I first mentioned about this foundation in my March 2014 Favorites post and since then have been receiving a few requests for a full review. As of now, this is the only other Face & Body foundation besides MAC's Face & Body that I use on a day-to-day basis. I will probably do a comparison post between the two in the future but for now, I'll focus on the Make Up For Ever only.
Make Up For Ever Face & Body Liquid Make Up is housed in a sturdy glass bottle and comes with a convenient pump. The most interesting and may I say unique thing about this foundation is its texture. When I saw it in person for the first time at Sephora, where there was about half the product left in the bottle, I could clearly see the “lumpy” consistency inside (unfortunately I couldn't capture it in my photos because my bottle is still pretty full). At first I thought it was expired but that's actually its true texture — globs/lumps of product in the sea of runny/watery base. It looks very much like jello when it's not fully set. :D
To use, you must give the bottle a good shake to properly mix the two phases and even then, sometimes it still comes out in globs. But don't worry, the thin gel texture glides on and blends like a dream once applied on the skin. It has a floral scent (almost like a rose scent mixed with baby powder scent) that is pretty strong during application but will dissipate quickly once set.
Shown here is shade #32 Alabaster Beige formulated for light skin with yellow undertones. It is not a perfect match for me (slightly too dark and too yellow; I'm NC30) but at least the undertone is right. I have a feeling the optimal shade for me is between #20 Ivory (for light skin with beige undertones) and #32. I held off purchasing both shades because #32 alone isn't a terribly mismatched shade. I can still get away with an illuminizing primer underneath and a little bit of highlighter on top. When the Summer comes where I'm a bit more tanned, I think #32 will be just the perfect match.
This is a light to medium coverage foundation. The first layer that goes on is light, but is surprisingly enough to even out the complexion for the most part. My skin is far from perfect so I like to layer it for a better coverage, especially on the areas where I have visible enlarged pores and redness. The consistency is thin but is truly buildable without feeling heavy or cakey. If you have active blemishes going on or dark spots, the coverage of this foundation will not be enough and you will still need a concealer to completely camouflage them.
I also noticed a slight refreshing/cooling sensation! I don't know about you but I like face products that has a cooling property. :D The finish is definitely in the middle between dewy and satin. It feels slightly tacky immediately post application but will set to a natural skin-like finish within a couple minutes. I didn't find it to cling on to dry patches or emphasize imperfections at all. What I love most about it is it doesn't make my complexion dull or flat, but rather enhances the skin's natural healthy radiance, creating an illusion of soft glow where the lights hit. This, is major L♥ve.
To prevent streaky application that usually comes with water-based foundation, I use a semi dense brush such as Hourglass Foundation/Blush Brush No. 2 or Marc Jacobs The Face I – Liquid Foundation Brush No. 1 to apply. Fingers work well, too, but I tend to use brushes more. I find sponges soak up too much product so I would avoid those.
Some people reported that they can get away without setting it with a powder. Well, since I'm an oily girl, I always set with a powder to cut shine and prolong wear. And the powder that I have been using in combination with this foundation is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Loose Finishing Powder. This power duo is just the bomb! See the last photo of my “finished” face — I think my skin looks pretty cool! :)
It wears well throughout the day and I didn't notice any oxidization at the end of the day. While it doesn't control oil like I had hoped, it doesn't seem to make me any oilier than normal.
Before and after
Here comes my bare face! Please brace yourself! :D
Side by side:
Finish with minimal makeup
The foundation contains no SPF so it's safe for flash photography. It is also silicone-free, however, do take notes that the ingredient has Methylparaben and Propylparaben listed as preservatives. I haven't experienced any breakouts so far from this product and I hope it stays that way! If you are on the market for a lightweight, water-based foundation for everyday use, I seriously and highly recommend this one. :)