Make Up For Ever HD Foundation Review

March 28, 2012

I was asked by several readers what foundation did I use in my recent review/fotd posts, and it was by the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation which photographs very well. I have had this one for quite a long time, and I never bothered to give it a review as I just did not like it back then. It was sitting at the corner of my foundation drawer until I decided to give it a second chance recently. And to my pleasant surprise, it’s been performing really well!

The MUFE HD Foundation is housed in a typical plastic bottle which comes with a pump that dispenses just the right amount of product. I am using the shade 118 Flesh which has a yellow undertone.


I have heard quite mixed reviews about this foundation – it is either hate or love and I have been on both ends. So I am going to share both sides of my experience with you.

My skin was dry and dehydrated back then, so in essence this foundation just did not make my skin look any better. Though it has a liquid consistency,  it wasn’t easy to blend the product into my skin seamlessly. I tried to apply this foundation with a brush as well as my finger but neither worked – the foundation always appeared sitting on top of my skin looking quite dull and flat, and it did not improve the appearance of my skin texture at all. So this foundation was quickly neglected…

Fast forward to now, the condition of my skin is much better.  I took very good care of my skin every night so I woke up with supple and hydrated skin the next day, and I would say this accounts for why the HD foundation is now working for me. Rather than using a foundation brush, I like it better now to apply it with a beauty blender.  It makes the foundation sink into my skin immediately like “my own but better” skin, with a soft dewy finish. The coverage is pretty good for a liquid foundation – it covers  most imperfections such as fainted acne marks, freckles etc. It lasts about 5-6 hours on me looking fresh without the need to powder my face again. Best of all it photographs very well.

Overall it is a very natural foundation. If I compared this to my HG Giorgio Armani Designer Lift foundation at the moment, this one lacks the ability to make my skin look more translucent and luminous. But it is a much cheaper option and does a pretty good job for most foundations at this price tag. (Sorry I bought it a long time so I don’t remember how much it costs). Highly recommended for girls who don’t have dry skin.

I believe the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation can be classed as one of the most raved foundations in the recent years. Have you tried it yet? and do you love it or hate it?


{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

baby in a corner March 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

This was a thumbs down from me! I got a sample in the winter when my skin was very dry and it just clung to all the dry patches and sat on top of my face! For comparision I consider Lingerie de peau by Guerlain to be my HG and Diorskin nude a close second!


Reika March 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I can’t agree with you more, it looked quite horrible on dry skin! Maybe you should give it a second chance in summer 😛


Claire March 28, 2012 at 12:24 pm

oh well, this foundation looked like crap on me, lol. it only worked with their HD primer. too much of a hassle to buy it again (or use it). I love my burberry fndtn right now <3 armani was my HG for very very long, one of the best fndtns out there imo.


Reika March 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I’m not surprised to hear that, it seems there are more ppl who don’t like this foundation than those who do!


SoLoveTiffany March 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

No thanks! Im very happy with my dior foundations! The fusion wear and Nude glow have not disappointed me yet, not gonna love somthin else jus yet!


Emi at Project Swatch March 28, 2012 at 3:42 pm

I really love MUFE HD foundation – I find that it gives a very natural look. I have normal to dry skin, and I have to make sure to moisturize well beforehand, but I moisturize anyway, of course!

I apply with a Sigma F80 and I get a very natural – but – flawless look. This is my favorite foundation right now!


Reika March 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Glad to hear this foundation works for you!


Joyce March 28, 2012 at 4:05 pm

I actually use this foundation in the winter because it feels more moisturizing than my Dior Forever foundation, which I use in the summer. One of the main reasons why I don’t use the MUFE HD foundation in the summer is because it’s not a long lasting foundation for me personally. Without the MUFE HD Primer underneath, my t-zone starts getting oily within 4 hours. It works much better with the primer because it lasts about 2 hours longer until my t0zone starts getting oily.

For reference, I have normal skin, but oily on my t-zone. Like with alot foundations, I find that you need to exfoliate & moisturize well before applying the MUFE HD foundation. It leaves a natural finish when I apply a setting powder on top of the foundation. Also, I use my MAC 187 or Sephora stippling brush to apply the foundation and it gives me an airbrush finish. <3


Reika March 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Very spot on Joyce, the MUFE tends to enhance any dry patches…I need to make sure that my skin is well exfoliated and moisturized to make this foundation work for me.


Nat March 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I’m not a fan of HD either. I have oily skin and found it didn’t hold up well, even when topped with a loose powder. I do get on well with the brand’s Mat Velvet, though, which is really nice stuff!


Laulau March 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Great review again.
I’d like to try this foundation but honestly I never know how to chose the correct shade. There are so many, it’s always a pain and I end up running away after having spent at least 30mn trying to find the correct one (same for Dior Skin Nude).
Am I the only one like this ??? How do you make sure you chose the correct shade ?
Sometimes it’s too pinkish, other times to yellowish…. ???? Would love to get some advice on this 😉


Reika March 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Hard to say Laulau..I think you just have to keep on exploring until you find a brand that makes the perfect shade. I also find that MUFE is too yellow, and Dior nude is too pink. I never had luck with any lancome foundations either. Chanel and Giorgio Armani’s foundation matches my skin tone the most.


Louise March 28, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I personally loved the finish of this foundation on my skin- but unfortunately it did not hold up well against my combo/oilier skin throughout the day. Although I think MUFE color products- such as the aqua creams & liners are wonderful, their foundations & powders don’t seem to play well with my skin 🙁


Lakshmi March 29, 2012 at 4:03 am

Your skin always looks so flawless Reika, this suits you well! I have actually never tried any foundations from MUFE, I feel they won’t be hydrating enough for me. I’ve been wearing the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation recently and I find that it really accentuates my dry patches (I have very dry, dehydrated skin) will have to save it for summer. Have you ever tried the Ellis Faas Skin Veil foundation: its awesome, glowy/dewy and great staying power. I also really like the Burberry liquid foundation: good coverage with slight glow and no need to powder, the old-fashioned scent is quaint too.. reminds me of my mom’s makeup!


Reika March 31, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Once again, thank you for all the recs Lakshmi! I have been eyeing the Burberry foundation for a while now..but I am currently on a foundation ban..:-P Can’t wait to lift the ban the day I can use one up ( I am almost slathering foundation on my face these days).


Beauty Box March 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm

LOVE IT! I have oily combination skin so maybe that’s why it works for me. Although I do think this foundie does let my skin peek through so it looks v natural on me.


Dovey March 30, 2012 at 12:35 am

Hi Reika, I love this review! I actually have the HD foundation in the same color as you. I haven’t worn it much since it’s a little dark for my winter skin. I did have some frustrations initially with the drying texture, however I have renewed interest after reading your suggestions 🙂


Reika March 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Thanks Dovey, that’s good to know we use the same shade! Hope it will work for you better this time 🙂


Winnie March 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Before picking up the Designer Lift, I was really thinking about getting this one as well. I wanted a foundation that photographs well, not make my dry spots more noticeable. And hey as much as I don’t like splurging on getting foundation, I love the designer lift and reading your post makes me further realize I made the right decision (I have dry skin!) 🙂


Reika March 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I am extremely glad to know you love the GA designer lift Winnie!


Gina March 30, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I have oily combination skin and i didn’t like it at first too as after mid day my face shine like an oil sleek. But after some trial and error I found that it is best to use it on top of the Make up For Ever HD Primer or use a less oily sun sunscreen. That cuts down my shine a lot. I must say this has very good coverage and smooth out any unevenness. And I think this is best suit for less humid weather.


Reika March 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Agree, it can be a very lovely foundation once you work out how to make it work!


Aleya Bamdad April 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I have the same problem that you had when you first started using this foundation- my skin is dry so I’ve put this product on hold. Nice to hear that it works on normal skin though. Maybe I can go back to it in the spring when my skin improves.


Bell April 9, 2012 at 3:00 am

I’ve always been a fan of Mac Cosmetics but lately I’ve been told that Bobbi Brown (BB) has great foundation that matches Asian skin. I tried BB recently and the match wasn’t great. It was too white on me and gave a “made up” look & required bronzer to build it up to my skin color. Mac has a more yellow undertone and I’m more comfortable with it because it looks more natural and great in photos as well. I feel like Mac’s liquid is finer and gives a flawless look as compared to BB. Any thoughts on Mac Cosmetics’ Studio Fix Fluid Foundation vs. Bobbi Brown Oil Free Even Finish Compact Foundation?


Estefanía June 9, 2012 at 6:22 am

Hi, I need to know what’s the HD fundation number equivalent of dior skin forever 020. I used Dior, but I wanna buy HD fundation of makeup forever, but I’m from Chile and doesn’t sell makeup forever, so I’ll buy it online, but I don’t know what’s my fundation number in makeup forever HD. Please help me!!


HangThuTong August 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Hi! I’m from Viet Nam, where have wet and hot weather, so I have the extremelly oily skin and yellow-under tone. Now I’m finding a foundation for my oily skin, it’s oil-free, alcohol-free, no oxidation, no fading. Can you help me? What about Chanel Perfection Lumiere? What is the best foundation for my oily skin? Tks^^


HangThuTong August 31, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Oh I want add some information. My skin was dull very quickly, all my foundation applied to the skin (Revlon colorstay for oily skin, Shu uemua face architect, Max factor, Dior skin nude, Maybeline) color were down after 2 hours:( So I want find a foundation have matt-touch finish and durable color. Tks^^


Reika September 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Hi, sorry about the late reply as I just came back from holiday.
If your skin gets dull/oxidized quickly, have you thought about adding skincare products such as serum that has anti-oxidant function. Long term use can make a huge difference to skin prone to oxidization.
As for foundations, I think Chanel Perfection would be the best choice for you. I have not experienced any fading nor oxidation with this foundation.


HangThuTong September 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

hehe thank you so much<3


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