Make Up For Ever Pro Finish are brand new compact foundations this spring with a multi-use innovative formula.
Creator & Artistic Director Danny Sanz has been working on creating this for six years after makeup artists in the tv and film worlds had been asking for a versatile foundation that would create a flawless look quickly. She tested more than 70 formulas before finalizing this one. This foundation can be used wet or dry, but it opposite from what you might think. Using it dry provides a full, matte finish and using it wet gives you a sheer, satin coverage.
The “breakthrough formula” includes a vegetal lecithin coating that wraps around the pigments helping them stay on the skin longer and better. It contains silica and sericite as well to help give you a light-reflecting, soft-focus look. Also inside you will find ximenia oil and aloe vera powder to provide comfort to your skin. This foundation is made without mineral oils, fragrances and less talc (read: chalky) than other formulas.
It comes in 25 shades with golden, olive, beige and pink undertones. It comes in a nice sleek black compact with a mirror and a bottom section where the sponge applicator lives.
Wearing #113 dry
Wearing #113 wet
#113 (neutral porcelain) is the second lightest shade offered and matched my skin tone pretty nicely. Used dry it definitely does provide more coverage and a pretty strong matte finish. It’s not really a chalky or dry matte, though it is really flat. Now that my skin is on the dry side I’m not sure it’s my favorite for me, especially around my eye area. It’s a little harsh I think for areas where you have any fine lines… However when used wet it’s a really nice finish, but more subtle. It’s satin-like, and left my skin feeling more hydrated and youthful. It is a light coverage when used wet, but you can build it up a bit. It does a great job of blurring pores and blemishes, I am not wearing any primer in these photos.
#117 (golden ivory) is the fourth lightest shade and too orange for my skin tone.
Overall: There are good and bad things for me with this foundation. The coverage is really great when used dry, however if you already have dry skin or aging skin, it might not be the best choice. I feel like foundations with some “dew” in them make older (blech I HATE that word) skin look more youthful, which is why I don’t use powder ever! But if you are a spring-chicken (haha) and love a matte look with good coverage, this might work great for you. When used wet I like them a lot more, but you won’t get a full coverage using them that way. Both of them lasted on me all day without me needing to pat down the oilier t-zone areas of my face. I like that they come in a lightweight nice compact because you can use them for touch ups over other foundations, BB Creams, etc. as well.
Availability: Sephora and Make Up For Ever boutiques.
Pricing: $36.00 for 0.35 oz.
Now I want to know, what do you think about this kind of foundation? Do mattes scare you or do you love them?
Note: Make Up For Ever is not cruelty free.