Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation review, swatches, photos | R210, Y215, Y225

Friday, September 23, 2016

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The product: Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation in R210 Pink Alabaster, Y215 Yellow Alabaster, and Y225 Marble

I’ve reviewed quite a few silicone-free foundations that I’ve loved recently, but each and every one of those reviews has come with some small caveat or another.

Not today, Satan!

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The promises: The new Make Up For Ever Water Blend foundation is an updated, silicone-free version of their classic Face & Body foundation. (Yes, the one with the fun gel texture that makeup artists are constantly raving about!) Water Blend Face & Body is formulated with 80% purified water, pro-vitamin B5, glycerine, and mango butter.

It promises a buildable application, a dewy glow, and a waterproof, transfer-proof finish, and it could not have delivered better. `

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The application and wear: This stuff is the bomb dot com (except it’s not digital and it’s very safe. No explosions here, no siree.) It wears for a full 12 hours, applies flawlessly with very little effort, and really does give that “skin” finish!

Its finish is nice and dewy, but not too dewy – I look moisturized with only this on, but not greasy. I do set it with a translucent powder, however, because I typically go over my eyelids with my foundation and this stuff makes my eyeliner track like crazy. I find that it can can feel a little dry around my mouth area by the end of the day unless I really moisturize or prime before applying it, but it’s nothing that a single spritz of facial mist can’t fix.

Just, like, make sure it’s actually facial mist. Don’t accidentally get yourself in the eye with perfume (because that shit hurts.)

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Make Up For Ever Water Blend Face & Body Foundation swatches – R210, Y215, Y225

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Make Up For Ever Water Blend swatches – R210, Y215, Y225 in indirect sunlight

Water Blend’s formula is more liquid and less gel-like than the original Face & Body, but I personally find that it performs better than its predecessor. It looks more like skin, catches on my dry skin less, and layers better – I can get anywhere from very sheer to medium coverage with this; nothing heavy enough to make my freckles or blemishes invisible, but enough coverage to really even out my complexion.

I find that Water Blend applies best when I “dot” it onto a dense buffing brush, speckle it all over my face, and then buff it in.

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Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation before (left) and after (right) – click to enlarge. My shade is Y215 and my skin is otherwise unaltered; I am not wearing primer or powder in either of these photos.

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The shade range: As usual, Make Up For Ever’s Water Blend Face & Body shade range covers a large range of shades – 20, to be exact. It was remarkably easy to find my shade in this foundation, as it only goes up to a medium coverage. Maybe it’s because I’ve got a bit of a tan right now, but look! A foundation that matches my face!! My poor, sad little ghost face!

R210 Pink Alabaster isn’t too much pinker than Y215 Yellow Alabaster, and both are fairly neutral. Y225 Marble is considerably darker than Y215 Yellow Alabaster, and it has a strong yellow undertone.

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The verdict?

My verdict on Make Up For Ever’s new Water Blend Face & Body foundation is a resounding YES. It’s an extremely pleasant formula to work with, it layers well, and it feels lighter even than some of my moisturizers, much less other waterproof foundations. The shade range is excellent (and stretches slightly further than the brand’s Ultra HD foundation, at least on the lighter end), and I honestly like the way that it smells – lightly powdery, sweet, and almost a little bit fruity.

If you’re looking for a new light to medium coverage lightweight foundation, this one is excellent.

Availability: $43 USD/$54 CAD at Sephora.

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Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation ingredients:

Water, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Methylpropanediol, Pentaerythril Tetraisostearate, Sorbitan Trioleate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Mango Seed Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tromethamine, Fragrance, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Benzyl Benzoate, Panthenol, Aluminum Dimyristate, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, BHT, Tocopherol. +/- colourants. 

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17 Responses to “Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation review, swatches, photos | R210, Y215, Y225”

  1. Hmmm, because I *need* more foundation *cough*

    But I'm a foundation fiend. The funny thing is, I'm at the point where I do use the three that I have on hand, plus two concealers, on a fairly regular basis. So…ONE MORE CAN'T HURT, RIGHT?
    My recent post Getting Cold Weather Ready with Neal's Yard Remedies Rehydrating Rose Facial Oil

  2. Ok I'm sold! I've been wanting to get it and I'm a shade Y225!
    I think I've been holding back because I was afraid it would be drying but from a few reviews, this seems to be the foundation to buy!
    I'm gonna cave and just get it. Resistance is futile. Lol!
    My recent post Sunday Stash Shopping #76: My Boring Go To Look

  3. esharp1978, on September 23rd, 2016 at 10:38 am said:

    Since I haven't had a new foundation in a long time, I just bought it in Y215. I'm not sure how it will fare now that I have it at home. I've only used my fingers to apply it. I used Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist underneath in the store and noticed no drying effects. I bought that too because it made it look extra dewy.
    My recent post Play! by Sephora September 2016

  4. Kate & Zena, on September 23rd, 2016 at 5:44 pm said:

    WHY?! WHY MUST YOU HAVE FRAGRANCE?! I was all, "Will replace my UD with this, will replace my UD with this…..NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WILL NOT BE REPLACING!" Fragrance and me no get along!

    I sometimes feel the UD peptide foundation is just a tad too heavy (let's just face it; I just like anything that feels lighter than air which is probably why I never wear foundation) but most tinted moisturizers, well….they don't come in our shades of pale. They come in four shades too dark (ah, the joy of freakishly pale skin, right?)

    Oh, speaking of which, last month we (my mom and me) got free stuff with our purchases at Clinique and one of them was a small sized sample of their concealer & foundation in Ivory. (Are you laughing yet?) Ivory fits my mom's skin color. Just a swatch of it on the back of my wrist looked like a swatch of my wrist went to Mexico and didn't burn. It was THAT dark on me. My mom was laughing so hard I thought she was about to cry down her legs.

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