Sunday, April 7, 2013

Make Up For Ever Face & Body in 34 Honey Beige

I've been sitting on this product since last summer, stalling on reviewing it.  When I first tried Make Up For Ever's Face & Body foundation I was less than impressed with it's results in relation to its hefty price tag.  I almost returned it, but I've since given it some more chances and I'm warming up to it now!

My original motivations for purchasing this foundation was that the Sephora website claimed that it was waterproof and approved by some synchronized swim team.  I sweat like a beast from doing practically nothing, and that's kept me from using foundation on many occasions.  I was excited to see that there was a waterproof foundation that may help me out in this department so I decided to go ahead and try it out.
And so begins my first gripe with this product, and the brand in general:  shade choice.  Even though MUFE always includes an extensive range of shades for their foundations, I can never find one that's at all suitable for me.  It's always the wrong undertone or too dark.  So frustrating!

I settled for the shade 34 Honey Beige, which is described online as a medium shade with beige undertones. What it really is is a warm tan that leans a bit orange.  Now, it's not orange enough to make me look oompa-ish, but it's a little too dark for my tone, to the point where I absolutely must blend it down on my neck or any other exposed skin.  Luckily, because the foundation has a sheer-buildable coverage, I'm able to pull it off though so it's not too bad.   

The texture of this product is very watery because the formula is, in fact, water-based.  I don't think I have a thinner foundation than this.  It has a sheer-buildable coverage.

Under the bright lighting of my desk lamp, when I first put this on I was left very unimpressed, so I left this alone for a few months.  But something made me try it again and I remember looking in the bathroom mirror one day and thinking, "Wow!  My face looks amazing!"

It gives a slight dewiness to the skin, without actually feeling dewy to the touch, which I love.  It also looks completely natural on my face.  To me, the foundation on my skin is almost undetectable.  It wears quite comfortably and weightlessly, and from what I can tell it also doesn't wear throughout the day no matter how much I sweat.

Bottom Line:  Happy to have it, just wish it was better suited to my skin color..

Within the shades that are said to be a fit for medium skin tones (7 shades), there are absolutely none available for yellow or golden undertones.  This really annoys me as I find it absurd.  I get having half of the shades with pink undertones, but how many medium skin toned peeps are orange?

Other than the shade range, this foundation is a great companion for sweaty girls like me.  It does retail for $40 at Sephora for 1.69 oz though, so it's not the cheapest foundation out there.  You can find more information about this on Sephora's website.


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