Make Up For Ever's High Definition Foundation is my new favorite foundation. I know $40 per one 30ml-bottle of foundation may not seem to fall in line with my generally frugal habits, but just a little bit of this stuff goes a long way. I think for the quality of the product and for the fact that one bottle lasts a surprising amount of time, it's quite worth it. This product is also dermatologist tested, and of course, MUFE is a cruelty-free brand.
This foundation is a medium-to-full coverage liquid foundation, and according to MUFE, is oil-free. It may not seem that way since it does come out of the bottle rather runny with a creamy consistency, but it does dry very quickly. MUFE says this foundation moisturizes while hiding skin imperfections, with the product remaining invisible on HD cameras and to the naked eye. I think this a bit of an exaggeration, but I do still think the product works well and blends well.
The foundation comes in a simple, sturdy, no-nonsense pump bottle, which I like. It may be strange to focus on the pump nozzle, but I really appreciate how the bottle dispenses a very appropriate amount of product with one squeeze. Not too much, not too little, and so far I have not experienced any air pockets finding their way into the nozzle, causing an explosion of foundation when you press it, either.
If you prefer medium-to-full coverage, one pump of the nozzle is enough, but if you enjoy very full coverage, go ahead and use two pumps. I find that even with two pumps of foundation, it still manages to look and feel natural on my skin. However, I prefer light coverage, and I love how only using half a pump of this foundation is enough for sheer coverage where I need it.
What's also great about this line of MUFE foundation is that it comes in a wide range of over two dozen shades, so most people can find a color match as true to their skin tone as possible. Some people even choose to blend two different colors together, or use different colors for highlighting and contouring.
I've read that some people have experienced cakiness or an appearance of dry skin after using this foundation. I have not experienced this. Then again, I have oily skin, so this may have helped the product blend into my skin better.
However, I have noticed that any brand of foundation tends to look cakey if it isn't evenly applied, or looks dry if a person's skin is not properly hydrated. I would say for cakiness, try using a different method to apply the foundation. If the foundation appears dry, apply a thin layer of moisturizer before applying foundation, and remember that in general, drink enough water so that your skin stays hydrated!
Also, I also used to complain about foundation products looking unnatural on my skin, until I realized how important it was to really match your foundation to your skin tone. Take your time to find a color match as true to your skin color as possible, and walk around for awhile after application to see how it looks under different lighting and after oxidation. Sometimes foundation seems to make your makeup look a lot worse, and really the biggest problem was that it wasn't the right color for your skin. Finding the right shade really makes a world of difference.
The MUFE website suggests using soft sponges or nylon brushes to apply this foundation. I personally like a good stippling brush to apply my foundation, and prefer the SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Stippling Brush #44. I've been using it for well over a year and it hasn't let me down yet.