I'm not the only one who was surprised to see this released as a new product, right? I'd seen the loose version of Make Up For Ever's HD Powder at Sephora, and I just assumed a pressed version must exist as well! At any rate, a pressed version of their HD powder is a welcome addition to MUFE's line. Loose powder can look awesome, but the messy packaging sometimes drives me batty! (To clarify, I've never used MUFE's loose powder—but NARS' loose powder, as lovely as it is, frustrates me to no end…) Oh, how I miss the genius, mess-free packaging of Clinique's Superbalanced Power Makeup! (Discontinued. Why, WHY?) But I digress.
Here's what MUFE says about its new HD Pressed Powder:
HD Pressed Powder is a talc-free, silky, lightweight finishing powder that offers the same benefits of HD Microfinish Loose Powder, but in a purse friendly pressed compact. The exclusive formula boasts a combination of three premium powders (silica, vinyl crosspolymer and Micro & Spherical powders) to help soften the appearance of fine lines and pores and create a soft focus effect on the skin. The powder’s second skin effect creates an instantly smooth, slightly mattified finish and most importantly, is comfortable to wear.
Many companies suggest a loose powder in the morning and a pressed powder for mid-day touch-ups. Why? Pressed powder can get cakey. But in my view, powders like MUFE's HD Pressed Powder remove the need for a loose counterpart. It's so very silky and finely milled that I really can't see it ever getting cakey. Maybe if you applied it with a spatula...
This powder was a venture into new territory for me. I've never, ever used a translucent powder to set my makeup—I've always relied on the tiny bit of extra matte coverage that a tinted powder offers. But once I learned to perfect my coverage with my foundation and concealer, the transition was surprisingly simple! At the advice of my fellow beauty aficionados, I dab or sweep this product on lightly and sparingly with a fluffy powder brush—if I went to town, I'd give my face a whitish cast. Not pretty. My brushes of choice are the Body Shop Powder Brush (soft, with about a medium density) and the Real Techniques Powder Brush (fuller and larger, and very slightly less soft and dense). I sometimes use the Make Up For Ever Medium Powder Brush (very soft, full, and dense), but its density makes it pick up more product, and I need to use a very, very light hand.
The finish is much more natural than I'm used to—not very dewy, but not fully matte. It looks extremely, extremely natural—very much like skin. I always thought I needed to stick to matte powders to hide the (visible from space) pores on and around my nose, but this powder totally works for me! Regarding its claim to create a "soft-focus" effect on my skin, I'm not sure it truly blurs my imperfections any more than a matte powder, but it doesn't emphasize them (like many "luminous" powders do, such as MAC Beauty Powders). I'll take it!
In terms of oil control, it's par for the course, I'd say. I have combination skin, and I need a quick touch-up, at least on my nose, by mid-day no matter how longwearing my foundation is and no matter what powder I use. This definitely falls within acceptable range!
How does it compare to other setting powders? Here's a quick comparison to some other powders in my stash:
- NARS Loose Powder (I use the colour Flesh) is tinted, more matte (but not in a chalky way), and looks very, very slightly more powdery. This slightly more powdery effect is noticeable in a swatch, but hard to see when applied lightly on my face.
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (I use Dim Light) is very slightly tinted and is more luminous than any of the other powders I use. I rarely use it all over my face, but I occasionally dust it on the high points of my face for a very subtle highlight and to "blur" the areas on and around my nose with bigger pores. If you're looking for the "blurring" winner, this is it.
- MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder (I use Light) is definitely the least-finely milled of all the powders mentioned in this post. It gives a natural-matte finish, and looks powdery unless applied lightly. I keep it in my purse for mid-day touch-ups. It's great if my foundation has moved a little, because it provides a very small amount of coverage.
- Of all these powders, MUFE HD Pressed Powder is the most invisible, the least powdery, and the most natural. It's dewier than my NARS or MAC powders, but less dewy than my Ambient Lighting Powder.
I did attempt to swatch these for you, but as you'll see, the results aren't all that helpful! They're very difficult to see on the skin (but I suppose that's a good thing):
Ready for a real look?
The verdict: Great product for setting makeup, particularly if you're not a fan of ultra-matte finishes.
Rating: Four and a half stars out of five. It doesn't quite live up to its soft-focus claim, at least not for me, but it does look great.
Have you tried MUFE's new HD Pressed Powder? Do you plan to?
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