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As previously mentioned my skin has made a drastic improvement when it comes to my acne which means I can explore and search for lots of new products as like I said before powder is sort of an essential for my cosmetic regime. The max factor compact powder isn’t the best for me but it is something I always seem to insist on having around just in case I need it and it is great now not having to spend £20+ on powder for my face. Again for me compressed powder is the way forward when looking at powders, it saves on wastage, it isn’t messy and doesn’t leave a messy outside of the pot which means it’s fine to put in a bag and not get it everywhere, the only downsides I find to compressed powders themselves are that it doesn’t seem like you get as much, it can crack and break and also an annoying this is that it always wears away in the middle first and then you’re left with a bit of it around the rim and it makes it difficult to use when like this.
Max factor is a cheap economy brand that can be found in any shop that sells cosmetics, this specific item is roughly £5.99 but the price does change depending where you buy it from, in boots at the moment this is only £4.99 but there are a sever lack of shades that they offer. The problem with this is how it is stocked in shops, every shop has different shades and not the full range for their customers, this is even apparent online. When deciding which shade is best suited I found it very difficult because the shade names are just stupid. In my opinion the shade names need to bea ctualy shade names.. not just something made up. For example some of the shade names include “sun frolic, candle glow, twilight blush” and my ultimate favourite.. “gay whisper”. To me this is ridiculous. These in no way help a customer to know which shade is suited to their skin, “oh I’ll have gay whisper shade because that’s the colour of my face.” No, that just doesn’t happen. I have bought two of these in the past both of the shade “translucent” this is because it is the lightest shade and acts just as a setting powder and not as a shade.
The design of this is simplistic, it has a lid that fully comes off and a puff to apply this with. This is a bit of an annoying design because I always lose the lid since it isn’t attached to the rest of it which means sometimes I have to set this down and dust can settle on the product, I don’t like that. Also there is no separate compartment for the puff which means every time you do take the lid off the puff falls on the floor and gets dirty, so I never used that I threw it away and used my make up brush which I clean often so I know no old product is going onto my skin and clogging it up.
Applying this with a brush does take longer than putting it on with a puff because this product doesn’t seem to transfer as easily onto a brush but it does make the application of the product more precise and even which is great. What with this being translucent it’s the lightest shade available so I feel like I’m not patchy orange in any places which is great and the only product I know that has this option, the powder goes on nicely, smooth and does leave my face with a matte finish which is what I want. When touching my face this does come off a little bit especially when it comes to do my eye make up, since I hold my eye to do liquid eyeliner I often have a circle finger mark on my face where the make up has come off which is annoying, apart from that this product doesn’t come off however after a few hours the powder does wear thin and brings the foundation off with it but only in certain areas on my face, such as the end of my nose and cheekbones.
Overall this isn’t a bad product but is an odd one, the design of it isn’t very well thought out due to losing the lid and dropping the applicator, the shade names are stupid which makes it difficult to match up the correct shade, it’s very hard to match up “gay whisper” shade if you have ivory or fair skin shade, it’s just ridiculous, but due to the long lasting of the product and the cheap price it makes it handy to have but only as a back up powder.