Happy Wednesday, everyone!
First off, I want to apologize for the quality of the pictures in this post. The weather here in Boston today is miserable, so there wasn't much natural light to take advantage of when taking my photos. I hope the weather is better where you are because today is really harshin' my vibe!
Anyway, for today's post I want to review the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation line! I was generously gifted two full size samples from this line from Influenster, but as always all of the opinions are my own and I would never accept a gift that I could not see myself using. See my disclaimer for more info.
The Ultra HD line from this Make Up For Ever collection consists of both a liquid foundation and a stick foundation. Although I usually prefer to use liquid foundations, I was thrilled to get the chance to try both of these out - and I wasn't disappointed!
I began by testing out the liquid foundation and I've worn it for several days now. I picked the shade Y235, which luckily ended up being a perfect match for my skin! The bottle has a pump that makes it easy to disperse the proper amount of foundation needed. I found it was easiest to apply by stippling it onto my face using a flat brush.
The foundation itself is slightly thick, but surprisingly easy to thin out and smooth across your skin. It definitely has a thicker consistency than a foundation like Naked Skin, but it does not feel at all heavy on your skin. The foundation is high coverage but still has a natural finish that makes your skin look healthy, not cakey. Like the Naked Skin foundation, it gives my skin a natural inner glow that's perfect for days you don't want to apply highlighter. It also lasts throughout the entire day without the need for a setting spray or powder.
I have normal to dry skin which can be extremely troubling with foundation, but this one still allows my skin to breathe. I can't speak for oily skin, but reviews on Sephora seem to indicate that it works pretty well for a wide range of skin types! I like using it on days where my skin is angry at me - it flawlessly covers blemishes and discoloration but doesn't further clog my pores. Overall, I would absolutely recommend the liquid foundation to anyone looking for a foundation that is high coverage with a natural finish.
You can see what the liquid foundation looks like on my skin in the picture below:
Now, onto my review of the stick foundation!
I next moved on to the stick foundation and oh my GOD you guys, I was shocked! Other stick foundations I've tried in the past have been oily, crease easily, and slip right off your face instantly. This stick foundation however, is what dreams are made of.
The design of the bottle is similar to many lipstick tubes in that the foundation is pushed up when you twist the top half of the bottle. The packaging feels sturdy which is a huge plus. Oftentimes I get a little aggressive with tubes like this and break the tube in a way that prevents the product from being pushed up, but I don't think that will be an issue with this foundation.
For the stick foundation, I chose the shade Y315 which is a bit too dark for my skin. It also pulls a little warm, so in the future I may swatch the Y225 shade which appears to be a little lighter and less warm-toned. I found that the stick foundation was easiest to apply by swiping a few times across my cheeks, forehead, and nose and using a damp beauty blender to blend out to the rest of my face.
This foundation is also thicker than many stick foundations I've tried in the best, but it glides easily across the face and blends like an absolute dream. It doesn't crease anywhere on my face, including that notoriously pesky undereye area! I'd say that the stick foundation is more medium coverage as opposed to the heavier coverage liquid foundation. Like the liquid foundation, the stick foundation leaves a natural finish and feels light on my skin.
I found that the stick foundation didn't last as long on my face as the liquid foundation did. It wasn't slippery on my skin at all, but does feel a bit tacky. This means that if you have a bad habit of touching your face like I do, you may accidentally wipe some off throughout the day. This may point to some downfalls for oily skin, but isn't a death sentence for my normal to dry skin.
The Ultra HD Stick Foundation is the perfect choice to use if you have skin discoloration and want a foundation that gives you a flawless no-makeup-makeup look. I also think getting the stick foundation in a couple of shades darker than your natural skin tone would be great for contouring since it is so easily blendable.
Overall, I like the liquid foundation a bit more than the stick foundation. However, I think each have their own perks that make them better to wear in certain situations. I would definitely repurchase both of these foundations in the future! If you're looking for a high or medium coverage foundation that leaves your skin looking natural and fresh, check out Make Up For Ever's Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation line. You can purchase the liquid foundation at Sephora for $43, and the stick foundation at Sephora for $43 as well.
Have you tried this line of foundation yet? Do you prefer the liquid or stick version? Leave a comment below!