I can say with absolute certainty that there’s only two brands from which I’ll ever repurchase setting powders from: MAC Cosmetics and Make Up For Ever. The iconic Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Pressed Powder got a makeover about 2 years ago and a formula update to keep up with the demanding 4K-camera makeup demands.
The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Powder ($30-49, available here) is a product I’ve waxed lyrical for a long time as part of the Ultra HD family. The loose and pressed powder formats with an extended shade range on the pressed format makes it a convenient option for every one!
Just like the much beloved HD Powder, the new Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Powder promises to invisibly blur and smooth skin imperfections with a natural, semi-matte finish. I’ve used and finished the Ultra HD Pressed Powder in the past and I’ll gladly say it lived up to my needs easily. That being said, I don’t work in front of a camera all day, so my experience was based off the fact that Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Powder lived up to its claim of blurring / diffusing imperfections as well as reducing shine.
A Comparison of the Ultra HD Powder?
The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Powder has an updated formula and packaging which I really like. This powder is the ultimate answer for the ever-increasing changes of 4K camera needs whilst the packaging update takes into consideration of one’s travel needs. One would assume that if you are in front of camera’s a lot, you’ll need to be able to travel with a few necessary pieces.
To prevent any confusion, here are the two formats, price and shade availability:
- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Loose Powder ($30-38, available here) – available in 1 universal shade
- Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Pressed Powder ($30-49, available here) – available in 3 shades
I really appreciate that Make Up For Ever took the format and shade preferences into account as well as the convenience factor – this is one of the reasons I always come back to Make Up For Ever in the first place!
If you have been looking for your all-in-one, go-to powders you will want to check this one out!
Both formats feature a very finely milled and silicone-based powder that will instantly give the appearance of smoother skin and diffuses minimal imperfections, lines and pores whilst reducing shine. The powder formula is infused light-density silicone which in addition to smoothing the skin also works to prevent flashbacks from camera.
One thing that I really appreciate about this formula is how it doesn’t “flatten” or hide/change the contours of my face. Sometimes powders tend to do that and you end up overdoing the contour in order to bring some “shape” and contours to the face. If you have a foundation that is already making your skin look really good (i.e. dewiness, healthy/radiant glow), this powder won’t take too much away from it. These powders are weightless and still let the skin shine through the powder without feeling like it’s there at all; these also work nicely on dry skin.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Powder – Loose
The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Loose Powder comes in an 8.5g / 0.29oz powder which is identical to the existing product. If you flip the lid upside down, you’ll see that there’s a raised plastic in the middle which you can use to brush or tap off the excess so that you don’t accidentally over-apply the products on the skin.
The brand suggests using the #160 Artisan Brush ($56, available here) to apply the product but I’ve never had any issue with using any other brush. I particularly like the Real Techniques’ Multi-Task brush for using setting powder on the face.
As for the application, instead of tapping the brush on your face, Make Up For Ever suggests rolling the brush over the desired area. This helps the powder to adhere the skin better than tapping it would.
Read More: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Powder – Pressed
The pressed format comes in three shades, #01 Translucent, #02 Banana and #03 Peach depending on your needs and preferences. I love the new packaging which comes in a square-ish packaging with 6.2g / 0.21oz worth of product. Keep in mind that this product contains a bit less powder but costs $1 more.
The formula of this product is slightly different – it is infused with hyaluronic acid that prevents the dryness commonly associated with setting powders, as well as micronized pigments for that second-skin finish and anti-dulling effect on tan/darker skintones. This format comes with a full-sized mirror and looks very sturdy from the design which leads me to think that this could handle being dropped a lot better than other products (But still, be careful)
Just like the loose format, the Translucent shade is meant to be a universally flattering colour that can be worn on any skintones. #02 Banana and #03 Peach are new additions which theoretically can be used on any skintones – i.e. #02 Banana as a redness-reducing, brightening powder, whilst #03 Peach to bring some colour on the skin.
If you prefer, you can use the powders in combinations:
- #02 Banana to create a natural finish a medium complexion
- #02 Banana to add warmth to a fair complexion
- #03 Peach to create a natural contour in medium complexions
- #03 Peach to create a natural finish and warmth on tan complexions
I’ve always enjoyed wearing Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Powder – both in the old formula and the new one. I can say that these definitely live up to the previous formula and will the answer to any of your camera-ready makeup needs!
Have you tried the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Powder?