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September 4, 2016

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face and Body Foundation | Review

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation

I used to reach for very high coverage foundations (I even filmed My Acne Coverage Foundation Routine showing you my go-to full coverage foundation in one of my earliest videos), but over the past year or so I've been gravitating toward more sheer base makeup. My skin is still far from flawless, but I've come to terms with my imperfections and don't feel as bothered if a scar or breakout is not perfectly covered. I was really happy to see that Make Up For Ever just came out with their new Water Blend Face and Body Foundation*, said to provide a your-skin-but-better coverage that looks natural and stays put throughout the day. I don't recall ever trying a water-based foundation so I was really excited to give one a go.

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation

I received shades Y225 Marble*, Y245 Soft Sand* and Y305 Soft Beige*. Similar to their Ultra HD Foundation, the shades are split into two categories to suit both red and yellow skin undertones. The shade selection is half that of the Ultra HD Foundation (20 vs 40 shades), however finding your best match shouldn't be too hard - I personally get more overwhelmed when there are more shades to choose from.

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation Y225 Marble
Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation | Y225 Marble
Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation Y245 Soft Sand
Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation | Y245 Soft Sand
Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation Y305 Soft Beige
Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation | Y305 Soft Beige
Since this foundation is made with 80% purified water and is very fluid, they recommend shaking the glass bottle beforehand for best results. I love that they included a pump dispenser because things could get messy really fast without one. When I first applied the foundation on the back of my hand, I was skeptical it would actually apply nicely, but the buildable water-gel formula actually delivers! It does a decent job of covering my scars and redness and really blends seamlessly into my skin even after two layers without oxidizing and is basically invisible to the eye. It leaves a beautiful dewy finish and my skin has that healthy glow to it. It is also transfer-proof, so if like me you sometimes catch yourself touching your face throughout the day (bad habit I'm trying to break), you don't have to worry about your skin look patchy and having to touch up. The formula also contains vegetable oils, glycerine and mango butter to keep your skin moisturized (although I still apply moisturizer beforehand).

Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation Swatches Y225 Y245 Y305

I used shade Y305 Soft Beige to demo since my skin is currently tanned (hello summer!). I used my Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply.
Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation Before After
Left: No Makeup | Right: Wearing Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation in Y305 Soft Beige
If you couldn't already tell, I am really digging this foundation. While it is one the sheerer side, it still provides a noticeable difference and looks very natural. I think it is a fantastic option for those who prefer light to medium coverage base makeup that lasts 8+ hours and that won't fade or wear off.

The Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation retails for USD$43.00 or C$54.00 and can be purchased at Sephora, both in stores and online.

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  1. I've tried this once so far, and got frustrated that it was giving me zero coverage that I wiped it all off and used a different foundation, haha. I definitely plan to try it again though, because lots of people love it! I think the problem was that I was specifically looking for a full coverage foundation in that moment (I was doing a glam look for an event) and that was just not near enough coverage for me, so I'm going to try it again on a day that I'm doing a natural look!

  2. I know so many people love this foundation, but my ride or die is still Estee Lauder's Double Wear. I guess I'm a full coverage girl at heart. I'm sure I'll give this one a go eventually.

  3. I enjoy the sheer base makeup, it just feels more natural. Glad you've got on board.


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