Gems From the Neglected Lot – 2

Makeup Forever Face and Body Foundation review
On my face: MUFE Face and Body Foundation #22, Clarins Hydra Rouge Lipstick #03, MUFE Sculpting Blush #6, MUFE Kohl pencil #1k, MUFE Matte eyeshadow #4 Matte black and Benefit Sunbeam

It happens more often than not that I set off to clean the house and end up spending the whole day only rearranging the dresser! For the past so many weeks with summer I find myself spending most of my weekend just digging out old makeup and tossing some into the bin or keeping at the top to be used! One such adventure recently brought these oldies out, which had not been used in a good while! perfect material of another of my “Gems from the neglected lot” posts, although this is not exactly all about the “Gems”!

In order to keep the text short and stay focused , let me begin by saying the Makeup forever Face and Body is a strange foundation. Strange need not mean bad, it just means,
A) Its mousse like in texture
B) Goes on like a liquid
C) Sets into a matte finish
D) I was expecting it to be like MAC Face and Body and its not!

I tried it under store lighting and bought on a whim (yes, I have been that stupid once), and never liked it much again. I was color matched to #22 which is completely off on my face and extremely peachy. Although its good on parts which are a little blue like the under eye, but everywhere else its ashy or dark (see.. strange!). I am trying to use it up by spot applying to areas and blending. It does not cover much unless you layer it a lot (see the pictures)! Lesson Learnt!

Wearing MUFE Face and Body Foundation #22, Clarins Hydra Rouge Lipstick #03, MUFE Sculpting Blush #6, MUFE Kohl pencil #1k, MUFE Matte eyeshadow #4 Matte black and Benefit Sunbeam
MUFE Face and Body Foundation #22, Clarins Hydra Rouge Lipstick #03, MUFE Sculpting Blush #6, MUFE Kohl pencil #1k, MUFE Matte eyeshadow #4 Matte black and Benefit Sunbeam

Now to the good’uns! If you have read my last GONL post here, I had raved about the MUFE Sculpting blush in #10. I have another one of those in #6, a bright cool pink which magically transforms itself into a more natural pink on my cheeks! I think the color is similar to Nars Gaiety blush, but since I don’t have that I cannot compare. I don’t have another one in this color, but all I can say is.. inspite of its brightness and coolness, its very natural on me. (It leans almost brown in the picture.. can’t explain!)

My most loved eye makeup involves a soft smudgy pencil, and a matching colored matte eye shadow. MUFE Kohl pencils are such amazing unsung heroes IMHO! They are very pigmented, soft, smudgable and long wearing! The only hitch is its not waterproof.

I have been loving wearing the eye pencil in No. 1K on top and bottom lashlines and waterlines and then softly smudging with a matte black eyeshadow. The MUFE eyeshadow in #4 Matte Black is the most pigmented and buttery black eye shadow I have found. Its so much better than MAC’s Carbon which really falls flat in terms of pigmentation for me!

Make up forever Face and Body Foundation review
Additional makeup worn: Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara and Stila Concealer pen in medium

I had forgotten I had a bottle of Benefit’s Sunbeam till last weekend! Its such a gorgeous bronze gold which is just the right amount of shimmer! Its got more bronze to it so it may show up more on fair skin tones, on me its a very natural highlight. In the photograph, I am wearing it on the outer ‘C’ of my eyes, down the nose, on top of the brows and in the middle and inner corner of the eyes.

For lips I am so glad I am re-united with this Clarins lipstick! I got it on sale sometime last year and was wearing it everyday till other lipsticks came by! That happens right? Now that I have this back, I wear it all the time. Its a browny peachy nude, part of the Hydra Rouge line in No. 03. Very natural on my lips and actually pairs really well with natural blushes like Tarte Exposed. Sadly, this line of lipsticks is discontinued, but Clarins lipsticks and lip glosses are very popular for a reason!

I am actually quite enjoying finding old stuff which I haven’t worn in sometime and bringing them back in rotation for everyday. Its almost a therapeutic exercise and keeps me from popping up at the local beauty store too often!:P

I would highly recommend going through your stuff which you haven’t touched in while and try them on again before investing in new stuff! As my theory goes, brands always bring back their old stuff in new fancy packaging with a heavier price tag and make it all so hyped and coveted for us folks! Not like I don’t or would not fall for it.. but lets not all be foolish consumers for as long as possible! 😀

Hope you liked the post. Are any of the above among your favorites? Whats your old makeup gem that you rediscovered recently? Let me know!

Happy Hump Day! 😀


  1. Prachi W

    I love the makeup on your eyes in this post. Can you explain how you did? I see you used the MUFE pencils and eyeshadow but is there a specific brush you use for smudging?

    • Divya

      Hi Prachi! Oh this is such an old post but my habits are the same 😛 I usually use a pencil brush like MAC’s 219 to blend same color eyeshadows over kohls. Sometimes brown, sometimes black. Zoeva’s Petite Crease Brush is also a very nice brush to do that. Its slightly larger and softer than the pencil brush so doesn’t feel scratchy on the eyes.

  2. sylirael

    Gorgeous photos as always :-) I only have a little sample of High Beam, and I’ve never been too sure about highlighters (since I’m already phosphorescently pale, LOL!), but you’re rocking Sun Beam here!

  3. gingerlovesmakeup

    Love this post. I too usually end up playing with make-up for hours when I actually intended to clean the house. And yes, I too love to rediscover old gems.
    You’ve gone to great lengths to make the foundation work but judging from the pics your efforts were worth it. You look smashing! A natural face and lips and a smoky eye make-up will always look good.
    A few days ago I was about to chuck a foundation I’ve always hated – Maybelline’s air foam foundation. Their lightest shade (Ivory) is too dark and too orangey for my skin tone, but I thought I could try to see whether I can use it as a primer underneath my ‘real’ foundation. And it worked! Maybe you can use the MUFE foundation as a primer under your favourite foundation too?

    • Divya

      Thank you! I’m so glad there is someone out there who does the same 😛 I don’t usually wear too much foundation.. So spot applying works for me.. Although using it as a base is a clever idea! :-)

    • Divya

      You have such pretty eyes! reminds me of my mum’s! I don’t have that blush palette.. but this blush is pretty good! I am wearing it everyday for the past week!

  4. Vidya

    Hi Divya,
    I stumbled over your blog recently and may I just say I am mesmerized :-D? I love the quality of the pictures (which camera is that by the way?) and your simple and natural looking makeup … Also, I find you exquisitely pretty and I love your writing … :-). Do post more often … A request – can you please also cover more economical brands or brands that are easily available in India? I love the way you so happily share links to others blogs ..We need more people like you …

    • Divya

      Vidya I am so glad to hear that from you! 😀 I haven’t actually bought a lot of makeup in recent times.. But I love to pop at the nearest drugstore and see whats new! I will definitely be putting up more on that front!
      I use a Samsung NX1000 mirrorless with kit lens. My husband takes all my pictures and I take pictures of the makeup bits :-) I am trying my best to post often but with my job its very tough! Thanks so much for your appreciation made my day! 😀

  5. Smita Roy

    hey Divya, looks like your and mine tastes r quite similar… m also sooo much a subtle eye shadow and smudged eye pencil person on usual days…I think it looks super classy…I also love buying high end makeup on impulse n I can c u do too 😛 great post….m slightly new to beauty blogging n c that ur too…hahah…now that’s too many similarities I guess…I have recently found back my bobby brown stick foundation and am completely loving it… check out my blog sometime just in case :)

    • Divya

      hey Smita!! yay to blogging cousin-ness! 😀 I love the BB foundation stick so much! my perfect travel companion when I dont want ot lug around bottles! I am going to check out your blog right away! Thanks so much for the comment babe! 😀

          • Smita Roy

            Hahah totally….bt ur efforts r really amazing Divya…not bad at all!! Impressed:) any cool recommendations of makeup shopping from Singapore?? M travelling thr tom n cant wait to buy all amazing stuff…its been a while I did such super haul from duty free makeup..although I hve my own list sort of bt anything new which u mite have come across, id b interested to know :)

          • Divya

            Thanks Smita :-) it feels good to heard good things! Singapore!! So exciting! Your wallet isn’t going to be happy!! 😛 Check if they have Hourglass.. just about everything from their range is superb! what else… yeah Jo malone cannot recommend enough.. and Chole perfumes Shu uemura.. I got a 4 piece set of their cleansing oils from Hong Kong pretty good! and.. FRESH you can get their lip balms (so amazing!!) Check the prices before splurging! 😛

          • Smita Roy

            Superb…thanks a lot babe…lemme c wot all I can get…yeah def my wallet wont b happy bt thats all right…..cant wait to get all d stuff :) cya around n thanks fr ur suggestions :)

  6. Vanessa {Citron and Guavaberry)

    I cleaned out and rearranged my drawers a few weeks back, and it has been the best. I actually really like MUFE’s Face and Body though! (…even though I ended up returning it because my face was really spotty at the time and I needed something heavier) I don’t remember MUFE F&B drying to a matte finish though, it was more of a dewy finish on me, if I recall correctly. Sorry about it not working for you though!

    • Divya

      really? I was so surprised to see it settled so matte! It was quite pricey and I have a whole bottle to go thru! 😛 it works ok if you blend out in some areas.. :-)

  7. Deepa vijay

    Hi divya your lipstick shade is beautiful.. Can you suggest some dupes for it
    which r easily available in India. Thanks

    • Divya

      Hey Deepa! I think I can! Try MAC’s Mocha or Spice lip pencil over a lip liner.. They are quite good dupes for it. In drugstore I think Revlon Rosy Nude is quite similar less peachy :-) I hope that helps!

    • Divya

      Thanks so much! I actually really like this eye makeup.. I am normally a neutral eyes girl, but this might just be the next best thing! :-)

      • Divya

        Moderation is key i’d say.. instead of putting it all over the cheek bone I just use it in the outside of the eyes.. that “C” shape at the outer corners and instead of on the brow bone I wear it on top of the brows to make the arch more prominent and.. I run a little bit down the bridge of the nose (very little)! hope that helps! 😀

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