The search for a Holy Grail foundation seems almost never ending but here is my current "Favorite"
I have noticed the trend of lighter and thinner foundations on the market. Unlike Revlon Color Stay and Estee Lauder Double Wear but thin, watery foundations, many of the shake variety where you let your skin show, or the catch phrase seems to be "Like Second Skin"
Here is my current go to liquid foundation for that look
The Make Up Forever Face and Body
Originally purchased in the summer to be a light layer, I quickly switched to mineral foundation because my skin was just an oily mess and anything liquid I thought would slide off. This is supposed to be water proof but wiping perspiration seemed to be moving the make up around a bit. This was beautiful, but put away.
I actually am not the biggest fan of liquid foundations, which explains why I have 4 unopened ones...
But this, this is so...THIN. This is so light and you need only enough to barley cover and to really just even out your skin. This is not the kind of foundation to use if you have skin issues
(spots, severe redness)
This is what you use if you skin is pretty decent, and you just want to perfect it.
This foundation can be built up in layers to provide more coverage, but it will not have very high coverage for sever skin issues
Coverage to light to medium at best. Layering would increase the coverage.
THANK YOU MUFE for including a PUMP! Easy points scored!
Booo for glass bottles. Heavy, and fear of cracks leaves this baby home and weary of travel.
I usually use about 1.5 pumps for the face and neck, and you need to give this a good shake. It's a gel consistency and tends to separate so give it a shake brings it all together again.
The pump is decent and let's me do 1/2 pumps
My favorite brush to use this with is the ELF Flat Top Brush ($3 bucks! try it!)
This foundation actually has quite a selection of colors, which is awesome. Unfortunately I seem to fall in between shades. I am normally a MAC NC 25, but in the winter I do lose some color and shade 20 is perfect! When I am back to NC 25 the shade is ok... I need a bit of bronzer, but it works. The next shade up 32 is too dark and yellow.
If you live in NYC the MUFE store may custom color some shades for you if you get color matched ( I have only heard this, I cannot confirm all the employees do this)
For $38 US dollars you receive 1.69fl oz. Normal foundations are 1 fl oz.
Texture and Wear Time
The texture of this is a mix of gel and water. Even if I use this foundation daily and shake it each time the first pump always has a little gel ball which I just avoid. You can see it in the photo, bottom left.
I take the product and place it on my face using fingers, then I use my flat top kabuki to distribute all over evenly.
Since this product is so thin, you have to be careful of buffing. I have used my Sigma F80 with this foundation but it seemed to buff alot of product off. I have tried a few stippling brushes but I felt it was a bit streaky. I like a nice semi dense flat brush.
On the skin it looks natural. Not too matte, not too dewey. It does not take long to dry and once dried, it looks like your skin. Even when I put myself in front of a magnetized mirror and see my skin with this foundation on, it looks like skin ( Love that)
Not too dewy or matte. This does have a natural slight "glow" to my skin, and I do powder my T zone. My pore area gets a bit oily with this foundation but powder fixes that up in 1 swipe.
I chose this foundation over the MAC Face and Body because the MAC version was a bit too dewy for the summer and looked like it needed to be powdered immediately
If worn with a primer, and powder this lasts on my skin all day and just about all night. At about the 12 hour mark it does look a bit worse for wear so I spritz MAC's Fix plus all over and it looks alive again!
Another reason why I chose this foundation over MAC's version was because MAC foundations break me out like crazzzzy. This foundation is made up of almost all non comedogenic ingredients and one ingredient does cause some people skin issues, but it is amongst the last of the ingredients and on a scale of 1 to 5 for skin reactions, it was designated as a 1. I took those as good odds of my skin tolerating the product.
I like this foundation, alot. I have tried a few liquid foundations and many feel like something is on the skin. I like how light this feels, and how incredibly natural it looks while being long wearing. I have recommended this to a few people who did not like it, and thought it felt heavy. If you are accustomed to only wearing mineral make up, then yes this will feel heavier, but I guarantee it is not a heavy product.
I would recommend this, as this is the only liquid foundation I would actually repurchase out of all I have tried in the past.
What are your favorite foundations? Do you prefer natural light ones, or heavier versions?