3/30/2014

Almost Gold - A Trio of Max Factor Bargains.

I can't resist a good make-up bargain, so when Superdrug were offering a three for two promotion across Max Factor Cosmetics, I decided to indulge myself a little and try out some new items.

I'd been intrigued by their Pan Stik Foundation for a while, and with the Creme Puff Pressed Powder being a vintage lovers handbag staple it seemed silly to not give it a try. I completed the trio with a berry coloured Colour Elixir Lipstick and excitedly took my make-up haul home to play with.

Max Factor Pan Stik Foundation (£6.99) in Nouveau Beige 13.
I'm always on the look out for foundations which promise special attention to dry skin, and the Pan Stick certainly delivers. Whilst it's creamy texture spreads like butter and blends like a dream, I'd exercise caution if you're prone to oily skin as this will slip right off without an appropriate primer. I picked the Pan Stick up in it's Nouveau Beige 13 variant - a light shade with pink undertones which sadly was still a little too dark for my milk bottle skin. It's the second lightest shade and I wish I'd gone with my instincts and picked it up in Fair 25, but I had figured 13 would be lighter than 25, right? Wrong! It might be ok if I caught the sun a little, but sadly fear that this is going to be mostly used for contouring rather than the entire face. On the plus side, the stick application is just perfect for that.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick (£7.99) in Mulberry 685.

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick (£7.99) in Mulberry 685.
The Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Mulberry 685 is a stunning plum colour which is heavily pigmented and offers a lovely pearly shimmer - perfect for a soft Spring shimmer. The packaging is lovely, but what really made me fall in love is how wonderful it made my lips feel. It claims to moisturise and stop feathering, and really lived up to those promises. The colour lasted well throughout the day, even when drinking lots of cups of tea and barely needed to be touched up until going out again in the evening.

Max Factor Creme Puff Powder Compact (£5.99) in Translucent 5.
My final product to try was the Max Factor Creme Puff Pressed Powder. This is such a cult product, and easily recognisable due to it's powdery, perfumed scent. It manages to both set your make-up and offer a degree of concealment without feeling cakey. The powder itself is high-coverage and I've found that using it over a BB Cream will make you look like you're wearing a skin perfecting matte foundation. The only downside was that despite buying a shade which called itself "Translucent", the powder was anything but. In fact on my skin, it was at least two shades too dark for me, and a little on the orange side. I was really shocked! However the product itself was so good that I went and purchased it in it's Truly Fair shade, and it was the perfect product to set and finish off my face properly.

Until next time,

Diana xx

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