The other day, I received an exciting beauty drop from Max Factor. It was almost the perfect beauty package, consisting of foundation, two lip colours and blush. Max Factor has been around for a long time and is a trusted brand. Having never really purchase anything from the brand, I was excited to test the products out.


Max Factor Creme Puff Blusher Nude Mauve

At first glance, I didn’t think this blush would look good. I used to think that blush either had to be pink or peach, and this colour was neither, rather a mauve/peach hybrid. My skepticism was soon blasted away because it is the perfect colour! Once applied, it gives a healthy pink tinged flush to my cheeks, with an understated glow. When I swatched the blush on my finger, it looked quite shiny, and I thought ‘uh-oh, shimmery blush here we come’ but it is only subtly luminescent and adds a gorgeous glow to my cheeks. When I think of this blush, the word ‘subtle’ really stands out for me. If you like to look more obviously “made up”, you are able to build this blush for a more intense pop of colour on your cheeks. I love how petite and compact this blush is, and how sturdy the packaging is. All in all, this is a great little blush to have in your makeup bag. Available from select Clicks stores for around R120.



max factor miracle match foundation

The main drawing card of this foundation is that it combines flawless-looking shade matching that blurs imperfections and nourishes skin with hydration. Basically air-brushed, natural looking, healthy skin.

I want to love this foundation, because it sounds like a dream, but I just don’t. The main reason I don’t enjoy it is because of the way it smells (I’m used to scent-free foundations and this one has a strong biscuity smell), and every time I’ve used it, at the end of the day when I touch my face, it rolls (and looks like dirt). Maybe it’s because I have very dry skin? Where I can say that this product performs is that it gives a lovely skin-perfect finish. It feels like a moisturiser on application, and produces a medium coverage blurred effect for pretty, flawless skin. It’s the perfect balance of matte and dewy and matches my skin tone perfectly. Available at selected Clicks Stores with a RSP of R219.95.



Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick

This long lasting lipstick promises to moisturise your lips courtesy of its highly nourishing oil-based, moisture-rich formula containing over 60% skin conditioners and emollients as well as last up to 8 hours.

It feels super moisturising upon application and doesn’t dry my lips out. The colour is richly intense and lasted for about 5 hours, which included tea, lots of water and a bit of lunch, after which I had to touch up. Not bad at all!  I don’t mind the fact that it doesn’t wear for 8 hours because in my experience, super long wearing lipsticks tend to dry my lips out, and this one didn’t. It’s a trade off.

Overall I like this lipstick. I think it’s cute and it’s a great product to have in your lipstick bag if you find a colour you love. I’m obsessed with purples at the moment and I’m so into the colour Eternally Luscious. Available in 7 shades from selected Clicks for R169.95.



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