Saturday, January 9, 2010

Review of Foundations

So I have recently been on a foundation purchasing spreee! I just yesterday picked up the Makeup forever's Satin Velvet+ in the colour 20 and about a week ago I bought the Nars Sheer Glow foundation in the colour Gobi. Both are 1 fluid ounce or 30mL. I do prefer the packaging of the Nars Sheer Glow MUCH more, it looks more luxurious and you are getting what you paid for. I bought MUFE (Makeup for ever) at my local SHoppers Drugmart for around 39.00 with taxes and the Nars sheer glow was slightly more expensive at around 45.00 with taxes at Sephora.

And I must say, I like them both very much. When I look at them side by side, there is quite a drastic difference in the colour which leads me to believe one looks better on my skin than the other but i cant seem to figure out which one. The Nars sheer glow looks much more naturally coloured and seems to have a bit of a yellow undertone. And the MUFE Matte velvet seems to be more of a reddy undertone, but maybe thats just my imaginaion.

The consistency of both of them is also very different MUFE is thicker, whereas the Nars is more liquidy; this is probably because MUFE is a medium to full coverage whereas Nars is a light to medium. I do find the Nars very buildable and easier to apply and blend. I have yet to apply either foundation with my hands but hope to do so soon. I have beem using them with the MAC 187 and the Sigma SS188, and both have worked very well. I may also try the beauty blender sponge and see how that goes. What got me attracted to the sheer glow was that it claimed "This Sheer Glow Foundation enhances, without masking, your overall natural complexion The weightless formula hydrates the skin while complexion brightening properties improve skin brightness, radiance, and texture, leaving skin with a luminous, sensual glow" so I was all in! A brighter looking complexion has yet to come but it said with continual use for 28 days it will, so I guess I will try it!:) MUFE matte velvet promised a " shine controlling, oil-free, water-resistant, complete coverage liquid foundation" that will "Hide imperfections, even out skin tone, and mattifie with a non-oily, perfectly powdered finish. The result is flawless and lasts for hours." I do believe that this is a true statement.

With good, comes bad so here is what I dislike about both of the foundations. The makeup forever Matte Velvet+ has great coverage but I do find that by the end of the day, it has left my T-zone oily. And as I look at a swatch of it in natural light, I do find it looks a little reddy orange, which is not good. As for the NARS Sheer Glow foundation, the downside is that it comes without the pump. Do not be fooled when you go and try it out in the store, the actual bottle you buy does not have a pump.
So if I were to suggest one of these foundations to someone I would hands down suggest the NARS SHEER GLOW foundation:) Hope this helped!