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August 5, 2010

Review Revue: Make Up Forever Primer and Powder

Filed under: Chanel,Makeup,Review Revue — Miss Plumcake @ 1:57 pm

I was at our sad little Saks the other day because that morning I awoke and knew with an absolute certainty I would positively EXPIRE unless I had a pair of pearl white Clubmasters rightthatveryminute and I knew I’d seen them at Saks once upon a time.

They’d been fresh on my mind since watching Die, Mommy, Die in which Jason Priestly –the omnisexual tennis pro– wore them and reminded me how cool they look when worn with old-school style instead of this new unwashed hipster nonsense.

(trust me, they’re fab)


Since I was at Saks already, I popped by to chat with my Chanel gal who is still a pal even though I don’t shop at KarlMart anymore.

Apparently they’ve discontinued my favorite product, the Precision Eclat Originel radiance serum –I bought five bottles a few years ago and am at the bottom of the last one now so with radiance on the brain (and still boycotting Karl) I popped next door to Sephora.

I almost never go to Sephora because I am a delicate snowflake whose shell-like ears cannot handle the aural assault of the blaring dance music they seem to favor, but I was out of my OTHER Magickal Elixir of Plumcakely Beauty –the Caudelie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum— and since I’ve given up sleep and happiness for the foreseeable future, my normally flawless alabaster visage needs a little sumpin’ sumpin’. Like a paper bag.

I bought two new items: The Make Up Forever HD Microperfecting Primer in Mauve and the HD Microfinish Powder, also from MUFE.

I got a little freebie of the neutral HD primer last year and really liked it, but I have the memory retention of a developmentally delayed guppy, so of course I forgot about it until I saw it in the shop.

I am extremely fair-skinned but I have instead of a pink or pure blue undertone, I have olive, which means I can go sallow, and this mauve stuff? Is genius.

Violet “color correctors” are nothing new, but this is by far the best I’ve tried. It’s got all the things I love about the regular HD primer –goes on like a dream, doesn’t cake, makes makeup stay put and last– plus brightens and evens out my skin. It really is almost luminous (and NOT from mica or glitter particles THANK YOU.)

It’s moderately pricey, but you only need a teensy bit and it doesn’t ball up or curl on the skin like some other primers do.  Plums up. Big fan.

The powder:


This is a good powder.

But…I almost don’t want to call it a powder because it’s such a completely difference species from the old Coty loose powder or anything in a solid, and it’s lighter and cake-proof unlike the pure mineral veils.

It’s like the Photoshop “blur” tool in particle form.

I put it on over my regular skin care products and although I wouldn’t say it provided any coverage per se –which is good, because I didn’t want coverage– it made my skin look almost angelically soft, naturally.

Warning: It is ALL about the brush with this product.

You absolutely need a kabuki brush and you need to buff it in well. Not that it will look bad if you don’t buff properly, but you won’t get that perfect radiance either. If you don’t have or don’t want to invest in a kabuki brush –my favorite is this dead cheap real badger brush which is like, six bucks — then just skip it.

So two big Ws for the Make Up Forever products!

I also purchased their Mist and Fix spray which supposedly sets your makeup and is beloved by MUAs the world over. I haven’t put it through its paces yet, but it’s in the works, including before and after photos!


  1. you know, it’s funny you mention being pale and olive. I’m actually the same way, my undertone is very olive (lavender light makes me glow) but at the same time I am very pale and have very pink cheeks. It’s odd and makes it tricky to find the way to go. Do I match the undertone? Or the pinky of the cheeks?

    Comment by Beth C. — August 6, 2010 @ 3:27 am

  2. I’ve used the Make Up Forever HD primer with the blue tint and really liked it. I used it along with their HD foundation, which I also liked a lot. I decided I wanted less coverage from a foundation, though, so I started using a tinted moisturizer instead. Should one use a primer with a tinted moisturizer? I didn’t at first, but lately I’ve been using Clarins Beauty Flash Balm as a primer.

    Comment by Cat — August 6, 2010 @ 7:32 pm

  3. I had a pot of the prescriptives “Magic” powder that felt like water on your skin, twas nice ’til I left the lid off…

    Have any of you American gals (talking of Sephora – think they shut all the UK shops!) ever tried to Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer? Looks good but shipping is high and wanted to see if anyone had tried it before shelling out. Any lovers/haters?

    Comment by Josie — August 7, 2010 @ 6:32 am

  4. I agree! Love both products! If anyone wants a lower priced alternative to the HD powder, but cosmetic grade silica, it’s the same item as the MUFE powder (100% silica) but a lot cheaper.

    Comment by Juliet — August 9, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

  5. Um, that should have read:

    “buy cosmetic grade silica”

    Comment by Juliet — August 9, 2010 @ 12:57 pm

  6. I am the same way as you, Beth C, pale and olive-y yellow with random pink on my face. But I need really good coverage due to tumultuous teenage years. I CAN NOT find a make up system that works for me. Suggestions?

    Comment by wickerbasketcase — August 18, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

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