If you followed me through my recent foundation journey where I sampled several different foundations in hopes of finding The One, you'll know that I finally settled on MUFE Face & Body foundation in the end. And since I decided prior to starting P10P that my HG foundation (if I happened to be lucky enough to find it) would be the only makeup purchase I'd allow myself to make before the completion of P10P, I bought it.
MUFE F&B costs $38 for 1.69oz of product, which is about 0.69oz more than the average liquid foundation. As far as I'm aware, all F&B bottles now come equipped with a pump, too. It's a waterproof and water-based foundation, so it needs to be shaken before each use in order to mix the water with the pigment.
It has a perfumey, old lady makeup scent (aka floral) mixed with a touch of sunscreen scent that is definitely detectable but not overwhelmingly strong, although I've been told this can vary from bottle to bottle. I'm very sensitive to scents but this one doesn't actually bother me at all and seems to dissipate fairly quickly after application. I'm roughly an NC25 in MAC shades right now, and my MUFE F&B shade is #20 Ivory for "light skin with beige undertones."
I normally use about a pump and a half for my whole face, and shown above is roughly a bit more than half a pump. It may seem like a lot but the foundation is so light, unlike most foundations, that it's really not too much at all.
Here it is blended (towards the bottom), and the top was left unblended for comparison purposes. As you can see (or maybe not), once blended in, the foundation is virtually undetectable. It looks like skin, not foundation on your skin.
As far as skin types that work best with this foundation, MUFE claims it's best on normal skin types and I know from experience that it is also great on oily skin types. I'm not sure how it would fare on drier skin types because I have no way of testing that. I also just want to add that I've never experienced any cakey-ness whatsoever with this foundation.
I like to use my Sigma F80 brush to buff it in but when I use my fingers (which work well too), the foundation feels watery when blending despite the jiggly, almost gelatinous-like texture it has when it's pumped out of the bottle. Although I've read other reviews describing the coverage as "very sheer," I'd have to say that I simply disagree. The coverage I get with MUFE F&B is in the light-medium spectrum that is slightly buildable.
I've never tried MAC Face & Body foundation, but I've heard that it can tend to feel sticky after application and needs to be set with powder. This is nothing like that and isn't sticky at all after application. I set it with powder because my skin is extremely oily but for those who have normal/combination or even only slightly oily skin could probably get away with not powdering at all. It's very long-lasting on me (I think the waterproof formula has a lot to do with it) and I notice that much less foundation is transferred to the tissue when I blot my face.
It's extremely easy to blend and I completely agree with MUFE's claim that it has a "totally natural, satin finish." The finish is not dewy at all. It just looks like a better, fresher version of your skin.
-Comes with 1.69oz; a better deal than most high-end foundations.
-Natural, skin-like finish that just enhances skin tone.
-Waterproof and long-lasting, even on oily skin.
-Did not make me break out.
NEUTRALS (depends on personal preference):
-Light to light-medium coverage.
-Contains no SPF so great for flash photography.
-Bottle is kind of bulky and not great for travel.
I think it's pretty safe to say MUFE F&B foundation is my new HG foundation :)
What's your Holy Grail foundation?