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Friday, January 18, 2013

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation vs. Make Up For Ever HD Foundation

excuse the empty UD foundation...


While I should be job searching, I decided to do a foundation review.

These two contenders have been raved about across the beauty universe. MUFE's HD foundation does have the advantage over UD's Naked Skin, being that it has been out much longer.  Here's my recent foundation history...
I was using bareMinerals, which I have a love-hate relationship with.  I was always afraid to use a liquid foundation, because the thought of slappin' some liquid skin on my face just intimidated me, whereas a lightweight mineral powder just seemed more safe for my acne-prone skin. However, bareMinerals just did not do my skin very much justice.  It didn't have the best coverage, and it was definitely visible on my skin.  After much skepticism, I finally decided to get brave after all the hype I'd heard about MUFE's HD foundation, and I stepped into the liquid foundation world.  MUFE's HD Foundation was like my first love; therefore, I keep going back to it.

Once UD released the Naked Skin Foundation, I just had to try it.  Being a HUGE fan of the Naked eyeshadow palettes, I had to see what this was about.  The name in itself was everything I wanted: a foundation that looked like my bare nakie skin.  What I'd liked about the HD foundation was that it claimed to be invisible on the skin, which it was, but being as insatiable as I am, I wanted to try something else with the notion that it could possibly be better. So, I went out and bought the Naked Skin after a few weeks of it being on the market and reading great reviews about it. 

Here's how it's gonna go: I will review MUFE's HD foundation first, and then come in with UD's and the comparisons.

MUFE HD Foundation

Coverage  

The HD claims to be a medium-to-full coverage foundation, and the coverage is extremely buildable.  You don't need much at all for your entire face.  I use maybe a quarter size for my face, and, if my skin is behaving, I usually don't need any more than that.  As for concealer, I don't need much at all with this foundation.  Usually, I just need under-eye concealer unless I have a stubborn blemish.  The foundation itself does a pretty good job at covering little blemishes.  I have a few acne scars, and it blurs them flawlessly.

Wear

The foundation does not claim to be long-lasting.  My skin is oily, so I've always had trouble with my foundation practically disappearing within a few hours of wearing it. I will admit, I have to blot my skin a few times throughout the day, but it does seem to keep my skin looking good all day.  I apply Maybelline's Dream Matte finishing powder over all my foundations, which I'm not quite sure gives me a dreamy matte look for more than maybe an hour...  Let me tell you, this foundation photographs extremely well, just as it claims. My skin always looks pretty decent on camera when I'm wearing this foundation.  It claims to "create a soft-focus effect, which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight.  It leaves your complexion with such a flawless finish, it can withstand bright or harsh lighting." Sounds like it's for someone who's always followed by the paparazzi, which I am, of course...(joke).  

Breakouts

I've gone through an entire bottle of this, and I never had any pore-clogging problems.  It is oil-free, which is a plus.  Although, it does not advertise to be "non-comodogenic," I asked the Sephora "expert," and she claims it is.  

Shades

It comes in 25 shades, which is awesome!  I use the shade N125-Sand, which is for light skin with beige undertones.  It matches my skin perfectly, and, I can say with confidence that there is a shade for everyone.

Overall

I would definitely recommend this foundation, as it does seem to live up to the hype it gets.  I have never heard anyone say that they did not like it.  It is truly worth a try if you're looking for a natural, yet flawless finish.  Even if you think this may be too much for every-day wear, it is great for going out and taking pictures. I guarantee your skin will glow in pictures.  It is just beautiful, and is my current foundation favorite (spoiler alert). 

I have also tried MUFE's Mat Velvet +, since my skin is more on the oily side.  However, the HD foundation seems to have a more velvet-y texture than the Mat Velvet. I think I would've loved the Mat Velvet had I not already tried the HD foundation.  While I did like it, it just didn't give the same effect as the HD.

Natural lighting, wearing MUFE HD


UD Naked Skin Foundation

Coverage

This product does not explicitly state its coverage level.  Instead, it claims to be "customizable."  While I do agree with this claim, I believe it's a medium-coverage foundation.  I felt that the more I added, of course, the more visible it became, so I tried to use as little as possible, since I was looking for the natural look. It also claims to photograph well, but I feel that the MUFE HD gives a more flawless appearance on camera.  This foundation is extremely watery, which may contribute to it's thin texture and, ultimately, needing more for better coverage. It did cover my flaws pretty well, but I did find I needed a bit more concealer for discoloration, whereas the MUFE usually took care of my uneven skin tone.  This foundation did look really good in the sunlight, and it was virtually invisible.   

Wear

What I like most about the foundation is its demi-matte finish, meaning that it's just the right amount of matte, just the right amount of dewy.  I will say the finish is absolutely beautiful.  I did receive compliments on my skin when wearing this foundation.

Breakouts

I had more of a problem with breakouts with this foundation than with the HD foundation.  After finishing my bottle, I switched back to the HD foundation, and I have noticed less breakouts and pore clogging.  

Shades

It comes in 18 shades.  The BIG mistake that I made was listening to the Sephora employee when she recommended the 4.0 shade, which worked for me at first, but later, I noticed it was a little too yellow for me.  Then, I read on the Sephora site that the shades ending in .0 are warm tones, while the shades ending in .5 are cool tones;  I am more on the cool than warm side.  I made the shade work, even though it seemed to be a bit too yellow for me.  So, keep that in mind when choosing a shade.  

** Tip: If silver jewelry looks better on you, you are cool-toned; if gold jewelry looks better, you're more warm-toned

Overall

I think this is a great foundation. It had some pretty stiff competition, but it is truly a good product, nonetheless.  I think if I had chosen the right shade, I would've had an even better experience with it.  I think this product would be really good for aging skin, with its collagen boosting and moisturizing ingredients.  

Natural lighting, wearing UD Naked Skin



While the Urban Decay bottle can be a bit misleading since it's much larger, both these foundations come in a 1 fl. oz. bottles.  The UD is $38, while the MUFE HD is a bit more at $42. 

Both foundations are great products, and I would recommend both.  Everyone's skin is different, and I found that the HD worked better for my skin.

What are your favorite foundations?  Any recommendations for oily skin?

My next victim: 



-Jillian


6 comments:

  1. Fantastic review! I'm absolutely in LOVE with MUFE HD foundation. The Tarte one is also on my list to try :)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words!

      I have just recently gone back to the MUFE HD. It is seriously the best, and I don't think I'll ever stray away from it again!

      That said, I just tried the Tarte Amazonian Clay, and I did not like it at all. I think the worst thing about it for me was that it's consistency was literally like clay, making it hard to blend into the skin. I just felt it was like I was slathering stuff on my face. It was definitely hard to accept this kind of texture, especially coming from the MUFE, which is velvety smooth. I will say, however, that it really does keep the oil at bay and has good staying power. It's definitely visible on the skin though. I'll probably do a more in-depth review soon :)

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  2. I am currently using NAKED foundation in 5.0 shade I think. I have been using it for several months now , I love the lightweight feel it has. It does not feel heavy truly feels like your not wearing makeup. The few complaints I have are: I have very oily skin in my T-zone and especially in summer months it gets shiny and slides right off. Also no matter how dark I go in shade after applying it looks so light and almost like white face like i've died. After oxidizing it darkens a bit and I apply a MAC fix powder to darken and set the foundation that fixed the color but only keeps it from greasing up for like 2-3 hrs. But overall great foundation but not super great for oily skin and in winter if you get dry skin clings to dry spots.

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    1. The NAKED foundation is indeed a great foundation. My experience with it was in the Fall/Winter, so I'm not sure how it wears in the hotter months, but I can see how it would slide right off, being that it is such a watery foundation. It's weird that you could not find your perfect shade in this foundation, since they claim to have the perfect color for every skin tone. Mine was just slightly too yellow, but I dealt with it. The rest of the world isn't lit up like a Sephora, I guess :)

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  3. Have you reviewed the Tarte foundation and compared it to the others? I currently use it, but I wanted to see how you would compare it to others. Thanks!

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  4. I have been using my first bottle of MUFE hd for probably 2 months now, maybe 3. A few days ago the pump started to sputter now I can't get any to come out. Either the packaging is wasteful or misleading, but I can't bring myself to spend 42$ AGAIN knowing how fast I go through it. My next step is busting open th bottle

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