It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! Haha, for real though, the much anticipated MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Foundation has been released and I couldn’t wait to see how it compared to the original HD Foundation that I love so much. The Ultra HD Foundation comes in the regular liquid foundation, as well as a stick foundation. I have yet to have a good experience with a stick foundation from any brand, so I stuck to trying out what I know and love best, the liquid foundation.
The MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Foundation comes in the same pump bottle as the previous formula. I love the sleek packaging and the pump gets like 5349590435 stars and thumbs up from me because I like my makeup to be as mess-free as possible and hate having to pour foundation out on my hand with non-pump bottles.
The thing I loved most about the original MUFE HD Foundation was the huge shade selection, because I was able to find the most perfect match for my skin tone (which can be tough, since a lot of fair-skinned foundations are on the pink side and I have more yellowy undertones). MAKE UP FOR EVER definitely kept that in mind when they developed the Ultra HD Foundation, because there are 15 shades in the stick and 40… YES, FORTY!!! shades in the liquid foundation. How crazy is that?! I picked out three shades to see how they compared to the old formula. I chose my shade in the old formula, and then one shade above that and one shade below that.
I went with Y215, Y225 and Y235 (shown in that order above). Y225 is listed as 117 in the old formula, which was my most perfect foundation shade ever, so I was super interested to see if the new formula was going to be an exact match.
Aaaaand the final consensus on an exact shade match? Heck to the no. Below is the old formula in 117 on the left, and on the right is 117/Y225 in the new formula on the right. My shade in the new formula is definitely not my shade- it’s waaaay darker than the original! I’m not about to get super upset about this because with 40 shades in the new formula, I am bound to find a perfect match for me, I’ll just need to actually go into Sephora to get matched again.
I also wanted to compare the lightest shade that I chose, Y215 to my shade in the old formula, 117. Y215 is on the right, and you’ll notice it’s a bit less yellow than 117 so isn’t quite the perfect match for me. It’s also a tiny bit too light for me, so I’ve been mixing Y215 with Y225 and have been getting away with it while I have a bit of a tan.
So, you’re probably wondering how the formula compares. In all honesty, I don’t personally see much difference. It seems to preform the same on my skin- it doesn’t settle much into the expression lines in my forehead and it blends out beautifully with a damp beauty blender. The middle of my forehead has been a bit dry lately (such a specific, random spot, haha) and this clings the tiniest bit to that spot when I first apply it, but I spray a little Mist & Fix all over my face when I’m done to set it all and that makes that area behave.
As for wear time, the jury still seems to be out on this. Some people have said that it lasts way longer for them, and others say it doesn’t last as long as the original. Again, for me, I have had no problems with wear time for both the old and new formula. My skin is on the drier side so I don’t have problems with oily skin breaking up my foundation and this lasts all day for me without any issues.
Overall, I find this new formula to be very similar to the old HD Foundation for me. It makes my skin look flawless, it has good coverage without looking heavy on my skin, and it lasts all day long. While I’m sad that my shade in the old formula hasn’t carried over to the new formula, I am more than sure there is a match for me considering there are 40 different foundation shades to choose from!
Have you tried the Ultra HD Foundation yet?