This is the closest match I've ever found for my skin tone (very pale with pink undertones). I bought this based on Lisa Eldridge's recommendation from her video for pale skin. The price is good but the packaging could be a little better, there always seems to be some left at the end that I can't get out. It looks great on the skin as long as it's blended in well - I find I have to pat it with my fingers after I've applied it to get a more natural look. It gives a medium coverage and feels light and not caked on, even if I'm wearing a lot of it. It smells nice, a bit like biscuits. I wear a cheap transparent powder over the top and it lasts all day, although it can come off a bit or start to look orange around my jaw line in hot weather. I don't really mind as otherwise it's a good colour for me :)
PLEASE Max Factor improve the colour range!!!
I LOVE this foundation, it is my HG but the colours are CRAP. I am NC 15 and i cant find a match. I use 101 mixed with 105 but its not right. I need a pale one with yellow undertones. I do use a yellowish powder to try and make it better. But i really only need the powder for my nose! Another reason why i love this foundation, i barely need powder.
I have the worst skin for foundation, big pores on nose, dry flakey nose and cheeks, peach fuzz, occasional breakouts. This foundation suits my skin so well, it hides the pores, doesnt accentuate the flakes, does not stick to hairs, is not cakey at all, provides great coverage and is not drying. Yes i do exfoliate moisturise etc.!!
Lately i have tried others for a better colour:
Lancome Teint Idole Ultra (wrong colours, sticky feel),
Diorskin Forever Fusion (close 2nd but crap colours, tiny bit drying, expensive!!),
Clarins Everlasting (great colour and coverage but a bit drying and not good on my nose),
Max Factor Facefinity (great colour, crystal beige, but horribly cakey).
Revlon Colorstay for dry skin (not enough coverage)
Clinique Superfit would be my next choice but that has been discontinued. So I am sticking with the wrong colour Max Factor because i love it so much.
I looked on here for reviews before going out and buying it, reviews seemed great so bought it. first time applying i HATED it. no coverage, orange face, looked horrible and was planning on buying a new foundation the next day.
Second time applying, i used a sponge and it went on beautifully!
I have combination typical english fair complexion. I used this foundation for years, but decided that I have been wearing the wrong colour and on accasion found I had a mask line if I was not really careful about bleding it. This is because their colour range is not great and their pale couours often look ashy, and their other colours are either a definate yellow or pink and even ornagey toned.
It does have a great texture that melts into your skin, and stays on through most activities including a full nights clubbing, but without feeling heavy. I would love it if they improoved their colour range, but for now I have moved onto Maybelline fit me shine free foundation stick, which is a great day time foundation for me.
Not for me! I work in a chemist and we sell a lot of these and to be fair they do look quite well on people. I decided to try it because so many people raved about it. I'm quite pale, NC15, and the lightest shade just wasn't the right colour. It used to look quite pink tinted on my skin, I persevered for a couple weeks just to give it a fair chance and found that it sat quite oily on my skin and eventually led to break outs.
The darker colours do look quite well but because of my skin type and colouring it just didn't sit well.
However if you're sallow and have a drier skin type, I'd recommend sampling it.
Years ago I wrote a review about this foundation saying it wasnt all that great.
Trying it now a while later I have to reconsider. This foundation was one of the first I tried, thinking back I didnt have enough proper make-up knowledge to know how to apply it well enough. So the review:
This foundation is pretty good if you have the right skintype. I have dry skin with flakes on them and this is the only foundation I have found which doesnt emphasize that and I have tried loads. I was in a desperate mood trying this again and Im glad I did. This foundation gives decent coverage definitelly medium. You can build it up to achieve a flawless face, but you gotta put thin layers everytime. The staying powder isnt actually bad, if you apply a powder at least 6 hours before it starts fading. Power is quite a must though. This foundation makes you a lil bit oily. Therefore I would definitelly not recommend it for Oily skin.
The colours are kinda lame. I have te 105 colour which could be compared to a NC30. Generally I am NC20, a bit tanned now thankfully, I have tried the 101 shade but that had a very pinkish undertone (NW15).
So all and all decent foundation, great for dehydrated skin, lasting powder decent enough , colours kinda crappy.
Ugh, this foundation is absolutely vile. I'm extremely pale so I went for shade 100 Fair and when I matched it to my skin in my local Boots, I was thrilled as I usually struggle with finding my shade, so with it being so cheap I bought it right away. And now I regret it...
When I first apply it to my face, it seems to be alright. Good coverage, matches well to my skin tone and blends reasonably well. I found it to be quite heavy but this didn't really bother me as I only tend to use full-coverage foundations anyway (my HG is Estee Lauder Double Wear.) I set it with MAC Blot Powder in Light and then went about my day.
3 hours after leaving the house, I checked my reflection and was horrified to see that an ugly oily orange mess had formed on my face. The foundation had separated in patches, especially the t-zone area where the powder had turned to speckles. I don't even have oily skin! It oxidizes into a much darker shade than it initially appears, meaning that the colour I was so happy with suddenly didn't match my skin tone AT ALL! One of the reasons why I am so disappointed with this product is the fact that it's called 'Lasting Performance' yet after wearing it for only 3 hours, all of my red areas and blemishes were visible. Also, I was really let down by the dramatic change in colour over time as I was convinced that I was wearing a foundation that matched my skin tone.
A great foundation for combo or oily skin as it is thin and not heavy or warm on the face. If you get the right shade fo ryou that's great. This is so much better than Revlon Colorstay Liquid foundation in so far as how it feels on your face is concerned.
Revlon Colorstay can feel heavy, flat and lifeless even if flawless and long-lasting. This Max Factor Lasting Performance foundation still lets your real skin shine through so you only have great natural-looking skin and the foundation also lasts longer than others (not as long as Colorstay).
Best way to use this would be after a thin layer of your favorite BB cream (ideally a BB cream that isn't oily or heavy or warm on the face) so that the foundation lasts and lasts and lasts.
I have oily skin and till now no foundation lasted more than 2hours without touch ups. This foundation looks matte for at least 4-5hours without applying powder!! The coverage can be tricky, u need to do thin layers and build it up to get a flawless face. i'm nc 30 and use natural beige, it's very close. I LOVE revlon colorstay but this one is better, and cheaper ( this is 14$ in lebanon the colorstay is 22$)
this is a great foundation for my combination, acne-prone skin: good coverage, lasts all day, doesnīt cause breakouts and even helps acne healing. the finishing is matte-poudré.
the hard part with max factor is color range.. completely different from every other brand. so I'm writing about it, hoping it will help others. my skin is light, Iīm nc20 - not very yellow, I usually can use neutral. Based on research I decided to order 101- ivory beige, the second lightest shade. When I first saw it I got scared, itīs very light, and very pink. itīs bellow nw20, probably an nw 15 (!). well I tried it, and to my surprise it turned more yellow on my skin, and itīs quite a decent match, though not perfect. So I think this shade, and 100-fair would be great for girls with fair skin, specially with pink undertones.
If you have tried max factor - LF in pastelle(102) or softbeige(105) please post a comment about how it matches your skin (with other foundation for reference). It would be wonderful to find this great quality foundation in a light color, with beige/ yellow undertones.