Product Review: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, 0.35 oz., US$30.00
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, 0.35 oz., US$30.00

Because I don’t use any foundation or powder, I was looking for a translucent setting powder just to keep the summer sebum at bay and set as a base for my Too Faced Caribbean In A Compact (review to follow later) which is a powder luminizer/bronzer. It’s not easy to find a truly translucent powder; some claim to be and yet the powder oxidizes and even changes the color of the makeup that goes under or over it. I need a truly colorless powder that even if I sweat it won’t cake on me.

I have found a few; including one made by Shiseido The Makeup. But I honestly don’t want to spend more than US$30 on a colorless powder (mostly made out of talc and various forms of starch anyway) and I came across MUFE’s HD Microfinish Powder, which is made of 100% silica. The mineral form of powder sounds very promising as talc can dries out your skin. What’s even better, this comes in a travel/sample size so I paid only US$15.00 for a small jar.

This really is just silica powder as it turns out – it won’t do anything else. But then again, if you are looking for coverage, you aren’t looking for a loose powder to do that anyway!

The powder is SUPER finely milled; when you dispense it, a fine mist of it will hover over for a few seconds, and can trigger a sneeze. This is absolutely colorless as it claims, it does mattify my skin without drying it out. It doesn’t really keep the shine at bay all day (I have dry dehydrated skin but the shine comes from my Shiseido sunscreen) but I didn’t have oily skin to begin with, so a little bit of sebum come midday is ok. The powder is so light you won’t even feel like you are wearing anything.

For something so basic, is it really worth the money, you ask? Probably not. I am a fan of MUFE but this is not something I can’t live without. However, a little goes a long, long way so I guess in the end the value is pretty good.

Bottom line: if you are looking for something that gives you a noticeable finish, you will need a luminizer (powder or liquid form). This is just to set the makeup and won’t enhance or prevent anything. I recommend getting the US$15.00 sample size to try it out. For me it works out fine as a setting powder, but nothing more.


6 comments on Product Review: Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder

  1. Beautiful Canvas
    June 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi. Have you tried DHC powder? They have both translucent and shimmer (yellow and pink). I have both the yellow and pink shimmer and I like them alot. Give you just a hint of glow without all the glitters. It’s very finely milled.

  2. Joseibi
    June 10, 2010 at 3:16 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Beautiful Canvas – welcome back!

    I had used it before – you meant the Q10 face powder, right? I liked it in the Transparent 00. But it is actually not truly transparent though – it does leave a slightly white finish.

    I had tried the color-correcting powders and bases but on my fair skin their hues show on me but I am sure some people will benefit from those! 🙂

    Love DHC BTW, it’s not expensive but their products work so well.

  3. Agnes
    June 25, 2010 at 1:33 am (7 years ago)

    What is the difference between setting powder and loose powder? I do not wear make-up on most days, only BB cream but by end of day, due to my combination skin, its almost gone, hence, I am looking for something to apply on top of my BB cream.

  4. Joseibi
    June 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear Agnes,

    They are pretty much the same thing – setting powder and loose powder. They are used to set the makeup as the last step so your foundation won’t fade or smear as easily as without it. If you have problems with that (smearing or fading) then a powder over the BB cream will mattify the skin by absorbing excessive sebum.

    Loose powder (like this one) is usually very translucent, so if you are looking for coverage, you will need a foundation powder (also called twin cakes or 2-way cakes). If you use your BB cream and that gives you enough coverage you can just use a translucent (colorless) powder such as this one to help the BB cream stay longer.

    Which powder you will choose depends on your skin type; if you have oilier skin, this MUFE one is pretty good (a little drying on my dry skin but I think this is good for oily skin). Because this is 100% silica I didn’t find it to cake or settle into pores or lines. There are other loose powders out there but some of them do look cakey if they are too drying. I would recommend applying loose powder very sparingly with a powder brush for a good application. A puff or sponge tends to pick up too much powder and excessive powder can end up caking on your skin.

    Another solution is use a translucent pressed powder every few hours to touch up and blot the shine if you have oily skin. Smashbox has one that has tea tree oil in it and will help with oily or acne prone skin as well.

  5. Agnes
    June 29, 2010 at 12:57 am (7 years ago)

    Thanks for taking the time to reply me. I have combination and sensitive skin. BTW, does that meant 100% silicia products does not cake or settle in lines or pores? So what kind of ingredients in loose/setting powders that will settle in lines/pores which I should avoid? Thanks so much.

  6. Joseibi
    July 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Agnes,

    I am not sure if every 100% silica powder won’t settle into lines, but this one from MUFE does claim that and from my experience it really didn’t cake or settle in my dehydration lines. It’s super fine so that could be the reason why too!

    Most loose powders contain talc, which is very drying on the skin, especially on dehydrated and sensitive skin. Some that contain talc managed to add moisturizers into the powder to lessen the drying effect (e.g. Shiseido’s Loose Powder) but there is no guarantee either. It depends on how deep your lines are, or the general condition of your skin too. Shiseido’s loose powders didn’t cake on me either – I just don’t use it enough to justify spending more than $40 on a loose powder so I use this MUFE one and it really just lasts forever, and it only costs me about US$15!


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