Review: Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

You know sometimes there’s a fad, and you just have to buy into that fad because if you didn’t you’d feel like you were missing something? That’s how I felt about MUFE’s HD Foundation.

MUFE is not that easy to get in the UK, although you can buy it at a shop called PAM (which used to be called MAP (make up provisions) but a similar company sued them for having a name that was too similar, so they changed to PAM but I would have preferred SPAM or HAM). Before I start, it cost me £27 (not cheap but in the same range as Chanel, Dior etc.) plus £6 for shipping (tut).


Choosing a shade online is soooo hard but I decided to go for 127 which is a medium yellow based foundation. Turns out this is not bad at all. You can see all the shades here.

I guess it was vanity that got the better of me. HD foundation is supposed to be better for photographs and filming (I had to do some recently for Current TV) so I just had to have it.


I like:

How quickly it absorbs
It’s streak free finish
How long it lasts
How easy it is to blend

I liketh not:

That is has no SPF
It’s expensive
It looks a little….dead

I don’t know how to explain this. This is one of the easiest to use foundations, I found it really effortless but after a little wear, I look tired, I don’t look luminous at all. Having said that I still prefer this over my Chanel Vitalumiere and a multitude of other foundations I have lying around, half used.

Whilst I was away I took small pots of RMK’s liquid primer and creamy foundation and that, my friends, made me look healthy, glowy, luminous. This, does not do that.

Verdict: It is good, it’s just not 100%
Ingredients for 127 Dark Sand (largely the same for each foundation apart from the colour pigments added):

Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Mica, talc, PEG-10 Dimenthicone, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Phenyl, Trimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimenthicone Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Cyclohexacyloxane, Methylisothiazolinone, Sorbitan Sesquileate, Silver Oxide, Propylene, Carbonate, Parfum (fragrance), Methylparaben, Fagus Sylvatica Extract (Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract), Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, [+/- CI 77891 )titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).

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  1. Girl says

    Hello! ‘Tis me! I know the new online moniker is lame, but bear with me until I think up a new alias (or start a new blog).

    MUFE makeup is nice, but largely over-rated. Also, most MUFE foundations cause breakouts, and I hear that the HD foundation is no different.

    About the HD makeup: have you ever been tempted to try Temptu, or any number of other airbrush cosmetic systems? I’ve been wanting to try Temptu’s silicone-based makeup, but the price tag for an airbrushing system is offputting, to say the least.

    • Row says

      Hey Girl!!!

      I am starting to itch a bit from MUFE…hmmmmm. Now, I did also look at Temptu for the reason that, I have the SKII air brush foundation which I think is MEH. However the little bugger must be good for something, so I am thinking of refilling the foil bag it comes with with another foundaiton which may look better on my skin. I’m not one for MAC, so I was indeed thinking of Temptu as my refill foundation? that stuff is supposed to be stellar!!

      The SKII is about £100 but you can get it from eBay for around £30 *Not sure about in the US* and its doesnt require a training course!! perhaps thats the way to go?

  2. says

    Everyone’s been talking about this and I still haven’t gotten the chance to try it! Gosh, it is too expensive! But based on your pros, it looks like it’s worth it

    • Row says

      Hi Nikki

      Its a nice foundation but it depends what you want. Maybe it wears better in a hotter climate, because I think it controls oil quite good and shine but its a bit dull for cold, damp England!

  3. Gabby says

    Oh wow. You took the very words right out of my mouth, but i couldn’t figure out the exact word to describe why i didn’t love this foundation. It makes you look tired. It gives you a almost dead look. not luminous or bright. it’s just there. This tells me why i have only used it a few times and it sits in my makeup drawer to this day. “sigh” onward and upward in the search for “THE ONE” good review. Thanks :-)

    • Row says

      Hi Gabby

      I agree, this foundation makes you look a bit dead (not just you I mean, everyone!!!). Maybe that works for film and cameras but for day to day, I don’t see glowing or luminosity, although it does absob well. But we want to look healthy and alive, eh?!?!?!?

  4. says

    I totally agree, i bought this a couple weeks ago while on holiday and i have noticed it makes me look tired. Its good at first but for me it really doesn’t wear well at all xx

    • Row says

      Hi Saskia Salsa Fairy!

      I don’t think it wears well either – yeah it stays on, but wheres the glow?! Maybe thats why its HD but then…maybe its not for everyday x

  5. says

    hmm and I was saving up and wait until I could hunt one down on ebay for a “reasonable” price. I think i’ll pass it. I don’t want to look tired for a bunch of money >.< Thanks for

  6. Delilah says

    Hi ,first of all I just wanted to say I love your blog! I agree this foundation makes your skin look dead, but this is what it was made to do, being a camera foundaiton it’s supposed to make your your skin a blank canvas so yo can add the extras to your face (bronzer, shimmer ,etc.) plus it has to make your skin all matte so it doesn’t reflect the light in a weird way, thats why it dosen’t have spf , foundation with spf tends to make a white reflection on the light and looks ugly on camera. This is definitely not an everyday foundation, in normal makeup you look dead and all washed out.

    • Row says

      Hi delilah

      Sure, the finish with the HD is very dead indeed. I guess people have started to look for the HD finish in everyday make up and its just not necessary. Its too heavy and fake I think!

  7. J says

    I recently had a trial for my wedding. The very skilled artist used this foundation and custom blended it to my face. I feel that it also made me look dead and with my cheap camera it made my neck/face look like my skin, but with the vibrantness that it usually has.

    I know that it’s supposed to be good for film, but I don’t think that matte foundations is just an across the board thing that every skin tone needs. My skin looks better with bronzer and foundation with face illuminating qualities, even with professional photography. That is why I will stick with MAC.