I’m thrilled to have the all new Make Up For Ever’s Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation in my hands! This product is not yet sold in Bahrain ( as of today JAN 13,2013)- I have the product pre it’s launch here and I’m glad to review it for you girls- so that you will know what to expect from it and what to know before buying it!
It is one of those powders that I’m sure girls will love- especially those girls who love compact foundations and love to use them in the morning! You will be able to transform this foundation to a different texture for a completely different look.
When will it launch?
The pro-finish will launch soon in Bahrain- Mid to end of MARCH 2013. It will be sold for BD 18 – and it will come in 24 shades
What is it?
A multiuse powder foundation with a patent-pending formula that can be applied wet or dry for buildable coverage and a customized finish.
You have the choice to apply it dry for a matte finish full coverage result, or wet to get a satin finish sheer coverage.
Why is it special?
This product- believe it or not- took Dany Sanz (Creator & Artistic Director) more than six years to make. She has tested more than 70 different formulations and finally settled with this one. She wanted a multi-use formula with different finishes and different coverage levels.
This compact foundation is very different than the previous ones in their permanent products- as it allows you to customize it to how you want to use it.
I’m very impressed- honestly- I’m not a fan of compact powdered foundations- and you do realize that I barely blog about them. But this one- swept me off my feet!!
I have been waiting to get my hands on this powder for a while and I’m lucky I did- I had a 6th sense that it will be good to me.
The texture was very lightweight- it blends beautifully into your skin- If it was matte (dry) it will look like skin or shall I say “second skin”. It looks absolutely natural. If u want more coverage it is easily buildable. What I also liked about it is that when you hear the word “matte” or “dry”- then you will think that the foundation will dry up your face and might look cakey. However, with this product it really hydrates my skin and I didn’t feel that it dried up my face at all ( I have combination skin)- It might depend from skintone to another.
How to pick your shade?
The shades are slightly similar to the Makeupforever HD foundation (liquid)- not 100% exact- but close to them. I’m a mix of 2 colors in the HD (128 and 155)… but since with powders u can’t mix, you will realize that one might suit you better than the other. With this pro-finish powder- the 155 is closer to my skin tone than the 128.
My experiment (dry for matte finish)
I really suggest NOT using the sponge that comes in the tub- instead use a powder brush/ buffer brush/kabuki- suits best and applies the color much better than a sponge. The brush blends it beautifully.
I loved how this powder looks very natural and perfectly suits my skin. It doesn’t look cakey and doesn’t feel dry. If you have an oil problem then this will help in mattifying the oils off your face.
My experiment (wet for satin finish)
Wet a sponge (not the one in the tub) or your brush gently, then remove the excess water and take some powder using the wet applicator.
When wet, the color appears to be more vibrant and I feel that there is more coverage when it is applied wet. If you still want more coverage after this, you can apply powder (dry) on top.
Just keep in mind **** When applied wet- it goes darker (so be careful). You can take a shade lighter if you want to just apply it wet as it might go darker.
To actually see how the product looks like on skin (WET VS. DRY) – see the picture below:
You shouldn’t worry about the powder when it is wet that it won’t go back to powder- the powder will look wet even when it is dry but just dust it off and it will look good as new.
I have receieved a surprise birthday gift in the mail today…. from a very special friend who lives so far away from me
Such a beautiful gift… so I decided to review it!
To be honest… when you see pics of the smoked palette online – you don’t really get attracted to it! That is what happened to me… I didn’t like it very much cuz I didn’t feel that the colors were vibrant… But when you actually have it in your hands.. TRUST me… you will change your mind!!!
That is what happened to me- when i saw it & tested the colors- I fell in love … and to tell you the truth- the colors are amazing!
Forget about MAC eyeshadows ( which I believe have a high pigmentation).. but if you are looking for eyeshadows that are super rich & vibrant and are somewhat metallic/reflective- then URBAN DECAY eyeshadows are the answer!
The SMOKED Palette
Comes in a zippy case.. includes 10 eyeshadows… 1 24/7 eyepencil.. and a mini original eye primer tube
I’m very glad that this palette did NOT have a brush- as I really dislike their brushes- find them very stiff- very synthetic and unworkable!
The Black “Preversion” 24/7 glide on eye pencil is SUPER SUPER SUPER BLACK… & trust me when I tell you it is UNSMUDGABLE! I tested it on my hand and had a really hard time removing it! This means if you have watery eyes then this will really stay!
The palette also has a small book- a how to book- to show you how to apply up to 12 eye looks! I find this very helpful- it will even tell you eye areas- like where is your crease & waterline etc… it is very detailed … reminds me of toofaced how to kits!
Oh.. so beautiful… I’m not just saying this cuz it is a blog … but Im truly IMPRESSED… if you love silver (all shade ranges) or gold or copper etc – this is amazing!! IF YOU LOVE SHIMMER… then this is the palette to get! You can use those colors on their own- or use them on the centre of ur lid and surround with matte colors (my choice)… or you can work with more than one color and pull on the outer > corners!
WARNING: Those colors are HIGHLY PIGMENTED- meaning color excess will fall of on your eye/under eye area so BE VERY CAREFULL and tap your brush before application
BELOW are my hand swatchesI would use kinky for a highlight (brow bone) and freestyle to blend above the crease. BARLUST: reddish brown with a hint of gold (shimmery) – ROCKSTAR: dark smoky purple (shimmery) – EVIDENCE: navy blue (metallic/shimmery) – LOADED: green/teal with black undertones – ASPHALT: dark grey with silver micro shimmer.
My OpinionMy fav 2 colors where MUSHROOM & BARLUST… They are amazing…
I don’t really understand why it is called SMOKED … I think it should be called metallic or frost hahahaha
SMOKED is more about Matte colors- and this has the majority of NON MATTE colors! You have to be great with blending in order to make those colors look smoked- that is why Matte colors work well to smoke up!
URBAN DECAY IS AVAILABLE ONLINE ( I always get it from amazon or lookfantastic.com) or travel and buy it from all over the world!
I have previously wrote about this limited collection before it launched!
You can read about it here ! The link features her amazing photos and how to achieve them!
Well- The “Maya Loves Aqua” kit from Make up For ever launched in lat June 2012 and it is a fantastic collaboration with Middle Eastern Star “Maya Diab” to emphasize Makeupforever’s famous aqua line!
This collection is all about the aqua collection and how it is really super long lasting and waterproof!
FYI ( this kit consists of mini versions of specific permanent products) with a new addition!
You can get it from Faces, Vavavoom, Debenhams & Paris Gallery!
I do suggest getting it from Faces as it retails for 39 BD (lowest) but you get a free makeup session with your purchase!!! How cool
I got the kit once it launched but never got the time to review it — so here we are!
The collection includes a silver clutch with side studs (Christian Louboutin) ….
Inside the clutch you will find the following:
Aqua Cream #13 (Beige)
Aqua Liner #13 (Black)
Aqua Rouge 2(rosewood)
Aqua Lip 2 c (rosewood color)
Aqua Smoky lash (Black)
Sens’ Eyes (makeup remover)
Aqua Smoky lash
One of the best selling mascaras- volume, length, darkness & WATERPROOF!! I always use it during summer (beach season) because it is super waterproof!
This is a cute little version of it!
Aqua Eye Liner
A liquid liner which I use nearly everyday! Super Black- very pigmented- sharp precise point to make a winged flick… And Yup .. it is waterproof ! So you can use it for the beach as well!
I constantly talk about this liquid liner on twitter
Aqua Cream #13 Beige
Highly pigmented long lasting waterproof cream… with pearly pigmentation… I have used this product before & it doesn’t crease or smudge ( i suggest using a primer underneath anyways)! It is even hard to wipe off! I do suggest blending it superfast before it dries up! Your finger would do or any synthetic brush.
The shade is a golden beigy shade with a hint of metallic…you can use this for your eyes and lips! It instantly brightens up your eye since it is a light based color.
Aqua Lip 2c
Lip liner which is also waterproof- very water resistant & easy to glide on lips
The color is “rosewood” – super soft so make sure you sharpen it.
Aqua Rouge 2
This is the only product in the kit which is NEW-from the new AQUA ROUGE line- amazing two sided lip rouges with a color on one side and a gloss on the other!
This will be a permanent.
The color is rosewood. The aqua rouge provides intense and long-lasting color .. similar to sephora’s lip stain.. It will stay there fore hours and hours…
If you want it matte – don’t add gloss.. if you want it shiny then use the gloss.
Notice how it becomes matte a few seconds later…
And if you want it glossed up….
The aqua rouge is hard to remove (hence- long lasting) – tried it with a wipe and no use…
The sens eyes (below) removed every trace of it!
Pic above after trying to smudge it off with makeupremover wipes!
Famous makeup remover – which basically removes the anything stubborn. Anything waterproof or that doesn’t get removed by wipes- the sens eyes bottle is the solution! IT REMOVES EVERYTHING MAGICALLY!
Great buy- nice clutch … and fantastic products! Great small miniatures to be placed in bags or clutches.. and fantastic sizes especially for traveling!
To be honest- it is actually a fair price- you get a mascara, lip liner, liquid eyeliner, rouge+gloss, creamy eyeshadow and a makeup remover .. and a clutch all for 39 BD!
Similar to the recently launched collection “rouge allure” , this new collections involves similar shades but with a different formula!
They have a non dry MATTE texture- yet with an intense rich color for a velvety finish!
Shades are as follows:
La Fascinante (38)
La Raffinee (34)
La Sensuelle (40)
La Ravissante (32)
La Caline (36)
La Somptueuse (39)
Eyeshadows are not only a color. Their texture & finish is what makes them stand out.
My focus will be on MAC eyeshadows- since most of us buy them & for the huge range of eyeshadow types they have.
MAC eyeshadows are highly pigmented, with high quality, can be greatly blended, & long lasting power. In order for you to know what eyeshadow finish/type you have, flip the eyeshadow tub, it will write “frost/satin” etc next to the name.
MAC eyeshadows have different finishes- described below:
Frost shades have mini spots that will reflect the light- so it will give a frost effect. It will tend to look slightly metallic. They are buildable- you can make it more dramatic by blending & increasing, then blending again. But the frost will build up also- so just keep in mind.
Will look great if light shades of frost used as brow bone highlight.
MAC eyeshadows frost examples: Bronze, Humid, Nylon, Satin Taupe, Pink Freeze,Crystal, Paradisco
The Matte finish gives off a true color or “HIGH PAYOFF COLOR”. It has no shine or reflective shimmery pigment. Also, eyeshadows come in “MATTE 2” finish- meaning they have more cream & are easier to blend.
It is amazing to use for full lids & crease definition.
MAC eyeshadows matte examples: Wedge, Charcol brown, Malt, Swiss chocolate, Blackberry, Carbon
MAC eyeshadows matte 2 examples: Blanc Type, Brown Script, Typographic, Copperplate
The lustre finish has a slight glittery effect. It sort of has a smooth & pearly.
MAC eyeshadows lustre examples: Honesty, Retrospeck, Gleam, Mythology
The satin finish is a soft & subtle non frosty but light refractive color. A good color intensity & appears to be silky smooth.
MAC eyeshadows satin examples: Shroom, Orb, Brule, Cork, Mystery, Print, Brun
The veluxe finish is highly pigmentsed with a slight matte finish but has some creamy consistency within. It is so smooth.
MAC eyeshadows veluxe examples: Samoa silk, Brown down, Kid
The veluxe pearl finish is sort of similar to veluxe finish but this one has a slight metallic shimmer in them.
MAC eyeshadows veluxe pearl examples: All that glitters, Knight Divine, Hocus Pocus, Woodwinked, Expensive pink
The velvet finish gives a soft color than what it actually appears to be. It feels velvety.
MAC eyeshadows velvet examples: Vanilla, Smut, Mulch, texture, Trax, Sable