Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Compact Foundation for Spring 2013 Swatches & Review

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish

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.

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish 2
#113, #117

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish 3
#113, #117

Wearing Make Up For Ever Pro Finish in 113 dry 2
Wearing #113 dry

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish 113 wet
Wearing #113 wet

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish 113 and 117 Swatches
#113, #117 (dry)

#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.

Disclosure: The product(s) in this post were provided to me by the manufacturer or their PR company for consideration. For more information please visit my legal page.

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  • January 29, 2013

    I actually like the idea of using this wet to set my liquid foundation. The damp sponge blurs any imperfect application of the liquid foundation and the MUFE powder would perfect the coverage. I used a the gift with purchase version (from Sephora) this way and it was awesome. Of course it works dry too with a buffing brush. I’m not a powder foundation by itself kind of girl even though my skin is combination.

    • January 29, 2013

      And actually you can use it wet, then apply it dry for even more coverage!

  • January 29, 2013

    This could be useful for me. I am a working MUA, and I need versatile base products in my kit. This would save on space in my bag.
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    • January 29, 2013

      It could definitely work for that!

  • January 29, 2013

    My skin is so oily that mattes quickly become dewy, so they might work for me. But I do have to be careful with powders now that I’m, um, older.
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    • January 29, 2013

      Don’t you think we need a new word for “older”? Something less…offensive! Maybe “not a girl” haha.

  • January 29, 2013

    I’m solidly into middle age, but my skin is still so oily that mattes/powders are still the only way to go. (Can’t STAND liquid foundation. Even oil free primers/BB creams feel so greasy!) I am looking for a new foundation since I have not found anything I’ve been happy with since Sephora discontinued their old mineral compact (the replacement is terrible and chalky). So this is definitely something I should take a closer look at.

    I just wish it was a little less pricey.

  • January 29, 2013

    I love your eyeshadow in the wet application picture! What is it?

    • January 29, 2013

      That is one of the new Urban Decay iridescent shades in the Glinda Palette. :)

      • January 29, 2013

        Yesssss! I just got my palette delivered today, and I am going to rock that shade tomorrow.


  • January 29, 2013

    I like to use this wet since it’s too powdery for me dry. From a distance it looks beautiful, same in a 3x mirror, but in an 8x mirror it looks very matte and visible. But I’ve yet to meet someone with 8x supervision who’s criticized me!

  • January 29, 2013

    This may possibly work for my oily skin, but I’m not so sure if I like the finish.
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  • January 29, 2013

    These look nice!
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  • January 29, 2013

    It’s nice to read your take on this. It’s not cruelty-free anymore, so I won’t purchase it, but I did get a sample from Sephora with a recent order. I’ve usually had good luck with MUFE face products and do really love their products, so I was very interested in this. I can’t say I was wowed by the sample… to me, it seemed like it was alright. Nothing spectacular when compared to the MUFE pressed powder I already own. But compared to all the powders out there, it’s really really good
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  • January 30, 2013

    The finish looks ok but I’d expect a bit better coverage for that price tag. I do like that it’s doesn’t look cakey when worn dry though.