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      28.10.2010 21:05
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      It's ok if your not extremely pale and prefer a very light coverage

      I seem to have a bit of a foundation hoard going on in my make-up draw (I have one of those plastic stacked draws, with each draw for foundation/eyes/lips/etc). I noticed that in my foundation draw, was my Max Factor Naturals Mineral Foundation. Due to me being quite self conscious about my pale skin, I tend to go for a liquid foundation hence I had never really used this foundation much. I decided to try it however, as the foundation I wear can sometimes look a bit much for the day, and I was hoping the minerals element would look a little more natural and blend in with my skin tone better.

      This foundation is widely available online and in Superdrug and Boots. It will set you back around £12, which is slightly more than what I pay for my normal liquid foundation. The shade I purchased, was shade 40 in "Creamy Ivory", however it is also available in shades "Warm Almond", "Bronze", "Golden" and "Natural".

      The packaging is probably the first thing which strikes me as being a little different and quirky, as it has a screw top mechanism allowing you to remove the brush from the lid, and also to remove the top section where the lid is held, to reveal where you dab the brush into the powder. The plastic is see through to allow you to see exactly the colour you are getting, although always try and find a tester before buying any foundation, particularly if you are pale like me!

      As I just mentioned, this foundation does come with it's own brush, which is especially handy if you are new to wearing make-up, or for taking with you in your handbag. Although the brush is very soft, I personally find I prefer to use my Dior powder brush for applying the product with, simply because it's easier and has a larger surface area to really work the product in.

      When you unscrew the bottom half of the packaging, you see the area in which the power is released, through tiny holes which if you shake carefully, more product should be released. The diameter of the brush fits the circle pretty well, although it's slightly more tricky with a larger brush, so be careful as the powder does go everywhere!

      Applying the product is fairly easy, providing you don't overload the amount of product on the brush. It's recommended to tap off the excess, however I see this as wasting the product, so I prefer to only apply small amounts to the brush at a time and work it in. It's fairly easy to work in the product so it looks even, although because of my very pale skin it's never perfect. However I did feel an immediate difference in the way my skin felt, as it didn't feel so heavy.

      As for applying other make-up over this, generally you should be okay to continue your routine as normal, however applying powder blusher with a brush is considerably more difficult as you end up brushing away your foundation! Nevertheless, for lighter and more natural looks it's certainly an effective alternative to liquid foundation.

      The Claims:

      *Buildable natural-looking coverage
      *Suitable for sensitive skin
      *Applies evenly
      *Doesn't clog pores - oil free

      Towards the end of the day, my skin continued to feel light and it didn't feel as weighed down in the evening as it usually does until I remove my foundation.

      Unfortunately, I found this foundation didn't match my skin tone as well as I'd hoped, despite me buying the lightest shade available. My friend commented that it looked a little orange, and wasn't blended very well against my jaw line (I asked her for her comments she's actually very nice don't worry!). I think it's much difficult to tell how well powder foundation has blended as opposed to liquid, which appears much harsher when it is an incorrect shade, so I didn't notice it hadn't blended that well until I asked my friend.

      Personally for me, I don't think I will be using this powder as a long term foundation. I have found it is a perfect for applying over liquid to help set it, and to give me a bit more colour and this is what I used this product for, before trying it out as an actual foundation. Due to it being very light, it also isn't brilliant at covering any dark circles or blemishes. I would therefore recommend this product to those who have fairly good skin which is not pale, who are simply looking for a light coverage in the daytime.

      Max Factor are generally seen as the big guns of high street make-up, claiming to be what the experts use. On the whole they are a brand I respect, however this product simply didn't work as well as I had hoped. At £12, I think it is overpriced, especially as it's just a light coverage, and there are many rival brands offering similar mineral products for a lower price. It makes for a good powder over my foundation, and as something I can rely on when I don't want my skin to feel heavy, however it's not a foundation I can see myself buying again.

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        01.10.2010 21:12

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        A suitable day foundation if you only want a light coverage

        There are both good points and bad points to this foundation.

        I think the best thing about it is that it is quick and easy to use and can be used easily when out and about. I found this to be very handy when I had just had a baby as I didn't have a lot of time to apply make up and this was quicker than other foundations to apply and I also did not have to apply any powder after this foundation.

        The problem with this foundation though is that it does not give full coverage. It is not as good as a liquid foundation and I think it is ok for day but not really suitable for a night out or a long day as it does not last as well as a liquid foundation.

        I used this foundation on holiday and think it is good for holidays as with a tan I don't feel like wearing a heavy foundation anyway.

        Overall an ok foundation but don't think it gives full coverage.

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        09.04.2010 18:41
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        Not for everyone, but if this type of make-up suits you, it's fantastic!

        I'd seen all the ads on TV for that expensive mineral make-up that does wonders for ex-child-stars, so I wondered if there was anything out there that could work a miracle for me. I've lived a fine life of wine, men, and song, with lots of outdoor time in wind, rain, and sun, and it shows in my face...

        I rarely wear make-up but it's got to the point where I need something to cover up all the damage, so when I saw the Max Factor version in Boots I figured it would be worth a punt on a good brand name version, that wasn't too expensive.

        There is a fairly good range of 5 colours. I had very fair skin originally but my face is now rather blotchy and I also get red areas frequently (the rest of me is still paper white), and then I get bad dark circles, so I always find it hard to find a foundation that matches. It's usually too dark for the pale bits, and too light for the red/dark bits. I picked the 'warm almond' option as being mid-range.

        What's it like?
        A duo pot containing 10g of foundation. Powder in the bottom half, brush in the top, with holes like a salt cellar letting the powder through into the part where you can use the brush to pick it up. It must be quite a robust pot as even though it's made of plastic, it has survived being bunged at the bottom of my bag, next to the kitchen sink, for nearly four months. The powder itself is quite fine, and the brush is soft and quite a good size.

        How I use it
        I find it quick and easy to apply. Just shake a little through the holes, dab the brush in it, then tap the brush a couple of times to knock the excess powder back into the pot. I think some of the people who have had problems with caking etc here, maybe have too much on the brush. If you tap the excess back into the pot, it stays there till next time, so there isn't much wasted. Bearing in mind the TV ads we've all seen (for a different brand) I circle my brush around my face and I find this blends it in very well. If I get a bit heavy-handed my nose can start to look a bit 'dusty', but it's easy to just brush that away. Just remember you can always add a bit more, but it's harder to take a bit off. It only takes me 30 seconds to whack the brush round; it's the quickest foundation I've used.

        I also go over my eyes very lightly as it makes a good base for eye make-up.

        Good points:
        Even coverage if you move the brush around in small circles.
        Economical - mine's just running out after 4 months (although I only use it about 3-4 times a week)
        Did help even out my complexion a bit, but not completely.
        It must make me look better as more than one person exclaimed 'you look well!' when I started wearing it.
        It's very light and you don't feel as if you are wearing make-up

        Bad Points:
        I agree with other reviewers that it can get messy. I tend to do it over the sink and there's always a light dusting of brown powder over it afterwards. I don't know if that's just this product or if it happens with all of these mineral powders.
        Sometimes the two parts of the pot come apart in my bag and then the brush gets squished up/covered in crumbs and some of the powder comes out. Again, might just be me not doing it up tightly enough.
        It's a bit of a faff getting the brush back into the pot without trapping any of the hairs.
        It is a bit on the orangey-side when you start looking at the darker end of the range. If you weren't careful you might look like you've been Tango'd.

        Overall, I'm very pleased with it - especially as a 'non-make-up-wearer' (only special occasions and if I'm seeing a client at work and don't want to scare them) - as it's quick and easy and gives me a very natural result.

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          13.02.2010 19:42
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          Not something Id buy again!

          I don't know if this is true for most girls, but since my mums favourite makeup has always been Max Factor, I ended up trusting it too, and it's never really let me down. I always fall back on Max factor mascara after another disaster when I use another brand and foundation is another staple that has never really faltered for me. My last foundation was Max Factors "Second Skin" which I found to be perfect, easy to apply with a good finish. My only complaint was at the counter I was advised to buy the "natural" shade for my skin, but I found in pictures my neck and chest looked a lot darker than my face.

          I decided that I would experiment this time and go for a different one in the max factor range and ended up wit the max factor natural minerals. The main reason was that a couple of years ago, I only used to wear tinted moisturiser and I really loved the light, natural feel that came with it. I'd heard some really great things about mineral foundations, and I wanted to find out whether I could still pull off a more natural look (or whether my complexion over the years has worsened, so I should really stick to a thicker foundation!!).

          The Hype

          The main "pull" to this mineral foundation is that its supposed to combine "build-easy" coverage with a gentle formula. Supposedly, it is the experts secret weapon to building natural looking skin, slowly building up the colour to the exact coverage you require. Priced at £11.99, it's not too badly priced - or is it?

          Product Information and Packaging

          This is where my issues begin with this product and I cannot tell you how disappointed I was on my first application of this. At first, the packaging is attractive and Max-Factor distinctive; like most mineral foundations, its composed of a cylindrical tube of powder which has a small round brush attached in a different tube on top of the first tube.

          Use and Results

          When I unwrapped the plastic surrounding the product and unscrewed the top, I saw for the first time two things that were disappointing. Firstly, the pot with the foundation in appeared to be only half full. This felt a bit of a rip off as although I've paid more for a foundation before, I have never had such a small pot of foundation to use let alone finding out it was only half full.

          Which led to the next problem. Pulling off the lid reveals 4-5 small holes into the foundation, and without knowing what else I was supposed to do in applying it, I shook the bottle onto the brush, the result being that I had just a couple of concentrated spots on the brush of the product itself - and a lot of the product down my black top and over my dressing table!

          Things went from bad to worse after that as I started to apply the brush to my face in circles. Despite buying the shade "Golden", after several attempts at tipping the product onto the brush and applying, I could see very little difference to the coverage and skin tone of my face.

          Now before anyone comments, I finally worked out how I am supposed to apply this product (bare with me, this is the first sort of foundation I've had to use like this!) as what you are supposed to do is remove the circle covering the holes to the pot and replace the top which holds the brush and shake. When you remove the brush and its holder, there is some product on the top where you dip the brush into.

          The problem is, unlike bronzer where you get a fine dusting of the product on your brush, this comes onto the brush in clumps this way, and although I did get a better coverage on my face, when I finished I seemed to have even more of the product on my black skirt/floor cardie/bed covers than before! Hardly value for money is it?
          After about the fifth application of this and after finally working out what I was supposed to do, I could finally see some sort of result and satisfactory coverage. Two things struck me at this point - I'd used precious amounts of foundation in just one sitting when there wasn't a lot of product in the first place and secondly, I probably should have used a proper foundation! My skin clearly needed more coverage than I thought.

          Conclusion

          I stuck with this for a full week before giving up in complete exasperation and buying another max factor product (that, thankfully, has restored my faith in Max Factor products!) Although I got to grips with applying this product - alternating between shaking it out onto the brush and shaking some of it into the brush pot and dipping the brush in - I still ended up with more of the product on the floor or on my clothes than on my face! The claims that this foundation leaves a "flawless" finish is flawed in itself; as it just left me feeling that I applied it over and over again only to see the same bare skin in the mirror afterwards or at best, an uneven tone!

          To be honest, since I first wrote this review, I've found a way to make it work better but still not perfect. I have started using my amber solaire fine mist spray tan on my face again, and after this, the coverage of this mineral foundation is just perfect. However, I still wouldn't recommend overall as putting on the spray tan first is defeating the point of the mineral foundation and I also still lose half the product to my carpet on application either way!

          I'd recommend this product if you want a very light coverage or if you have perfect (young?!) skin that needs that extra special glow. To me, this is a glorified bronzer, which gives a very sheer finish and glow. I found it incredibly annoying that the powder was so loose; I constantly felt like most of it was dropping down my front than sticking to my face and that in turn made me doubt its value for money.

          Despite my frustrations with it (and using up nearly half of the stuff before the week was up!) I'm going to keep it for the summer months where I don't use any foundation as I tan easily, but I might want to use something lighter than a bronzer on my face, this product is likely to be perfect for this. Otherwise, this product is just too much hard work if you have only five minutes in the morning to apply some make up!

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            20.01.2010 00:54
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            Try before you buy

            I was attracted to this foundation after being a high rater of Bare Minerals or Sheer Cover foundations. I decided to try this out due to the very affordable price. I paid £8.99 for this which may be expensive for some, but for me this is great since my regular foundation is at a cost of £22.50 so it seemed great.

            The packaging looked average; nothing special but did the job. A free kabuki style brush comes with the foundation and I absolutely hate it - it is spiky, very irritating on the skin and doesn't do well as an applicator, so instead I used my own elizabeth arden kabuki brush.

            I applied this after moisturizing my skin and it applied pretty well, however you could clearly see the powder sitting on my skin no matter how much i blended it in. It also didnt provide much coverage. The colour of the foundation was also not very well, I used the lightest colour (Creamy Ivory) and it still applied orangey with chunks of glitter. So I have no idea what the other colours would come out like - make sure you test this product on your face before buying.

            Needless to say I wasn't impressed at all with this product, I would rather pay the extra to use my regular foundation than use this as its not very good coverage and colour didn't appeal to me at all.
            Deffinately try before you buy!

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            15.01.2010 16:41

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            good

            As fan of Max Factor Brand I bought this Foundation and wasn't disappointed at all.I don't like a foundation which makes you look like you are wearing mask.I love nature looking make-up. Max Factor Minerals Foundations works perfect with my skin and make it looks fresh and healthy. The only problems is that i have a combination type of skin and if I wear that foundation too long my skin looks a bit shine. My friend which have just normal or dry skin are using that foundation and it doesn't make their skin looks shine.I guess it which tape of the skin you have. I mostly use Max Factor Mineral Foundation on a daily basis.At work,holiday etc..It might be to light for a evening for going out .In some places is getting warm after few drinks and with that foundation evening make up might not last for long enough. Anyway all together is a good product.I will continue to use it with some breaks for evening and maybe warmer days

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            05.12.2009 17:43
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            Ok!

            Well i was looking for a foundation and was struggling to find one. My skin is not that tanned but not really pale. My gran said this one was really good and offered to buy me it. She bought this one is shade 45 for me. She had also bought my sister one in shade 70 which is the one darker shade up but my sister didnt want it because it didnt suit her skin type. So i got hers as well.

            You may think that that is silly becuase they are both 2 differnt shades but actually they both are ok for me. For a more naturaul look i would wearr shade 45 but then if i was going out to a party or a special occasion i put on shade 75 for more of a golden glow.

            I would say that this would suit a dry skin rather than an oily skin. My skin is sometimes dry and sometimes oily and i find that when my skin is oily it only goes onto part of my skin and is all patchy. If your skin is dry it covers up most of it but if you have spots they dont cover it up completely, you can still see little bumps underneath.

            The brush is really good and once the foundation is finished i keep the brush to use for blusher etc. When you are applying it justv put a little of the powder foundation in the middle of the brush and apply it in circular motions. To clearly see if it is applied evenly go and look in a mirror in a very bright room.

            If you rush applying it will come on quite patchy but it is ok if you have the right type of skin. Before buying it i would recommend to go into a local boots or make up shop and try it out and go home and see how long it lasts for and if you think it looks o after a while. I do notice that once you apply it and if you lean on your face or touch your face a lot it will come off very very easily. It doesnt last the whole day and you would need to reapply it.

            This foundation is ok but not brilliant.

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            21.10.2009 14:31
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            Max Factor minerals foundation..

            Hurray for soft make-up brushes and hats off to Max Factor for providing a really beautifully soft sable-type application brush with their Natural Minerals Foundation rang! The downfall of so many mineral powder products, in my experience, is the inclusion of brushes that are horribly harsh on the face. Max Factor is one of the companies who have got this vital aspect right. Their applicator brush is of a high quality, and that really affects the smooth application of this product. I've tried lots of different mineral based make-ups and Natural Minerals from Max Factor is the one I would currently rate as the best. Although it is in powder form it doesn't give a dry powdery finish to the complexion once it's applied. It offers good coverage and a lovely 'glow' that many similar products fail to achieve. As a base it's great and other make-up products like eye shadow and blushers, tc, can be applied over the top of it. Another added advantage, as far as I am concerned, is that it is scent free and suitable for sensitive skin. Price wise it's in the middle band; not cheap, and not outlandishly expensive either. And, because it is a good quality product I find you need less of it than you might a cheaper less-effective version.

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            04.10.2009 00:37

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            will buy it all the time

            i bought this makeup before my wedding day as i was trying to find a makeup that looked very natural on my face and didnt looked all clogged up on my skin , as i was going to be doing my own and my 7 bridesmaids make up`s i needed a one that looked perfect for us all , i did try a few other brands but i must say this one topped all, them it made it was so good i only had to buy 2 different shades for it to match all of our skin tones as 1 of my bridesmaids had quite dark skin so she had to have a a darker shade but to find a powder foundation that 1 colour suits 7 diferent people is brilliant and must be good ,
            doing my own wedding makeup was very nerve wrecking but using this foundation made it so easy to do , as i applied it it felt very light and gave my skin a lovely natural look straight away and as my make up was done i couldnt belive how lovely it all looked my skin tone looked perfect exactly what i was wanting to acheive ,
            this mineral foundation is brilliant the best foundation max factor has ever made and i will be buying this from now on ,
            my bridesmaids has also said they will be buying it as they were very immpressed with there look .

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            26.09.2009 13:16
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            A nice natural product, but probably not worth the money

            I got this as a present from my mum after reading all about natural mineral make up. I have the number 40 creamy ivory version and it is a pretty good product. There are multiple other shades avaliable though to match most skin tones, this is one of the palest available.

            I don't really use foundation or anything so when I first got this I was a little bit unsure but it is really really easy to put on as it comes with a little soft brush and it is hard to go wrong because it is so natural looking. I have actually used the powder pretty much every day since I first opened it because it is so gentle to the skin and it does look nice on. It worked really well in the summer, better than othe liquid foundations I have tried because it was so light and it wasn't affected by the heat at all.

            I don't have sensitive skin at all but the packaging does state "suitable for sensitive skin" along with "Doesn't clog pores. Oil-free", "Applies evenly" and "Buildable natural-looking coverage". Apart from these snippets (in 4 different languages) there is little else on the package, other than the name and shade.

            I do think that it is easy to tip too much out of the little bottle though and as it is such a loose powder, I find it can rub off onto my clothes! It is really easy to blend however, and it evens out my skin tone.

            This product is avaliable at most beauty retailers, including Boots and Superdrug, as well as many places online and I think it costs around £12 for a 10g tub. For the money, I think it isn't the best product i've ever tried, but I do like it and if it was on offer, I would probably buy it again.

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              14.09.2009 00:12
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              Not terrible but nothing special either

              A while ago there was a lot of fuss made about powder based foundations and there were two main reasons I decided join the craze. The first being the promise that it is more gentle on skin, as it allows the skin to breath more freely and prevents pores from becoming clogged, thus making it more suited to oily skin, though if your skin is very oily I will warn that it can become attached to the oil, making the skin appear thicker. My skin type is normal to dry but I still get the occasional spot and thus was enticed by this promise. The second reason I decided to experiment with powder foundation was its longer shelf life of 24 months, which is double the average liquid based foundation.

              Once I decided to give it a go for me there was no question of which brand to choose, it had to be MaxFactor. With most make-up products I usually use a diverse range of brands but for years I have always chosen MaxFactor foundation as their Creamy Ivory shade matches perfectly with my pale skin tone and I have always found their foundations to be spot on perfection. More recently, however, I am begin to slowly loose my faith in the brand, since using both this foundation and their 'Seamless' foundation (£6.31 at Boots). These foundations are in no way disastrous but they have definitely not lived up to my high expectations.

              MaxFactor Natural Minerals Foundation is £12.71 at Boots (varying prices elsewhere) and comes in a rounded plastic container. The tube is split into two sections: the bottom containing the powder and the top the brush to apply it with. It is available in 5 shade: Creamy Ivory, Warm Almond, Natural, Golden and Bronze. I chose the lightest shade, Ivory, and I'm once again entirely satisfied with how it matches my skin tone and it looks completely natural on me.

              The biggest fault with the product is that its not the easiest to apply. To use, the idea is that you first shake the Natural Minerals Foundation into the sifter (top section), then lightly dip the brush in and sweep across the face in a gentle stroking motion. Sounds simple enough, and it is very quick to use but unfortunately it is also very, very messy. I am yet to use this product without getting covered in flecks of the powder, so I would highly recommend applying before you get dressed. With practice, however, it does get better but still remains quite messy foundation.

              MaxFactor promises that this foundation 'goes beyond the call of duty by combining build-easy coverage' and that due to its 'unique concave dispenser and 100% natural brush you can achieve your most natural results.'

              Whilst I'm not a fan of my pale skin I am lucky that my skin tone is very even and it doesn't take much help for my skin to look fresh and healthy. In my opinion the foundation is very effective in creating 'natural results' as its light and the shading is very natural, my skin looks fresh, young and with a little colour to it. However, the results are quite shimmery and illuminating and whilst I'm a fan of this I know that many feel the matte look is more natural. I still feel it is a foundation more suited to summer as the coverage is quite light and fresh looking.

              With this product it is also easy to build up the desired coverage and to place more emphasis on certain areas, so in many respects it does live up to the MaxFactor promise. However, the results don't last very long and by the end of the day I feel I look the same as I would with no foundation and for the price tag I would quite like a longer lasting look.

              I have since played around with the product and find that I achieve the best results when using it to even skin tone on top of a liquid based foundation. Whilst I am happy to use the remainder this way and I'm pleased with the results, I don't think I shall be buying this product again, as at £12.71 I'd quite like to just need one foundation.

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                28.08.2009 17:30
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                I have used better mineral foundation than this one.

                A while back I reviewed L'Oreal mineral foundation and I really liked it and how the whole minerals effect worked. I had originally intended to by this one, the Max-Factor Natural Minerals but that day they did not have it in stock and so I chose L'Oreal. Recently though, I had a Boots voucher for my birthday and if I bought two items from Max Factor they were giving away a really cool make-up bag full of miniatures and so I bought this mineral foundation along with a mascara.

                I have bog standard skin, veering slightly towards the oily type at times, and it is because of this that I find I get on quite well with minerals. I have good skin and so really just require something to even it lightly rather than a liquid foundation that gives a lot of coverage. I chose -70 Natural. It seemed most like my skin tone, and the good thing about minerals is that you can apply as little or as much as you need, so a shade or two out is not that visible.


                The Packaging
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                The mineral powder is sectioned away in its own little container at the bottom of the product. You just pop the container holding the brush off the top and there is like a little seal keeping the powder inside. If you think along the lines of a salt shaker it is very similar to this.

                Once you have popped off the little seal, you can pop your brush from the top of the container and use it to apply the powder. I tend to drop a little bit of powder directly on to the brush as the other ways seem to loose a lot of your make up. It isn't cheap so it's better to use it sparingly. Also, a little goes a long way.

                The Effect
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                I loved my previous mineral foundation. It was so natural, but I have found that this new one by Max-Factor wears off far too quickly and it is much too sparkly for my liking too. Sometimes I look in the mirror and I can see the glimmers of the dust on my skin. I know this is supposed to be illuminating, but its not very daytime, and I feel conscious of it at work. I suppose from a distance my skin probably looks healthy and plump, but when you are close up I look a little like I am rehearsing for a west end show as I am so sparkly (Ok, a wee exaggeration)

                Value for Money
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                Its expensive at £12.99, but it will last the course. Although I am not in love with mine I am going to keep using it until it is finishes as it isn't that bad, but it isn't a patch on the L'Oreal version either. The thing about mineral foundations is that they last a life time, this still looks barely touched even though I am using it daily for around three weeks now.

                In regards to using a mineral foundation, I would like to point out that it isn't something you should try if you have dry skin- the powder will cling to dry areas and emphasise them. And also, if you are having a really oily day you may find that it clings to the oil too. Mineral is a good bet for someone who has fairly normal skin with the very occasional oily patch. I find it lets my skin breathe and it never gives me spots like I would sometimes get with a liquid foundation.

                Recommend?
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                Afraid not, Its not that I would not recommend mineral powders, its just that this one falls very badly short from being a good product. It is very expensive, very sparkly and wears off too quickly.

                It's a no from me Max Factor. It seems that you and I do not get along very well.

                Lulu2004 ©

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                  12.08.2009 12:37
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                  Expensive and useless

                  I like wearing mineral foundation during the day because it is light and sheer, and quick to apply in the mornings. I ran out and picked this up from Tesco. Not cheap at £12. I was really dissappointed. For some reason Maxfactor have decided to make this powder sparkly! I didn't notice when it was still in the packaging. I have oily skin with blemishes, and when I applied this, it was just as blemished and uneven, but clumps of glitter had trapped themselves in the blemishes- awful! I'm not talking about light reflecting pigments (which many brands offer) either- this is full on sparkle! The packaging is as much of a let down. The brush is fine, but getting the right amount of powder on the brush is impossible, without having blow (and therefore waste) half of it off the end. It ends up everywhere! I know this is a problem with mineral powders generally, but other manufacturers have dealt with it much better. I went back to Tesco that night and bought Collection 2000's mineral powder, much better, and around £4! I now use this product as a highlighter on my cheekbones!

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                    02.06.2009 17:33
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                    They should have been upfront with their ingredients list. I'm off Max Factor for life.

                    I bought this product from Boots last week. I'm unfortunate enough to suffer from hormonal breakouts on my face and wanted a foundation which would be light and non-aggrivating to my skin. As a fan of Max Factor products, Natural Minerals seemed the perfect choice.

                    The testers were in tiny pots with limited colour choice. As they were all too dark, I took a guess and went for Warm Almond to enhance my tan.

                    As a newbie to the world of mineral make-up I wasn't sure what to look for and was very surprised to find no ingredients listed on the packaging or stand. However, trusting Max Factor on past experience and reputation I bought it anyway.

                    Opening the product left me quite confused as to how a decent amount of product could be dispensed from such a small opening. However I shook the jar, dippped in the kabuki brush and lightly brushed the product across my skin.

                    The powder went everywhere! All over my black dress, bag, up in the air and even on the mirror. Breathing in, I accidentally snorted some up my nostrils! Nice....

                    The powder felt very caked on and flaky. The colour was patchy but I decided to carry on using it for a week just in case I was doing something wrong.

                    After just one week only half of the product was left. My nostrils had been attacked several times and I ended up resorting to holding my breath when applying this product! The powder went all over my handbag and the brush hairs started to fall out / get stuck in the screw lid. The coverage was still awful and it still felt really thick and heavy on my skin.

                    To make matters worse, my skin got worse! Knowing that pure minerals wouldn't do this to my skin, I scoured the internet for the mysterious ingredient list. Allegedly this foundation is full of talc and something called pabogens which aren't too good for you. It contains parabens too, and these are currently subject to debate throughout the beauty industry. They are known to cause skin irritations and can apparently even lead to cancer! I don't know about the cancer bit, but this is still scary stuff and I have discovered that I am allergic to these parabens (preservatives). They are a main ingredient in most products and are difficult to avoid, but to put them in a "natural mineral" product is just taking the biscuit really.

                    I took this straight back to my nearest Boots where they were only too happy to offer me a refund (even without the reciept).

                    However, I won't let this bad experience put me off mineral foundations... and have quickly replaced it with one which has guaranteed purity. I'll let you know how that one goes...

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                      21.05.2009 16:21
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                      Not a great product from Max factor, a real let down!

                      Cost:

                      Most places sell it for £12.71 but currently (12/5/09) Boots are selling for £9.71.

                      Packaging:

                      The product comes in a small glass see through bottle, on top is a brush attached which is separate from the bottle.

                      Ingredients:

                      Talc, Mica, Avena Sativa Kernel Flour, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Silicate, Titanium Dioxide, Isopropyl Myristate, BHT, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Quaternium-15 [ /- CI 77007, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 75470]

                      Shades:

                      - Creamy Ivory 40
                      - Warm Almond
                      - Natural
                      - Golden
                      - Bronze

                      What does the product claim to do:

                      Enjoy the most gentle way to a naturally flawless complexion with new Natural Minerals Foundation from Max Factor.

                      How to use:

                      You shake the bottle so that the foundation goes into the sifter and then use the brush to sweep across the face.

                      My opinion:

                      I was given a Boots voucher for money off and i saw this product was on offer so i thought i would try it out as i am a big Max Factor fan.

                      My mum also thought she would try it too.

                      We spent ages trying to decide the best colour for us. In the end i went for Golden and my mum went for Natural.

                      I did not like the product at all, after sweeping the product all over my face i still hand to spend ages rubbing it all into my skin and when i finished i looked like i caked it on with a trowel.

                      I thought maybe i had used too much so the next day i tried to use less but with the brush and sifter its hard to judge how much you are using.

                      The product left my skin feeling very try and i looked very caked on.

                      I asked my mum what she thought of the product and she said the same, it was awkward to use the brush so in the end she just used her fingers to rub the product in as normal. She also said it left her skin feeling very dry.

                      I think for the price it is not a good deal at all and i will not be buying it again.

                      My score:

                      3/10

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