Review | Makeup Forever HD Foundation
Hello! Long time no see :) I’ve been quite busy these past few weeks, but I haven’t forgotten about my blog! I decided to review the Makeup Forever HD Foundation I recently purchased. Although I’m happy with my NARS Sheer Glow, I was finding that I wanted a foundation that looked amazing in high-def photography and this foundation definitely lives up to its name.
This is a medium-to-full coverage foundation, yet still manages to look natural at the same time. How it does that exactly, I have no idea! This finish of this foundation is not too matte and not too dewy, it’s somewhere straight in the middle. It’s not that type of foundation that makes you look like you’re “glowing from within” but it’s the type of foundation that looks like skin.
The lasting power of this foundation is pretty good. I’ve worn this foundation for 6 hours and it holds up well. I’ve heard some criticisms that this foundation isn’t good with oily skin, but with a good primer, I find that the foundation holds up well on my skin.
Even though the Makeup Forever HD Foundation comes in a ton of shades, I had a really difficult time finding a shade that works for me. For some reason, whenever I tried to get colour matched to this foundation at Sephora, the makeup artists always wanted to match me to 153. This was extremely frustrating because 153 made me look like an oompa loompa. It was way too orange for me!
I was also matched to 155, which is apparently Kim Kardashian’s colour. This shade was too beige for me. I don’t like to wear beige foundations because I feel like they emphasize the redness in my skin. This is why I prefer to wear the yellowest foundation I could possibly find because although it may look obnoxious in the bottle, once blended into my skin, it cancels out my redness and looks fine.
I decided to take the colour matching into my own hands. I Googled which shades women wear in Makeup Forever who have NC35 skin and narrowed it down to 123 (Desert) and 127 (Dark Sand). I tried 123, which is described as for light skin with olive undertones. I don’t think this shade would work for light skin because this shade is very close to my NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Stromboli, which is described as medium with olive undertones.
I also tried 127, which is described as for medium skin with yellow undertones. Even though 123 was a better colour match for me, I decided to go with 127. I went with 127 because it looked WAY better in photos. 123 made my skin look very dull and blah. In fact, NARS Sheer Glow looked better in photos than 123.
I did a little experiment on my own comparing 127 on the left side of my skin and 123 on the right. When both foundations blended into my skin, the difference was undetectable. In person, 123 and 127 looked the same. The only difference was how they looked in photos. I just wish 127 had a higher amount of yellow pigment in it because if it did, it would have been a perfect colour match for me.
If you plan on purchasing Makeup Forever HD Foundation, my advice to you would be to make sure you try a sample before buying it! See how it looks in person and in photos. If you have tried Makeup Forever HD Foundation, did you have a hard time finding your colour match? Or am I alone on this? ;_;