After reading so many praises and raving reviews of Make Up For Ever products, I popped into the nearest Sephora the other day and picked up the Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation to try out. I have been on the hunt for a good powder for quite some time, and this one has far surpassed any expectations I had.
- Can be used as a primary foundation or a setting powder
- Buildable, longlasting coverage
- Natural matte finish
- Fragrance-free, perfect for sensitive skin
- Formulated without parabens
- Lightweight texture
- Mineral oil-free to prevent dehydration
- Wide range of shades
This pressed powder comes in a total of 20 shades, ranging from 110 Pink Porcelain to 185 Neutral Ebony. I picked up 113 Neutral Porcelain, and was surprised by how perfectly it matches my skin tone. As someone who is extremely pale, it is often difficult for me to find foundation, either liquid or powder, that matches my pigmentation, but this powder is incredible. However, I am not sure about the range of shades for darker skin tones, given that there are definitely people out there darker than Neutral Ebony. I would definitely recommend popping into a store that carries Make Up For Ever and trying out the shades instead of simply purchasing one online, because some appear to be slightly unnatural.
When I purchased this powder, I also invested in the Make Up For Ever Foundation Kabuki Brush 110 straight. At $55, I seriously considered not buying it, as it cost more than the powder at $42, but in my opinion, the brush is worth it and almost a requirement. Without applying the powder foundation with a brush (not necessarily this one), it can look slightly powdery on the skin and somewhat dry.
The underside of the foundation compact houses an application sponge, which can be effective, but I would not recommend it. Using the sponge for application results in medium to full coverage, which may be desirable for some, but it does create a heavy, powdered look. Using a brush for application results in sheer to light coverage, making it look much more natural.
I typically use this powder foundation dry as a setting powder, but for those who would use this as a primary foundation, it can be applied dry or wet: dry for full coverage, or wet for sheer coverage. If applying dry, use a brush. If applying wet, make sure to use the sponge included in the compact, as it does not create streaks, and delivers even coverage.
While the powder is pricy at $42, it has become a must-use in my daily beauty regime. I apply it over my liquid foundation, and it looks as though my skin is naturally flawless, and I have received many compliments on my “perfect skin”. In addition, I find that the powder lasts quite a while, so it does have incredible value. Furthermore, the packaging isn’t massive so it is easy to pack when traveling.
The brush on the other hand, at $55, was hard to stomach. I have never spent that much on a brush, and had a heated internal battle with myself as to whether to purchase it. I kept thinking that it was extremely over-priced, and that I could find just as good of a brush cheaper somewhere else. But after getting it out of the packaging and using it for the first time, I fell in love. Make Up For Ever’s brushes are insanely good quality, so soft, and result in perfect application. Because of this, I now consider the brush to be an investment, a worthwhile addition to my brush collection that will last a really long time, and work really well.
What do you think of Make Up For Ever’s powder foundation??? And do you think their brushes are over-priced or investments???