Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Completely Subjective Product Review:Max Factor Xperience foundation

For one reason or other I have gained a few more spot friends in the past few days and have re-developed really oily skin. This is troubling me because for the last, what?,  3 months (at least) my skin has been lvely - ok so I always have large pores and blackheads but no pimples or excessively oily skin which I had in my teens. I had the audacity to think that those oily, excessive sebum, days were behind me and I could tick the combination/normal skin box... apparently not.

so anyway this post has a point... I'm starting to write a mini review post on a few things I bought from boots last month and in the name of research and to give my current flawed skin some more coverage I went to slap on my new-ish foundation Max Factor Xperience (in Raw Silk 45)... I usually massage this product into my skin, centre outwards, with my fingers. This has worked very well so far. My only qualms being that I feel that It is slightly too pink for my cool toned skin. However I have asked many people if I look too pink - everyone says I look good: colour and coverage wise...

Anyway back to today and on oily spotty skin I decided to test it's "buildability" and overall coverage. My thoughts are thus:
1. looks like a mask
2. makes my skin look shiny (boyfriend says glossy, however this could have been the cream blush, the juries out)
3. Boyfriend also says this makes my spots really prominent (FYI no extra concealer was used)
4. Pretty sure it's too pink - there were definitely tide marks on my neck - maby I'm being picky
5. Felt really tacky even with powder. I had it on for 6 hours and remained tacky - so it doesn't set right??
6. 6 hour wear is pretty good going.

I would say however that if you apply with fingers and have combo/normal skin this foundation does feel as light as air and successfully evens skin tone and veils pores which, for the most part, is all I need it for. This retails at £9.99 for 30ml - Check out the Boots website... funny I have just read the directions on the Boots website- You should apply with fingers and then "sweep" a foundation brush over your face for an "airbrushed" look - ah well c'est la vie...

In FINAL conclusion: Xperience has a medium coverage, is not buildable at all, for combo/normal (maby dry, I couldn't say) skins, more for warmer skintones, is best applied with fingers and lasts for 6 hours at least.  I do hope this has been relatively useful to anyone who is after an "affordable" foundation. Or wants to share in bad skin nightmares. Lots of love Natalie xx

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