Hear Ye Hear Ye! I think I’ve found my new favourite foundation – the Make Up For Ever Water Blend. I’ve been testing it for the last three months and so far, it seems perfect. Water Blend is a reformulated version of the MUFE Face&Body foundation, which I did try a while back and even went through an entire bottle, but I wasn’t too crazy about it. I didn’t like it as much as the MAC version, which was a favourite of mine for years. The new formula, however, is really great and exactly what I look for in a foundation.
The packaging and colour selection
The Make Up For Ever Water Blend comes in a beautiful frosted glass bottle which, as good as it looks, makes it a bit more difficult to clearly see the shade inside. It actually got me at IMATS (paired with not so great lighting in the venue), where I bought my first bottle. The shade I thought would be a perfect match for my skin (considering other MUFE foundations in my possession) looked too light and I ended up with a much darker option. Much darker… Interestingly enough, I was still able to make it work because it wasn’t that dark comparing to my body, but I really didn’t like the match on closer inspection of my face.
Long story short, I had to come back to PM Studio to get another colour. My point is – make sure you swatch the foundation properly because the colour selection doesn’t really match other MUFE foundations and the packaging can be a bit misleading. Luckily, there’s a wide range of shades to choose from, whether you’re really pale or dark-skinned.
Here are the swatches of shades Y305 (the lighter one on the left) and Y325 (the one on the right).
My usual shade in MUFE foundations is Y245 and I may still pick it up to use in colder months when my tan is gone.
Now onto the product itself. The reviews online are all over the place, because it’s not a foundation for everyone. If you like full coverage or have a lot of imperfections to conceal, you won’t enjoy this particular one. It’s on a sheer side (80% water), but can be built up to light-medium coverage. Enough to even out your skin tone and make you look put together, but you can’t really rely on the product to mask blemishes or discolorations. So it really is a base for people with decent skin to start off with.
For me, the coverage provided is more than enough. Being in my early thirties and a proud owner of a dry, dehydrated complexion, I can’t really reach for heavy products. They will end up looking crusty and emphasising all the issues I may not even be aware off. What I look for is a natural, skin-like finish with a bit of a glow. The MUFE Water Blend Foundation ticks all these boxes and, on top of it, lasts extremely well throughout the day and is waterproof.
Because the foundation it’s 80% water, the tools you pick to apply it will soak up a bit of product. Using your fingers is also an option, but personally I am not really a fan of this method. What I recommend instead is a buffing brush, like the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I feel like the more you blend and buff the product into your skin, the better it looks, so take your time with the application process. You will be rewarded with a beautiful radiant finish and a barely detectable look on the skin.
Interestingly enough, considering the high water content, the consistency is not too watery but rather feels like a water-gel.
I really like the way the foundation sits on the skin and blends with my natural shade. Because the product is so sheer, it’s fairly forgiving, even if you pick up a colour that doesn’t match you perfectly. It doesn’t look patchy or cling onto the drier areas of the skin. It is a dewy foundation, but once it sets, it won’t look like you’re sweating excessively. 🙂 Saying that, I do like to apply a tiny amount of powder in a t-zone to tone it down a bit.
Once set, the foundation doesn’t feel tacky or sticky and doesn’t slide around the face during the day. I had a chance to test it in 38 degrees heat and it held up really well.
MAKE UP FOR EVER WATER BLEND FOUNDATION – ONE LAYER
MAKE UP FOR EVER WATER BLEND FOUNDATION – TWO LAYERS
As you can see, the foundation (shade Y305) didn’t completely cover the zit on my forehead, but otherwise it gave me a luminous, fresh look and an even base to work with. The finish pretty much stays the same throughout the day – no dryness in sight! It may oxidise very slightly, but definitely not to the point where you look like an oompa loompa.
To sum up, I think the Make Up For Ever Water Blend foundation is best suited for those of you with dry/dehydrated or normal complexions. If you like light coverage and undetectable finish on the skin, you’ll fall in love with this one. The foundation retails for $67 AUD, but you’re getting 50 ml of product instead of the usual 30ml.