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MUFE Ultra HD Matte 24hr Loose Setting Powder Review

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Make Up For Ever’s Extend Ultra HD Matte 24hr Loose Setting Powder is said to “extend makeup wear for 24HR with a matte, shine-free finish that diminishes the appearance of pores and imperfections. Available in six versatile shades, this setting powder provides a waterproof, sweat-proof, smudge-proof barrier to keep makeup fresh all day. Includes a pointed tip puff for precise application.” In this post I’ll provide shade comparisons, a wear test, and my thoughts on this powder.

 

Details

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Name: Ultra Hd Matte Setting Powder 24hr Loose Setting Powder

Cost: $37

Size: 0.40 oz/11.5 g on the packaging; 0.56 oz/16 g fill weight listed on the website

Best Skin types to use it: Oily, combination

Finish: Matte

Number of shades: 6

Undertones available: Warm, neutral, olive, golden

Fragrance: None

Packaging: Outer packaging is a thin cardboard box. Powder comes in a clear plastic jar with a twist-off top which contains an attached sifter.

Claims: Matte, shine-free finish; waterproof, sweat-proof, smudge-proof; non-cakey; lightweight; blurs skin

First five ingredients: Solum diatomeae(diatomaceous earth), zeamays(corn)starch, kaolin, silica, caprylyl glycol. Check full ingredients list on the packaging as well as the brand’s website to determine potential allergens.

Where to buy: MUFE, Sephora

Other: 12 months shelf life. Made in Italy. Includes a pointed tip puff for precise application.

 

Shade comparisons

I purchased this setting powder in two shades: 3.0 Golden Beige and 4.0 Tan Neutral. Below you can see it compared to other loose setting powders that complement my complexion.

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  1. MUFE 4.0 Tan Neutral
  2. MUFE 3.0 Golden Beige
  3. Fenty Beauty Cashew
  4. Laura Mercier Honey
  5. Glossier Wowder G4

As you can see, MUFE 3.0 Golden Beige and Laura Mercier Honey and lighter than my skin tone so those are used under the eyes. MUFE 4.0 Tan Neutral and Glossier Wowder G4 are basically my same skin tone and those are the powders I use to set my face. Fenty Beauty Cashew is right in the middle and can be used under the eyes and all over the face.

 

Ultra HD Matte Loose Setting Powder Wear Test

I opted out of using the included puff and went for my damp sponge instead. I applied this powder after applying foundation, concealer along with cream blush, bronzer, and contour. In the below picture my left side is set with 3.0 Golden Beige under the eyes and 4.0 Tan Neutral on the face. My right side is set as usual with Charlotte Tilbury’s Pressed powder in Shade 3 and Sephora Micro Smooth powder in Tan.

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Taken under the bathroom light 8 hours later. I ran a few errands and wore a mask today. There was transfer but not as much oil despite not blotting all day. I’m kinda shook.

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A migraine had just started before taking this pic…sorry

Overall thoughts on the Ultra HD Matte 24hr Loose Setting Powder

Packaging

There is a flip-top underneath the lid that exposes a sifter. It’s attached to the container and I found it to be annoying so I detached it. I keep it inside the jar so the powder doesn’t get messy and found it made it a lot easier to get the product out. I can’t speak to how the puff performs but it’s a lot softer compared to others I’ve felt.

Shades

As far as the range of shades, Make Up For Ever needs to take better promo pictures and adjust the shade descriptions. I initially ordered 4.0 Tan Neutral thinking it was going to be a similar shade to the Fenty Hazelnut powder. Imagine my surprise when I received it and saw how off the undertone was. I decided to keep it as a face powder and picked up 3.0 as my under eye shade. 3.0 Golden Beige would be better described as Tan Neutral and 4.0 Tan Neutral would be better described as Medium-Deep Warm. It’s something to keep in mind if ordering online and you can’t see them in person beforehand.

Performance

Now onto the powder itself. MUFE claims that this powder is “ultra-lightweight” with a skin-like finish. These claims are accurate as evidenced in the pics below and there is a recognizable difference after setting. The side where I applied the MUFE loose setting powder (right) looks a lot smoother than the other side.

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Left pic is before setting, right pic is after setting

I can’t lie, this powder is pretty nice…as long as it’s not super hot outside. The first time I wore this powder it was 85 degrees outside and I looked like a greaseball after just a couple of hours. My fellow oily skinned folks may like this on cool-weathered days. Those with normal or dry skin may find it better to use the regular Ultra HD Loose Powder. If you end up buying the Matte powder my advice is to use only where you need it and prep with a moisturizing primer.

Let me know how you feel about this powder or it you plan on picking this up. Check out my last foundation review here.

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