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I actually think this product was discontinued in stores for some reason, I only see it on sites which sell make up which is no longer available in store and I always see it on my local market, I have seen it there for years and the price is usually £2.50.
The foundation comes in a plastic bottle which looks like it has been split into two.
One side is white, this side is the one which contains the 'primer', this is STEP ONE.
The other side is beige and this is the foundation, STEP TWO.
The bottom is joined together except with two holes where the product comes out of.
Over the rest of the bottle is some useful information ( logo/what it does/ingredients/contacts )
Overall, the look of the foundation bottle does not really impress me, I think it looks rather sleazy and barely effort put in to it.
'Flawless Perfection introduces a revolutionary new approach to foundation - a unique patented two-step system incorporating separate skin perfecting and colour finish formulas designed to work together to deliver a freshly applied, flawless look which lasts throughout the day.'
Okay, so basically this is telling us that you will achieve a flawless looking complexion by the time it is on, that means none of my acne showing through and no shininess! great.
My first encounter with this foundation was about 2/3 years ago when my mum used to use it, I love trying out every type of make up you can, I am just desperate to find something which works for me, covers up my acne and looks flawless and natural whilst on, so are you surprised that I decided to try this? :)
If you are interested my skin is combination/dry and the colour of the foundation which I chose was rose beige.
Okay well first up, I do not like the feeling of the plastic bottle in your hand, it just feels...different? I dont like the way you kind of have to squeeze one side if you would rather apply the primer first and then the foundation secondly, it just kind of makes it awkward.
On to the instructions:
To use, step 1: apply the skin perfecting complex its lightweight formula provides a smooth starting point that helps keep your look flawless all day. Step 2: Next smooth on colour finish for a flawless finished look. For best results use equal amounts at each step'.
The primer comes out in a line and it does come out very thinly because of the size of the hole, I have to be honest when I first came across this I would not of passed this off as a primer at all, I would of passed this off as GLUE, it was very sticky feeling and very gloopy and the smell was exactly like glue, but ofcourse it was not glue so I will just say this is a very cheap moisturiser, no way at all is it a primer, I find the primer goes on the skin fine, it doesn't smell the best though and the feel of my skin afterwards is quite rough and bumpy.
So next we are on to the foundation, this also comes out in a line and very thinly, but it is not gloopy unlike the primer and feels quite nice.
I did struggle to glide it across the skin without my skin feeling rough but this is because of stupid step one, so when I did use this I used it without the 'primer' and the foundation goes on a lot more smoothly and gives a medium coverage.
I know some of you may say build it up but I dont like to do that because then it just looks quite cakey and not as natural.
The colour is quite nice and was really nicely suited to my fake tan and blended in perfectly, it did look a tad streaky on my cheeks but bronzer hides that very easily! After around 3 hours the foundation tends to go rather greasy looking and if you touch your face it will come off very easily.
I did like the look this foundation gave without the primer for the first few hours, and I did use the whole bottle but it is not something I would ever purchase again because it was just okay.
I bought this foundation when it first came out and was instantly interested because of the primer included with it.
My review of this is both positive and negative,
I love the design and idea behind this foundation, combining primer with foundation makes it easy to use and means I don't have to buy another primer.
The primer is fantastic! It makes the skin soft, easy to apply foundation and makes it last longer. I prefer to use this primer with other foundations rather than expensive ones.
The squeeze bottle means there are no spillages or mess when using it.
The foundation gives a decent coverage and as I have dry skin, it gives it more moisture.
There isn't enough primer included - it seems to run out quite quickly compared to the foundation, which means I end up buying another just for the primer!
The foundation can also be a bit too moisturising and sometimes my skin looks a bit dewy and shiny from it.
It doesn't last for ages, but also doesn't wear away after a few hours.
I still have this foundation and use it if I'm out for a few hours or not going somewhere I want to look great for. I LOVE the primer and the foundation is fairly decent, but it is slightly greasy on the skin.
I am really suprised that this product has not recieved better reviews.
My search for the perfect foundation has been long and hard.
I have tried pretty much everything, and pretty much nothing has worked.
I havent got the best of skin.
My cheeks are always a bit pink, as is my nose, and i do get the occasional acne style breakout, which I dont think is completely fair at my age.
Hopefully by the time I am forty, my skin will be beautiful.
I tried this product, and loved the idea of the primer on one side.
The primer (the white bit) goes on, and smoothes everything out. Blemishes, enlarged pores...it even seems to soften my redness.
Next on goes the foundation, which I have found to be smoothe, just thick enough for complete coverage, but light enough so that when its powdered, it doesnt feel sticky or gunky on your face.
There is quite a variety of shades, and the palest one is just about pale enough for someone as pasty as me, although, to be honest, it would be nice if it came one or two shades lighter.
It doesnt last long. I dont know whether thats because i wear a lot, or because there just isnt that much.
a lot of the product gets caught inside the package, so, before you disgard, cut the bottom off, and get your moneys worth.
oh yes, also, use a foundation brush. you wont use as much foundation, and the application will be a lot smoother.
This foundation seems to last all day, and doesnt slip like others.
A little pricey for high street foundation, but certainly worth it.
As I have dark Asian skin, I always find buying a good foundation a nightmare, but I've never forked out for an expensive one. Maxfactor Flawless Perfection was one of the new foundations that caught my eye after my old foundation went off. I paid £12.99 for it from Boots but, just googling it, it's available much more cheaply on the internet.
The actual foundation is rather pretentiously named 'Maxfactor Flawless Perfection Al Day Makeup System' because it is a 2 step system consisting of step 1: the Skin Perfecting Complex and step 2: the Colour Finish (foundation).
I was attracted to this foundation in Boots because of the tester, which was in a clear bottle and had lots of shades available. The actual liquid in the bottle was lots of different shades of brown, and some flecks of red, which gave a sort of marbled, rocky road effect. I thought this would mean that my shade would be matched quite well. When I tried it on my hand, I mixed the different coloured blobs together and it seemed to blend into my skin really well, so I was impressed. At the time, there was another alternative Maxfactor foundation, which was all one colour, went on more 'grayish' and just, frankly, didn't look as exciting! I also liked the fact that it had a make up base with Sun Protectant Factor in it.
The skin perfecting complex is a cool, thick white liquid that has to be rubbed into the skin for a little while. It also has a 'chemical' smell. It leaves the skin smooth and a little bit greasy feeling, but not shiny.
The colour finish, in my case, is a marbled looking liquid containing different shades of brown and flecks of red. It is also cool but not as thick as the 'skin perfecting complex'. It also has to be spread and rubbed into the skin for a few seconds and leaves the skin feeling smooth. However, this foundation is quite messy - I tried using a makeup sponge, but that absorbed a lot of the foundation and didn't blend it as well as my fingers would. I always have to give my hands a good wash after I put this on, because I squeeze it out on the back of my hand and mix it together first - it doesn't seem to rub off on my clothes etc after it's been applied to my face though.
Having used the 'makeup system', I have not noticed any difference in the way the foundation looks when I use the 'skin perfecting complex', though it does feel smoother. Also, I didn't shake the container the first few times I used it, and ended up with a grayish liquid, which looked OK but I think the bottle needs to be shaken to mix the colours. I only realised afterwards that I'm only getting half the amount of a normal foundation as half of the bottle contains the 'skin perfecting complex', leading me to think that a) I'm a mug and b) this foundation seems a bit of a rip off!
Another issue I have with this foundation is that it only stays put if I use a fair amount - since I don't use foundation daily, this is not much of a problem for me, but it would run out very quickly if I did! Looking at photos where I was wearing this foundation, it does make my skin look smooth - it's not cakey either, but there's something about it, on my skin anyway, that stops it looking 'natural', and it's also a little dark for my skin, which I hadn't noticed before. However, it was hard to choose between two shades when I was buying the foundation because of the multicolouredness of it!
As you can probably tell, I'm not very impressed with this foundation, mostly because of the price. Next time, I think I'll just fork out for MAC or Bobbi Brown.
The foundation comes in a sort of flattened cone shaped container, as shown in the photo. On the left side (cream coloured) is the skin perfecting complex (step 1), which has an SPF of 12, and states that it is 'sunscreen primer'.
On the right side (beige coloured) is the colour finish (step 2). The right side is also where the text 'Maxfactor flawless perfection all day makeup system', the shade colour and number, and the amount (44ml) appear.
The back of the container has directions on it in different languages. In English, 'To use, step 1: apply the skin perfecting complex its lightweight formula provides a smooth starting point that helps keep your look flawless all day. Step 2: Next smooth on colour finish for a flawless finished look. For best results use equal amounts at each step'.
There is also the Procter & Gamble address and some symbols - including the Green Dot, or Grüne Punkt, meaning that it complies with the German Packaging Ordinance for the return of consumer packaging, the "period after opening" symbol, with 12M on it, meaning that the foundation is good for 12 months after it's been opened, the 'see enclosed leaflet' symbol, meaning look elsewhere in the packaging for additional information, for example in a leaflet, card or tag. There is also a symbol of a hand on a face - I assume this means that the foundation can be applied with the fingers (well done Sherlock! I hear you say...)
Turning the product upside down, there are two flip top caps - one with a '1' on it, and one with a '2' on it. I've found the packaging okay to deal with so far, but can tell it will be a pain to squeeze out at the end.
The appearance of the packaging, in my opinion, is not very nice - it looks quite dated and dull - I think it's because of the cream, beige and blue colour combination and the cluttered text on the packaging - also, it has gotten grubby very easily and has to be wiped down every couple of times I use it. Also, when I bought the foundation, there was no kind of seal or box, so I just had to settle for opening the caps to see if the plastic was clean underneath.
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If you do end up with this foundation, I'd recommend investing in a good makeup remover or wipes, as I had to use 2-3 wipes to remove, and grubbifies the packaging and your hands.
Take your time blending it into your skin!
It's difficult to select the exact shade of foundation to match your skin - it might be a good idea to try on the tester in the shop, then go home and see how it looks before you buy it.
Thanks for reading! This review is also on ciao
A unique two-step system that combines skin perfecting and colour finish formulas to work together for a freshly applied, flawless look that lasts all day /