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


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!


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. `


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.)


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


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.


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.


The shade range: As usual, Make Up For Ever’s Water Blend foundation 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.


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.


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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  • 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?
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      What foundations are you using right now, babe? (Yes, I'm asking so I can tell you definitively that this one is better. It is SO good!!)

  • 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!
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    • That sounds about right, Lily! I think you'll looooove — let me know how it goes! :)

  • esharp1978

    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.
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    • I like this one when it's applied by hand, but I definitely find the brush is better!

      You know, it's funny; I actually thought about that Tatcha mist when I was applying it, too! I can't use it due to its silicone content, but I hear such wonderful things about it – it sounds like it makes just a beautiful primer.

      • esharp1978

        Well, Fuckbuckets. I didn't know it had 'cones in it. Who puts 'cones in a spray! GOD DAMN IT. I'm highly sensitive. I don't break out every time, but with a few uses I will and if it's high enough on the list it can happen after one use.
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        • HAHAHA Erin. I literally cracked up laughing when I read this comment, and I had to explain to my partner why I was laughing so hard at my computer screen.

          ("Fuckbuckets" totally got me.)

          But yeah, 'cones in a spray. Ridiculous!!

        • PS I really like the MIYU Hydrate Mi and De-Stress Mi facial sprays for 'cone-free facial sprays that are more than just water! Review here.

  • Kate & Zena

    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.

    • Leigh K.

      It has fragrance?! I have all the same skin issues as you mentioned, very sensitive skin, allergic to silicones, fragrance, and also mica (in most powders), with very fair skin. I looked up the UD peptide foundation you mentioned you use, but it has Dimethicone in it, which I'm also very allergic to (I thought that was silicone though?!). Frustrating…any ideas or suggestions would be great!

      A great facial mist that even I can use is LA ROCHE-POSAY
      Thermal Spring Water, which is now sold at Target! I hope that helps someone!

      • Yes, it has a light fragrance. It's not enough to irritate my nose, but it may be enough to irritate really sensitive skin. :(

        I haven't tried La Roche-Posay's facial water (I'm an Avène girl, myself), but I'll definitely keep it in mind! Thanks, Leigh!

      • Kate & Zena

        Yes, the the Urban Decay Naked Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation – aka the Naked Skin foundation as that name is entirely too long – does have dimethicone in it. I'm not super sensitive to 'cones – my sunscreen (Clinique), foundation and concealer (both Urban Decay) somewhere in the ingredient list. I just have to be careful HOW MUCH Dimethicone I use before I break out. It can't be breakfast, lunch and dinner. If I wear sunscreen, it's usually just sunscreen and concealer. I don't put foundation on top. One, I find that too heavy and two, I'll end up trying to scratch my makeup off. No. Sunscreen or foundation, I pick one. It depends where I'm going.

        Fragrance, however, is my Achilles heel. I have asthma, allergies AND migraines along with the incredibly sensitized skin (blame the autism and lupus here.) Fragrance is the absolute enemy. Rarely will you find something that has fragrance, flavor, etc in my cabinets.

        The Aveeno gods must have finally heard my complaints about there being fragrance in a line devoted to *sensitive skin* because Aveeno finally made two body washes WITHOUT fragrance, parabans AND 'cones (thank ye gods) which is what I use now. It does have one sulfate but, hey, I'm good with that! I am a religious user of that body wash line. Might only be two body washes, but I love em, just don't change the formula AVEENO!

    • I totally thought of you when I wrote in that bit about fragrance, Kate!!! I was thinking about how surprised I was to not have minded the scent and my brain blipped on and went, "SOMEONE OUT THERE IS GOING TO HATE THIS, AND YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHO IT IS."

      Ugh, I hate that companies put fragrance in products knowing full well that it'll mean some people can't use them. This stuff is so good (and so light) – you'd have loved it. :(

      PS I was totally laughing, yes! I don't think Clinique makes a single darn face product that's light enough for people like you and I… at this point, I should probably stop even hoping for one.

      • Kate & Zena

        They've gotten better in their range of colors definitely; they used to have 10 shades for skin at one point? Maybe? They have 30 shades for some foundations, like this one:

        The specific problem I have with Clinique is one I think you get – if you are stinking pale, you must have pink undertones. Errrrrrrrr, no. Pale =/= pink.

        • Ooh, that's a good point. They probably do make foundations that are light enough for us, but they're SO tonal – I feel like Clinique expects people to be either really beige/yellow or really pink. It's definitely getting better, but the last few times I was sent samples, there was nothing in the ranges that would have been neutral (or, heaven forbid, olive) enough for me.

          • Kate & Zena

            Yeeeeeees, exactly.

  • shireenplatt

    I saw the title of this post and I instantly went 'OMG, please please pleaseeeee let her love this foundation!'. Haha! I love this so much, more than all my other foundations! I love mixing it with either MUFE HD foundation or with Bobbi Brown Serum foundation or just by itself. My skin looks so healthy with this!
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  • Sharlynn Ng

    Oh this sounds great!! I've always wanted to try a foundation from MUFE, still thinking about the matte velvet foundation but recently with bouts of dryness on my forehead I think I should be avoiding anything too heavy and dry. This sounds perfect, I've tried a water based foundation recently and I love that watery liquid texture and how the coverage is light to medium. I must swatch this is store if we have it in our sephora :)

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