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I went for this Colour Adept foundation from Max Factor for the first time last Christmas when pennies were a bit tight and I couldn't afford to replace the Clinique foundation I had been using.
I picked this up for £9.99 from Boots. It is a 34 ml products and comes in six different shades. I went for the palest of the range so it would fit in on my skin.
The product is not as good looking as my previous Clinique foundation which came in an attractive cardboard box and then in a slinky glass bottle, but what this Max Factor product also didn't come with is the hefty price tag!
And let's be honest now, isn't it more important what's inside?
The bottle of foundation is a short squat plastic tub. Ever so slightly oval
In shape. The packaging is cheap looking. There is a large label that wraps all the way around the tub but doesn't quite meet itself along one edge so that there is a 2mm gap in which you can see through the clear plastic tub and see how much of your foundation is left.
The tub is crowned with a white plastic pump which dispenses the foundation and again this is rather cheap looking.
There is also a clear plastic lid which goes over the pump but I discard this immediately rather than fiddling about with it every morning!
The pump is quite stiff which is reassuring as you know this stuff will not accidentally get squeezed out in your make up bag when you are on the move.
To apply I use two pumps on a dry make up sponge, one goes on my cheeks and the other I dot over my forehead, nose and chin. Then rub this all over using the sponge.
The company's website claims that this product "adapts to your individual skin tones to provide a flawless finish that is perfect for you. Your skin isn't the same colour all over so why use a foundation that is? "
Whilst I agree with this idea, it didn't work for me but then it should be pointed out that I have extremely sun damaged skin and I have never been able to find a foundation that can cover that fact up - I doubt anything short of stage make up will be able to do that :-(
The foundation goes onto my skin smoothly and feels dry. I do not experience any of the oiliness that I have experienced in the past. Straight away after application I feel that the foundation is set on, I don't feel the need to coat myself in powder. That said though I don't feel that my skin is being dried out by it.
It has a nice natural finish. My skin looks like nice fresh skin, not bad skin that's coated in a load of foundation.
I give it a 5/5 for the finish it gives me, for the ease of application and for the great colour which matches me perfectly.
The packaging isn't particularly appealing and has a rather cheap feel to it, but is that really important?
The foundation has lasted me a long time. I have used it probably 6 days a week for the past ten and a half months. And here is my only slight issue.
The back of the label shows that this stuff has a 12 month shelf life however - after ten and a half the product is noticeably different on consistency. It no longer comes out of the pump as a liquid foundation, it now is a little harder and thicker in substance a bit like that mousse foundation you can buy. The product still works but when rubbing on with my sponge little particles of it now drop in the bathroom sink. This may be though because I don't put the lid on each time after use.
For £10 that's lasted so long though, much as I hate wastage, I am ok about throwing this it and getting another.
Yes, I would buy this again. In fact I will be doing just that soon.
I'm always trying to find a perfect match for my very fair skin tone and tend to find that around half of the foundations I try tend to leave my pasty skin an orange cakey mess. This foundation has been one of the best for matching skin tone as well as giving great coverage.
This foundations comes in quite a large plastic bottle which looks relatively sophisticated with it's black and white design but has a plasticky feel to it. The bottle is made of plastic and features a clear lid with a large white pump at the top of the bottle.
It contains 34ml of product which is a little more than average but I feel that the size of the bottle was more down to it's mousse like air whipped consistency. It dispenses a good amount of product easily.
The colour foundation I bought was creamy ivory which is the lightest shade. When I first pumped out the foundation I was worried it may be a little too dark but it did look much lighter when applied.
The foundation is of an odd consistency, a sort of mousse like creamy foundation that I really liked. It can feel a little heavy on the skin due to this mousse-y consistency but it gives good coverage and really smooths out the skin.
This foundation doesn't have a particular smell, it is certainly not fragranced and if anything just had a sort of lotion like smell, nothing amazing but who smells your face anyway?
I found that this foundation applied really easily with no problems whatsoever. It glides onto the skin without needing excessive scrubbing into the skin and blends really easily.
I personally used my fingers or a buffing brush to apply this foundation as I found that foundation brushes and sponges didn't blend the foundation as well into the skin. I found that the foundation could leave dryer parts of the face looking peely, but providing you don't have very dry skin and exfoliate and moisturise before applying the foundation it looks great.
I personally really like this foundation. The colour blends really easily and leaves lovely medium coverage which can be easily built up. It leaves a lovely matt finish which means I'm not left with a horrible shiny, greasy looking face like other foundations that cannot be worn without a matt powder.
On the other hand, it is quite costly at around £11.99, can leave dry skin peeling slightly and can rub off quite easily. Providing that you use a moisturiser and possibly use a primer and setting powder these last two issues don't cause much of a problem anyway.
The benefits certainly outweigh the negatives when it comes to this foundation and I love the results I personally get with the foundation. I'd definitely recommend it.
I have very fair skin that I sometimes hate as I can't find a foundation that matches perfectly without seeming like I am ill. I tend not to fake tan too much instead opting to purchase the lightest shade possible and blend till it hurts. I was very intrigued when I heard about the Max Factor Colour Adapt Foundation as it adapts to the tone of your skin, rather than mask it with a different colour altogether. Max Factor asks the question, 'your skin isn't the same colour all over, so why use a foundation that is?' Well Max Factor, would you care to explain...
This foundation claims to even out your skin tone and blend away any imperfections. How? It has clever 'colour adapting' particles that when applied to your skin pick up the different pigments in your complexion and become copy cats, which gives you a totally sheer look without painting on a face! Having said that I was half expecting there to be just one MEGA epic foundation then when applied to anyone it would adapt and become a transformer to your skin tone. Perhaps my standards were too high for this as there are 6 shades available! They are:
Creamy Ivory - The lightest shade with yellow pigmentation and a creamy, pale, iridescent sheen that suits all fair complexions.
Natural - A light to medium shade that will suit anyone who has a slight fair complexion but still wants some colour to their skin tone.
Blushing Beige - A medium shade with pink undertones perfect for that blushing golden glow that looks like you've just been on holiday!
Warm Almond - One of the darker shades with a gorgeous golden glow for medium to dark skin tones.
Golden - Another darker shade but with more yellow undertones and a slight light bronze mid tone.
Bronze - The darkest shade of the range with bronzed and golden highlights.
Although there are 6 shades available, inside each colour are the colour adapting particles that are supposed to pick up on any other tones throughout your skin and change to make your make up appear more natural. I have to say I purchased the Creamy Ivory which is the lightest and at first I found it to be a little too dark however after blending I found it to be okay, then after a few hours wear I noticed that I did seem more natural - I don't know whether that was because it had faded a bit or if these light particles really did adapt! However I do find that it makes my skin more softer and smoother and my pores seem to look smaller too!
I apply this with my fingers as I find it easier to get a good coverage - its full coverage however if you want more of a medium effect then don't put as much on. I love how creamy it is and how succulent it makes my skin feel! I love Max Factor make up and this has certainly lived up to it once more!
Retailing at £9.99 you can purchase at Superdrugs, Boots, selected supermarkets, any departments stores that stock Max Factor as well as online.
I originally tried this make up when I was round my friend's house getting ready for a night out. I was so impressed with the results that I decided to go out and by myself my own bottle.
About Maxfactor Colour Adapt
Colour Adapt is a breakthrough technology that contains unique colour adapting particles. These particles pick up and reflect the colour of the underlying background, or in this case, your skin. Colour Adapt contains more than one colour pigment. These pigments adapt to your skins natural colour variations. Flawless coverage that fit's your personal colour palette like a glove and that it certainly does, I have never come across a make up that looks so natural.
The bottle itself is quite a nice design with a pump through which you squirt the foundation out. The only problem with this pump is that you might not necessarily get the best use out of the bottle as I don't think the pump reaches the bottom of the bottle. The lid is white and see through pops on and off easily, sometimes a bit too easily so if you pop it in your bag, it can come off easily so you need to be careful not to lose it. Max Factor Colour Adapt is written across the front of the bottle. The colour of the foundartion is written underneath the Max Factor Logo.
This is the one downfall of this foundation, its quite expensive at £11.95 for 35ml. I don't actually wear make up that often so this bottle lasts me a very long time. Although I am not sure how long it would last if you were wearing it every day.
Applying It And The Effect
The texture of this foundation is so smooth, almost silky! It spreads over my skin so nicely and blends into my natural skin tone with ease.
Before applying the foundation, I always shake the bottle to try and make sure that all the foundation will come out evenly. Push down on the pump and a squirt of the foundation will come out onto your hand. I find that 2-3 pumps on the bottle provides me with enough foundation to fully cover my face.
This foundation gives such a natural coverage and the foundation itself is quite light when you are applying it to your skin. going on.
The coverage I get from this foundation is the best I have ever experienced, covering most blemishes, and my little patches of exzema that I get sometimes. This foundation doesn't leave any streaking, lines or anything at all to show that I am wearing foundation.
I often have rosy pink cheeks and with previous foundations that I have worn, I just look pale as they cover my natural skin tone. With this clour adapt foundation, it allows my natural skin colour to come through underneath the foundation so it really does look so natural, I cant emphasise how natural this looks unless you actually try it yourself.
Variety Of Shades
The shades are quite limited but I still manage to find a colour that suits my skin shade perfectly. The following shades are included in the range:
1.40 Creamy Ivory
3.55 Blushing Nude
I would certainly recommend this foundation to anyone. It gives perfect coverage and looks so natural so you will not look like you have spent hours trowling on the makeup. Ok, it is a little expensive, but in my mind it is well worth the money for the brilliant results that you achieve when using it.
This max factor colour adapt foundation isn't supposed to cover up and hide your skin it's supposed to actually match your skin tone. Max factor claim that this foundation has the ability to pick up and reflect the different pigments in your complexion to give a totally sheer look without masking your skin's true radiance. Looking through my many make up bags I found this the other day and it still had a little bit left so I thought I'd give it ago. This comes in six shades.
I have shade 50 which is porcelain. I've had this for a long time so I am assuming that they have improved their shades and re named them, but porcelain is usually one of the lighter shades foundation brands have to offer. This is roughly the same price every where and that is around £10 and maybe a little cheaper these days you can buy this from a lot of places.
*make up market stalls
This foundation comes in a 34ml bottle with a lid, that I have lost because lids annoy me and I don't think they are important with pump action packaging, which is what this colour adapt foundation has. I like this because it releases controlled amounts meaning you won't use too much and you then won't waste any of very little. Upon release this foundation is a mix between creamy and mousse. This specific shade is slightly orangey and would no longer suit my skin tone however at the time it did. Before I apply this I have to have my concealer on, because this is a mousse based foundation I apply with neither a brush or sponge but with my fingers instead, mousse is easier to blend with fingers and spread easy because it will soak into a sponge and just smudge around with a brush. this blends in really well and doesn't dry faster than I can apply it so it all ends up an even coverage which I am very happy about.
Wearing this shade now makes me look orange because I'm now paler than I was but at the time I did look this strange. I'm not sure about the way Max factor says the pigments work however this looks OK on, the coverage is great and you can layer this up and it not going strange and look like you have dry skin. Wearing this I noticed that this is matte and not shine which I like for a casual day and you don't have to put powder on the top either. Wearing this feels a little icky, it feels like I have too much on and feels horrible around my eyes especially. I can wear this for around 6 hours while not doing anything and it still look the same. However wearing this to work you can see it coming off after around 3 hours.
Taking this off
Wiping this off with my cheapo face wipes was always difficult, simply because the wipes weren't moist enough and took about 5 to take off all my make up, these days it takes one to fully talk off the foundation and another for my eyes and just to make sure. This foundation is relatively easy to wipe off if your wipes are really moist, this took a while to get off my cheeks and around my eyes but we got there in the end.
Would I buy again
I would re buy again but I won't throw the rest of this away either simply because in desperate times where I cannot afford my usually foundation for a few days I use my left overs from other brands and this is one of them. This is only £10 and maybe even cheaper these days and a lot of the time if you buy cheap you get cheap and this is definitely the look of this foundation.
I'm never happy with foundations. I can never find anything that has good coverage of the right shade.
I've never actually tried a mx factor product and since this one one of the few foundations left that I haven't tried I figured I had nothing to lose!
The packaging is nice, but nothing amazing. It is essentially a see through plastic container which is oval shaped if you are looking at the width of the product. But it is quite a good size and containts 34ml.
Max Factor call this colour adapt and say that it evens out skin tones and gets rid of imperfections. it comes in 6 shades which should suit most skin tones. I am quite pale skinned and really struggle to find shades that don't look silly on me. I therefore plumped for 'natural' which was actually perfect.
It applies nice and evenly with a little product going quite a long way. Even when i'm lazy and apply this with my fingers and not a proper foundation brush it still comes out well. I'm impressed that when Max Factor say that this evens out skin tones and imperfections that it really does!
The product lasts quite well when applied and doesn't seem to streak or transfer and easily will last a night out. It isn't too badly priced either as it retails for around £9.99 which for a foundation is quite reasonable since there re many more expensive ones out there!
All in all i'm quite pleased with this foundation and if like me you aren't sure with shades and are fairly light - medium toned start with the natural first. I would definitely re-purchase.
''Your skin isn't the same colour all over so why use a foundation that is? Colour Adapt flatters and works with every shade of your face to create the most natural looking base ever. '' http :// www. maxfactor. co.uk / uk / products /F​ace/Foundations / ColourAdapt / detail.aspx
Upon using this product i found the maxfactor description of this foundation irellevant and decetful. As what the product does not tell you is the negetive affects of using this product.
Upon buying the product i had read the maxfactor description of it and due to both the product description and price i expected a foundation with both a flawless and natural finish but what i actually recieved what the complete oposite.
When i applied the product the foundation felt foamy on my fingers however when i applied the product to my face it turned into lumpy small balls on my skin and rubbed off like flakes, on several occasions after i applied the product i found myself rubbing it straight off as i was left with an undesirable unnatural finish. When trying to apply powder ontop of the foundation, the foundation smudged into blotchy lumps on my face and left my face blotchy and uneven.
Although i found the product left me in an undesirable unnatural state, it did have some advantages. Such as Coming in a range of colours so the product is useful for all skin colours and being good in bad weather conditions such as rain. I have tried many foundations and many when in wet conditions has turned watery, uneven and dripped off my face, however this has been the best product as although the maxfactor desciption dosent mention a waterproof quality the water seems to slide straight off avoiding wrecking your makeup.
Aswell as the many negetetives listed above i also found there wasn't enough of the product, as after 2-3 weeks i had used the product up and as i do not use much foundation and can go for days without, i found this appauling.
This foundation is a perminant in my make up bag. I have been using it for many years now and I have failed to find another foundation that works as well for the same money.
Colour adapt is a fairly thick liquid foundation that can be applied by hand or sponge. It comes in a pump action container in a wide range of skin tone matches. I use the 70 Natural edition and find that miraculously, it does really adapt to the different colour shades on my face and can work for me both in summer and winter without making me look to pale or orange.
It is not a good idea however to pile too much of this onto your face at a time as the skin becomes very greasy and unnatural looking this way.
Other make up types work well ontop of the foundation also, like blusher for example of eye shadow. The foundation offeres a good base for all other make up as well as giving you a flawless complexion.
I utterly reccomend this foundation for those who dont wan't to spend a bomb on expensive branded make up.
Maxfactor Colour Adapt is one of those products that I always have to have in my makeup drawer. My skin tone is really pale and I find it hard to choose a shade that's light enough to keep the dreaded line that marks the end of foundation at bay. I find most of the ivory shades can be chalky and if not careful, I can end up looking ill (especially in photographs!). I find Colour Adapt to be the perfect balance though, it blends really well and doesn't look too heavy on the skin- by that I mean I often see foundation that looks as if you could literally scrape it off someone's face, CA isn't one of those. The product gives the skin a lovely matte finish, although when applying this in direct sunlight I do notice a slight glow (not quite shimmer but definitely some light reflecting pigment). It has quite a "fluffy" texture, and for someone like me who's lucky to only be hindered with the occasional blemish at certain points throughout the month, I'd say the coverage was pretty good. I do find if I have a particularly stubborn red one then I have to reach for the concealer, but in my opinion I would rather conceal a few areas on my face and have medium coverage than use a very thick foundation (as stated in the example above). I apply my foundation almost every morning, and sometimes a second time if I'm heading out at night and am redoing my makeup. Because I always keep at least one full bottle of this in my drawer it's hard to say how long it lasts me, but as a rough guide I'd say about 6-8 weeks with everyday use, which for a medium priced foundation is really reasonable. One minor niggle I have with this product is the way the pump always leaves a small percentage of the product inside the bottle once its "empty", and there really is no way (that I know) of getting it out. This is one reason why I always keep it stocked, no fun trying to get ready at 6am and realising you have no foundation left, even though you can physically see the product inside the tube! I suppose this is just another way the industry keeps us buying frequently.
I used to use this foundation with powder applied on top of it. Although you would think the powder would give it a bit more staying power, I've come to find that just a very light dusting of bronzer works better for me. With the powder, although it didn't stay 100% flawless all day I found it did a pretty good job, and never came home to the yucky blotches of colour around my nose and upper lip like I have with some other foundations I've tried.
So the main claim in the name... Colour Adapt? Personally as someone who has continually purchased this product for years I still can't decide if this is true or not. Could it be that because the makeup industry is so full of these gimmicks I generally stop believing anything they say is true? Perhaps. That said, there is something that makes me and my usually unmatchable skin tone return to this product time and time again.
I have tried so many foundations over the years, before settling with Max Factor then finally this specific one 'Colour adapt'.
Naturally I have fair skin with light freckles, which I am not a huge fan of. So I do tend to cover them up & this does the job nicely. It doesn't cover them up 100% though - but I don't mind a few of them showing through! I do use this product with Barbara Daly (Tesco's brand) powder foundation over it, they work well together! Unlike most foundations, you could easily just wear this with NO powder over it and it is't sticky at all & doesn't come off either.
The shade I tend to use for my fair skin is blushing beige but with an Ivory powder over it.
The only downside to this product is that it does tend to wear off towards the end of the day & the powder I put over it can become patchy (you know what I mean) when it becomes patchy etc! For a night out it's great, but all day wear.. it will wear off! I'm still searching for a foundation similar to this that will last all day, so any recommendations would be welcomed!
The texture/smell of this product are getting a little criticism here, but I find it nice! Easy to blend, one reviewer said it left her face with streaks, but I would say she is using a shade too dark maybe? I never have this problem at all! Another downside IS the price, it is a little pricey.. BUT for a Max Factor product it is reasonable.
i am in love with this foundation.i have tried different brand name foundations but i have always gone back to using this foundation. it covers almost everything from scars to blemishes.its quite hard to find the right colour for your skin tone because when its in the bottle it always seems darker than what it is.you have to try a tester first. it makes you look radiant and glowing.also using a loose powder over the top really sets the foundation.it has a pump action so you can control how much foundation you use so you dont end up wasting any of it. it does ware off abit towards the end of the day bit it takes 2 seconds to re apply or you can just put abit of loose powder on and it brings back the glow. i woudnt ever change from maxfactor to a different brand because it has everything i need to cover those little marks. it is quite expensive but well worth the money. i will use this foundation forever.
Today I am going to be reviewing the Max Factor Colour Adapt foundation. The tube I got is a mini one from a gift set but it doesn't matter about that because it's the product inside that counts !
When I first read about the 'colour adapt' type foundations where the foundation turns 'your own unique skin tone' I was very sceptical. I thought 'How can a product with pigments already in and a colour already in it turn a different colour?' I have never looked into how it works but it really does adapt to your skin tone !
Here is an extract from the max factor website.
'Don't Mask Your True Colours. Match them.
Your skin isn't the same colour all over so why use a foundation that is? Colour Adapt flatters and works with every shade of your face to create the most natural looking base ever. The secret? Clever colour adapting particles pick up and reflect the different pigments in your complexion to give a totally sheer look without masking your skin's true radiance.'
It comes out very smooth and creamy and glides nicely over the skin. A little goes a very long way with this foundation and you really do not need a lot to have a nice even coverage on your face. It blends in perfectly because it adapts to the different areas of your skin such as your jaw line and forehead where the colour may be different.
Overall I really like this foundation and I think I will be repurchasing it in future.
Have you tried this foundation ?
I love this foundation for all over coverage, and it really does seem to work with your skin tone to give you the perfect colour! This only works when you want the product all over your face though.
Using this product on only a few sections on your face, or just on blemishes will not work - I have tried this, and it is very noticeable that the foundation has only been applied to that part of your face. It gives a circle of darker foundation to your skin colour around where you have applied it, so it obviously needs to work with the colour of your whole face rather than one section!
Apart from that, the product is very good, and I love that it makes your skin look amazing, and is so natural, that sometimes it doesn't even look as though you have foundation on, just that you have amazing skin!
The product is not cheap, but if you want a perfect coverage and colour ALL OVER your face, then this is the foundation for you!
I started using max factor colour adapt recently and it is the best foundation I have ever used.
It is a liquid foundation but has quite a moussey texture I think.
It covers imperfection and even makes enlarged pores appear smooth. the colour also looks natural and it doesn't look like you are wearing makeup really. you only need a tiny amount, it really goes far! I have quite sensitive skin and so far it hasn't caused any breakouts so that's a huge plus. I have very pale, white skin and I use shade 70 "natural" which is perfect as it isn't so pale that it makes me even whiter nor is it too dark. I also sometimes use it as a concealer as it blends in so well it isn't noticeable if you don't have it all over your face. It also doesn't look flaky like some other mousse type foundations.
It is around £10 per bottle but as I said a little goes a long way so it is great value for money and should last ages!
I would definetly recommend it for anyone who wants their skin to look nice but also look natural.
My favourite foundation I have ever used was by Max Factor, Stay Perfect, which included a primer and was subsequently discontinued (this happens to me a lot with my favourite products for some reason!). I managed to find some on ebay and at a market, but eventually I had to accept that I had to find a new foundation.
Naturally since I was so happy with this previous one from Max Factor, I decided to try something else from the brand. I bought Colour Adapt, available in the same shade I was previously using, and after testing it in the store. This product is available in five shades and is meant to adjust to your skin tone, which should mean it will match perfectly and look very natural on. It comes in a bottle with a pump, which I thought would be ideal for controlling the amount which comes out during use. It was £9.99 at Boots, which is not too bad for a Max Factor foundation.
Unfortunately this has turned out not to be the product for me at all. When I tested a small amount of it in store, I failed to fully appreciate the texture, which I have to say is pretty strange for a liquid foundation. It reminds me very much of a mousse foundation, such as Maybelline Dream Mousse, which I have tried before and not liked at all. The consistency is similar to this whipped feel, but obviously more liquid than the Dream Mousse.
This texture makes it, for me, very hard to apply well. When blending the product, I feel very much like I'm just smearing it around rather than actually blending it, and I often end up with smeary marks, particularly around my mouth and eyebrows. I have been using this product for a couple of weeks, thinking that perhaps I just needed to get used to it and would soon be able to apply it better, but this is not the case at all. Perhaps if applied with a makeup sponge it might be slightly easier to work with, but I haven't tested this theory out as I prefer a foundation I can apply using my fingers. The texture may also be behind another problem: in areas where pores are slightly more visible, which I have on my nose, it seems to settle on top of the enlarged pores, making them even more visible than without makeup.
I also feel that the coverage is not as good as I would expect from a Max Factor product. I have to apply much more than I would like (which exacerbates the blending problem) in order to get the coverage I need. Perhaps for someone who is simply looking for their foundation to even their skin tone, this might be a better option than for me.
I also don't feel that the foundation is particularly long wearing. By the end of the work day I often feel as if much of it has worn away, and it is also not particularly enjoyable to wear. I often feel very aware of wearing it, which is not what I want makeup to feel like. It often comes off on my fingers if I touch my face, and it feels slightly greasy.
Overall this makeup really is a disappointment, and perhaps there are some people whose skin it would be more suited to, but that is certainly not me. It does give quite an even colour (once you manage to sort out the smeary patches), and it also has very little scent, which is nice, but those are the only positives I can think of regarding this product. I will definitely not be buying it again and will be continuing my search for a replacement for my perfect foundation.
Traditional foundations contain pigments that only reflect one colour / Colour Adapt is a breakthrough technology that contains unique colour adapting particles / These particles pick up and reflect the colour of the underlying background skin tone and therefore appear to match your skin tone perfectly, creating a smoother, flawless look /