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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.