Foundation Review

For the past few weeks I’ve been battling with my new Makeup Forever Ultra HD foundation stick in an attempt to get it to work with my skin type. It’s been a struggle!

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My first impression of this foundation was that I loved it.

  • It’s small and easy to carry around so perfect to put in the handbag for touch ups.
  • Most importantly, it looks beautiful on the skin. It leaves your face looking fresh and dewy and not at all caked in foundation.
  • The coverage is build-able so you can use it for different occasions or build it in more problematic areas.
  • It looks incredible in photographs.

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Seems perfect, however I find it can be a bit of a hassle to apply. I apply it straight to the face from the tube and buff it in using a brush or a beauty blender. Sounds easy enough I know, but for me it takes a lot of buffing to get it looking like skin. Most of the time I find myself buffing it in using a real techniques buffing brush and then dotting over the whole face with a damp beauty blender to soak up any excess foundation and diffuse and brush marks. Not a huge problem but not ideal for everyday makeup, I’d rather apply a liquid foundation and have a few extra minutes in bed. Having said that it’s totally worth the effort for a special occasion because your skin will look radiant afterwards.

My biggest issue with the foundation though is not the application, it’s how the foundation wears. It looks so beautiful and flawless when it is first applied but on my oily skin that just doesn’t last. I wore it to work a few days ago to test it out and after about three hours it had started to break down and look patchy:

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Please excuse the terrifying angle there! You can see how the foundation has broken down on my nose and forehead though.

The initial look of the foundation is so good that I didn’t want to admit defeat. So I thought maybe the answer was in the powder I was using. I hate a powdery finish so usually I use my Hourglass ambient lighting powders and that’s normally enough to set my foundation. In this case though the Makeup Forever ultra HD stick is maybe a little too creamy in consistency to fully set with such a lightweight powder. So I went out and purchased the Makeup Forever HD setting powder. It’s a proper setting powder unlike the Hourglass ones and being from the same brand and range I thought it would work best with the foundation.

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I’m happy to say that this has made a huge difference to the longevity of my makeup. I wore the foundation yesterday with a primer underneath (I’ll write a post another time about my thoughts on primers, on the whole I think they’re useless), the Makeup Forever powder to set it and the Urban Decay all nighter setting spray to finish and my makeup lasted a full day at work. The only draw back of using the powder is that obviously it diminishes the dewy finish you get from the foundation which is one of the things I loved about it so much. It doesn’t completely mattify the skin but the sheen from the foundation is definitely less.

Over all I’d say I do very much like the Ultra HD foundation but it takes a lot of work to get it looking how you want it to, and to get it to stay looking that way. I’ll definitely use it up, probably for nights out or occasions where I want beautifully full coverage, flawless skin. However Illamasqua skin base remains my Holy Grail foundation and the one I find myself reaching for the most.

As always thanks for reading everyone!

 

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