This new skin illuminating foundation from Max Factor is perfect for pepping up dull skin coming into the colder months. It contains light-reflecting particles to give your skin a healthy glow and also contains Vitamins B3 and E to nourish the skins natural moisture balance.
The texture is very creamy and it is medium coverage which is buildable. It reminded me of the Olay CC cream and definitely felt quite moisturising on the skin. It comes in a plastic pump bottle which is handy for travel or throwing into your bag without worrying about it smashing! Personally I didn’t like the gold plastic pump, I think it would have looked better in black but thats just me. Another thing though, is that you can see the foundation through the bottle – great to know when you are near running out!
I used the lightest colour which was 40 Light Ivory. I found this shade a tad bit too light for my skintone. I am around a MAC20 and this shade would probably match a MAC15 pretty close. On first application I used my Real Techniques Expert Face brush, and I found this didn’t work well at all. It was like the foundation was just moving around my face and not actually getting buffed in. I also found the coverage wasn’t great and needed to really work a few layers over any blemishes to cover them up. The next day I just used my fingers to apply this (which I hate doing) but I got a much better result. The foundation was a lot easier to manage this way and found the coverage was alot better. Perhaps it was the warmth of my fingers helping to melt the foundation into the skin easier – I’m not too sure!
The downside I noticed to this foundation was it’s not very kind to my dry skin. And although I used a good moisturiser beforehand, this did tend to stick to any dry patches around my nose and cheeks – usually this is never a problem. It also started to settle into fine lines around the eyes as the day went on.
This is not a bad foundation and it does give a lovely finish to the skin. For me I found applying with my fingers was the only way to get decent coverage, but sadly it just didn’t get on with my skin. I was quite surprised as it feels very moisturising when you apply it! This really does give a beautiful finish to the skin and I think anyone with a normal / combination skintype will get on really well with it. You may still need a concealer for any redness or scarring. For the time being I will stick with my Bourjois Healthy Mix as the finish of both foundations is pretty much identical, but the Healthy Mix just works with my skin that bit better.
Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation* is priced €17.99 and available now.