Saturday, May 5, 2012

MAC Face and Body Foundation vs. MUFE Face & Body Foundation

MAC Face and Body Foundation vs. Makeup For Ever Face & Body Foundation

Before I get to the main event, I want to apologize for being MIA this week. I had a deadline with a work project this week, which had me scrambling - and stressed to the max.  Fortunately, I finished on time, but I needed a couple of days to recover. 

Now, on to the the important stuff ... makeup.

When the weather turns warm, I generally prefer lightweight face products. These days, that usually means tinted moisturizers or foundations with light to medium coverage since I can't really wear powder foundation on its own now that my skin has become drier.

For a while, I've been wanting to try both MAC Face and Body Foundation and MUFE Face & Body Foundation because they're light, water-based (and water-resistant or -proof) formulas.  At the end of last summer, I had a Sephora gift card so I picked up the MUFE F&B - but I only used it a few times before the cold weather insisted that I use something a little creamier and more moisturizing on my dry skin. 

A few weeks back, I had a MAC gift card burning a hole in my pocket so I decided to try their F&B foundation. Purchasing the MAC version and road-testing it made me realize that I needed to give the MUFE version a little more love too - and a blog post comparing the two, since they're so similar, seemed like a good idea.

When I went to my local MAC store, the artist who helped me matched with shade N1 - which is slightly too dark and can sometimes look a little orange-y too.  That's not a major problem with this formula, as it might be with other foundations, because it's so liquid-y and lightweight that blends into the skin almost seamlessly... but I do wonder if the MAC artist color-matched me wrong.  Perhaps C1 would be a better match for my skin.

MAC Face and Body Foundation in N1

I purchased the MUFE F&B foundation in shade Pink Porcelain 38, which is described, as you'd expect as being for porcelain skin with pink undertones. Now, that's pretty much an exact description of my skin tone so it's no wonder that the MUFE F&B foundation matches my skin pretty much perfectly.  It's definitely lighter than its MAC counterpart in N1.

Makeup For Ever Face & Body Foundation in Pink Porcelain 38

MUFE F&B Pink Porcelain vs. MAC F&B in N1

While both formulas are water-based, the MUFE has a thinner consistency and feels more watery.  But surprisingly, it offers better coverage than the MAC version. It's important to note, though, that both of these foundations provide extremely light coverage - slightly better than your average tinted moisturizer, I'd say - so if you've got a lot of acne, scars, sun damage, etc. that you want to hide completely, neither of these foundations is for you.

I love the way both of them feel on my skin - like I've got nothing on my skin at all.  Because this type of formula is so lightweight, I've actually read about makeup artists using the MAC F&B as a primer for a heavier coverage foundation.  I haven't tried that yet myself, but it's something I'm definitely interested in doing in the future. 

Both F&B foundations have what I'd say is a natural, satin finish, though I don't feel that the MAC F&B sets as well as the MUFE version.  It actually feels kind of sticky or tacky to the touch, so I always feel the need to set it with powder.  When I wear the MUFE F&B, I can usually skip powder unless I want to add a little extra coverage.

The one category where I feel the MAC version has it all over the MUFE is price. With the MAC F&B foundation, you get 4 fl. oz (Yes, you read that right - 4!) for $33.  You'll pay $40 for 1.67 fl. oz. of the MUFE F&B foundation.  That's a pretty big difference in price per ounce - the MAC version is really an unbelievable value considering your average foundation only contains 1 fl. oz.

MAC F&B is supposed to be water-resistant, while the MUFE F&B calls itself water-proof.  I haven't tested either of them in terms of these claims, so I can't really speak to that point.

All in all, I prefer the MUFE F&B foundation to the MAC version. The color is such a beautiful match for my skin, it feels so lightweight on the skin, and while it doesn't provide a ton of coverage, it sort of blurs all the blotchiness out of my skin so it looks fresh and natural.  I really love this foundation.

The MAC version is nice enough - it just doesn't distinguish itself from the other "average" foundations that I have in my collection.

Have you tried either F&B foundation?  Which do you like best?  What's your favorite foundation for warm weather?


  1. i've tried both & i love the MUFE foundation. it's super lightweight but the coverage is amazing

    1. It really is amazing how light it feels and how much coverage it provides. And it sets so nicely too!

  2. Thank you so much for the swatches... I have the makeup forever in #38 and have always wondered about macs version.

    1. You're very welcome. :) I still much prefer the MUFE version to the MAC both in terms of the shade and performance.

  3. I am definitely enjoying your website. You definitely have some great insight and great stories.


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