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Sep 11 2015

Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Review (White)

 

Like me, you probably use a different foundation shade depending on the time of year/season. Or maybe (also like me) you’ve purchased a foundation that ended up being too dark (or too light) for you. Products designed to lighten, darken or change the tone of a foundation are nothing new, but until now, I hadn’t tried any for myself. I’d always meant to pick up the MAC Studio Foundation in white, but it’s hard to come by. So when I saw that Sephora started carrying the Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix in white, of course, into my cart it went!

 
Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Review

 

MUFE says that the Chromatic Mixes are a unique array of water-based pigments that allow you to adjust any foundation shade to perfectly match your skin tone. This liquid pigment can be mixed with any foundation formula to adjust the shade to your desired result. Perfect for adjusting foundation that is too light, dark, warm, cool, or dull, Chromatic Mix can be used to meet each and every need.

In addition to the white used to lighten a foundation, the Chromatic mixes are available in yellow, red and blue (to change the undertone) as well as brown and black (to deepen).

 
Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Review
 
Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Review
 

There are also oil-based formulations of the Chromatic Mixes designed to be used with oil or silicone-based foundations but I went with the water as most of my foundations (and most foundations these days in general) are water based.

So, how was my experience? Over the past few weeks, I’ve tested the Chromatic mix with most of the foundations currently in my collection (even if they didn’t need to lighten). Here is what I found:

It mixed very well with the following foundations without changing how they perform:

  • Clarins Everlasting Foundation (original formula)
  • Make up Forever ULTRA HD Invisible Cover Foundation
  • NARS All Day luminous Weightless Foundation
  • Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Foundation
  • MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation: The fact that this foundation worked well with the Chromatic Mix actually surprised me as I haven’t found that the MAC foundation plays well with water-based products in general.

It did not mix well with:

  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation: Given that it is oil-free, I was also surprised that the Chromatic mix seemed to negatively affect the performance of this foundation causing it to apply somewhat patchy. Perhaps the variety of silicones that the Too Faced foundation contains is to blame, but I’m not convinced that this is the culprit because many of the foundations mentioned above also contain their fair share of silicones.

 

The Chromatic Mix is housed in a squeeze tube that contains 0.43 oz of product and retails for $14.00 USD. The amount seems very small but after using it consistently for over two weeks, I’ve barely made a dent. And the price isn’t that bad if you compare it ounce per ounce to a mid-range or high-end foundation. The size/value ratio, however, will obviously depend on one’s individual needs.

 
Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Review
 
Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Review

 

For example, the amount of white I had to use to lighten my Clarins Everlasting Foundation (1 large drop for every single pump) was not very economical as that foundation is at least 3 shades too dark for me. On the other hand, I used much less (1 small drop for every two pumps) to lighten the MUFE Ultra HD Foundation which is only about 1/2 shade to a shade too dark. In other words, if you’re just having to go a shade or so down, it’s worth it but if you have to lighten a product by several shades on a daily basis, then you’ll run out of the product more quickly than you may like.

 
Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Review
 
Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix Review
 

Personally, I’m happy with the product and I’m considering trying out some of the other pigment options (particularly the yellow). I may also consider the brown as I do wish to darken some foundations from time to time as well.

Have you tried this or similar pigment adjusting products?

The Make Up For Ever Oil-based and Water-based Chromatic mixes are available online at Sephora.

 

 

 

 

The product(s) mentioned were purchased with the author’s own money. The thoughts and opinions expressed are the author’s alone. Post may contain affiliate links. For more information see Disclaimer here.

 

 

 

 

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  1. ingrid

    Thanks for sharing ! I was wondering about this product. I will try it since most of the time, my foundations are too dark for my pale skin 😀 xxx

    1. Kimmy

      You’re welcome, sweetie. So happy it was helpful. 🙂 x

  2. Dagmara (@mummyscorner)

    This is a great idea! I’ve never tried this kind of product but now I’m very curious. It would be great to have the white, brown and yellow pigment at home 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    1. Kimmy

      Agreed. Those are the pigments I want as well. 🙂

  3. Beautylymin

    What a brilliant product! I’m very intrigued by it xx

    Beautylymin

    1. Kimmy

      It is very handy, I recommend for sure. 🙂

  4. Brenda BusyBee

    I would definitely consider the darker shade to make my foundations suitable for me in the summer. I have a foundation in a darker shade but I would love to have my whole collection available if I have a tan 🙂 xx

    Brenda BusyBee

    1. Kimmy

      Exactly. This makes it so easy not to have to purchase different shades for different seasons. 🙂

  5. Jaa

    Interesting! I’ve never had to use a white base to lighten my foundation before. Good to know! I usually have problem with them being too light so I rely on the Giorgio Armani Maestro Liquid Summer or Cover FX Custom Cover Drop to darken them. This looks like fun to use, though. I bet it works well with liquid blushes or lip tints/stains, too. 🙂

    1. Kimmy

      I bet it would work with other liquid products as well, I need to try that!

  6. stashmatters

    SO funny that I just posted an entry about mixing my foundations! Once upon a time, I actually resorted to HALLOWEEN makeup to mix with my foundations because they offered a pure white. And you know what? It worked brilliantly! I did receive a whole set of Illamasqua mixers for the Skin Base – it’s really neat, very pigmented little tubes that can make the Skin Base lighter / darker. I think this MUFE is quite reasonably priced. Thanks for testing it against all those foundations too! 🙂

    1. Kimmy

      I’ll have to check that post out! So sorry it’s been so long since I’ve visited. I’ve heard good things about the Illamasqua Skin Bases!

  7. elabellaworld

    It looks interesting and such a good idea! I will consider giving it a try x

    http://www.elabellaworld.com

    1. Kimmy

      A very versatile product indeed, I recommend. Let me know what you think if you do try it. 🙂

  8. Laura/Pink Frenzy (@Pink_Frenzy)

    I have never tried anything like this before! It sounds brilliant though and something I need in my life as most foundations are too dark for me 🙁

    1. Kimmy

      Then I definitely say give it a go, Laura. 🙂

  9. Lena L

    I am pretty happy with my current foundation rotations color wise (at least), but this is a great concept. I wouldn’t mind having one in yellow. I’ve also noticed all mineral sunscreens kind of have the similar effect. 🙂

    1. Kimmy

      Really? I should try that. 🙂

  10. LindaLibraLoca

    I haven’t tried something like this, but it sure sounds interesting. My foundations usually get too dark when winter comes.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    1. Kimmy

      Me too. I love the idea of being able to use the same foundation year round without having to worry about the shade match. 🙂

  11. iamserenel

    Where has this pigment adjuster been all my life, haha I’ve never heard of such things until you’ve mentioned this! I promise you I am so intrigued to test this out for myself now, luckily we have a few stores here that sell Make up For ever So I’ll be hitting the shops for this on my next makeup run <3 Lovely review it does look like a worth while product to have around!!! 😀

    Serene | I Am Serene L

    1. Kimmy

      Yay! I hope you like it, hun. xo

  12. Karen

    Oh wow, these sound like the perfect solution to find the perfect base – such a unique idea and there’s definitely a gap for it! Love how it looks mixed with your Clarins foundation 🙂

    http://www.stylesunrise.co.uk

    x

    1. Kimmy

      Agreed, I love the idea of being able to customize. 🙂

  13. Layla (@layladbeauty)

    This is a great product especially if you’re working on set and have to get looks as beautiful as possible! Great product and lovely review! 🙂

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

    1. Kimmy

      Aww, thank you Layla. I’m not a makeup artist but I can imagine a product like this would be very useful in someone’s kit. 🙂

  14. Silke Laura

    This is such an interesting product, even though I was doubting its effectivity to start with. But I must say that it looks pretty good! Always interesting if you would like to use your summer shades in winter 😉 Ordered my first MUFE product today, can’t believe I never tried the brand!

    1. Kimmy

      Ooh, which MUFE product did you order?

  15. Sunny

    Oh wow, thanks for such a detailed review, Kimmy! This looks like a really handy product to have. The only thing I’ve tried that is remotely similar is the Cover FX drops, but that experiment was a TOTAL disaster. I like to find what I can wear and call it a day. Mixing is not my strong suit!

    1. Kimmy

      Aww, you’re welcome, Sunny. Glad you found it interesting. I started testing the CoverFx drops but then put those on hold. I have to start playing with them again this week though. I remember your review, it’s too bad that they didn’t work out for you.

  16. Joy

    Hi there! Love this review; was exactly what I was looking for!! Is there any way you would have the ingredients list available? Unfortunately, in addition to being super difficult to color match, my face is also very sensitive to random stuff =( Thanks again for the post!

  17. eb

    I cannot find a full ingredient list for the water base one. Surprised it is not on sephora. Any chance you could post here? thank you!

  18. BDelsol

    Do you think the oil based one could work better with the Too Faced foundation, since it does have a lot of silicone in it? I think the oil based one is good for oil and silicone foundations. I am thinking about purchasing.

  19. BDelsol

    Oh, and which color should be used to darken light foundation? Black or brown? Do you know what the differences are with those two colors?

  20. passthetapetestjetpack

    I really appreciate you detailing which foundations this works well with (and which ones it doesn’t). It seems like it could be both a beauty junkie and makeup artist HG.

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