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!
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).
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.
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.
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?
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