So you’ve purchased a new foundation. It’s encased in a heavy duty glass bottle complete with fancy logo. You’ve remortgaged your home just to pay off the hefty price tag and then…it drops! I’m not talking a slight crack, I’m talking foundation, glass and a little bit of your soul splattered all over the bathroom floor. Rational minded people would clear away the mess, shrug their shoulders and move on. I am most certainly not a rational person. I resumed a squatting position and tried salvaging as much foundation as possible whilst picking out shards of glass from my finger tips. After realising that my face could one day resemble that of Freddy Krueger if I chose to apply the foundation, I threw away the remnants and wallowed in self pity with the help of my friend, vodka.
My love for stick foundations began many moons ago with Estee Lauder’s Minute Makeup Creme Stick. The sleek, beautiful gold casing and promise of quick, mess-free application made this a permanent staple in my makeup collection. However like many great things in life, the end drew close for this iconic product and it was discounted from the shelves.
Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Sticks came along and, if I may be slightly controversial, I didn’t like it as much. Perhaps I was in mourning for my first love, but the coverage wasn’t as great. I almost gave up hope on the idea of stick foundations and settled for the fact that I must live in fear when transporting my liquid jars. That was until Makeup Forever (MUFE) came into my life…
Designed with high-definition technologies of the film and TV industry in mind, the ULTRA HD Stick Foundation (£29.00) is the direct descendant of their ULTRA HD Fluid Foundation. The ULTRA HD formula promises to give skin-like texture with buildable coverage, whilst maintaining complete comfort on the face. The ULTRA HD advanced formula looks invisible on 4K cameras and to the naked eye; which makes this perfect for both professionals and selfie connoisseurs like me.
Priced at £29.00 for 45g, you actually get slightly more product for your money with the stick version as opposed to the liquid (30g). Despite this, the stick compact is very light compared to its predecessor. The weightless plastic casing makes this foundation perfect for travel or for those who like to carry their foundation with them for touch ups during the day. The lid has a click and close functionality, along with an additional cap which sits directly over the foundation. This ensures that no accidents happen whilst the foundation is swimming around your handbag and also ensures that the product doesn’t get squashed in the lid. Of course, the packaging cannot be mentioned without pointing out the ease of use with this foundation. Grubby foundation marks on your fingers and spillages are pretty much eliminated with this ingenious stick formulation and makes the application as absolute joy.
What I love most about this foundation is how comfortable it feels on the skin. My skin leans towards the drier side and doesn’t normally agree with stick foundations or concealers. However, the incredibly creamy texture of this foundation makes it not only comfortable, but very moisturising on the skin.
The coverage can be varied depending on how much of the product you apply to your skin. I normally apply two stripes on each of the cheeks, one on the forehead and a dot on the chin; which gives me full face coverage. If I want to sheer out the foundation and give it a more glow-y appearance, I would pop a drop of facial oil onto my beauty blender before blending out the foundation. No matter the choice of coverage, this foundation works well at covering any imperfections on the skin to give a flawless base.
There’s 15 shades to choose from; which gives a great range of options for women of colour. My shade is Y405 (Golden Honey); which translates to 153 for the liquid formula. The colour matches my skin tone perfectly and doesn’t oxidise throughout the day; which is always a bonus point for me.
You can purchase the ULTRA HD Stick Foundation here
Have you tried the MUFE ULTRA HD Foundation Stick? What are your thoughts?