Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation
This fragrance-free pressed-powder foundation has a lot going for it, not the least of which is an extensive shade range with options for fair to dark (but not very dark) skin tones. Its texture is beautifully smooth, almost creamy-feeling, yet unless you apply this with a brush it manages to look powdery and somewhat dry on skin.
Make Up For Ever includes a sponge housed in the underside of the compact, but we don't advise using the sponge unless you want a heavy, powdered look and medium to full coverage. Applied with a brush, coverage is in the sheer to light range, which makes this product much more attractive. It is also suitable for sensitive skin because it does not contain fragrance.
We mentioned the shade range above, and it's exemplary. Considering there are more than two dozen colors, it's impressive that only a handful of them should be considered carefully or avoided: Shade 130 is too rosy and should be avoided; shade 153 is workable yet errs toward being too yellow; shade 165 is slightly peach, but worth a try; and shade 180 is not recommended because it's too terracotta-orange.
Note: Make Up For Ever states this foundation can be applied wet, and it does work well (no streaking) in this regard. Wet application provides sheer coverage and a natural matte finish, with none of the over-powdered issues seen when using the included sponge dry.
- Very smooth, almost creamy texture.
- Bountiful shade range for most skin tones.
- Versatile: Works well applied dry (with brush) or wet (with sponge).
- Can look too matte and powdery if applied dry with the included sponge.
Make Up For Ever At-A-Glance
Strengths: Wonderful foundations; impressive options (and shade ranges) for powders, powder blush, and powder eyeshadow; some extraordinary lip glosses and lipstick/lip color options (and again, the shade ranges are remarkable); a few formidable mascaras; good shimmer options.
Weaknesses:Can be expensive; a few formulas contain needlessly high amounts of fragrance.
This Paris-based makeup collection traces its roots to theatrical and fashion makeup, building on the concept that a professional makeup artist not only desires, but also needs, every conceivable color and texture to create the broadest range of looks. Since 1984, Make Up For Ever creators Dany Sanz and Jacques Waneph have been doing their best to meet these criteria. Through the years, this line has gone from offering a tremendous array of colors in their own European boutiques to a more streamlined, "everyday" collection of products in select department stores and (primarily) Sephora, whose parent company, LVMH, has owned Make Up For Ever since 1999.
The color line presents an intriguing blend of classic, workable shades positioned next to some truly unique hues and finishes that only those involved with theater or the most flamboyant "anything goes" makeup artist (or diva) would covet. A major plus for this line is that many of the colors are densely pigmented, working beautifully on medium to deep skin tones. The drawback is that fair and lighter skin tones may find their choices more limited in a few areas of the brands ranges. However, for those who want it all when it comes to possible shades, this line more than delivers what it takes to please.
An interesting aspect of this line is that, category to category, there are mostly exceptional choices, with products that we found to be averagecertainly falling short of what we know Make Up For Ever to be capable of. However, if you are cautious of those few pitfalls (fortunately, there are an abundance of testers to experiment with at Sephora or the brands standalone boutiques) you will undoubtedly be pleased with those products that Make Up For Ever does best.
For more information on Make Up For Ever, call (877) 757-5175 or visit www.makeupforever.com.
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