I've never really been a Max Factor kinda girl. I don't know why - it's just one of those brands that I've always bypassed in Boots. I've seen Ruth Crilly wax lyrical about the Creme Puff Blushes; I've seen the Sunday Girl (who I trust implicitly on the primer front) declare undying love for the Facefinity primer; but until now, I've never picked them up. There was an unbelieveable gift with purchase in Boots the other day - three full-size products, including the aforementioned primer-of-dreams - so I finally took the plunge!
The Creme Puff Blush in Lovely Pink is a light, luminous pink shade. It's very complexion enhancing - I know everyone and their granny has said this, but this formula really reminds me of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes - granted, not quite such a finely milled texture; but it does give the same light, luminous flush to the cheeks. It's on the sheerer side - but this means it is very easy to use, build up if desired, and hard to overdo. This shade, Lovely Pink, is perhaps a little light for my summer skin tone, but for winter, or on a fairer skin, this would be really beautiful.
The Lipfinity Lipstick in Evermore Sublime is a lovely, cool-toned pink. The texture is nice, and leaves a satin-matte finish on the lips. I'm not sure I get much more weartime from this than, say, a MAC Matte lipstick, but it is very comfortable to wear and the shade range is all lovely, vibrant shades - great for brightening up chilly winter days!
The gift with purchase is pictured above - pretty incredible, right?! I've only tested the Max Factor Facefinity primer for a couple of days - but so far, it's impressing me. There's a definite increase in makeup wear-time - I'd say easily an extra hour or two - and does seem to control a bit of oil. I wouldn't say its particularly pore-filling, but it allows for a flattering natural-matte finish for most of the day, without tipping too matte, or letting my oily skin just run riot.
The mascara is.. well, I like it, but I don't agree with the name. False lash effect it is not (on my stumpy lashes anyway) but the teeny brush allows for lovely separation and volume at the roots, which gives a really fresh, bright-eyed look which is lovely for every day.
Below are swatches of the Creme Puff blush (very light, as you can see, on my olive NC25-30 skin) the Lipfinity long lasting lipstick in Evermore Sublime, and the Colour Elixir Lip Gloss from the GWP. You'll know I'm a bit fussy when it comes to glosses from my Gerard Cosmetics gloss review - the texture of this is a million times more pleasant, but it does have a slightly weird tutti-frutti scent (which does fade quickly, so it's not a huge issue).
Have you used many Max Factor products?
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