. I love the original version of this so when that runs out, I think I’ll try this one! Great review! xx


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