MUFE Pro Finish Powder Foundation Review
This is THE most amazing powder foundation I have ever used! A few swipes, and suddenly all of my blemishes, pores & freckles disappeared. Application was insanely easy. All I did was swirl the puff around on the powder for a few seconds, then began applying it to my face, working in sections. I started with my chin, using downward sweeps, and then repeated this process on my entire face. For a few acne spots that needed more coverage, I went back and patted the powder on using blotting motions. The whole process took about 1.5 minutes.
My Past Experiences with Powder Foundation: Not Good
Over the years, I’ve tried several brands of powder foundation, and none of these products have provided enough coverage on my oily, acne prone skin. Instead of being able to use the powder foundation alone, I would end up using my regular liquid makeup & then applying the powder foundation over the top as a setting powder.
Mark Cosmetics Powder Buff Foundation
To date, the best powder foundation I’d come across was the Mark Powder Buff Natural Skin Foundation. It provided enough minimal coverage for running errands or going to the gym, but didn’t have the staying power to last more than 2 hours before my blemishes began to peek through. At only $14 it is much less expensive than the MUFE Powder Foundation, and the packaging is almost identical, but I would recommend the Mark brand if you only need light coverage and aren’t worried about hiding flaws.
What do I love most about MUFE Powder Foundation?
Aside from its high pigment coverage, I love that this is a matte powder! Those are so tough to find. Most powder foundations on the market are geared toward achieving a dewy finish. Ick. On my oily skin, “dewy” translates to “I just dipped my face in bacon fat”.
I used the MUFE Pro-Finish in Neutral Caramel #177, which was a free sample. This was a bit too dark for my skin tone, so when I go to Sephora to test other shades, I will try Golden Caramel #175 and Neutral Amber # 174.
MUFE Pro Finish Color Choices
Now, it was time to test longevity. Here is the break down of my 3 tests with using MUFE Pro-Finish Powder Foundation:
Saturday Afternoon, sitting around the house
Much to my amazement, it took about 2 hours before my face started to look shiny. I’d used no products underneath or over the MUFE Pro Finish, because I wanted to see how long it would last on its own. With my liquid makeup (alone) my skin gets oily in less than 1 hour, so 2 hours for the Pro Finish was quite impressive.
Sunday Morning, before running errands
The next day, I tested it with my usual primer & setting powder (Mattify Ultra Powder). This gave it extra-super-impressive long wear. After washing my face & using my regular Proactive routine, I applied the Mattify Ultra with a powder brush as a primer, then the MUFE Pro Finish Foundation, then another layer of the Mattify Ultra Powder to set everything in place. This time, I went a full 4 hours before getting oily. That has to be some sort of record for me!
Monday Morning, before work
The results from Sunday had been so long lasting, I decided to do the ultimate test – a full 9 hour work day! Although I just work in a comfortable air-conditioned office, my makeup somehow likes to melt away & disappear by mid day. I normally need to use oil blotters a few times, and re-touch with the Mattify Ultra twice to keep oil under control. I spot apply my liquid makeup a few times during the day if blemishes are peeking through. So, I had my doubts that the MUFE Powder Foundation would last through the day. Here are my results:
Clean n Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
I stayed oil free, with a little help from my friends:
Mattify Cosmetics Ultra Powder
Clean n Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets & Mattify Cosmetic’s Ultra Powder…
I used the same routine as on Sunday, applying the Mattify Ultra Powder first, then the MUFE Foundation, then more Mattify Powder. I left the house around 7:30am & checked my complexion at my 10am break. It was a tad bit shiny, but still looked virtually flawless. I patted some Mattify Powder on to get rid of the shine, and then checked again at my 1pm lunch break. Again, just a tiny bit of shine, and still the full-coverage remained! After another dusting of the Mattify Powder, I continued my day. At 5pm when it was time to leave work, I checked in the mirror one last time. There was a bit of shine, but almost all of my acne blemishes were still covered! Really? An entire day without foundation touchups to re-hide red spots? Amazing. The little red devils were just starting to peek through.
Alternate Application Methods:
Don’t dampen cosmetic sponge unless you want sheer coverage
This product can also be used with a damp sponge, but that results in more sheer coverage. I tried it, and hated it. You would need almost perfect skin to be able to get away with using this as a wet foundation. A bit of water on the sponge thins it out too much, and creates barely-there coverage. It didn’t even hide the freckles on my nose when used damp. Also, it felt somewhat sticky, and never dried to the nice matte finish that I got when using the powder with a dry sponge. So, I would not recommend this application technique unless you have dehydrated & flawless skin.
Since my skin is oily, acne prone & freckled, I have always sworn by liquid foundation with full coverage. On a daily basis, liquid makeup is probably what I will continue to wear, just because it is less expensive than the MUFE Powder. But, it’s great to know that I now have a powder foundation which I can use for touch-ups, or a full-face application when liquid makeup is too inconvenient. It will be perfect for summer – traveling & camping are two situations where using liquid makeup is a pain in the butt! Am curious to see how the MUFE Pro Finish will last in scorching heat & humidity, or after a day at the pool. But the good part is, touch-ups will be a breeze, if needed.
I’m so thankful that Sephora offers product samples like these – otherwise, I would never discover new high-end products! Who wants to spend $30 or more to find out if a product works? I have drawers full of drugstore brands that I’ve used once and hated. Glad to know that I can purchase a full-size container of MUFE Pro Finish with confidence. They retail for $36 + S/H at Sephora, or you can find them on Ebay as low as $28 including shipping.
Going to try it out? Tried it already and loved or hated it? Tell us in the comments!
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