MAKE UP FOR EVER recently released their new Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation that has been over 6 years in the making and had their Creator & Artistic Director Dany Sanz testing more than 70 different formulations before finding the one that met her approval. The Pro Finish formula is quite different than most powder foundations in that is offers more sheer satin coverage when applied wet and fuller matte coverage when applied dry. This opposite what we are used to seeing in most powder formulas.
I have long had a bit of a fear of powder foundations. I always assumed they would make my dry, dehydrated skin look even more parched and dull. After hearing many raves about the performance of the MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish on a wide variety of skin types, including dry, I was anxious to try it out for myself. I’ve long yearned for the convenience and speed of applying a single powder product rather than fussing with application of a liquid foundation and then setting with powder.
The glossy black compact houses 10g/0.35oz of product and has a Celfine wet/dry sponge in a hidden lower, aerated portion of the compact and a mirror in the upper portion of the compact that contains the powder foundation. It has a classic appeal and sturdy construction.
There is nice range of shades including 25 pink, golden, and neutral offerings. I received shade 110 Pink Porcelain for testing and at first was actually concerned it may be too light, an issue that is certainly not presented in most company’s foundation shade offerings, but I was happy to see that shade 110 worked perfectly on my skin.
Heavy swatch of Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in Shade 110.
Pro Finish’s breakthrough formula includes a Vegetal Lecithin coating that wraps around each pigment. It is supposed to transform the product’s texture so it stays on the skin better, longer and more effectively. Silica and Sericite powders deliver a light-reflecting, soft focus effect, while Ximenia oil and Aloe Vera powder add comfort and nourishment. The Pro Finish formula is mineral oil-, fragrance-, and paraben-free and is said to contain significantly less talc than traditional formulations, eliminating the dreaded chalky, cakey effect often associated with compact foundations. Whatever they have done they have managed to create a compact powdered foundation that actually looks good on my dry skin. I like applying it dry (because I’m too lazy to bother wetting a sponge, with a kabuki brush. I buff it into my skin and it offers great coverage that looks very natural. If I want a bit more of a dewey finish I spritz with a setting spray like Skindinavia. I have also been enjoying just applying a light dusting of the Pro Finish as a setting powder.
The Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation ($42 CAD/$36 US) is available at Sephora and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques.
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