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The product I am reviewing is Face Finity Foundation by Max Factor. This foundation is a liquid foundation and is also a 3-in-1 foundation which has primer to hold, concealer to correct and foundation to finish. Although I already have a foundation that I use occasionally it only gave me light coverage and wasn't long lasting so I wanted something that may give better coverage and also last longer than my previous one. The foundation comes in a tall glass bottle and you can clearly see the foundation in the bottle. I like this idea as you can see when the foundation is running low. I wasn't too sure on the fact that the packaging is made from glass as it feels a lot heavier in your bag. On the front of the bottle it clearly states the name of this product and that it's a 3-in-1 foundation. On the back of the bottle it gives you a little information about the foundation and also lists the ingredients. The neck of the bottle is a metallic gold colour and the black pump dispenser sits on top of this. A clear lid covers the pump part and the gold neck of the bottle. I personally think that the packaging makes the foundation look as though it's a good product and also makes it look quite pricey. Although the bottle is made from glass it fits into my make up bag nicely without taking up too much room. The shade of the foundation is on the front of the bottle at the bottom. I purchased the natural shade so it states this on the bottle. I thought the natural shade would be more suited to me that the other colours as although I am pale, I'm not really pale. The natural shade seemed to be the right choice for me as I think the others would have been too light or too dark. I didn't want to end up looking white like a ghost but I didn't want to look orange either. They should have testers in store so you can find the correct shade for your skin.
I purchased the foundation from my local Superdrug store for £11.99, but you can also purchase it from Boots stores as well. The product comes in 6 different shades which include:
You can also purchase the foundation from the Boots & Superdrug website. Boots currently have an offer on Max Factor products, where if you spend over £15 or more on selected Max Factor products you will receive a free Christmas gift box.
Using the Foundation
I always use a Real Techniques Foundation brush when applying liquid foundation. I find that this gives better coverage and a flawless, professional finish. Although this is a 3 in 1 foundation, I still applied my normal primer (Smashbox) which creates a smooth base for the foundation and would also help to make the foundation last longer. I normally apply a concealer under my eyes to cover the dark circles but in this case I decided not too as I wanted to see how good the foundation was. When using the product for the first time I had to press the pump dispenser down a few times in order to get any of the foundation out. I dispensed this onto the back of my hand. The foundation had a nice consistency to it and it wasn't too thin but at the same time it wasn't thick either. It was the kind of consistency I like a foundation to have. Using my foundation brush I started to apply the product to my face working from the centre outwards. It's also important to apply foundation in good, natural light for a natural finish and so you can see where the foundation needs blending. I found that the foundation blended well with minimum effort and it didn't feel too thick or heavy on my skin. I chose the Natural shade and this was perfect for my skin, without making me look pale and it didn't make me look orange either. After ensuring the foundation was blended and looked good, I applied some loose powder over the top to finish off the look. Although the foundation looked fine without powder, I prefer the look with some powder as I find it gives more of a natural and matte finish. The foundation didn't do a brilliant job of concealing the dark circles under my eyes, but it did make them appear less obvious which was good.
I had applied the foundation in the morning and I was going to be out for most of the day so I was hoping that the foundation would last this long. I don't normally take make-up out with me unless I am going on a night out, so I hoped that I didn't need it during the day. I liked the fact that the foundation didn't feel heavy on my face and in fact my face felt and looked very natural. During my trip out I did pop to the toilet a few times and the foundation did stay looking great for the majority of the day. When I got home at least 5hrs later I noticed that it was looking a little patchy; how-ever it didn't look cakey. There was only one patchy area which was near my mouth. We were going out for a few drinks with some friends so I applied some more loose powder over the top of the foundation which seemed to sort the problem out. I didn't expect this to be a long term effect but it would do for an hour whilst we were down the pub. At the end of the night I used a facial cleansing wipe to remove all my make up and I found that the foundation came off easily using one of these followed by cleanser and toner. I have used the foundation a few times now and I don't find the foundation drying and it didn't cause me to have any break outs either which was good.
I have actually purchased a few products from the Max Factor range before including a different type of foundation. I have always been quite impressed with their products and I find they are always good quality which is why I decided to go for a foundation by Max Factor. There were 2 different foundations that I liked the sound/look of so I did actually end up purchasing two different ones, this being one of them. I like the packaging to the foundation as I like that you can see how much foundation you have left in the bottle, so you know when you are running low and need to buy some more. I found the consistency of the product really nice and it was really easy to work with and apply for an even and natural looking coverage. I don't think the foundation does a good job of covering dark circles as the concealer I use, but it does help to fade them a little which was better than nothing. The foundation didn't feel heavy on my skin which I was pleased with as I hate foundations that feel heavy and thick. Although the foundation looks natural I do always apply powder over the top with a large brush as I find that this really completes the look. The foundation does last for a good amount of time; how-ever I think you do need to be careful if wearing the foundation all day as you may find that it can become a little patchy after 4-5hrs. Although my foundation did go slightly patchy it was only in one area and only a small area so it wasn't obvious and it didn't make my make-up look cakey or dry. In terms of value the product is quite pricey; how-ever I do think it's a good foundation and gives really good coverage. It may not be as long lasting as other foundations but I liked that this doesn't feel heavy and is also kind to my skin. I will definitely purchase this product again when my previous one has run out.
(review also on ciao)
I own over a dozen foundations; I wouldn't say I'm one of those people who is on the search for the perfect one but I do like to try new ones that come out, I'm a mid-price range kinda girl when it comes to foundation (although am currently coveting a MAC one) with my favourite brand being Max Factor so when I received a tube of their Face Finity 3-in-1 foundation I couldn't wait to try it out.
The foundation is usually supplied in the pump bottle you can see above - mine arrived in a 25ml tester tube which has all the relevant information printed on but is nowhere near as attractive as the bottle, it doesn't stand up on the rounded lid (what's that all about?!) so I have to keep it in my make up bag instead of on the shelf with the rest of my foundations. This isn't a big deal as at the end of the day it was a freebie, but I do think a little more thought could have gone into the tube design despite the fact that it's a sample item.
The shade which Max Factor sent me was Beige (55), based on the skin tone details I'd provided when I requested the sample. It's pretty much spot on for me actually, the foundation looks a little light in tone as I'm applying it but once it's settled on my skin it blends in really well with my actual skin colour - this is one you really can't test out on the back of your hand as you just won't get a true idea of the shade.
Application is reasonably straightforward; I've found Face Finity dries to a powder finish extremely quickly and this can be a pain when you're trying to blend it, but it's one of those things that you'll develop a knack for - and frankly even if you don't it's easy enough in decent lighting to see any areas you've missed (or patches of poorly blended overlapping) and then a small blob of extra foundation carefully applied can have you looking flawless once more.
Hang on. Did I say flawless? Well, truth be told this foundation is actually pretty naff at providing the flawless finish I'm after with my foundation - yes, it looks fantastic when first applied. The coverage appears to be good with an even matte finish, any skin blemishes I have are smoothed out and my slightly uneven skin tone (a sad legacy of four pregnancies) looks 'fixed'. After less than an hour, or any physical exertion whatsoever, the foundation starts to fade and look patchy which makes my skin look worse than before I applied my make-up. It's exceedingly drying to the point where the foundation forms small flaky patches on my forehead, dry skin isn't something I suffer with so I know if a certain cosmetic is causing me problems - and this one certainly is a problem-creator.
My skin doesn't look good when I've used Face Finity, the visible powderiness of the finish makes my skin look dull and old - I feel like frigging Baby Jane in some lights and this isn't great on my mid-30s skin as I do think this foundation adds years to me. In one way, in another way it takes years off me - in the form of giving me the kind of spots I haven't had on my face for twenty years! Awful! It's definitely the foundation as I haven't made any other changes to my skin care or make-up, and these are the sort of spots which occur through a dodgy reaction to *something* rather than a skin imbalance. I'm lucky with spots, I just don't get them - but within three days of using Face Finity I had a breakout my fourteen year old daughter would have been proud of!
It's just awful with no redeeming features. It doesn't last 'All Day', or anywhere approaching 'All Day' - it's Max Factor's 20 Minute Tops foundation with no staying power at all. The fact that it's trying to be a primer, concealer and foundation in one just makes it seem gimmicky as it's too dusty in texture to do any of those jobs well at all. It would maybe work as a primer as it does smooth out the appearance of my skin, but although reasonably light for a foundation it would be overkill to apply this and then ANOTHER layer of foundation on the top - not that Max Factor suggest you do this, I'm merely thinking aloud on how I can finish off this tube of foundation without wasting it!
As a concealer - hahaha! No way! The spots it caused weren't concealed and looked angrier than ever when coated with this dusty foundation, the dark circles under my eyes weren't helped in the slightest and even the tiny usually-easily-concealed mole on my jaw was prominent in unconcealed glory against a pale powdery background. Rubbisher than rubbish.
I can't recommend it, and I'm pretty surprised to hear myself say that about a Max Factor product as usually I love everything they offer. Face Finity isn't for me however, it doesn't suit me and has a finish which doesn't enhance my skin as a good foundation should. It's far too matte and this zaps any semblance of vigour and youthfulness from your skin - this foundation is supposedly good for an oily T-Zone, but I can only imagine how clogged and 'a mess' the powdery foundation becomes if it's designed to soak up excess oil. I don't have T-Zone issues but don't think I'd turn to Face Finity if I did, it feels bad enough on non-problematic skin let alone oily or dry skin which can make even the best foundation look bad - and this is definitely not a best foundation to start with.
It costs £11.99 and from the quality I'd say this is roughly a tenner too much, you need to use a fair amount for each application thanks to the fact that it blends so badly when first applied - my tube has lasted me for a far shorter period of time than I thought it would, surprising really considering I've hardly used it as it makes my skin look so awful.
Hello there darlings,
Now as this is my first review, be sure to let me know if i've missed anything out, or if there's any extra information you need!
Purchase & Packaging.
I decided to give this 3 in 1 a try, as I was in need of all of these products and was drawn in by the promise of this simplicity! The packaging is attractive, with a good sized bottle, a black pump action top. The foundation does seem to get around the inside of the clear lid somewhat.
I paid £11.49 in Boots for the foundation, I consider Maxfactor to be one of the better "high street" make up brands, so this price seemed reasonable on purchase. At Boots 3 for 2 is often available on Maxfactor products.
Cleansed, toned and moisturised by face was ready and prepped for application, the foundation was slightly oily. This oiliness prevents the wearer from applying more than one coat as the second causes the first to rub of and separate with a streaky outcome. A single coat, over exfoliated skin, goes on rather smoothly and it is reasonably easy to apply effectively.
This foundation is just that, a foundation. My skin did not feel effectively prepped nor did it look as good as with primer and concealer. The 'concealer' element was slightly effective in covering small blemishes, but without the targeted application less though than a good concealer. The foundation offers medium coverage, which will work well on most people. I would consider it very shiny on the skin, but the bottle does not promise a powder! With a good translucent powder the foundation does look rather nice considering the lack of prep. There are a good range of colours.
The foundation feels ever so slightly sticky, it is certainly not matte, the oily texture can feel heavy on the skin. I was very aware that I was wearing it but the application of powder did help.
On a normal day without excessive sweating, or heat, it holds up pretty well. After a day at work it slides off face somewhat, again because of the oiliness. Keep topping up on powder every few hours and it'll stay on OK. I have a slightly red complexion and this was only eased in the first couple of hours of wear.
Removal after a day of wear was simple with a cleanser, or warm soapy water!
You're in a hurry for a quick make up fix. If you can get away with reapplying mid way, or powder every couple of hours. If you are 40+ with skin that is not oily it is very moisturising and works well skin that is dry or normal.
If you are in your teens or 20s, or have oily skin! If you are very particular about coverage, if you want light coverage and a barely there feel, don't even go there. If you have rough or heavily blemished skin I would avoid as it seems to not fill skin out and cover larger blemishes.
MEDIUM COVERAGE- HEAVY- OILY- 7 HOUR STAYING-GOOD COLOUR RANGE.