THE PRODUCT: Max Factor claims that this loose powder fights shine, blends perfectly with your skin tone, stays in place throughout the day and gives your skin a soft, groomed complexion. This powder is apparently a trustworthy face powder which is why it's in demand with professionals. The clever mesh sieve dispenses the perfect amount of powder so none of it goes to waste and the translucent shade suits all skin tones and blends with any foundation. A powder puff is provided for easy blending and the ultra-fine formula doesn't feel dry on the skin. To top it off this product is dermatologically tested.
PRICE/AVAILABLITY: I purchased the powder from my local Boots or Superdrug store where it's priced at £7.99 which is for a pot of 15g of powder.
USING THE PRODUCT: I used the puff that comes with the powder to gently press this on the surface of the loose powder and tap this onto my skin all over. I didn't use too much of the powder and only gave myself a light covering of it. I then used a large powder brush to spread the powder around my face. I did this in downwards strokes, although on the cheek area I used circular motions. The powder doesn't have any kind of scent to it and I found that it was really easy to apply using the puff. You do really need to be careful how much powder you use, otherwise it may end up looking a little too much and as the powder seems to be tinted slightly despite saying it's translucent.
RESULTS: Luckily the powder looked natural without making my skin look orange. For very pale skin tones this powder probably will give you a hint of colour as it's not really translucent. The powder felt light on my face which was good. I applied the powder in the morning before going to work and I found that the powder was still looking great into the early hours of the afternoon. I found that the powder came off easily using a facial cleansing wipe.
OVERALL OPINION: I like the packaging to the product and the fact that you get a powder puff and the small sieve with it which you can use to dispense the right amount of powder. I found the powder easy to apply using the supplied puff or using a large brush. I find that if you use the puff you do tend to get a slightly better coverage. The powder did give my skin some colour, although it didn't make it look orange. In terms of value the powder is a lot more expensive than other brands but I have found it to be good quality. As you don't need to use a huge amount of the powder this product should last me for quite a long time. I would definitely recommend this product, although go easy on the bronzer if you are putting this powder on the top of it.
I've recently become acquainted with this little gem so, as usual, I had to share my thoughts with you all! If you've never used loose powder before, it really isn't much different to pressed, you just have to find your own method to prevent spillage.
The packaging for this isn't exactly as above: the pot is black with "maxfactor" written on the top in gold, but I couldn't find the exact picture when I suggested this! It is a deep, round, screw top pot, and unlike most loose powders, you don't need to take extra care when opening. Inside the pot you are greeted with a (slightly useless) fur puff, which when lifted reveals an inner transparent plastic lid that stops the powder *poof*ing up on opening. Lifting this lid reveals yet another useful lid, this one is a mesh net that allows access to the powder without getting it everywhere. This mesh topper can be removed if you want to get at the powder but I leave it on because it's so handy.
You get 15g of powder which has a medium skin colour, but don't worry when applied the colour doesn't show up, even on the palest of skins (I can't comment on the darkest skin tones having no on to test it on). It is very obviously high quality loose powder, while it may compress under the mesh lid, it doesn't clump together, and it is extremely fine. It has a slightly talc like smell (no surprise because most make up is made from talc and this is no different) but it is not unpleasant.
*USE AND EFFECTS*
I apply this with a large face powder brush (stargazer brand) to the whole face and the neck. I have tried to use the supplied applicator, but I find it doesn't do much other than hog the powder. The mesh topper allows the brush hairs through to pick up powder but prevents the expected cloud of loose powder, mega bonus points for this because sneezing ruins make up around the nose!
I apply using swirling for light coverage and pressing for heavy coverage, both of which work well with this powder. It goes on even and invisible, blends well into foundation or naked skin (true to promise!), leaving the skin looking smooth and soft and buffed. It certainly prevents shine, my face always looks super matt when I use this, even on the nose.
Dense application with a medium sized dense brush gives really good coverage under the eyes and brightens my deep-set-eye-bags far better than any concealer I've come across. It isn't easy to over apply this, extra layering simply intensifies the coverage without caking or clogging pores and making them visible.
However I apply, I find the powder lasts several hours, and while I reapply once in the middle of the day, this is far less than most loose powders, so no loss of stars for that.
A 15g pot costs around £7.99, so it's at the higher end of the budget make up ranges. It can be bought from boots or any other MaxFactor stockist, or on eBay. In my opinion this is not expensive for the quality of the powder, and it is one of the best budget make up buys around.
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
Max Factor Loose Powder is ideal on top of your foundation, as it's easy to blend to give a soft, groomed complexion. It blends perfectly with your skin tone and stays in place throughout the day. Its clever mesh sieve dispenses the perfect amount of powder every time you use it and it's ultra fine for a flawless make-up artist look. Dermatologically tested.