Recently I attended the launch of Make Up For Ever’s spring collection where I had the chance to dabble in the new array of colors and textures. This season it’s all about the base as the brand reveals an impressive spectrum of face primers for a wide range of skin types as well as lipsticks, bronzers, mascara and setting spray.
Since the Step 1 Equalizer Primers stole the show let’s get into those first. The collection includes 10 new products: 4 primers formulated for balancing skin texture and 6 for evening and correcting skin tone.
The range includes:
*Mattifying Base- For shine control and oily skin: smooths and softens.
*Smoothing Base- Evens the skin’s surface, reduces the appearance of large pores and fills fine lines and wrinkles.
*Hydrating Base- For normal to dry skin: softens, protects and smooths.
*Nourishing Base- For flaky, rough skin: moisturizes, replenishes, repairs and smooths for a silky, supple finish.
TONE CORRECTING PRIMERS
*Green Primer- Tones down redness and neutralizes.
*Pink Primer (lifeless fair skin) - Adds rosiness for a fresh porcelain finish.
*Blue Primer (dull fair skin) – Reduces the appearance of blemishes, redness and slight yellowness.
*Yellow Primer (dull medium skin) - Anti-dullness formula illuminates medium to tan skin.
*Peach Primer (medium to dark skin) - Enhances radiance for a soft glow.
*Bronze Primer (dark tanned skin) - Warms deep skin tones.
The primers are designed to work together so you can mix and match depending on your skin’s needs. I chose the Peach Primer to boost my complexion and increase radiance. The Makeup Artist from MUFE also informed me that peach helps correct blemishes and discoloration so that foundation applies seamlessly with no unsightly color discrepancies. I pair the peach primer with the Smoothing Base to even my complexion and create a smooth, silky canvass for liquid foundation. I was instructed to apply the color correcting base prior to the smoothing primer for optimal results. The formula is also infused with Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and firm and the primers feel comfortable and lightweight.
Although the extensive variety of colors and bases may seem a bit overwhelming, you may not necessarily need 2 primers if you don’t have issues with pronounced undertones. The texture enhancing primers all have a silicone texture for a smooth, velvety finish. I enjoy having a lot of choices and any product that prolongs my makeup for a more flawless finish is a bonus! The primers retail for $42.00 each.
When the warm weather finally touches down I want my skin to look radiant and this year Make Up For Ever has released 2 Pro Sculpting Duos to get the job done! The art of highlighting and sculpting is one of the biggest beauty trends and these fabulous duos are now available in Pink/Beige- light with cool undertones for fair to medium skin and Golden- tan with warm undertones for medium to deep skin.
The talc-free gel-powder formula has a creamy, light texture to help you master the art of sculpting and the pigment is easy to build and blend for seamless coverage. The skin enhancing ingredients include components to smooth and perfect for a silky finish and natural looking definition.
I have the compact in Golden which contains a gorgeous brown contour shade with gold undertones that is great for shading and creating contrast. When used with the flat 156 brush you can easily create dimension and structure for professional results.
Make Up For Ever 156 Large Flat Blush Brush $43.00
The luminous highlight shade can be applied to the cheekbones, cupid’s bow, along the nose, brow bones and even the shoulders to make skin appear healthy and luminous. The duos retails for $45.00 each.
For another one of my recent media events I wanted to create a glam look which gave me the chance to try the new Smokey Stretch Mascara. The short, spiked brush is designed to isolate and adhere to each lash combing the hairs up and out for great separation and definition.
The intense black pigment coats well and the formula is long-lasting with no flaking, clumping or smudging. This is a great everyday mascara to create volume even if your lashes are short and sparse. I usually apply my mascaras using 3-4 different types and this one finishes off my looks to create that trendy false lash effect! The Smokey Stretch Mascara retails for $28.00
The coveted Rouge Artist Intense Collection gained 2 new pink shades to their impressive range. With 50% more pigment than traditional lipsticks the creamy, hydrating formula glides on buttery smooth and cushiony soft for a wash of fresh, comfortable color.
I have the shade #54 which is a pearly golden pink that appears a bit frosty and quite neutral. The other pink- #53 has a pearly, copper base and shows up a bit deeper. The lipsticks retails for $23.00 each.
After all that brushing, blending and sculpting you may need something to hold all your makeup in place especially when the weather is warm or the day drags on. Every time I have an event to attend, travel plans or a long day ahead of me a good setting spray is a makeup must-have! MUFE has re-launched their cult favorite Mist & Fix with key setting features and moisturizing ingredients.
The Mist & Fix boasts a formula containing an O2 Skin Complex to provide oxygenation and a radiant finish without producing shine or increasing oiliness. It is alcohol free, dermatologist tested and suited for every skin type, even the most sensitive. The mist keeps makeup colors vibrant and prevents them from fading throughout the day.
The setting spray does a great job at keeping my makeup intact all day and the colorless liquid provides an invisible, lightweight shield to protect against pollution and temperature changes. The nozzle dispenses an even blast of cool mist that instantly refreshes and I love how fine the spray is for consistent fast drying coverage. The formula has a light scent that does not irritate my skin or leave behind water droplets that show up on my foundation. The protective comfortable film is non-sticky and resistant to rubbing and sweating which will come in handy in humid climates and days spent frolicking at the beach. The Mist & Fix retails for $34.00 per 125 ml or $14.00 for 30 ml.
The collection can be found at Sephora locations, Sephora.com and Make Up For Ever boutiques
*Press samples featured