July 07, 2012

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Blush - #5 Nip Slip, #6 Quickie, #7 One Too Many

The MUFE HD Microfinish Blushes have been around for a little while now, but I just recently used these for a bridal makeup and fell in love with them again. Now I'm sharing the love.

From the top: #7 One Too Many, #6 Quickie, #5 Nip Slip

From the top: #7 One Too Many, #6 Quickie, #5 Nip Slip

MUFE claims that these have both mattifying and soft-focus properties, with an ultra-fine texture and a long-lasting finish. And I would say they are 100% correct. These babies  deliver on all promises.

Not quite a cream-to-powder product in that they never feel powdery, these are a type of cream blush with quick-evaporating oils. They don't remain dewy, but dry down to a weightless finish.

They apply smoothly and can be worked into the skin for a brief period of time. Once they set, they are good for the day.  Best of all, it looks completely natural, like you have no product on your skin. There is no shimmer, but it's somehow...dynamic.

This stuff is also incredibly pigmented. However much you think you need, start off with a quarter of that amount. You can always add more later. Which is actually another thing I love about these blushes. I used Quickie (#6) recently to give a very pale-skinned bride the most ethereal glow, doing a light application with the Real Techniques Contour Brush. I've also used the Glamcor Finish Brush to layer it more heavily on another person, to achieve a flushed, beachy look. Each way, it still looked natural and gorgeous, no matter the intensity.

The only potential drawback is that the product can settle a little into pores, so in those circumstances it's best applied over primer and foundation. Because the oils do evaporate, they are not emollient and so are probably not the best thing for very dry skin, unless you prep carefully.

They come in a substantial range of shades that should please every skintone, though for this review I'm featuring the more 'natural' looking shades for light-to-medium skin. One Too Many is a perfectly neutral, beige-toned pink, very work-appropriate. Quickie is probably my favorite, but I'm a sucker for coral-tinged pinks. It is supremely flattering. Nip Slip is a just-this-side-of-cool pink, and looks amazing on porcelain skin.

(I have to say I find the names an odd choice for a pro brand like MUFE. I guess sexual innuendo sells, as Nars can vouch for.)

#7 One Too Many
#6 Quickie

#5 Nip Slip

Availability: Sephora, for 30$ CAD, and MUFE freestanding stores.

Pros: Super natural finish, great range of colors, incredibly blendable and layerable. Flattering texture on most skin types, including mature skin. Can be used on their own, or with a powder blush layered overtop. These are and should be a kit staple for any makeup artist.

Cons: If you have large pores over your cheeks, you may need to use a foundation or primer beforehand. You have to squeeze the pump carefully, or you'll get way more than you need for one application. (Also, if they are not used for a while, the first little bit that pumps out can be dried out.)

(I purchased these from the MUFE store in NYC.)

10 comments:

  1. I have one of these, #12 First Kiss (somewhat more chaste, no?), and I really love it, though I do have to be careful with application as you mentioned Maggie. I'd like to experiment a bit more with the application (perhaps over primer and under foundation?) as I don't always get the exact look I'm going for.

    I would love to pick up Quickie as well, as its just so darn pretty!

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    1. What is it that you've found problematic with the application?

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  2. Maggie, these sound like exactly what I've been searching for and thanks to your in-depth & detailed review, I now have placed them at the top of my priority list next time I'm at my local Sephora (and I'll be able to use a 10% coupon as well - love the deal!) Fabulous swatches, as always! Can't wait to see the full lineup; while I love all 3 shades that you've shown, they may be too light for me or clash against my skin tone - I'll be better able to tell in person!

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    1. Yay, I'm glad you found the review helpful! =)

      I think you might be surprised by how #6 especially comes across on medium skin tones. I used it on a lovely lady of Brazilian origin, and it looked gorgeous on her, really popped on her olive skin. I'll try to get the rest of what I own from these swatched soon!

      Did you get the VIB coupon thingie?? I got one for re-qualifying, made good use of it at the Montreal Sephora today. :P

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  3. Love your swatches, Maggie! I've always loved the look of these, but I haven't found a brush I love with them. I think I will try a synthetic kabuki-like brush like the Glamcor you like.

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    1. Thank you, Arianne!

      Which brush have you been using with them? I have found the Real Techniques one to be the best for cream blushes in general. I usually spread a small dot of the product on my forearm or on a mixing palette, then lightly tap the brush onto it, and then tap that on my cheekbone and use the clean side to blend out. Looks very natural and blends easily that way. With the Glamcor brush, I get a much stronger application.

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  4. Really wish MUFE was more accessible in the UK x

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    1. I think it can be ordered online via these sites:

      http://www.preciousaboutmakeup.com/makeup/makeup-forever

      http://www.gurumakeupemporium.com/epages/BT4080.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/BT4080/Categories/Make_Up_For_Ever

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  5. Great review. Funnily I'm a Makeup Artist restocking my kit after a break from the industry. These are the three shades that I chose to start me off for bridal work. I'm interested to know why you apply these with a brush? I feel like the consistency is so dense that I've ever only applied it with my fingers to soften it and work it into the skin. I'll have to give the brush application a go.

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    1. Hi Dolores! I find that I get much better control and blending with a brush, especially for sheering the product out for a very natural flush. (A smaller, fluffy synthetic or duofiber brush is ideal.) I do like to warm it up on the back of my hand by tapping it out with my fingers, though.

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