Understanding Ingredients – Make Up For Ever HD

Okay, so MUFE HD is one of the most hyped foundations right now, and for good reason. It offers medium to full coverage and provides a “soft focus” look to the skin. It also comes in a variety of shades so almost anyone can find a shade match. I love this foundation and wear shade 110, which is for “porcelain skin with pink undertones” according to MUFE’s product description.

So, why is this foundation so special? What in it makes it magical? Let’s find out by dissecting the ingredients.


Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Mica, talc, PEG-10 Dimenthicone, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Phenyl, Trimethicone, Sodium Chloride, Lauroyl Lysine, Dimenthicone Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate, Cyclohexacyloxane, Methylisothiazolinone, Sorbitan Sesquileate, Silver Oxide, Propylene, Carbonate, Parfum (fragrance), Methylparaben, Fagus Sylvatica Extract (Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract), Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, [+/- CI 77891 )titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides).

Now, wtf do these color codes mean?

I have colored all of the silicones and silicone derivitives in MUFE HD for you to see. Silicone gives MUFE HD that smooth feeling, blendability, and pore covering abilities. Most makeup primers are chock full of silicone, which in turn smooths out the skin, providing a primed surface for foundation. MUFE HD has taken the silicone-y elements of a primer and put it right into the foundation.

Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate is a thickening emollient ingredient. It gives the foundation that creaminess. Dimethicone crosspolymer is also included for this purpose. I have colored the emollients and thickening agents in the foundation for you to see.

I have colored the preservatives for you to see.

Butylene glycol and propylene keep the product from melting in heat or freezing in cold. They also help active ingredients in the foundation penetrate the skin. I have colored the ingredients that fall under this category for you to see.

What about the not colored stuff?

First off we have water. Water doesn’t really need any explaining, imo. Pretty much any liquid beauty product’s primary ingredient is water.

Mica is included to give cosmetics shine. MUFE HD isn’t super sparkly or shiny, but the mica in it keeps it from looking totally matte and “dead”. It looks quite natural.

Talc is a common filler. There is a lot of controversy over whether or not talc is good in makeup. In very unusual cases it can irritate some users, but other than that talc is completely safe to use in makeup.

Sodium Chloride ought to sound familiar. It’s salt. Salt is used as a binding agent. It holds the ingredients together. Sodium Myristoyl Glutamate is another salt in MUFE HD. Silver oxide is also used for this purpose.

Lauroyl Lysine is an amino acid that is conditioning to skin and hair. As a random note, lysine is also used to promote healthy immune systems in cats. It’s pretty cool.

Disteardimonium Hectorite is a “suspending agent” used to mix the pigments into the foundation to help make its color.

Fagus Sylvatica Extract as well as the yeast protein are included because yeast is thought to have reparative properties that will aid skincare as well as contain antioxidants.

Titanium dioxide is a sunscreen.

Iron oxides are the pigments that give the foundation its color/shade/tone etc.

My exploration of ingredients was of course simplified, but I hope it helps you understand a foundation when you pick it up off the shelf. :)


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