I like the texture of this product. The shade (ivory) worked for me because I'm quite pale. Good thing about it is the fact it stays on for a long time and covers everything on your face you don't wanna others to see :) Two things I don't like - packaging (those separate containers are annoying and not very practical to do it "on the go" because you have to twist it off and then take out the sponge. Repeat the procedure when you're finished. I would appreciate the classic packaging with a mirror inside. Other thing I don't like is the fact that Max Factor tests their products on animals and I'm switching to cruelty free, and so I ordered a foundation from The Body Shop. Although, the last one was my second container so I did say yes to "would I buy this again..."
so max factor was my first foundation, and my last. i thought it would of been great since my mates recomended it. when i first applied it, it looked alright, wasnt too heavy, but the next day when i applied it my face went all dry and flaky, so i stopped putting on my whole face, and only used it as a base for my eyeshadow. which turned out to be an even worse idea. my eyelids went red, obviously due to irritation, after that they went dry and flaky you could say i looked like a lizard. it was dreadful, this lasted for at least 2 months. i know it was a personal reaction, but if you dont need foundation and if your skin is beautiful, dont waste your money. seriously
I`m realising that preparation is almost everything in a foundation. If you think of the foundation as not so much as finishing texture but finishing colour and the skin as the perfect blank smooth canvas it really helps a lot. Not only will your foundation go on much better if your skin is as soft and smooth as possible, but those holy grails we all seek, smooth application , glowing complection and lasting finish is closer with the right prep. Believe me, my skin has a multitude of terrible half-faded spot scars, broken veins, dry areas, breakout zones; in other words, normal skin like everyone else that does not always behave itself . Perhaps the key is the WAY we apply primer. The finish is much more perfect if you `push` the primer into your skin much more thoroughly than just gliding it on. Keep layering the primer until your skin changes texture and pat, pat, pat arond the eyes. Keep going until your skin changes to a glowing feeling. You`ll be amazed at the way your skin looks and feels at the stage. You`ve created a much better canvas for your foundation/ concealers.
This foundation gives brilliant, buildable coverage if I use the flat of my concealer brush to press directly on my more difficult areas, then blend into the surrounding lighter coverage, then the colour is immaculate, since there`s no textural or colour change between foundation and concealer.
I quite like the pot, I`m going to glue my own mirror on!
I received a sample of two shades (natural & golden) - which are both nice, natural shades. Liked them, so bought 'Golden' when my samples were done.. this is really quick & easy to apply with a foundation brush. Good coverage, natural finish.
Packaging-wise: As it's a compact, it doesn't last that long. So it's a bit expensive for how much you get (11.5g).
I would buy it again, as I like the finish & how quick it is to apply! continued >>
I have finally found out how to work this foundation. With my 187 brush, a significant amound and like 3 minutes of swirling, stippling and swirling and stippling again, this leaves a high coverage, airbrushed and flawless finish that only needs to be set with a light dusting of translucent powder.
EDIT: Unfortunately it cakes and settles into fine lines after an hour... not nice
I got the Almond and it was very dark on my porcelain skin. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but the lighting in the store was VERY deceptive. Although it covered very well, it did look a bit cakey even with my MAC foundation brush. I ended up giving this to my mother, and it works very well for her olive complexion. But i give it kudos for actually not turning me orange, even though it was at least 4 shades too dark!
And wierdly enough, this is the only foundation that has ever broken me out. Overall, its a lovely foundation, just a bit on the thick side for my skin.
I love this foundation.It blends really well and the colour (something or other beige) matches my skin. I binned the sponge and use my fingers ( yes,I know about bugs). I would definately buy this again
Just realised that "something beige" is a load of rubbish, I use Warm Almond.
I usually use Chanel foundations, but prefer this.
There are two things I don't like about this product, and they're the MAIN two things I look for in a foundation.
1st- it doesn't have my shade. I combine natural and golden together to create mine, and it's too much of a fuss to carry around to foundations
2nd- it looks cakey, even when I use a high quality foundation brush.
The coverage is good, but it doesn't last very long.
I wouldn't buy this again, and I would try some other products.
i was really excited when i bought this product and really did think it would work wonders, i was dissapointed as you do not get much as the packaging is bulky and heavy. i was also dissapointed as it was very think when applied i had to use another foundation base on top. wouldnt buy again as i need more coverage and this spreads too thinly. will not be buying again.
I had heard a lot of good things about this product, so I went out and spent £12 on it. This is quite a lot for such little product in quite a large pot (most of the pot is the flippy up bit - which can be hard to open if your hands are full - which contains a rubbish sponge) so I was expecting a lot from this foundation!
The texture is really nice and it does melt nicely into the skin. It works VERY well on my terrible dark circles. Apply lightly with ring finger and build up until they are gone! ^_^ However, I think I will just use it as a concealer or a highlighter - it's much to sheer for me to use all over my face. It doesn't provide great coverage and it starts to fade quite quickly.
- excellent at covering dark circles
- can lighten up face when blended on cheekbones/eyelids/cupids bow
- nice texture, not to heavy, lets my skin breathe
- packaging and that stupid sponge! stick to a foundation brush.
- too sheer for full coverage
- need to moisturize a lot before hand to stop it making patches on my skin
- doesn't stay on very long
I wouldn't buy it again but it's good for concealing and highlighting. :)