MAKE UP FOR EVER ULTRA HD Invisible Cover Foundation Review and Swatch

November 16, 2015

Over the years I have used tons of foundations, and the MAKE UP FOR EVER HD was one of the few foundations that I used up completely and was in love with it at all time. So when I saw the latest release – the MUFE ULTRA HD Invisible Cover Foundation (also available at the Sephora AU), I had to have it!


Overall I am very pleased with my purchase, as this foundation impressed me considering the mass amount of foundations I own. It is a great foundation in all aspects, and it stands out in its signature ‘HD invisible finish’ that applies simply undetected on the skin with decent coverage.


It has a fluid milky texture and feels very lightweight on the skin. Compared to the original formula, this newer version is much more moisturizing and works better on dryer skin.  It melds into your skin effortlessly without the need of any primer (even for very dry skin and the under-eye areas), and it doesn’t enhance any lines nor dry patches.


Coverage is about sheer to medium that is on par with most of the liquid foundations on the market. It covers redness, mild imperfections and evens up the skin tones, but you will need a concealer for covering dark circles, breakouts, and dark acne marks/pigmentation. Does an average job for covering the visible pores, so if you want to achieve a complete poreless complexion I would recommend using a pore smoothing primer over the troubled areas.


This foundation is absolutely amazing for its invisible finish. I always prefer using natural looking foundations, but this is the first foundation I have used that applies without blending required! I have tried many tools, and  the best tool for application would be a flat top kabuki synthetic brush. My favorites are the Dior Brush or the Marc Jacobs Beauty brush (review). With this type of brush, it feels like applying an eraser to the complexion as you are done with foundation application with only one stroke –  it leaves with absolutely no streaks and looks traceless in a semi matte finish with a hint of satiny glow. It is also buildable to a higher coverage whilst still looking invisible on the skin.

Lasting power

Without setting this foundation with loose powder, it lasts about 6-7 hours indoor and the skin becomes more dewy as the natural oil starts to come through. And you will notice the foundation creases a little around the t-zone and mouth areas.  I normally dust a sheer layer of loose powder which helps this foundation to last a whole day without creasing nor oxidation.


My shade is between NC15-20, and I bought the shade Y205 Albaster (comparable to Nc15) which is the lightest shade of the selection.

Swatch comparison





{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Angela November 17, 2015 at 5:42 am

Hi, Reika!
I’m one shade darker than you. What liquid foundation, anti-shine primer, and finishing powder would you recommend to a girl with an oily t-zone like me? Trying to beat shine and oil has kept me to powder foundations, but I would like to use liquid foundations regularly. I have tried great liquid foundations that are the perfect shade – guerlain, koh gen doh, shu uemura – but I become very shiny in a few hours. Need your expertise. Thanks!


Reika November 19, 2015 at 11:51 am

Hi Angela, I like the MUFE smoothing primer and the Chanel Mat Lumiere or perfection lumiere foundation. They work really well for keeping the shine away for a longer time!


Angela November 19, 2015 at 5:32 pm

Thank you very much, Reika. I will try these products.


Reika November 19, 2015 at 11:51 am

Hi Angela, I like the MUFE smoothing primer and the Chanel Mat Lumiere or perfection lumiere foundation. They work really well for keeping the shine away for a longer time! Thinking of doing a post about it soon 🙂


jeslynj November 17, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Sounds like a foundation I should try. Is there a good pore primer your recommend?


Reika November 19, 2015 at 11:52 am

Yes I have been really into pore primers lately, and some of my favorites include the Shu Uemura pore eraser, MUFE smoothing primer, and the Shiseido pore corrector.


Irene November 18, 2015 at 11:47 am

Amazing post dear! You have a wonderful blog:)
What about following each other on Instagram, Bloglovin, Twitter?.. 🙂


Christina November 18, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Much thanks for the review. Yours is much more complete and honest than a lot of other people’s I’ve read who laud the invisible and flawless quality but don’t touch on the creasing aspect. I also appreciate that you posted swatch comparisons; I’m about NC15 as well, and while I never really found a good match with their original formulation, I’m hoping that these newer shades will work for me.


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