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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Max Factor foundation review

Hello all you lovely people! Having a nice week so far? Mine hasn’t been too bad but I’m debating whether or not it’s a good idea to go to the cinema with my ex tomorrow night. Do you ever wish you had someone to make all your difficult decisions for you? Especially if they knew in advance what to do for the best! :)

So, onto more important things!... I’d really like this to be a blog where you can get involved and ask/answer peoples questions because I reckon I’ve got far more awesome beauty tips and advice from my fellow bloggers than anywhere else! Also, if you have any questions for me I’ll always do my very best to answer them, which is why I wanted to do a review on a Max Factor foundation as Rentu asked what they’re like for oily skin

I’ve tried quite a few of the Max Factor foundations and my top 3 for oily skin would definitely have to be;

3rd place – Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation
2nd place – Seamless Make-Up
1st place – Second Skin Foundation

Although I really like them all I’m only gonna review Second Skin Foundation cos I genuinely think you could buy this and use it all year round regardless of your skin type. Obviously everyones skin is totally different and what works for me might be a complete disaster for you and vise versa but I definitely recommend giving this a try in your local beauty store to see what you think – hopefully it’ll impress you as much as me! :)

Firstly my one and only gripe with this is over the price – to me £12.99 really isn’t cheap for a drugstore product!

The bottle comes with a pump dispenser which always pleases me. For a liquid foundation the texture is actually quite thick and creamy, you’ll find a little goes a long way so the 30ml bottle lasts ages. The smell is quite pleasant and mild so I don’t imagine anyone would find it offputting

When it comes to application this glides on so easily that it’s almost impossible to get it wrong. I’ve used my fingers, makeup sponges and foundation brushes (my personal favourite method) to apply this and it has ended up looking blended, flawless and completely natural every time. I’ve found that this manages to smooth out my skin without feeling heavy or cakey. Though I should mention that it separates in the bottle so it’s a good idea to give it a shake before each use
My t-zone was seriously oily for a few months over the summer but I found that using this with a primer – usually Photo Finish by Smashbox or L’Oreals anti-shine mattifying primer – was enough to ensure it lasted all day without “melting off.” If I happened to have an unpleasant sheen by the late afternoon then a little dusting of Rimmels Stay Matte pressed powder really did the trick :)

34 comments:

Toesthattwinkle! said...

thanks for these reviews! they are really helpful!

Kaitlynn said...

thanks for the review, i was trying to think of a new foundation, i may give this one a whirl :)

Cosmetics Aficionado said...

Nice review! They stopped carrying this line in the US. I am so bummed. :(

DaintyMakeup said...

Hiya! Thank you for all of your lovely comments! I didn't realise I wasn't following you already, but I've followed now :) I love the Karen Miller coat, its gorgeoussss!
I'm definately going to have a look at this foundation, I always suffer with an oily t-zone :( what coverage would you say this foundation is? Lovely review xx

lauraluvsMAC said...

I wonder if this will be back in the market in the US..Does anyone know??
Great review

Superficial Sydney said...

I really hate that smashboc primer but i'm glad it worked for you :)

http://superficialsydney.blogspot.com/

crazypoplock said...

I have tried Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation long time back and I really didn't like it. It was all cakey on me =.=

I'm sticking with my revlon photo ready foundation which I mix it with little bit of Olay cream and it glides on very smoothly with my fingers :P

Emily♥ 에밀리 ♥エミリー said...

I still have yet to find a liquid foundation that doesn't gather in my (rather large) pores. All I can see is little dots of makeup where it's all sitting in my pores, it's horrible. I use a primer, but it still happens..
I dream of someday finding a liquid that covers, looks natural, and STAYS OUT OF MY DANG PORES, lol. Thanks for the review! :)
I really like Max Factor as a brand, but it's a little hard to find where I live. I've never tried their foundation though, hmm...

mr. pineapple man said...

ooh great reviews!! thanks for your comments~ you made it to my blog when I needed you! haha

♥Mishi à la mode♥ said...

Didn't even know these products existed! Thanks for sharing =)

Blair said...

Thank you for comprehensive review!!! MF just opened a few counters over here, will definitely check them out for this foundation! Hopefully they brought it in *crosses fingers*

Rakhshanda said...

Wow thanks for these awesome reviews...Very helpful...I'll try this.
And yes I've done a blogpost about your giveaway...You can check it out at http://rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.blogspot.com/2010/11/giveaways.html

Jo Woods said...

Great review :) I had some free samples of second skin and loved it. It seemed to just melt into my skin and make it look gorgeous. I only haven't bought on a regualr basis because of the price so go with Maybellines 24hr stay which is only £7.99. But if I had more money I would chose this one anyday xxx

Rentu said...

i just bought a bourjois foundation yesterday over the max factor since i cudnt find any review for max factor :(

Rachel said...

I used to love second skin foundation and I would wear it everyday, but it's now been replaced by macs face and body foundation. It really is a great foundation though! Great review!

Small Old Bean said...

I have never used Max Factor anything!
Thanks for commenting on my blog, Im now following you, hope you can follow back :)
Love Sam
xxx

♥ Stacey ♥ said...

I love love love that Smashbox primer! Bit pricey though, lovely post hun x

http://thehqofbeauty.blogspot.com

Hannah said...

I use "miracle" on brides. x

Pretty Wonderful said...

great reviews! I used to use the Miracle Touch and from what I can remember it was great for me!

I also tagged you for an award:

http://pretty--wonderful.blogspot.com/2010/11/one-lovely-blog-award.html

JustSomeNailsByMJ said...

Hey there, thanks for the comment on my blog! Now following you :)

neekeexoxo said...

I love this foundation! Well SecondSkin! I've been using it for ages and it's my second bottle now! I always seem to go back to this haha! xxx

Aimee. said...

I tried a sample of the maxfactor 2nd skin and didnt think much to it because it didnt cover my freckles ... and then when i tried to put other make up over the top... well was TRAGIC... EPIC FAIL.. LOL .. had to take everything off and start again lol... x that then put mne off them all... xx

Aimee. said...

Also seen on side of a bus today that FOREVER 21 (IS IT THAT MAKE UP COMPANY THAT PPL RAVE ABOUT IN THE US) is coming to birmingham U.K thats right near me... =) x maybe will need to get some details xxx

Aimee. said...

http://www.bullring.co.uk/website/ListShowItem.aspx?ParentSectionId=b3046af2-5b70-4777-a7f0-43580219021a&ContentInstanceId=cc508d33-00a4-4778-80f3-d549cf01f6a2 omg they are opening up a new shop i thought it was just a xmas thing... so glad birmingham have got it so its near meeeeeeeeee =) yay... maybe will go to their open day and blog about it =) xxx

makeup,hauls, and anything under the sun! said...

I have the miracle touch foundation too! I'll do a review on it soon :) followed you dear :)

Marisa said...

I don't have that brand where I live.. which sucks \:
The going out with the ex thing... I know I'm late, but I wouldn't go.. they are "ex's" for a reason hun ;)

Stavroula @drugstoreandbargainlover said...

Thank you for reviewing this foundation! :)

xxx

♥sormui♥ said...

I didnt know UK didnt sell covergirl... but its ok u guys get Maxfactor dont they have an amazing mascara too?

I have a sample of the foundation i really should try it out!

communicatingbeauty said...

i like maxfactor foundations, however they're not oil-free (or the ones i used to use aren't anyway) and i found they didn't really help my skin :( x

ank_eliza_01 said...

thank you! it helps a lot!!!
i want to buy that foundation! :D I love it, i just know it :D

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All Made Up said...

Thanks for your absolutely lovely comments! I’m amazed that so many people can’t get their hands on the Max Factor range. I thought it was one of those brands that’s sold everywhere...

DaintyMakeup I reckon it’s definitely medium coverage – looks fab and covers well but still needs a concealer for any of those more ”troubling areas” :)

Emily my skin goes through periods where the pores look massive! Honestly they’re big enough to lose stuff in and it makes my makeup look horrible. I really recommend Idealist Pore Minimiser by Estee Lauder! It isn’t a long term fix or anyting but works a treat for filling pores before you apply foundation

Aimme I had a total makeup disaster yesterday and it was only when I was getting to my mascara that I figured I best just start from scratch or I’d be self-conscious all day. There’s nothing more annoying!! All the big cities get the best shops :( here in Belfast we only have 1 MAC counter!

Sormui we’ll sometimes get one or two Cover Girl items in the bargain £1 stores but I don’t know of anywhere that actually stocks it! I love Max Factor mascaras – the lash extension effect one is beyond awesome

Environmental Monitoring said...

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MSodapop said...

i need a good primer because my face gets pretty oily. >.< thanks for the review ^_^ i will try looking for those primers