Product Type: Max Factor makeup
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Max Factor Second Skin Foundation
Member Name: fruityzo
Max Factor Second Skin Foundation
Advantages: Feels light on your skin.
Disadvantages: See review.
I have had this foundation for a while now, and have decided that it is finally time to review it...
The 'Second Skin' foundation is a relatively new offering from Max Factor, designed to allow you to "create a finish so flawless it's virtually undetectable".
I was actually sent this as part of a survey trial, so it was a nice change to not have to pay for a foundation! However, if you were to purchase a 30ml bottle of this from Boots, it'll currently cost you an eye-watering £13.99...
The foundation is available in 5 different shades (my version is 070 Natural).
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The product is housed in a glass bottle with a rather dull looking plastic 'pull & pop off' lid. The glass allows a true representation of the shade, whilst allowing you to see how much product is left. However; personally I'd prefer a clear plastic bottle for ease of popping in my handbag etc without the additional weight.
The foundation is dispensed via a pump method, of which I do like, as it avoids the self squeezing effect that happens with some squeezable foundations. This also avoids the lid and the nozzle getting covered in excess product.
As far as the packaging goes, it is rather dull for my tastes, and certainly wouldn't grab my attention if browsing the foundation aisles. I also found no hint of any type of ingredients etc. so if you have sensitive skin it may be worth investigating...
When I first began using the product, I was instantly unimpressed by it; (my opinion has since changed slightly, as you'll see).
First off, I found that if I didn't shake the bottle before application, the product had a tendency to separate (it was rather oily). This would mean that the first couple of pumps left me with an oily/swirly foundation blob, of which I would have to discard and start again.
Although shaking a bottle isn't the greatest deal of effort; I just don't have the co-ordination to; a) remember to, or b) safely shake my glass foundation bottle at 7 am!
Similarly, I've had other products in this price bracket and have never encountered this problem before - I'd expect a little more from something at this kind of cost.
The foundation itself does go on very easily and smoothly; very little effort is required to make it 'disappear' as such. It is a little bit thin & runny though, so it does take a little effort to get an even application right...
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My reason for wearing foundation has always been to help even out my complexion - particularly if I'm having a rough week! Although the nature of this foundation led me to believe that it would not be as heavy as my usual liquid foundations, I was very surprised at how little difference it actually made to my skin. With it disappearing so quickly, I found it somewhat difficult to establish how much I'd actually need.
I went through variations in applications (with sponges, fingers, etc.), from the bare minimum, to plastering it on. In all honesty, I can't say any of these methods offered a huge deal of difference in the end result; somewhat shiny, oily looking skin. Although some people like the 'dewy' look, I just wasn't getting anything that could be passed off as this.
My skin tends to be combination (the usual problems with the 'T-Zone', and dry on the cheeks). After a couple of weeks using Second Skin with an application level that gave me better coverage; I found that I was constantly bombarded by spots (much more so than I would usually expect). This ultimately ended up in me disregarding it and giving up.
I only decided to give the product another go whilst on holiday. My reasons being that I could take it as an emergency (in case I was looking particularly haggard whilst there), and just leave it there at the end. I figured that as the sun tends to keep me totally clear of spots, that I'd risk using the foundation again.
I began using it in the evenings to tone down the somewhat flushed look that sitting in the sun bestows upon me.
This was when I started to warm to the product... Applying it to a sensitive (cooked!) face didn't cause any stinging or discomfort.
I was applying a tiny amount of foundation, only to key areas that needed it, and this was where I did start to notice the product doing what it claims. Although it still doesn't give what I'd deem as 'proper' coverage, it was acting as a general touch-up where it was needed. This minimal application possibly helped avoid the onslaught of yet another outbreak of spots.
In fact, it was brilliant using it for the 2 weeks I was away.
I'm currently still using the product whilst I have the remainder of a suntan (and minimal spot disruption). I've now got a handle on how much I need to apply/can apply before my skin starts to argue with me.
Although I'm now happier with this product, I won't be buying it again once I finish the bottle for the following reasons:
* For the final results, you could spend a LOT less on another liquid or even a powder, and end up with the same or better.
* I find I'm better off using a primer, or even just a good moisturiser before I can even think about applying this and getting a good result. Other foundations allow me to slap-and-go (if you will!).
* This could be a somewhat dubious choice for anyone with slightly oily or combination skin.
* It appears to cater for those with a good complexion in the first instance, as it really doesn't provide coverage in the concealing manner that a lot of people would expect.
* Even though the Max Factor website has a dedicated 'tutorial' to the application of this foundation; I still feel this is only suitable for very specific skin types. I'm by no means a make-up novice, but I still can't quite feel the love for such (in my opinion), a hit & miss product.