Holy long title, Batman! I want to start off this review with an apology. I don’t have swatches of either product. I got very small samples from Sephora and they were gone in one use. These reviews will be short and sweet since I didn’t have them to test more than once.
This primer is the best I’ve used in a while, but I’m not a primer girl. I can’t say it does much for other foundations because I didn’t have enough to test it, but it honestly makes the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation. It’s a very thin consistency, spreads easily and feels like a cool drink of water for my skin. It’s sooo cooling and hydrating! It makes their foundation go on well and I didn’t seem to break out from the primer. I did get a few small under the skin blemishes on my jawline a few days after using it, but I’m pretty sure that this was from stress. If you have dry skin, I suggest a sample to try this one out.
Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is supposed to be the new HD foundation for 4k. It’s formulated to look like skin and be undetectable. Unfortunately, the product is very dry and it sets exceptionally quickly. It clings to any dry patch or flake. I used the Make Up For Ever Nourishing Primer and I moisturized/exfoliated like a total boss before hand. I didn’t have quite enough primer to cover my whole face so anywhere there was no primer the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation looked dry, cakey, and flat. Everywhere else my skin looked like the best version of itself. The coverage is medium to full, without looking thick. With the primer, it didn’t pool or migrate. I wore this foundation for hours with no breakdown of the product. I did get a little shiny, but I was able to blot without causing any shifting. The shade match is incredible for me. Right now R210 Pink Alabaster is perfect but come the dead of winter I’d need to cut it with a bit of Y205 Alabaster. The finish is a demi-matte that looks fairly realistic. It’s not really luminous or dewy, but it’s not satin or matte either. It’s like your skin cleansed and moisturized about 10 minutes after the fact in terms of finish. It doesn’t feel heavy at all. I applied it sparingly with a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, but I think it might be better with a Beauty Blender for those of you with dry skin. I honestly don’t feel you can wear this without a primer unless you have the oiliest of skin with no blemishes or flakes. If you always use a primer than by all means, sample it! If you like an all in one solution, steer clear.
Wearing both products. You can see a little redness still, but this was only one thin layer with no concealer or powder.
The full finished look in natural light. The foundation looks dry in places I didn’t apply the primer well enough! Concealer and powder applied in this shot.
Even though I don’t like having to wear a primer, I really do think the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is worthwhile because it looks great on the skin, it has a huge selection of colors and it looks good all day with a primer. That being said, at $43 I feel you should be able to use it on its own. I give the Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation a B- because you can’t use it alone, it dries and sets incredibly quickly making blending hard, and is expensive for the amount.
The Make Up For Ever Nourishing Primer is really nice and I’d consider getting it if I decide I need a primer in my life. I give the Make Up For Ever Nourishing Primer an A rating as I feel it’s a little expensive for the amount and it could have filled in pores better.