Let me tell you what happens when you’re addicted to sugar, and all of a sudden you can’t have it in the morning, and you’re hella pregnant.
You get fixated on things, like eating a plate of beignets and drinking a latte, and that becomes all you want in the world, and you can’t stop thinking about it.
And then there are the hallucinations, which are real and legit, I swear! Everywhere I look, I see sugary delights, even in the nifty tip on this new Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer ($27).
Swear to gawd, that looks like a powdered doughnut.
Sorry! Homer Simpson moment. 🙂 Sometimes I forget to use my inside voice.
Anyway, that tip, and the concealer itself? — both are really freaking cool. I think this one’s right up there with some of the current full-coverage concealer bests (NARS Pure Radiant, Urban Decay Naked Skin, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer and Sephora’s Bright Future Gel Serum), because just like ’em, it covers everything.
But there’s something else about this one… I don’t know how it does it, but it looks even more like real skin. Seriously, half the time I can’t even tell it’s there!
Basically, it’s holy grail — full coverage, and it’s almost imperceptible. Yeah, when a tired, eight-months pregnant lady is giving you props, Make Up For Ever, then you’re doin’ it right. 🙂
This line just recently launched, and I believe it replaces MUFE’s HD High Definition Concealer, which I’m assuming has been discontinued, because I can’t find it at Sephora or the Make Up For Ever website.
There are 10 shades. The ones that start with an “R” are for color correcting (they have pink and peach tones), and you apply them first on your dark circles. Then, the shades that start with a “Y” are the concealing shades (more yellow based), which go right on top of the “R” shades. By design, they’re supposed to work together.
Here’s a handy dandy chart from MUFE that breaks down which shades to use for different skin tones…
Seeing as how it’s the middle of winter, and I haven’t seen the sun for what feels like weeks (thanks, El Niño!), the shades I use are in the middle of the group — R32 for correcting, which is like a warm peach, and Y33, a yellow-based color a few steps lighter than my natural skin tone, for concealing.
My favorite thing about this concealer? How it’s like getting all the best parts of my favorite full-coverage concealers in a single tube. It completely covers the darkness (that sounded very Star Wars, didn’t it?) like NARS Pure Radiant and MAC Pro Longwear do — both of which are uber full-coverage but can look cakey and heavy at times — but still looks like real skin. I think it even more natural than my current skin-like holy grails, Urban Decay Naked Skin and Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer. In fact, I think it handles fine lines better than both, but I do have one small caveat…
It’s something I notice when I get a little too enthusiastic (LOL!) with the application. There appears to be a “tipping point,” after which point, if I accidentally go there and apply too much, the concealer settles into my fine lines.
Basically, I only have to use the the smallest amount, and that’s why I think MUFE got that funky doughnut-looking applicator up in the mix. It makes it easier to dispense the smallest little dot, and really, that’s all you need, so if you try this stuff and it starts creasing on you, do this first: use less of the product.
Also, Ultra HD greatly benefits from a setting powder. On its own, it doesn’t last as long as the other full-coverage concealers from NARS, MAC, UD and Sephora (at least, it doesn’t on my combo skin). Be sure you set it with a powder; then you should get a full day’s wear. I use a sheer powder by MAC called Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, and my shade is Medium.
I wholeheartedly recommend this concealer, and I think it’s particularly great for someone who wants a natural look with full coverage.
If you wake up with Uncle Fester circles underneath yo’ eyes, and you’re craving a beignet, first of all, I feel your pain. Second of all, you can find Ultra HD now at Make Up For Ever counters, Sephora and online. 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,