Friday, 8 July 2016

REVIEW: Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation and HD Loose Powder

Hello lovely readers! I hope you are enjoying your day, wherever you are in the world! :)

If you have followed my YouTube videos for a while, you'll know how much I love Nars Foundations. All Day Luminous Weightless is one of my absolute staples - amazingly lightweight but incredible coverage, amazing staying power, amazing colour range, silky to touch, makes me look nice. The Nars Sheer Glow Foundation is if anything even more of my favourite because of the finish it gives to the skin and because of the fab coverage. Mars foundations are also really easy to mix, which is great for gals like me that are always in varying stages of fake tan! 

However, of late, I have noticed that my Mont Blanc shade of the All Day Weightless Luminous had started to change consistency a bit, and separate. Definitely warning signs that it needs to go in the bin! So I said my farewell (I still have other shades so I wasn't too upset) and then had to make what I am sure you will agree is a rather large decision - fake tan so that I can wear my darker shades, go and buy a replacement Mont Blanc, or the dreaded... buy a different foundation?!?!?!

As I am sure you can guess from the name of the post (bit of a giveaway in the pic above as well) I decided to take the plunge and try a new brand of foundation that I hadn't tried before. That ruled out Nars, Mac, and a few other high end brands. I don't really like drugstore foundations all that much, foundation is definitely one of the things I will fork out on, so I knew I was looking for a high end brand. 

I've heard loads about the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation, so I did some research online and it sounded amazing, so I wanted to go for that. However, when I got to my local Debenhams in Liverpool One, I discovered that they don't have a Too Faced stand! Which I was really surprised by! So I caught sight of the newly opened Makeup Forever stand, which I didn't even know had come to the UK, and my disappointment was replaced for excitement at the prospect of trying the Ultra HD Foundation. I also purchased the HD Powder as I was on the market for a loose powder anyway so thought I may as well try it!

I am shade Y215 in the MUFE Ultra HD Foundation for anyone wondering, you can see it on my skin in the picture below :)

Described as 'medium to buildable' coverage, I would say that is a pretty accurate representation of the Ultra HD Foundation. The incredibly lightweight formula blends into my skin perfectly with my beauty blender; it applies seamlessly, leaving a beautiful finish. I would say it's more of a satin finish; it's not really dewy but also not quite matte either. The overall appearance of the foundation on the skin is perfect for me - it almost looks as if I'm not wearing any, yet it has amazing coverage. It just looks like skin. I am not partial to a caked face, so this for me is a must have in a foundation.

I set it using the Makeup Forever HD Loose Powder (pictured above - also one of the best products I've ever tried), however I left a patch on my cheek un-powdered and although the powdered parts of my face lasted the longest (and didn't crease!), my un-powdered cheek still lasted about 7.5 hours before I even noticed a difference!

The Ultra HD Foundation is £29.00 in Debenhams, and the HD Loose Powder was £22.00, which I personally think is reasonable for such high quality products. I am really pleased with them and will definitely repurchase - I would like a few darker shades to mix with for when I am self tanning!

Overall, I'm really happy with my purchases, and think they are both fantastic products.

I hope you enjoyed this rather lengthy post, and I will be back with more reviews soon so keep your eyes peeled on my social media :)

Thanks for reading!

Sarah xx

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