Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Review

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Review

I have been using the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation ($43 USD / $72 SGD) for a while now and I thought it’s finally time to share my thoughts on it. My Ultra HD Foundation shade is Y205 which works very well with my fair skin. Despite it being a “Yellow” shade, I did detect some pink undertones in it. However, I do find this colour more yellow compared to the previous lightest shade in the HD range.

This foundation claims to “feature uniquely-coated pigments that provide medium to buildable coverage with an even lighter weight, second-skin texture that looks just like skin.” In addition, it promises to be invisible to the 4k lens used in television. Well, in this day and age when we are constantly Instagramming and Snapchatting, it’s getting increasingly difficult to look flawless when every pore and every blemish can be seen.

Do I think the foundation is undetectable on the skin? To be honest, nope. In real life, I can still see it but it does not look heavy or cakey. However, I noticed that this looks incredibly natural in photographs which you’ll see below. After application it dries completely matte but doesn’t cling to any dry patches. 🙂 I love the finish of this, it’s so beautiful on the skin! Also, remember to shake this foundation well before using!

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Review

The foundation has a pump that is easy to control, allowing you to pump out the exact amount you need for your face. All I need is one full pump to achieve medium coverage.

For me, when I buy a foundation, I look for one that evens my skin tone, covers slight redness and doesn’t emphasize pores. If you’ve relatively good skin, you could use one to two full pumps, to ensure absolute full coverage. But if you love those full coverage foundations (e.g. Kat Von D’s Lock-It Liquid Foundation), you may find that this foundation does not deliver the coverage you desire.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Review
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Y205

I have tried this with my fingers, the Beauty Blender and a dense foundation brush like the Sigma F80 Kabuki Brush. I found that this works best with a brush. I generally hate applying foundation with my fingers and it doesn’t help that this foundation is quite watery. A sponge, on the other hand, would absorb too much product! That’s because this foundation is a water-based foundation, so I don’t recommend using it with a sponge.

This is one of my favourite foundations but I have one big issue with it. I found that after 5 hours or so, the foundation would start wearing away at my nose. Also, whenever I accidentally touch my face, the foundation would come off. Not a lot, of course. But still, this foundation is not transfer-proof by any means. You will need to use a good primer and set with a translucent powder. Take note that I have dry skin and this foundation doesn’t last that long on me, so the wear time may possibly be even shorter for oilier skin types.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation swatches

Here is the Ultra HD Foundation swatched next to Nars Sheer Glow and Tarte BB tinted treatment 12-hour primer. The MUFE is certainly the most pink-toned out of the three, although it’s supposed to be a “Yellow” shade. The Tarte BB primer blended nicely into my skin so you can’t really see that well. Oops! Haha. If you’re usually the lightest shade in any foundation (Dior, Lancome, Clinique, Chanel), you may want to consider the second lightest shade in this range. That’s because my shade, Y205, the lightest shade in the yellow range is extremely pale. I’m extremely pale so it suits me fine. If I stood next to a white wall, I may blend right into it. Just kidding… But seriously though, I’m paler than MAC NC15.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Review

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation retails for $72 in Singapore which is really pricey and not worth it if you’re using this for everyday. However, if you’re planning on using this only for special occasions or events, it’s certainly worth the splurge! As I paid $43 USD for it, I think that price is reasonable for a high-end foundation. I will repurchase this, but only if I can get it directly from Sephora in the States.

Product was purchased from Make Up For Ever. This review contains my honest and true opinions.


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26 thoughts on “Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Review

  1. I was tempted to buy this foundation, the last time I was is Singapore (since I live in Brunei and we don’t have Sephora) but I picked Too Faced Born This Way instead. Now that I finished the bottle, maybe I should pick up MUFE instead! It’s definitely for my full coverage, special occasions makeup hahah <3

    xx BASH |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

    1. I’ve not tried Born This way! Can’t seem to find a suitable shade for me. 🙁 Yes, I think you’ll like the Ultra HD!

  2. I have this foundation in the stick format and while it is good for photos I found that it wore away especially on my nose pretty quickly and so for days where I want a long lasting foundation it didn’t quite live up to the hype!

  3. I’ve yet to try anything from Makeup Forever, but defintiely want to try it out some day so thank you for sharing this!

  4. Oh wow it looks so beautiful on you!! I’ve heard really good things about this foundation but have yet to try it. I rarely wear foundation these days, but this one seems great for big events! Hope you had a great weekend. 🙂


  5. I love and use this foundation but you’re right, it doesn’t have long lasting wearability. Especially since I have oilier skin, some of it comes off partway through the day. I do like it though because it is lighter and doesn’t look too cakey on. I also find that it works well with my sensitive skin and I don’t react to it. Works best with a primer though I agree!

    xoxo Rina

  6. There’s a MUFE counter in my local department store, and after seeing so many good reviews on it, I am tempted to atleast try it out 🙂 The finish looks really lovely on you, I also love your eye makeup! 🙂

    Velvet Blush

  7. I have read so many raving reviews on this foundation so I was really excited when I received a deluxe sample through Sephora.I thought it would be the perfect foundation but like you, I too can see it sitting on top of my skin which is something that I am not a fan of. I like my foundation to be invisible to the eye but I’ve only tried it twice so I still need to experiment with it. I recently tested MUFE new Water Blend foundation and OMG, it’s one of the best if not the best foundation that I have ever used. Have you tried that?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  8. This is such a nice foundation. It looks gorgeous on photos, but not always in real life. I think it requires serious exfoliating, so that the skin is ultra smooth and perfect. Thanks for the post!

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