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Battle of the Brands: Foundation Sticks

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Hi all!

I know, it’s been quite a while since I’ve written a post in English.

life has been pretty hectic in the past few months with things that have been keeping me from updating my blog, and I just came back from a 3 week vacation in north America. It was awesome. I promised myself that once I return home I will also resume writing posts in English (since I’ve been more consistent with my Hebrew posts), so here’s me trying! I won’t bore you with too many excuses, but I will say that I will try and update the blog more often, to the best of my ability.

Anyway, let’s cut to the chase!

I don’t know about you, but I am in a constant search after the perfect foundation. Honestly I believe I did find my favorites (I have two! My favorite high end one is the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD liquid foundation, and my favorite drugstore foundation is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum) but this fact doesn’t prevent me from looking for different options.

About a year ago, Make Up For Ever released a foundation stick which everyone wouldn’t stop praising. When I saw on Glambot that what I thought was my shade (Flesh 118=Y325) was available, I didn’t hesitate and purchased it right away. Once it arrived, I noticed that the shade was a bit too dark for my fair skin. Luckily, my actual shade was available (Marble 117=Y225) and when I received it I saw that it was a perfect match.

A few months later (around March), while browsing BeautyJoint, I came across the e.l.f foundation stick and wondered if it might be a dupe for the Make Up For Ever one? After a non-existing debate with myself, I added it to my basket and the foundation was mine! Unfortunately, the shade I chose (Natural) is a tad dark for me, but suits me well during the summer when I am a bit more tan.

And now you’re probably wondering – are these foundations dupes for one another? Lets find out! For each foundation I’ve written a few categories for comparison and at the end we’ll find out who the winner is. Battle of the brands begins NOW!

MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

MAKE UP FOR EVER - Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation
MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

Selection: The foundation comes in 15 different shades…so much to choose from!

Quantity: 0.44 oz (12.5 grams).

Packaging: The packaging is made of a black shiny sturdy plastic with a white font, while the top part of the cap is see through so that you can see the shade of the foundation through it. At the bottom of the container we have the shade number, the amount of product and the country the product was manufactured in (Japan!). In order to extract the product you need to twist the container.

MAKE UP FOR EVER - Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation
MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation
MAKE UP FOR EVER - Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation (LtR: 117=Y225, 118=Y325)
MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation (LtR: 117=Y225, 118=Y325)
MAKE UP FOR EVER - Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation
MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation

Application, Coverage and Longevity: I usually apply the foundation with a flat foundation brush (I’ll admit, sometimes I apply the foundation straight from the container, even though I know I shouldn’t) and afterwards I blend it on my face with a Beauty Blender. The foundation itself is quite thick and it gives a full flawless coverage. I really am not a fan of the porcelain doll look, but somehow when blending out this foundation it looks natural, beautiful and just amazingly flawless. The foundation is very creamy and a little bit definitely goes a long way with this one which is a good thing since you don’t get much product to begin with.
The finished look is slightly matte but leans a bit dewy and on my dry skin it looks great and not drying.
The biggest advantage of the foundation in my eyes is the longevity of it. I’ve had extremely long days (10-11 hours) – just being at work, working out, going out – and this foundation does not budge. Not only that, but it looks amazing at the end of the day, almost as good as it did when the day started. Furthermore, not only does it look good, but it feels lightweight as well.

MAKE UP FOR EVER - Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation (LtR: 117=Y225, 118=Y325)
MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation (LtR: 117=Y225, 118=Y325)

Price: $43. Not a cheap buy.

Availability: You can buy MUFE products at any Sephora or MAKE UP FOR EVER shops near you (either in stores or online). If you don’t have these in your county you can use a shipping service, or if you don’t mind trying second hand makeup you can always try snatching your shade at Glambot.

Bottom Line: I am in LOVE with this foundation. Just like the liquid Ultra HD foundation, I think this one is flawless and is definitely in second place (and that’s only because I prefer a little less full coverage). The fact that it’s a bit pricy is a bummer but I full heartedly believe it is worth every penny.

MAKE UP FOR EVER - Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation (Swatches TtB: 117=Y225, 118=Y325)
MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation (Swatches TtB: 117=Y225, 118=Y325)
MAKE UP FOR EVER - Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation (Swatches LtR: 118=Y325, 117=Y225)
MAKE UP FOR EVER – Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation (Swatches LtR: 118=Y325, 117=Y225)

E.L.F. Cosmetics – Moisturizing Foundation Stick

E.L.F. Cosmetics - Moisturizing Foundation Stick
E.L.F. Cosmetics – Moisturizing Foundation Stick

Selection: 7 shades to choose from. This makes it hard for pale or dark skin toned girls to find a compatible shade.

Quantity: 0.49 oz (14 grams).

Packaging: Similar to the MUFE packaging, the container is made of a black sturdy plastic, except that this container is matte black. The fonts here are white as well. At the bottom there is a tiny sticker with the shade name. Just like in the MUFE foundation, in order to extract the product you need to twist up the bottom part of the container.

E.L.F. Cosmetics - Moisturizing Foundation Stick (Shade: Natural)
E.L.F. Cosmetics – Moisturizing Foundation Stick (Shade: Natural)
E.L.F. Cosmetics - Moisturizing Foundation Stick (Shade: Natural)
E.L.F. Cosmetics – Moisturizing Foundation Stick (Shade: Natural)

Application, Coverage and Longevity: In order to apply the product I use a flat foundation brush, and blend it with a buffing brush. I blend the foundation by patting it onto the face and not by swiping across the face, because I feel that the foundation tends to move with every swipe. The product gives little to medium coverage and the formula is very lightweight, so when trying to apply with a Beauty Blender it just sucked up most of the product, So I recommend using a brush.
The formula is very creamy and when applied gives a natural look – not too matte and not too dewy. My main issue with this that because it is so lightweight it blends in too well with the skin and doesn’t cover redness or any faults that may appear on your skin. Also, even though when first applying it looks great, during the day the foundation clings to dry spots and accentuates pores (which I don’t really have!). Most importantly, the foundation isn’t’ very longwearing. After about 5-6 hours of wear, the foundation tends to fade away which honestly sucks.

E.L.F. Cosmetics - Moisturizing Foundation Stick (Shade: Natural)
E.L.F. Cosmetics – Moisturizing Foundation Stick (Shade: Natural)

Price: $6-$8 (depends where you purchase it).

Availability: if you live in the US (and other countries as well) you can find e.l.f in various stores. If you wish to order online, you can get the foundation from iHerb or BeautyJoint.

Bottom Line: It’s possible that this foundation isn’t right for my skin (although I do have dry skin, which it’s meant to be compatible with) but honestly I’m not too impressed with it. It’s not the worst foundation I’ve tried, I love how lightweight it is and how it feels like nothing on the skin (which is perfect for hot summer days) but for the most part it just fails, especially because it fades away so quickly.

E.L.F. Cosmetics - Moisturizing Foundation Stick (Shade Swatch: Natural)
E.L.F. Cosmetics – Moisturizing Foundation Stick (Shade Swatch: Natural)
E.L.F. Cosmetics - Moisturizing Foundation Stick (Shade Swatch: Natural)
E.L.F. Cosmetics – Moisturizing Foundation Stick (Shade Swatch: Natural)

Before we declare who the (obvious) winner is, here are some fab group shots:

Battle of the Brands: Foundation Sticks
Battle of the Brands: Foundation Sticks
Battle of the Brands: Foundation Sticks
Battle of the Brands: Foundation Sticks
Battle of the Brands: Foundation Sticks Swatches (LtR: e.l.f. - Natural, MUFE - 118=Y325, MUFE - 117=Y225)
Battle of the Brands: Foundation Sticks Swatches (LtR: e.l.f. – Natural, MUFE – 118=Y325, MUFE – 117=Y225)
Battle of the Brands: Foundation Sticks Swatches (LtR: e.l.f. - Natural, MUFE - 118=Y325, MUFE - 117=Y225)
Battle of the Brands: Foundation Sticks Swatches (LtR: e.l.f. – Natural, MUFE – 118=Y325, MUFE – 117=Y225)

My final thoughts? There is no doubt that the e.l.f. foundation in NOT a dupe for the MUFE one. Their finishes are far from one another and they look completely different on the skin.
Even though the MUFE foundation is pricy (especially for the amount of product you get) I full heartedly recommend it. It is worth the investment if you are looking for a full coverage and flawless look, and I think it is truly magnificent and worth every dime spent. I have no doubt I will be purchasing it again once I run out of mine!

Battle of the Brands: Foundation Sticks
Battle of the Brands: Foundation Sticks

And what are your thoughts on foundation sticks? Have you tried any (or both) of these foundations? Have you tried other foundation sticks that you recommend? Let me know in the comments!

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Talk again soon,

Maya ♥

 

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  1. Hey, it’s chancee. Which one do you think wojld eotk the best on a really pale girl? Like, you know I’m insanely pale. Lol.

    1. Hey beautiful! Although it is more expensive, I would have t say to go with the MUFE foundation, it has a bigger range of shades, from super pale to really dark. The e.l.f range is pretty limited, even their lightest shade is darker than me so I can’t imagine how dark it would be on you! If you would like to try more affordable brands with a large range, I hear the Wet N’ Wild foundation is really nice and affordable!

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