Make Up For Ever HD Foundation Review and Demo

This is a review for the Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit, which was kindly sent to me for reviewing purposes. I’m focusing on doing a Make Up For Ever HD Foundation Review in this post because I had a lot of misconceptions about this product.

When I first thought of Make Up For Ever HD foundation, I automatically thought of Kim Kardashian (and her cakey foundation). However, I was pleasantly surprised at how light the HD wore on my skin in medium coverage.

Make Up For Ever HD Foundation Review


The Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation is meant to be medium to full coverage and it comes in an amazing range of 26 unique shades!

It claims to wear invisibly and cover all imperfections; if you have under eye circles, blemishes and acne scaring then you will need to use a separate concealer. When I was color matched at Sephora, the makeup artist layered a bit more foundation on the areas where I had discoloration. It definitely minimized my imperfections, but you could still tell they were there. The liquid texture makes it difficult to perfectly mask hyper pigmentation. This is why I find it best to use a separate concealer.

In my opinion, this wears best as a medium coverage foundation. It feels light on the skin and it lives up to it’s name. Even though it it feels light, the HD foundation doesn’t skimp on blurring imperfections. A lot of foundations can make skin look dull, monotone and fake until you add blush, contour, bronzer and highlighting products. The Make Up For Ever HD foundation looks like your skin but better; probably because it isn’t a matte finish.

The HD foundation has an oil-free formula and because of this you would think it would be perfect for oily skin, but it’s not. I have oily skin and I get even oilier in the summer. It is imperative for me to mention that if you have oily skin you cannot expect a foundation work well if your skin is not properly hydrated.

I know what you’re thinking. What!? Hydrate my already oily skin! Yes, woman! When your skin care routine is stripping all the natural oils from your skin (some of which are actually good for you) then your skin produces even more oil to over compensate for everything you have stripped out of it.

It is also worth mentioning that you cannot expect a foundation or a primer to completely extinguish the oil production of your skin, that’s crazy and unhealthy. A good primer will minimize the oil production and help your foundation go on smoothly.

I set my HD foundation with either the HD Microfinish Powder, but when I want more coverage I use my Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder. I always carry blotting sheets if I plan to be out for 3 hours or more to eliminate shine, but pressed powder for touch ups is another alternative.

This foundation starts to fade after 6-7 hours and thankfully it doesn’t get blotchy as it fades. I find myself reaching for blotting sheets 3-4 hours after I’ve applied it, which is what I’m use to doing anyway.

Make Up For Ever HD demo video

Products used:

Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit

The Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit comes with the following:

  • 0.17 oz HD Microfinish Powder
  • HD Kabuki Brush
  • 0.5 oz HD Microperfecting Primer
  • 1.01 oz HD Invisible Cover Foundation


This is well worth checking out if you need a setting powder, kabuki and primer.

The HD microfinish powder is a “universally flattering, invisible finishing” and made of 100% mineral silica powder. It helps reflect natural light of the face for softening look. A major pro to this powder is that it is talc and paraben free; great for those who are acne prone. The kabuki is soft to the touch, made of nylon fibers and I haven’t experienced any ink bleeding or shedding with this brush. Lastly, the HD microperfecting primer light, oil free and helps create a “balanced canvas for foundation application.” It retails for $89 CND ($122 value).

Have you tried the Make Up For Ever HD Foundation? What do you think of it?


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