MUFE HD Foundation

Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation is $40 for a 30 ml (1 fl. oz.) bottle. It comes with a pump (finally!) and is a little thicker (and slightly fuller coverage) than the previously swatched Face and Body. It’s waterproof (as all MUFE foundations are), oil-free, contains no SPF, and is purportedly camera-ready for all kinds of lighting. It’s also near-permanent (almost staining). I only had access to Sephora’s house brand makeup remover (more suitable for removing eye makeup) and Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple foam, and they weren’t really sufficient to get the foundation off my arm. I think you’re going to need an oil-based makeup remover. (I recommend Laura Mercier’s Purifying Oil.)

Finally, in case this helps anyone, I think 160 is slightly lighter and slightly less pink than 165. I can’t tell the difference between 145 and 150.

Interestingly, Sephora seems to be making a concerted effort to help people switch to HD. First of all, they offer 10 more shades than even appear on MUFE’s website. Second, the HD display has this laminated strip of pictures, which is supposed to help you decide what shade you are. This strip isn’t actually too useful, since the models seem to have been shot in different lighting (and I get distracted by facial structure, eye color, etc.), but I photographed that strip just in case. Finally, the Sephora website offers not only swatches, but also descriptions of the skintone and undertone for each foundation.

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44 Responses to “MUFE HD Foundation”

  • Food, she thought. says:

    >could you advise me? if i would wear N3 or C3 in mac face & body, what color would I be in MUFE HD? Currently to get a match in MUFE F&B, i buy two bottles and mix.


  • Elvira says:

    >Thanks for the swatches!
    I had a hard time deciding which HD color was right for me so I called MUFE in NYC and had an associate help me. I'm a NC20/ MUFE F&B 20 and we decided I would probably be a 115/117. She sent me samples of both to try before I buy! I think I'm a mixture of both, but in the winter I'll probably be 115.

  • KarlaSugar says:

    >Very valuable input, Elvira! Thank you so much for posting!

    Food, she thought: I could take a guess, but it sounds like a MUFE associate might be able to give a more informed suggestion? I’m sorry to say I didn’t take the time to try to identify my own MUFE HD shade.

  • viva798 says:

    >Wow, thank you so much for this! You are the best! Would you know which ones would work for a NC35/40? Thanks!

  • Lina says:

    >Do you know what skin type this foundation is for? I have slightly dry skin and like my skin to look a little dewy. I'm a C5 in mac f&b – any suggestions on shades for this?

  • Lethal says:

    >thankyou sooooooo much. Very very appreciated.

  • Moxy says:

    >Hey Karla, it's Moxy from Specktra here! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!!! I love you for this blog entry :D :D:D

  • Violet says:

    >Amazing swatches! I found your blog from Nattyngeorge's blog.


  • Andrea Sasaki says:

    I’ve been using Prescriptives Flawless Finish Foundation in Champagne. They are going out of business and Makeup Forever HD makeup seems to be comparable. Does anyone know which HD color would be a match. Cannot decide if 117 or 120 would be better. Thanks for your help

  • KarlaSugar says:

    Andrea, are you in the U.S.? The MUFE people are fantastic about trying to help you pick a shade based on your shade in other foundations, AND if you’re in the U.S. they’ll probably be able to mail you a little sample to try. If you can, call the boutique in NYC: (212) 941-9337

    There used to be an email address, but that address doesn’t exist anymore. I’ll try to find out if there’s a new one.

  • andrea Sasaki says:

    Hi Karla – Thanks for the info. I am in the US and will call them. I wasn’t able to locate their #. Thanks so much for the help. I’ll let you know what they say.

  • makeuptemple says:

    Hi Karla

    I am NC40 in MAC in this case MUFE HD 123 or 127 will be a good match for me

  • Erika says:

    Hello i found your swatches amazing, i live in spain but i want to buy my HD foundation online but i dont know my tone, im NC30 in mac could you give me some help.


  • Diane says:

    Thank you so much for these amazing swatches, I always come to your blog for great swatches, they are in a class of their own, brilliant thanks for all your efforts.

  • Shelby says:

    Hi hi…I’m not in the US and have no way of testing before i purchase. I’m currently a NW45 Mac foundation. Which one would work for me? I’m thinking 160 or 178..pls help!!!!!

  • Minttu says:

    I have no mufe store anywhere near me,this was helpful,but I am thinking about 115,125,130.
    I have light,not pale skin,with some redness,but I think my undertone is neutral.115 looks very fair,130 is it too pinkish.125 looks it is not too yellow.I have dark brown hair&eyes.What do think,any inside?
    I have face&body in 2,it is quite a good match,orderd blind.Can 130 look orange? Thank you:)

  • sugar says:

    hii karla..i have got armani luminous silk foundation no 5.5(neutral beige).i want to buy make up forever hd foundation..which color can i buy mufe hd?armani lsf neutral beige my color..please help:))

  • michelle says:

    Hi I have very fair skin, I usually have a problem finding a foundation light enough. I also have some red undertones, could you recommend a shade of your HD invisible cover foundation?

  • Daria says:

    Hello, I was wondering if you can help me…I’m a 140 in MUFE but I don’t know what am I in Mac for example I bought NC42 for Mac Foundation Fix Plus but unfortunately it is way tooo dark or yellow for me….20 or more euros lost PLease help me!! I don’t have Mac seller here and I had to buy online and I can’t return products -__-

  • mulove says:

    hi karla, i have just discovered your fantastic website :-) i’m hoping you can help…in the mufe matte velvet i am #45 and that shade is perfect for me but my skin is on the dry side and was thinking the hd might be better but im not sure of what shade is the best match..?? im not located in the US so im unable to go into sephora to test :-(

  • Stef says:

    which is darker in person? the 123 or 127? in the photo 123 looks darker.

  • lucy says:

    Hi I am in the uk and would really like to try the mufe hd foundation, I am NW20 TO NW25 in mac studio fix and would also like to know what a nw30 would be in mufe hd. many thanks.

  • crystal says:

    Hi kyla, is 123 or 127 darker? and which has a less orangey, more pinkish tone to it?

    Also, Im a NC30-NC35. But NC35 being too orangey for me. Chinese with yellowish undertone. hence, i dont want a colour that would make me more yellowish/orangey. perhaps one with a hint of pink to cancel out the yellowness?
    i was thinking of either 123, 125 or 127.
    Which would you recommend to me?

    Need to know asap as my aunty would be leaving for paris tmr!

    Many thanks!!

  • babette says:


    maybe this is too late, but I am chinese with light yellow undertone, perfect NC35 skin, wear #140 and it is almost a perfect match. Compared to 140, I would say 127 is more yellow, and 123 a little bit more olive/brown. I would suggest getting either 140 or 120 for you.

    The best thing about MUFE HD is 5 minutes after application I feel it adapts to my skintone. When I first apply 140 it looks almost a little too light but after 5 minutes, awesome.

  • Lola says:

    Babette, thank you very much for that info. I’m Asian, light with yellow undertone. I tried the 123, it was slightly too dark and too much of a red/green effect. I’ll try 140 as you suggested.

  • susu says:

    Hallo KS,
    my perfect match is Nars SG Deauville…
    because I am not able to buy MUFE in a store here in Germany:-( I need some help for my online order!Any recs. for a color? Maybe 120?

  • SS says:


    I’m mac’s studiotech NC25. Which makeup forever shade do you think will match my skin?

  • Thanks for the foundation shade swatches. Unfortunately this foundation doesn’t goes well on my skin even I use it together with the HD Primer.

  • ccee says:

    im having trouable picking out my color and im asian i hav more of yellow olive tones help me pick :0

  • Miss_M says:

    I just bought a bottle of this today (25% discount at Dutch Sephora) in #115 Ivory. I’m a MAC NW15 and I find this shade to be the best one for me. Most foundation shades are either too dark, pink or yellow for me. Hopefully this one blends in nicely.

  • Whitney says:

    Hi, if I wear a #5 from Armani what colour would match me with forever makeup? Thanks

  • Christine says:

    Hi! I’ve been wanting to try this foundation out for ages, and now i’ve finally decided to pull the trigger. however, i’m still debating between 2 shades: the #140 and #120. i’m in between an nc30 and nc35. can you tell a difference between the 140 and 120 shades? my yellow-ness is sometimes hard to match. haha. thank you!

  • Lulu says:

    Hi im nw 20 to nw25 in mac , wat color in MUFE HD should i buy … Please help

  • Judy says:

    Good Day , i wear NC42 Foundation from Mac , please advise with MUFE HD will be suitable for my complexion . Many Thanks

  • Janice says:

    Hi, I have been wearing MU forever in 125. I have not been able to reorder from Sephora online. I am trying to decide which color would come closest. after studying the color swatches, do you think 123 or 140 is closest to 125 since I am not able to obtain it. I don’t want to go lighter or more yellow. thanks for all the help

  • Color Interupted says:

    Hey Karla, first just wanted to say you’re posts are amazing. Years later and this is still the go to spot for so many.

    Also just wondering what your match would be when you took those photos (or which shades are closest to the area where the swatches are). Or any guesses anyone?

    I cant seem to calibrate my laptop screen 100%, and knowing that would help me get a better understanding of the colors, when i cross-reference with what i have. Also the best MAC shade (studio fix) if possible?


  • elise says:

    Janice – the closest shade to 125 is 127. 127 slightly more yellow. 123 will be darker and olive, 120 a little lighter and yellow, 140 more yellow. if you don’t want to go more yellow, wait till 125 back in stock.

  • lovely says:

    Hi! I’m a NC15 in mac. what would be my shade in MUFE HD foundation? this is helpful but it’s really hard to tell if you cannot see it in person. i’ll be buying through online. hope you’ll reply. thank you!

  • Morgan Mckinney says:

    Hi, i really would love to get a sample of the makeup forever hd foundation, but i live so far from a sephora do you know anyone i cant contact to get some samples through mail?

  • Pook says:

    This post is 6 years old and still great! Thank you so much for this! MUFE has been talked about over the last few days due to Angelina Jolie’s makeup blunder, so HD makeup is a hot topic. Never tried this, but I hate MAC foundations, their color system is completely wrong and no matter which one I use, C or W, I look orange. My skin is so pink, I am so glad MUFE covers the pink range so well! With pink skin, you have to do one of 2 things: neutralize it (adding blue tones) or go with it (keeping it in the pink range). That’s why MAC’s whole philosophy is wrong. Karla, you look like are a 135! “5″ shades are almost always in the pink range.

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