I own three Make Up For Ever (MUFE) foundations. I have my favourite; the less popular, sadly discontinued Face & Body foundation, and I also have the Ultra HD Liquid Foundation, and the Ultra HD Foundation Stick. Today’s post focuses on the two Ultra HD foundations. Which is better? I can’t ultimately make that choice for you, but I can offer some guidance from my own experiences…
MUFE Ultra HD Liquid Foundation
- Price: £29
- Shade I Have: Y215
- How Much Product You Get: 30ml / 1.01 fl.oz
- How Many Shades Available: 40
- Coverage: Medium
- Skin Type: All
- Buy From: Debenhams Light / Tan / Medium / Dark | Sephora
The thing that impresses me the most about this foundation is the incredible shade range, from the lightest light to the darkest dark there’s so much to choose from! It’s such an incredibly inclusive range that anyone can find their match. The best way to find your match out of a range this big is to first choose what colour category you think you are. Debenhams have split the foundation into four (very helpful) categories; light, tan, medium, and dark. Pick what you think will be most suited to you (mine, for example, would be the light category), and then decide if you are a red (R) or yellow (Y) toned skin. I don’t like their use of ‘red’ because it sounds a bit dramatic, and realistically I think skin looks more pink, but what do I know, eh?! Anyway, my skin is more yellow toned so I go for the Y option and suddenly choosing the correct shade becomes much easier!
You actually get a lot more product in the Liquid foundation than the Stick. When you work it out, the Stick appears that it would be 13ml if it was a fluid foundation. However, a little goes a long way with the Stick, and I believe it would last a lot longer than the Liquid; although you get more in the Liquid, you use a lot more product at the same time.
MUFE Ultra HD Foundation Stick
- Price: £29
- Shade I Have: Y225
- How Much Product You Get: 12.5g / 0.44 oz
- How Many Shades Available: 15
- Coverage: Medium to Full
- Skin Type: All, except I can’t imagine it would last very well on extremely oily or extremely dry skin (feel free to prove me wrong, as I have normal skin and can’t exactly put this to the test!)
- Buy From: Debenhams | Sephora
I have a really awkward love-hate relationship with the Stick. It glides on the skin and blends out so effortlessly – it looks natural, yet gives you really full coverage if you need it. However, compared to the Liquid (which allows you 40 shades to choose from), the Stick only gives you a choice between 15! Only 15! That’s not even half of the shades in the Liquid range. This is why I had to settle on the shade Y225 because it is the lightest shade available for yellow toned skin. Honestly, it is a bit dark on me which is why a lot of the time I’m really hesitant to wear it.
Another huge drawback about this product is the smell (if you know, you know – if you ever happen to pass a MUFE counter, smell it). It smells really weird and off-putting. One of my friends described the smell as similar to Duo lash glue, which it does, but worse than that? My boyfriend calls it ‘the fish stick’, and my sister has also described it as having a fishy smell. Not that appealing to put on your face really, is it?
I did a little experiment and put both foundations on my face, giving them half a side each. I applied them both over my YSL Touche Eclat Primer with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for fairness, and did not apply any product on top of it (powder, blush, bronzer, etc). I also didn’t put on any eye makeup in case it distracted from the foundation itself. After I had done this, I sat in front of my window for natural light, and asked my boyfriend a few questions (he’s kind of helpful sometimes):
- Which side is a better colour match?: Right
- Which side looks more like natural skin?: They both look really natural.
- Which has better coverage?: Left
- Which side looks better overall?: Right
He also said that in artificial light both sides look very yellow, and both sides look better in natural light.
So, which foundation was left, and which was right?
- Left: Stick
- Right: Liquid
So Tom seems to think that the Ultra HD Liquid Foundation looks better on my (normal) skin!
Who’s The Winner?
- Best Price: Both
- Best Shade Range: Liquid
- Most Product: Liquid
- Longest Lasting: Stick
- Best Coverage: Stick
- Most Versatile (ie. Skin Types): Liquid
- Most Natural-Looking: Both
- Most Travel-Friendly: Stick
- Longest Wearing: Both lasted all day and didn’t wear off! This is with primer underneath but no powder on top to set.
It’s a TIE! Both foundations have 6 points each and I am personally really shocked at this result! I thought that once I thought about it from an objective point of view there would be one foundation that won over the other, but no! These are both great foundations but for different reasons. I guess it all depends on what you’re looking for! For example, in my opinion if I had to choose one it would probably be the Liquid foundation because the shade matches me better, and I personally prefer a lighter coverage.
Which foundation is better for you? Liquid or Stick? Why? I’m actually really keen to know what you guys would prefer out of the two because there is no clear winner to me.
Also, this will be my last post containing products from companies that animal test! You will hear about the full story in Sunday’s post, and if you have any cruelty free brands/products you would like me to test and review, feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments or @ me/DM me at any of my social media pages. I hope you enjoyed this post; I know I really enjoyed comparing these products from an objective perspective. I feel like I’m asking for lots of comments at the end of this post but let me know what other products you want me to put against each other (just as long as they’re cruelty free). Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in the next one! ❤
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