Max Factor is a brand have dipped into on occasion but have limited experience with. I love their mascaras – 2000 Calorie was a favourite of mine for a long time. I also once had a brief fling with one of their foundations – I remember recording a foundation tutorial with it way back when.
I am happy to be able to explore the bounties of this brand a little more.
24 from False Lash Effect Mascara – This mascara has a built-in primer that wraps lashes. Max Factor is a sister company of the US brand Covergirl – hence the latters infamous Lashblast being the same as the formers False Lash Effect Mascara. I have always been a fan od Max Factors mascara and I’m sure this one will be no different!
I have two of Revlons Flipstick Colour Effects Lipsticks – Bloomy Pink and Salsa Red. They are lip duos. The colours can be worn alone, blended together or used on different parts of the lips – to highlight the plumpness for example. (€11.99) “An innovative double-ended lipstick you mix, match and personalise your own lip colour”.
I have never tried Max Factors nail polishes either so I shall have some fun swatching these.
Right, I’m off to start swatching and testing!
Thoughts on Max Factor??
I’m always interested when my favourite brands release new products. Today I was having a snoop around looking for new foundation releases. Here are four that I’m excited about.
1. YSL Radiance Flawless Foundation SPF20
This foundation is designed for dull skin that is in need of a lift. It has a satin, fine texture. It contains light diffusing particles and illuminating pigments that bounce light off the skin. It’s said to soften the appearance of lines and add a glow to the skin. The SPF is also a bonus for environmental protection but not so great for photography. It was released last week and costs €42 / £28 / $48.
2. Clinique Redness Solution Makeup SPF15
Clinique has a whole Redness Solution range but are finally adding a foundation to the collection. It is designed to cover flushed skin and counteract the redness caused by flare-ups and Rosacea. It contains Mushroom Extract which has a calming effect on the skin. It also contains yellow tones which help reduce the appearance of the redness. Contains SPF15 which is great for day to day wear but makes it unsuitable for photography. It’s on sale in October and will cost €28 / £20 / $24.50
3. MAC Pro Longwear Foundation
This one claims to have a long-wearing foundation that gives up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition. It’s lightweight and creamy, applies smoothly to provide sheer to medium coverage. This foundation is supposed to last in hot and humid conditions, control oil to keep skin fresh, natural and flawless. We’ll see. Out now in UK for £22. At the time this post was published this foundation was not available on MAC’s US website.
4. Mac Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation
This foundation is designed for those of us who want cake free coverage but a a blemish free appearance. The texture is lightweight and whipped and contains Jojoba oil. Like most foundations it’s main job in to even out the skintone. This one is out in October and will cost £12.99 (it will costs around €20).
The YSL foundation appeals to me most. I’m also quite interested to see if the Clinique foundation will actually work on clients with Rosacea.
What foundation are you using at the moment?
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I always enjoy other peoples Foundation Routine videos so I decided to record mine. I tend to be a bit faddy with foundations but this is what is working for me at the moment.
I am often asked about what make-up to buy if you’re on a tight budget. I get asked this question so often from Irish ladies that I decided to dedicate a blog post to it.
Let me start by saying that I don’t think there is any one great drugstore brand. I tend to pick and choose from each brand. After much testing (haha) I have decided that each brand has their strengths and weaknesses; for example Natural Collection make great lipsticks but poor eye-shadows. Revlon is my overall favourite drugstore/pharmacy make-up brand. However, it is more expensive in Ireland (colourstay costs €17! Add a few euro to that and you could buy yourself a high end foundation)
- Concealer: Essence Trio, Maybelline
- Nail Polish: Essence, Rimmel
- Powder: Rimmel Silky Loose Powder
- Lipgloss: Essence, Bourjois 3D
- Foundation: Revlon, Boots 17, Rimmel, Max Factor
- Blush: Collection 2000
- Mascara: Collection 2000 (purple tube) if you’re after Dior Show but can’t afford it. Maybelline Lash Stilleto is my favourite.
- Lip Liner: Natural Collection
- Eyebrow Pencil: Rimmel
- Eye liner: Loreal
- Highlight: Prestige Sun Baked Bronzer
- Bronzer: Prestige Sun Baked Bronzer , Barry M, Rimmel, Natural Collection
- Eye-shadows: Ok this is the one area I recommending spending a little more. I am happy to buy cheaper brands for most make-up items, but not eyeshadow. The reason for this is that they tend not to be very pigmented or long lasting. I do love Barry M Dazzledusts though.
What are your favourite drugstore items?
It has been years since I bought a Max Factor Foundation. In fact it’s been years since I bought anything by Max Factor. On my quest for the best drugstore foundation I decided to show Mr Factor some love :)