This post kicks off “Comparison Week” here on the blog! I’ll be comparing a bunch of products, showing differences and similarities, and maybe even unearth some dupes!
Today I’m comparing 2 foundations with the same name: MAC Face & Body and Make Up For Ever Face & Body. Having the same name and similar claims naturally lend them to be compared against each other. Since I posted my base stash not long ago, I had a few questions about my opinion on them, so I hope this comparison will help.
MAC F&B comes in a plastic squeeze bottle, whereas MUFE comes in a glass bottle with a pump (the addition of the pump is a recent phenomenon, it used to be just a pour bottle).
First, I’ll review each separately and then compare them:
MAC Studio Face & Body Foundation in C2 (available in 11 shades) – $43 for 120ml / $32 for 50ml (MAC stores and online)
MAC describes this as: A lightweight foundation that delivers a natural satin finish and sheer coverage. Long-wearing (8 hrs), water-resistant and instantly hydrating.
This foundation is a staple at fashion shows since it is rub resistant and looks incredibly natural on the skin – making it perfect for applying on arms and legs (nothing worse then bruised shins on the catwalk!) I originally went into MAC to buy the 50ml bottle since they had just introduced the smaller size – I had been holding off on buying the 120ml because that’s a ridiculously large bottle of foundation for one person to use! But the SA talked me into getting the larger size since it’s way more economical – I expressed concern that the bottle would go bad before I finished it but he assured me that it would keep. So far so good – I’ve had this bottle for 2 years now and it’s about 30% gone.
This foundation is very watery and has a tendency to separate in the bottle when not in use – it must be shaken up well prior to dispensing. The dispensing nozzle is slightly messy but it doesn’t leak out of the cap. The other distinction about this foundation is that it is best applied with fingers. And it must be applied in a rubbing / massaging motion onto the skin. It may sound odd, but the more rubbing (lightly!) of this foundation onto the skin, the thicker the foundation becomes, and it kind of melds and sets onto the skin. It’s a really unusual formulation, but it just works. This foundation also layers very well – I normally do a light all over application and then do a 2nd layer concentrating on nose and chin area where I want more coverage. The result is a natural skin-like finish that’s water-resistant and very long wearing.
I own the shade C2 which is a fairly good match – just ever so slightly more yellow than my skin tone but since it’s quite sheer, it’s forgiving. I find myself reaching for this on weekends and casual days – it evens my skin and makes for a “no makeup makeup” look. This foundation does not offer good oil control on its own – powdering is a must if oil control is a concern.
Make Up For Ever Face & Body Liquid Foundation in Ivory 20 (available in 12 shades) – $46 for 50ml (Sephora stores and online)
From Sephora: This waterproof, ultra-light, water-based gel contains no emulsifiers and provides a totally natural, satin finish.
In the bottle, this foundation behaves like jello! At resting state, it “solidifies” into a more solid (jiggly) form – it is also recommended that the product be shaken up prior to use (although I noticed no separation of the foundation in the bottle like MAC’s). Once shaken up and dispensed through the pump, the foundation has a fluid consistency. Two pumps of this foundation covers my face and neck. It isn’t nearly as runny as MAC but it does behave a little similarly during application – it thickens when rubbed onto the skin and then sets. But I noticed that this formula isn’t as rub resistant as MAC’s.
This foundation is one of the newer ones in my stash – I bought it in late Fall of 2014 before I went on my No-Buy. I find it ridiculous that I am matched to the lightest shade, Ivory 20, when I’m typically the 2nd or 3rd lightest in most foundations – what about fair people, MUFE? The colour match is quite good, perhaps just ever so slightly pink. This certainly is not a sheer coverage, I consider it light-medium coverage but it does look very natural and it does not settle into lines. This foundation has a perfume-y scent.
Here are the 2 swatched side by side:
(it’s a bit difficult to show foundation when blended, because, well, it’s supposed to match and look seamless! I applied thicker layers in these swatches to show the texture and colour)
• runny texture
• must be shaken up prior to use
• best applied with fingers
• better suited for normal to dry skin types – limited oil control
• MAC is longer wearing and more rub resistant
• MUFE is light-medium coverage while MAC is sheer-light coverage
• MAC is more economical (cheaper per ml)
• MUFE has a scent while MAC does not
• MAC is made in Canada, MUFE made in France
• Shelf life as indicated on the bottles: 24 months for MAC and 12 months for MUFE
My personal preference:
While they’re both great, I like the MAC F&B slightly more than MUFE because of how natural it looks. Even though they share a name, I think they have as many differences as similarities between them (certainly enough to own both, I keep telling myself!) Do you own either of these foundations (or both)?
PS. I’m testing something new – watermarking my pictures. When I post photos that aren’t mine, I normally post directly from the url so it links back, or I use stock photos from the brand’s site. I’m unsure where I stand on watermarking my own photos since it would be nice to get credit for my work but I also don’t want my tags to be distracting. What are your thoughts about watermarking?