You all know how I feel about MUFE. I sing its praises all the time. Sephora is offering a new complexion kit, featuring a full-sized HD foundation, a mini HD-translucent powder and primer. Not only that, but you get the softest, fluffiest, most awesome kabuki brush known to man. I wear no. 175, which I love. If you purchase this kit, you get $30 off of regular retail price!! Yep, this $80 kit will supply you with everything you need for a lovely face. Can’t beat that! For more information, check out the HD complexion kit here.
Product Description: Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 features innovative patented pigment technology, which encapsulates micronized pigment particles in translucent spheres. The technology gives true-to-life shade perfection and unprecedented coverage while allowing the skin’s natural shade to show through. The result is a customized shade with a demi matte finish, giving skin the natural colour without looking ashy or chalky. Featuring 14 shades, Matchmaster contains the lightest and darkest shades of all M·A·C’s foundations, giving artists and consumers more versatility than ever before.
Comes in the following shades:
This range of foundations includes the lightest and darkest shades that MAC has ever made, plus some new shades in between. This is a BIG plus for MAC. When I used to work for them, there were many people I’d have to turn away because there were no shades for them. Please pay attention to the half shades toward the end of the spectrum. This is really great for us brown girls, because they’ve given us way more options. That’s almost 10 shades for us. Very nice.
Note: I would love to see every shade, but only received a few. My review is based on solely on the colors that I was able to touch, feel and wear.
Read on for detailed swatches and a review!
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In the Summer, I refuse to wear a lot on my face. Brands like Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier are known to sell some of the best tinted moisturizers on the market. I opt for a tinted moisturizer, which I make myself. I take a dollop of my daily moisturizer (which happens to be something from Mario Badescu) and Make Up For Ever Face & Body foundation. You can use any foundation and moisturizer that you happen to have. I put them on the back of my hand, mix with a foundation brush, and apply. The result is a light coverage that just gives a tint of coverage. If you want more coverage, just add more foundation.
Foundation is a makeup medium that has multiple ways of effective application. No one way is better than the other, it’s all a matter of preference. To choose what’s best for you, try one at a time, and see which results look best. Here are some suggestions on how to apply your foundation. Please share your favorite tools in the comment section, there are products out there that we may all need to try!
The flat foundation brush has been the go to. You can lay foundation onto and into the skin. The first one that I got was the MAC 190. This is just too bulky in my opinion. The Billy B. #2 brush($30) is more user friendly, luxury version.
While this is an effective way to choose your makeup, it’s one of my least favorite ways to do so. A lot of times this can hinder your options. For example, I like to wear cream foundations from time to time, even though they tend to make me oily. So, I use oil fighting primers and powder to keep the oil away. This way, it’s a win/win situation for me.
Clinique is one of the best companies for breaking down your skin type. I’ve never used Clinique foundations, so I can’t recommend any. They do have a pretty decent shade range and many different formulas.
Luckily for you, you pretty much have your choice of anything on the market. Liquid, Cream and Powder foundations will work pretty good for you.
I guess this all goes back to the “buying makeup for purpose or necessity” post. I’ve realized that there are a lot of great beauty products out there. I don’t know if it’s possible to say “This is my all time favorite [insert product here]“. As an avid beauty blogger and makeup enthusiast, I try new products all the time. But it’s hard for me to say “Ladies, this is the foundation you need. It’s perfect. It does everything.” I’ll use a product consecutively for a week, then “stumble” upon on of my old favorites, then throw it back into the equation.
It’s especially hard when it comes to foundations. To date, I have 6 foundations in constant rotation.
1. Make Up For Ever HD Foundation ($40)
5. MAC Studio Stick Foundation (discontinued)
Question of the Day: How many foundations do you own and what determines which one you’ll use for the day?
Ah, foundation. The product we lean on to fix our complexions. The product that comes in a billion different variations, colors, textures and sizes. The main question is, which one do I choose?
Well, the answer isn’t simple. Companies compete for the perfect foundation all the time. Here is what you need to ask yourself.
1. What effect do I want my foundation to have? (Natural, Dewy, Sunkissed?)
2. What form of foundation am I comfortable with? (Liquid, Cream, Powder?)
3. How much do I want to wear? (Light Coverage, Drag Queen Coverage?)
4. How much do I want to spend? ($6? 56?)
5.What do I want my skin to look like, overall?
Throughout the month of January, we’ll cover all of these questions. If you have any questions about foundation, I’ll do my best to answer them. Be sure to check in daily and learn the best products for you!