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This might just be the worst makeup product I've purchased in my whole life. I used to have a Max Factor foundation a couple of years ago and I remembered it being quite nice, so I went and bought their Secon Skin Foundation. It cost me ca. £14 (I live in Germany), which is quite a lot for a drugstore foundation. It comes in a handy glass bottle with a pump: an almost perfect packaging. And that's the only good thing about the product.
The foundation isn't moisturizing but it doesn't mattify my skin either. It has a sheer satin finish and it won't hide even the smallest spots and blemishes. And itt's very, very pigmented so while it is easy to spread the product all over the face but it doesn't blend out very well. An hour after application the foundation changes color: not only does it become very visibly darker, it also changes its undertone from cool to warm. This means that it's impossible to layer the product: the more you apply, the more visible it becomes. One ends up having orange spots all over the face. But even before it changes color it doesn't look natural: It underlines every pore and every wrinkle and I'm 24 so I don't have that many visible lines. Unless, of course, I wear this foundation.
I tried applying it after my moisturizer (La Roche Posay Hydraphase Intense Legere), after a primer (Laura Mercier), on clean skin -- the results where always unsatisfactory. I tried using a foundation brush, a makeup sponge, my fingers... Nothing helped. I've used about a 1/4 of the product before I just coudn't take it anymore and threw it away.
Also: I complained to my friend about having wasted money on such a bad product and she told me she'd had the same problems with this particular foundation. So go figure.
== PRICE ==
I purchased the Max Factor Second Skin Foundation for around £13 from my local Boots store. I have heard that it was £17, but I managed to buy mine for £13, which is still quite expensive for foundation in my opinion. However I was tempted to try it out as the foundation I was using had run out and I urgently needed a replacement, plus the Max Factor brand is known for its quality which is one of the reasons why I opted for the Max Factors branded foundation.
== DESIGN ==
The foundation comes in liquid form and comes enclosed in a glass bottle. It has a plastic dispenser which is covered by a black plastic lid. The dispenser is very well designed to ensure that no excess foundation leaks when pressing down on the dispenser, only the amount you need which is generally not a lot, as I found a small amount can go quite far.
== MY EXPERIENCE ==
I find the dispenser very easy to push down and works well by releasing small amounts of foundation at a time, which is great as you don't want to end up wasting foundation that costs quite a lot.
I usually put a little on my index finger and spread evenly around my face. It is not too runny, so it does not start dripping down your fingers when waiting to apply it, instead it has a great sturdy-like consistency which makes it very easy to apply. It can also be applied using a normal foundation brush, but I personally prefer to use my fingers to ensure I don't end up wasting any unnecessarily. When applying the foundation I found it absorbed into my skin very quickly and didn't make my face look greasy or too shiny like some of the other foundations I have used in the past, and managed to cover up any spots or scars effectively.
The colour itself blended perfectly onto my skin, it almost looked like I had a natural blemish free looking skin which is great and supports the connotations associated with the 'second skin' title of the product, as it actually looked like a applied a layer of fresh skin (sorry if that sounds weird, but its hard to describe!).
I was also really pleased with the lasting effects of this foundation, I would apply it in the morning before work and eight to nine hours later my skin looked fresh and naturally attractive.
== VERDICT ==
Overall I would recommend this to a friend if they do not have a tight budget, it is a great foundation that does the job perfectly for lighter coloured skin tones. It lasts quite a while, as only a small amount can easily cover the whole face; so for that reason for me it would just about out weigh the price issue and I would purchase it again in the future.
I love trying different make up products and first tried this a couple of years ago and have been using it ever since. I find it is a foundation that I can use for both day and evening wear and during the winter months when my skin is a lighter colour in appearance I just add a little of my daily moisturiser to slightly lighten the colour and it matches perfectly. The Rimmel website shows that there are 5 different shades available and the one I am reviewing is Golden. (number 075)
The product comes in a clear glass bottle that is 30ml in size and has a see through plastic grey coloured ld. On the front of the bottle the Maxfactor logo is clearly visible with the product name' second skin foundation' underneath it. At the bottom is displays the actual shade. The back of the bottle tells you that it gives coverage that looks virtually undetectable, some contact information for the brand, the bottle size and the shelf life (12months) At the top of the bottle it has a black plastic dispensing pump to release the product.
The product itself is a golden beige coloured liquid with a nice consistency, not too thick and certainly not runny. To apply simply remove the plastic lid and gently press down on the pump to release the desired amount of product onto the back of your hand and apply to the face with the preferred application tool. (I use either a cosmetic sponge or a brush) making sure all the covered areas have been blended in to give even coverage.
- Available in 5 shades
- Produces even coverage that is virtually undetectable
- 12 month shelf life once opened
- Creates a natural look
- Uses clever multi-tonal pigment technology to smooth over and blend flawlessly into your own natural complexion in seconds.
Price and availability.
The product is widely available from most beauty stores, some supermarkets and on line and usually retails between 6 and £11.
The available shades from the range are creamy ivory, warm almond, natural, golden and bronze.
I love this foundation, it gives a good even coverage and does not look 'caked' like some foundations. I would recommend this and give it 5 stars.
I tend to use just two brands of make-up Boots and Max Factor. I sometimes buy Max Factor Second Skin depending what is on offer when I need some more foundation. I bought this when I was away in Superdrug as I couldn't find a Boots, it was on offer 3 for 2 which was good as I needed face powder and mascara too. I found this foundation suits me, as does Max Factor generally therefore I stick to what I know.
The Max Factor comes in a glass bottle with a black plastic dispenser and a clear plastic lid. Actually I think the packaging looks a bit tacky as it has a big sticker label on the from in gold with a big "x" on it. The dispenser is easy to push down the the lows foundation flows out well. The only thing I do find is if I don't use the foundation for a while, like in the summer then the next time I dispense some foundation it has slightly separated and I get a pale liquid as well as the foundation itself. This is easy enough resolved by mixing it in with my fingers.
The foundation itself I would say is a medium consistency, not too running but not to thick that it makes it hard to apply to my skin. I don't use much as I don't like to apply thick foundation but I find it covers circles around my eyes and any small blemishes very well. Whether it is s second skin or not is another thing, a second skin sounds rather freaky like you could peel it off - I would say this foundation applies itself as one to my first skin!
I always use powder over my foundation to take the shine away as I have never found a foundation which I like without using powder on top. I do find that using this foundation around my eyes also helps my eye shadows stay put.
This foundation doesn't irritate my skin in anyway and doesn't cause my face to get at all greasy, which is one of the reasons I have continued to buy it. It is also a good match to my skin tone which is very pale. I use the palest version, which is creamy ivory, they don't seem to have a huge selection of tones in this type, about 7/8 in total. I was just lucky that when I tried the lightest version it was a good match to my skin tone.
I think at full price this foundation costs around £13, however I think I got three items in Superdrug last time I bought this for about £20, so not too bad. If I had to pay full price I would as this foundation works for me and last me a long time anyway, so it's actually good value for money.
The last time I reviewed a foundation was the first time I had tried one from Max Factor - and I was impressed! It had a SPF level, it was a foundation / serum combination product and I was massively pleased with it and enjoyed using it. However, I bought it towards the end of Autumn and, as it started to run out recently (I wear make up every day as I'm hugely underconfident about my appearance), I was suddenly a bit conscious that, after a winter of no sun, I might be a bit too pale for it - and I had already bought the most fair shade Max Factor produced the foundation in.
So, as I was so impressed with the way this product worked throughout my longest working days, I found myself at the Max Factor stand in Boots and I decided to do a little 'back of the hand' skin test with a few other products. One of them was the Second Skin foundation, which I rubbed onto the back of my hand next to another patch test of my existing foundation. I went off for a wander around the store and ten minutes later had a look at how they compared - and after that, there was only one product I was buying.
***MAX FACTOR SECOND SKIN***
This product costs £12.99, although I bought it as part of a 3-for-2 offer across the range (one of which will be getting rave review treatment very soon!).
It comes in a glass bottle with a black dispenser visible through a lightly blacked-out plastic clip-down lid. There is a label with black writing on gold which features MF's cross-shaped logo, through which you can see the product - you can clearly see how much of this you have used.
The product boasts "multi-tonal pigments" and claims to provide virtually undetectable coverage - hence the name. It "synchronises with the skin for a look of natural perfection" - blimey. Surely it can't deliver on that? Yet I was so impressed with the combination of coverage and subtlety in my in-store skin test that I had to try it. I chose Creamy Ivory, the lightest shade.
***IS IT ANY GOOD?***
Yes! I really like this foundation.
First of all, let's be realistic here. No foundation is flawless. There is no one product that all women of a similar skin tone can slap on and instantly look like Scarlett or Naomi or Angelina. It just isn't scientifically possible. Equally, you can't expect a product that claims to blend as naturally as is possible for a foundation to match your skin tone if you decide to be deliberately obtuse and select the darkest shade they market when you have the skin tones of Snow White - there are limits. But, if you have selected the closest shade to your skin tone then I think this product does astonishingly well and is very subtle - yet this doesn't compromise its coverage. It is, therefore for me at least, a very strong high street foundation.
First of all, I apply this after priming my skin with a wash in the shower and then moisturiser. My problems are: shiny T-zone, a worry about the forming of fine lines around my eye area, and long days commuting and working which require a long-lasting foundation. Throw in my deep-seated personal insecurities, and you also need a foundation that hides every flaw, imagined or noticeable. I insist on an SPF moisturiser and a foundation that doesn't combine with this to cause shine breakouts.
Does this work for me? Good lord yes. First of all, yes you can tell you're wearing make-up. But a lot less than any other foundation I've ever used. It is really subtle and does work well with your natural skin tones. I'm so pale that you can see very obviously if I've slapped on something that is the wrong tone for me, and even the ones that are the right tone are often noticeable at the time of spring, when you've hardly had any sun and look as pale as you ever will.
This foundation is dispensed well by a sturdy mechanism that has never threatened to fail. When on your fingertips, you can hold your hand upside down and it won't drip, but it is not 'claggy' and heavy on the skin. It applies smoothly and soothingly, quite cool from the glass bottle, and blends well. I always finish my foundation with a powder because I know I'll be out on the move for hours but this finishes nicely on its own, leaving my skin looking smooth, even and healthy.
Also, my long day; this lasts. Even better, my T-Zone shine is significantly reduced by this product - I can get away with the occasional dust from a compact to look flawless but I now have the security of knowing that, unless I've been in a very hot room for a significant amount of time, I will not look like someone has wiped my face with olive oil. Result! And it does this without drying my skin at all.
I can't rate this highly enough - it just suits me down to the ground, making me feel secure and confident when in meetings and social situations when before I would be worrying whether or not I looked terrible and desperate to escape to a mirror to sort the problem out. For once I don't feel the need to carry my foundation around with me because I know that the initial application is on my side and doing its job - brilliant.
Also - for all £12.99 is never too much if you have a product that really does what you need it to, I have to say this is lasting astonishingly well.
My only gripe - and I can't mark this down because of it because for all I know, to include it may well scientifically reduce the attributes for which I have just praised it so highly - this product doesn't have SPF coverage. But then, few high street foundations do and the fact that this one's sister product did was a benefit rather than an expectation.
In conclusion, I love this. I rate it highly and whilst I recognise that every woman's skin has a different combination of requirements, I hope it works out for you as well as it has for me. I like to switch products and try new things but for me this will definitely be a re-buy, even at full whack.
This foundation is almost all the things I would ask for in a foundation.
First of all, the colours are very natural, and mine blends in very well with my natural skin tone, so makes my skin look great but doesn't look over the top fake.
The foundation also gives really good coverage, and works well for all over my face. It hides the darkness under my eyes when I'm tired, as well as hiding blemishes and making the rest of my skin look very fresh and slightly airbrushed.
The foundation once applied to your skin, has a really great light weight feel to it, and it doesn't make your face feel at all greasy or too heavily made up like some foundations can do.
Once applied, the foundation faded a little throughout the afternoon so I had to touch up on it a little, but it did last a fair few hours, and is pretty easy to apply on the go.
The actual product in the bottle lasted a fair while, mine lasted around 5 months, which is pretty good.
The product is also quite good value for money as it is a good product which lasts quite well.
I would recommend this foundation to anyone who likes to look as if they are wearing minimal make up - that is, those who go for the natural look. I would suggest that this foundation is one up from a tinted moisturiser, but still gives excellent coverage. The range of colour matches is good and the product gives a soft, dewy finish. If you put moisturiser on before your foundation, let it sink in before applying this product, as I have found it tends to alter the foundation's consistency (it becomes thicker and tends to "gather" in creases and around the nose). A further thing to mention is that you don't need to use very much (the pump dispenser gives just the right amount for full face coverage in one pump) and the foundation is fine to use during the day and for nights out. It definitely has staying power, but I tend to touch it up if I am going out straight after work.
I bought this when i was pregnant and looking rough during pregnancy and in anticipation of looking even worse after the birth. I have never worn foundation as i have never felt i needed it and always worried i would end up sporting a orange jaw line. The maxfactor lady in the boots store was very patient and helpful. She applied the foundation on my face to allow me to see the full effects of it.
This foundation is not one to cover up a lot just even up complexion. As it does even the complexion it also makes the skin bland so a blusher will be needed unless you want a porcelain look.
The foundation is a liquid texture not much thicker than a cream so is easy to smooth on and apply. Personally i prefer to apply initially with a brush then a quick smooth over with with fingers to remove any uneven bits or brush marks. The foundation helps towards a more matt finish. Unfortunately this make up does come off quick easily so you would want to reapply if you wanted the effects to last all day. I did find that wearing every day made my skin quite dry but that is quite possibly my skin type.
Available in most stores stocking maxfactor products priced at 12.99 in boots and available in 5 shades. This does live up to its name in that it isnt at all obvious you are wearing foundation and as long as you choose the right shade you wont have a jawline. Watch out with light coloured clothes/towels as it will come off easily on them.
I first tried out this foundation after having a sample from a magazine back when there was loads of hype with its launch. Unfortunately the sample was the wrong colour so I couldn't wear it for a whole day but I was impressed by how it went on and looked so I decided to buy a full size bottle. Just a tip: Superdrug often puts this foundation on special offer where you can get a couple of quid off so look out for that.
So the actual foundation. I bought mine in creamy ivory and the colour definitely seems to blend very well, I never feel like it's detectable that I'm wearing it and as someone who can't go out the house without my foundation on (bad skin worries that span years!) I always feel like I've got proper coverage. The bottle that it comes in looks very professional, living up to that tag line of 'the make up of make up artists'.
I probably will change my foundation in the future, I'm not saying that Max Factors Second Skin is perfect. But it gives me a light, even coverage and for now that is what I need. If you prefer to 'feel' your foundation is working for you then this one might not be for you, it lives up to its name by feeling like a second skin. If you do feel conscious about how little coverage it has for you, just try building it up a little.
I was lucky enough to collect a couple of samples of this foundation from various magazines and I had seen the advert a lot so I was intrigued to see what it would actually be like and if it would live up to its claims or not. It comes in 5 shades - Creamy Ivory, Warm Almond, Natural, Golden and Bronze. I got the lightest samples but I was quite surprised when looking this up that there are only 5 shades available with none for darker skin. It costs around £12.99 from Boots but they occasionally have deals on this.
It comes in a glass pump action bottle which glass bottles sometimes annoy me as I like to get all of the product out so I usually pop them in a glass of boiling water to essentially melt the rest of the foundation down the bottle.
Max Factor states that they have used multi-tonal pigment technology so that the foundation smooths and blends flawlessly. I wouldn't agree with this 100%. It goes on gorgeously silky and smooth and gives quite a nice medium coverage and I would say it is build able over areas that you may need a touch more. Max Factor also states that it shouldn't leave lines or traces which again I don't agree with I found even though the product was smooth and silky upon looking at it in different lights I found it was quite patchy and seemed to be harder to blend in than I first thought. If you already have good skin or even more mature skin I would say this would be an excellent product as it doesn't sit in the creases and it does cover the better skin well. If you have more problematic skin I wouldn't recommend this at all. All in all I am glad that I tried out the samples before I went and splashed out on the foundation. I tried it for a good 4 days and just couldn't get used to it and I wasn't happy with it at all. I would definitely try before you buy if possible!
I purchased this around 1 year ago whilst looking for a new foundation.
I only used it 3/4 times and it was not very good.
The foundations bottle is very attractive looking, looks very professional, it is see through and has a sticker on the back on front which is gold with black writing on with a few see through gaps.
The bottle contains 30ml of foundation and has a pump which you use to take out the foundation.
The colour I have of this foundation is orange, oops I mean 'Natural'. After using the tester at the store the foundation felt very cream and felt like it would give good coverage, the colour in the shop also looked perfect for my skin tone.
I found this foundation awful. Because the foundation felt quite thick I expected it to be good coverage, and also Max Factor said this product would give you natural PERFECT looking skin, it doesn't do this.
The foundation goes on very orange, it goes very blotchy all over the face, especially in your drier areas, it looks extremely cakey on the face. After 20 or so minutes of being on, it completely changes and just looks dirty and shiny on the face. I also found the pump was quite difficult to use after 10 or so pumps, felt kind of like it had been blocked up.
Overall I do not recommend this from personal experience, I have also tried the lightest shade in the range and the colour is still quite orange. For around £11-15 it really is not worth it, your throwing money away.
I recently bought this foundation and decided to review it today. I've been using it for just over a week but feel like I know enough about it to now go ahead and write the review.
The reason I chose to buy this was mainly because of all the hype surrounding it. It seems that everyone has used or at least has heard about this foundation. There were loads of adverts on TV about it when it first came out, also there are quite a few videos on YouTube about it, where make up artists tell you how to use it etc. I didn't want to be the one missing out so I bought it.
The foundation is available in five different shades, which I know doesn't seem like a lot, but I think there is probably just about one there to suit most skin tones. The shades are:
40 Creamy Ivory
45 Warm Almond
I find that warm almond suits my skin tone best. I use a lot of Max Factor foundations and Warm Almond is also the shade I find that suits my skin tone best from the Miracle Touch foundation.
The foundation is in liquid form. It seems quite a thin foundation, very light and weightless. For this reason you don't feel like you're caked in make up even if you wear a lot of it. And it doesn't make your skin feel as if its clogging your pores. But for me this isn't thick enough, it just doesn't have enough coverage. It gives my skin a really healthy looking glow which is obviously a good thing, but at the same time it doesn't cover any of my blemishes, which isn't so good.
This foundation comes at quite a reasonable price, at £12.99 in most places including Boots. If you buy this foundation from Boots you will also get 48 points on your advantage card, if you have one.
Overall I would recommend this foundation, but only to people who have blemish free skin and who just want to give their skin a healthy glow. If you're like me and you like to have a lot of coverage then this just isn't what you're looking for.
As you know, I'm foundation mad. I have tried and tested nearly every foundation on the high street, and if you have read my reviews by now you will know my favourites. Message me if you wish for personal information about make-up types and what's best for you. Anyway, my favourite foundation is a max-factor brand. However, it is not this specific foundation. Although, that is not to say it disappointed.
I was looking for a good foundation to use and I was always fond of the max-factor make. It just so happened that Lloyds pharmacy didn't have my desired shade of max-factor colour adapt, so I knew I had to try and find a better one. I had seen the advert for second skin, and was a bit unsure since I saw the advert with the gold ball. After that, I thought it would outlines all my flaws rather than cover them. However, I really did need a foundation and this seemed to be the closest to the one I initially desired.
It comes in a glass bottle, which annoyed me slightly as when the foundation is finished, I like to chop open the foundation and scrap my money's worth out. However, I didn't want to risk it with glass so I had to leave a little left at the bottle. I use a lot of foundation as I like the fake look. It is quite hard to get the make-up out at it doesn't push a lot out. But you get there eventually.
It was £15 pounds in my local pharmacy, which of course is a lot but it is certainly worth it. When I first used it, I applied it without moisturiser which is a grave cosmetic skin. However, it provides perfect coverage and you could not see one single one of my scars. It has a very creamy consistency and when you place it on your finger, it doesn't roll of immediately, which I find a lot of foundations do. It is thick enough o stay put on your finger for a few good seconds until you can concentrate on where your going to rub first. It lasts all day, and had a bit of a powered feel after you apply it rather than having a film-ish feel.
I have never found a foundation that covers my skin more flawlessly than this. It sounds so good, but there must be a flaw? Yes, there is. Foundatiosn usually last me 6 weeks, and this only lasted me three. I felt as if I had a huge dip in my pocket after this. It is a great foundation, and it is highly recommended., but only if you have the money for it. I usually only spend £10 a month on foundation and buying this caused me to spend a little more than I hoped for it. If you can afford the foundation, and can afford to replace it every so often, I would certainly recommend.
So the advertising campaign worked on me...I saw the advert, the flawless finish of the foundation and couldn't resist the half price offer when I walked into Superdrug. I had reasonably high expectations for the product: there had been a lot of marketing for it so I naively thought it would be 'the next best thing' and Max Factor has never disappointed before. Unfortunately, this time it did.
When I first applied the makeup, admittedly, it seemed to spread well and give good coverage; it felt light and all seemed great until I glanced into the mirror a minute later. It honestly looked as though I had gone mad with the fake tan! I had specifically chosen the '070 Natural' tone to give a subtle coverage but the result was quite the opposite. Not only had I turned a shade of blotchy orange but the foundation left quite distinguishable patches uncovered even though I had spread it as evenly as I could. I came to the conclusion that it had dried almost as immediately as I had applied it which left an uneven appearance. As to the colour, I thought it might be that I didn't shake the bottle prior to use, so after taking off the first attempts worth of foundation (which took 3 make up wipes and still left an undesired tint) I hopefully shook the bottle and tried again. There was no hope, it was an exact repeat.
So from personal experience, I would not recommend this product and still have about 29ml sitting in the bottle which I will happily give to anyone should they require an (albeit very orange) tan. I did like the texture of the foundation and would like to think that perhaps I just had a dodgy bottle as I am usually a fan of Max Factor. Unfortunately, I'm now to sceptical to buy another.
I bought this foundation at the start of the year. It was a bit of a gamble as I had never tried it before and the foundation wasn't cheap. I think it was about £10 or £11 for 30ml. The bottle has a pump action head to pump out the foundation. I used the testers to match my skin tone and ended up choosing the creamy ivory shade. I was really impressed with how the foundation settled and matched my skin tone.
I don't wear a foundation on a daily basis but I wanted a decent foundation for my wedding as I was doing my own make up. I had a trial run with it and was pleased with the results. The foundation evened out my skin and provided a really subtle base that hid my blemishes. I have tried many foundations before but have never been so pleased with the results. Previous foundations have been a lot cheaper than this one though.
Another added bonus to the foundation was that you didn't really notice you were wearing it. As I mentioned above, foundation is not something I usually wear so I would normally notice it and feel quite self-conscious but this one seems to just blend into my skin and it didn't feel heavy. The only thing I do notice is that the day after wearing the foundation I usually have a break out. However I can't hold the foundation entirely responsible for this, it may be me not removing it well enough at the end of the night.
I also find that I have to give the bottle a good shake before using it, as it does seem to separate a little bit in the bottle and can come out a bit water and not very well mixed.
I would recommend this foundation to anyone who is still on the hunt for a decent one. It is a bit pricey but I think it is worth the extra