Ok, i'l admit i am prone to acne, i am never without a pimple and have scars from when i was burnt as a child so i offten just cover it up, so if there was an area of my make up bag i was willing to spend a bit more money on it would be foundation. Being a student £11.70 is quite a bit of money for a foundation ( i can buy a mascara, deodorant and moisturiser and still have change from this amount) so i'm not going to just compare one foundation but two and hopefully you understand why.
Maxfactor miracle touch liquid illusion foundation (£11.70) and Revlon colourstay foundation (£11.74) similar price, two very different foundations!
I first bought my maxfactor miracle touch after seeing an advert and (after swearing i would never go back to liquid foundation) thought i would give it a go as it was a very creamy compact.
My verdict...wow! it claimed light to medium coverage but it covered perfectly on me, blended with ease and the colour match was fabulous. It claims to be perfect on its own without concealer or powder but i find i still need a touch of concealer and powder on my t-zone as it appears quite oily even under the foundation! However, it was still one of the best foundations i'd ever tried and was incredibly pleased with the results!
So....why switch to revlon colourstay ( though iím not totally converted as i use both) ???
Well, being a total make-up addict and on a tight budget isnít easy so when i heard so many people saying how the revlon colourstay was just like MAC studio fix fluid ,which is way out of my pride range, and giving it such good press i just had to try it! and yes i was impressed, excellent coverage ( though it is advertised as a high coverage product so that probably explains it) great colour and lasted longer than my miracle touch. It left no oil round my t-zone and i was impressed. The downside was it dried in seconds making it harder to blend, it has an incredibly knack of removing any concealer i have on so i have to back an put more on and occasionally it can look like Iíve got lines on my face (this maybe due to the fact i use a foundation brush and the product is so fast drying).
So what is your point??? i hear you cry, well apart from highlighting two very different foundation, of which i believe maxfactor is probably the best, Iím trying to show the difference in products you can get for the same amount of money, especially when youíre on a tight budget and can't afford to waste money on bad products. Both are very good products and do what they say they will do and are probably up there with any premium brands but each has very different qualities which make them both brilliant.
I now use a mix of both products, revlon coloyrstay for my t-zone and chin and maxfactor for other areas and if i was in a rush i would use maxfactor, if i could only have one of the two, as you've guessed, it would be Maxfactor miracle touch. I'm glad i have the choice of both in my make-up bag and they will both last me quite a long time. Hope that has helped anyone else on a budget or struggling to make a choice.
Well i didnt expect this product to be my HG foundation when i bought it, but it is!! I saw this product being used in a commercial on tv the other night, i was in a foundation crisis as i felt my chanel matte lumiere was providing too much coverage that i just didnt need, and i felt as if i had lots of make up on my face, which is a feeling i really dont like. My mum buys little make up, but always has beautiful skin and swears by maxfactor. I have been reguarly forking out £30 for department store foundations and it was breaking me so i figured after reading the MUA reviews, i would give it a shot.
I purchased this product in the natural colour, which turned out to be the perfect colour for me. I use fake tan or have spray tans, but i also have times when i have no fake tan on so need something which i could use for both situations without looking noticable.. I was skeptical this could be delivered from a foundation- let alone a m.f one. It turns out Natural is a kind of translucent colour, that can blend with my varying shades on skintone, perfectly- its sheer but provides coverage. Its a buildable coverage but i do not need a lot, just enough to cover slight redness around nose and cheeks and a few old acne scars.
I have been setting this with clinque blended face powder but i prefer it without- i find using face powder over the top takes away the glow this product gives me. I have normal/dry cheeks and oily t zone and when i use my No7 primer on t zone and this over the top, i stay pretty much oil free all day- and that is some feat!! Even with revlon c.s i had to blot 5 times a day. This foundation does not cake no matter how much you apply and it stayed put all throughout 80 f heat on a day to the seaside here. I feel confident to use a small amount of no7 primer sheer coverage of this foundation a sweep of bronzer on my cheeks and im good to go!! You have to try this foundation, i will definitely repurchase, i am so pleased with it!
I just bought this a couple of days ago and i like it so far, i dont need a lot of coverage just some evening of the skin tone and covering of a couple blemishes, this works well.
I apply it with a damp sponge (not the one they supply) until i get the desired coverage, you really dont need much to get a nice finish.
I have normal skin which can get dry in places, but i havent had any issues with flakiness yet and its winter here.
Im not sure if i will buy it again seeing as the product amount is so little for $40 NZD i may splurge for the $60 MAC one next!
But i like that im not piling on the makeup, which i hate doing for day-to-day wear.
As a professional make-up artist i was keen to try this as max factor products are dependable and reliable. It is decent for the price and layers well but its not a great foundation - your getting what your paying for. There is little product either. I found this gave people i tried it on zits too. Id maybe use this for a during the week foundation or when cash strapped
Has a strange smell, a bit chemical or something but does what it promises. long wearing light seamless finish.
I have been buying this for a while now, it really works for me. I use a GOSH primer and then the foundation with translucent powder over the top. I get the Warm Almond one, and it's the best match for my skin I've found (if anyone knows of any similar shades in different brands let me know as lighting in shops always catch me out). I like the coverage it gives me, enough, but not too thick. Only thing I'd like is more foundation in it as it doesn't last long!
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!