12.31.2014
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HD High Definition Powder Microfinish Powder
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$34
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

The sole ingredient in this one-shade-fits-all loose powder is silica. This dry-finish mineral is engineered to have a very unusual texture in this powder, which it does. A simple touch and you’ll know that it is truly unusual. It has a strange sensation of movement and feels unbelievably and immeasurably silky. While touching it may feel good wearing it is an entirely different issue, and one you won’t find as interesting. Although this is designed to be “universally flattering,” it wouldn’t be flattering on anyone. The silica will exaggerate even the slightest amount of dry skin, while the whiteness of this powder can make even fair skin tones look artificially pale. Moreover, this is simply too sheer to completely even out all skin tones as claimed. High definition may be akin to high-tech, but this powder doesn’t give you a visage that will have you ready for an extreme close-up. If anything, even when applied sheer, this can leave skin looking artificially pale, and somehow also manages to make your foundation look uneven.

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Make Up For Ever At-A-Glance

Strengths: Wonderful foundations; impressive options (and shade ranges) for powders, powder blush, and powder eyeshadow; some extraordinary lip glosses and lipstick/lip color options (and again, the shade ranges are remarkable); a few formidable mascaras; good shimmer options.

Weaknesses:Can be expensive; a few formulas contain needlessly high amounts of fragrance.

This Paris-based makeup collection traces its roots to theatrical and fashion makeup, building on the concept that a professional makeup artist not only desires, but also needs, every conceivable color and texture to create the broadest range of looks. Since 1984, Make Up For Ever creators Dany Sanz and Jacques Waneph have been doing their best to meet these criteria. Through the years, this line has gone from offering a tremendous array of colors in their own European boutiques to a more streamlined, "everyday" collection of products in select department stores and (primarily) Sephora, whose parent company, LVMH, has owned Make Up For Ever since 1999.

The color line presents an intriguing blend of classic, workable shades positioned next to some truly unique hues and finishes that only those involved with theater or the most flamboyant "anything goes" makeup artist (or diva) would covet. A major plus for this line is that many of the colors are densely pigmented, working beautifully on medium to deep skin tones. The drawback is that fair and lighter skin tones may find their choices more limited in a few areas of the brands’ ranges. However, for those who want it all when it comes to possible shades, this line more than delivers what it takes to please.

An interesting aspect of this line is that, category to category, there are mostly exceptional choices, with products that we found to be average—certainly falling short of what we know Make Up For Ever to be capable of. However, if you are cautious of those few pitfalls (fortunately, there are an abundance of testers to experiment with at Sephora or the brand’s standalone boutiques) you will undoubtedly be pleased with those products that Make Up For Ever does best.

For more information on Make Up For Ever, call (877) 757-5175 or visit www.makeupforever.com.

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03.29.2015
Ballerina Loves it!

Perfect soft focus setting powder. ?the finish

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10.20.2013
Terrible powder

Paula's team is right in that it somehow does make your makeup look uneven. This will leave your skin flaky and parched looking with an odd whitish sheen. And it's very expensive for how terrible it is. The only thing it can manage to do well is take out shine.

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Mollie B.
01.29.2013
I use it to set my under eye concealer

You can probably use any powder instead, but I do find it works well for under the eyes, with no white look. I won't buy again though due to the price, but using just under the eyes, I anticipate it'll last me a long time.

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jo
12.04.2012
Don't bother with this one!

A terrible powder at a terrible price, bought it and took it back. Flash photography will reveal exactly where you used this powder on your face and not in a good way!

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