Max Factor Review

I know that I’ve been absent for oh so long from you guys. It’s just so many new things were going on, but now I can finally say that I’m officially back! I promise that I won’t’ be gone for too long anymore.

I’m going to skip the talking and blabbing about what has made me be gone (I promise to dedicate a special post about that) and will jump directly to what I wanted to say.

So, as you have seen a couple of posts back on my Instagram, I have been chosen by @InfluensterME among many Instagrammers in the Middle East to be representing @MaxFactorArabia’s #ProColorCorrecting Vox Box, so here I am going to be reviewing the products inside the gift box.

I received the goodie bag from @Influenster, an online platform that sends out boxes every month full of free stuff to its users so that they would influence their followers about their opinions on the products. I got the products at no cost whatsoever. I didn’t even have to pay for the costs of logistics/delivery. The Vox Box was delivered through Aramex. You can also become a user of the app by signing up on this link and benefiting from the Vox Boxes: www.influenster.com/r/3869358

Have a look at how I look bare face with no makeup whatsoever and scroll down to the end to see the aftermath of these products.

 

The Vox Box of this precise campaign included seven items, and I accounted that this box should retail for around $85, which is actually quite a good deal! The box included the following:

COLOR CORRECTOR STICKS (Average Retail Price in Lebanon: $10)

  • THE BRIGHTENER 

What Max Factor says it does:

“THIS COLOR CORRECTOR CONCEALER NEUTRALIZES PURPLE TONES SUCH AS UNDER-EYE CIRCLES TO CREATE FLAWLESS SKIN. USE TO PRECISELY CONCEAL AND CORRECT TO FORM THE PERFECT BASE FOR FOUNDATION.

It has a yellow pigment to balance out purple-toned color flaws. The precision crayon shape is used to easily target specific areas of the skin. Its balmy formula perfectly blends on the skin. Finally, the product packaging resembles a pencil that twists up for easy application”.

What I say it does:

I didn’t honestly find the color correctors useful for one simple reason: their pigments are not rich and they have a delicate effect. So, if you’re suffering from really dark circles under your eyes, this alone won’t do much work for you. Instead, on days where I’m really tired and have not slept much, I like to balance out my dark circles by applying a red pigment (such as red lipstick) on my under eye area, before putting on the foundation. I find this to be highly effective, and I don’t feel like I have to apply tons and tons of concealer on my under eye area. You should give this tip a try and let me know if it works out for you as well. The key is not to overdo with the red pigment and blend it out with the foundation to avoid red patches under the eye area. Otherwise, it will look just weird.

  • THE REDUCER 

What Max Factor says it does:

“THIS COLOR CORRECTOR CONCEALER NEUTRALIZES REDNESS, SUCH AS BLEMISHES, BLOTCHINESS AND BROKEN VEINS TO CREATE FLAWLESS SKIN. IT IS USED TO PRECISELY CONCEAL AND CORRECT AND CREATE THE PERFECT BASE FOR FOUNDATION”.

What I say it does:

I believe that this product could have been much handier if it had a creamier composition. It blends out well, but I’m not a big fan of its coverage and texture. Give it some more thickness and creaminess, then it would have done miracles. But it is not bad. I would say a 3/5

  • THE BALANCER -LIGHT 

What Max Factor says it does:

THIS COLOR CORRECTOR CONCEALER EVENS OUT DARK SPOTS ON LIGHTER SKIN TONES. IT IS USED TO PRECISELY CORRECT AND CREATE THE PERFECT BASE FOR FOUNDATION.

What I say it does:

I actually formulated this opinion on the whole product line, that it is not highly effective. Or probably, I still didn’t have it figured out. I mean, I’m not saying that I didn’t like the products at all, they do have so many things that come in handy. I really admire the packaging: its attractiveness, ease of application, and fine finish. But harshly speaking, I wouldn’t buy the products myself. But again, this is the opinion that I have formulated to date, probably because I haven’t figured them out much still. I will keep you up to date.

Meanwhile, here is how you should apply the Color Corrector Concealers, according to Max Factor:

STEP 1When applying Color Corrector Sticks, position your face in balanced lighting – daylight is best. Avoid lighting that casts shadows on the face.

STEP 2: Use the crayon to apply directly to the area that requires color correction.

STEP 3: Gently pat onto the skin and blend at the edges.

STEP 4When all areas of the face have been color corrected, apply Max Factor CC Cream for a flawless base, or directly apply foundation.

As a summary, here are the pros and cons of the color correctors

Pros:

1. Easy application due to the pencil-shaped applicator.

3. Each stick targets a specific flaw or blemish of the skin, and not restricted to the face. You can use them on your whole body to cover up blemishes, bruises, scars, and marks.

4. Each stick is labeled with its precise action and the exact problem that it solves, such as neutralizing redness or dullness, so you don’t need to study the color-coding scheme.

Cons:

1. Tends to be dry, even for my normal skin

2. The concealer is soft enough, but not as blendable as the liquid type, especially around the eye area.

3. Products are not saturated enough to achieve dramatic results.

After I’m done with applying the Color Correctors, I blend them out thoroughly and apply 

Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation (Retail Price in Lebanon: $23-$27)

This foundation comes in the shade: Sand 60, with a sunblock protector of SPF 20. It is also said to be a primer, foundation, and concealer at once.

What Max Factor says it does:

“FACE FINITY ALL DAY FLAWLESS 3 IN 1 FOUNDATION HOLDS LIKE A PRIMER, CORRECTS LIKE A CONCEALER WITH THE LONG LASTING FINISH OF A LIQUID FOUNDATION WITH SPF 20.”

What I say about the product:

I can’t fall in love with the foundation because the shade is quite light for my skin tone. Even though my skin is pale, I would still prefer a shade that is 1 or 2 tones darker than this one. It was quite frustrating at first, but I got it fixed out, and I will tell you how shortly.

Now, all shades asides, let’s talk about the foundation from A to Z.

Well, first of all, I really do admire the foundation’s coverage. It conceals some blemishes and has a nice creamy, yet nonoily texture. It also lasts the whole day, and it is more or less smudge proof. However, I would still use some concealer on my under eye zone.

All in all, the foundation is good. When this one ends, I would buy it again, but in a darker shade for sure.

Afterwards, I contour my face using:

Max Factor Pan Sticks in True Beige and Cool Bronze (Average Retail Price in Lebanon: $9 each).

 

What Max Factor says it does:

“PAN STIK FOUNDATION FOR A CONVENIENT, FAST-FIX. THE CREAMY TEXTURE PROVIDES A SOFT, DEWY FINISH”.

What I say about the product:

The Pan Sticks are actually good and I seem to be fond of them for several reasons.

First of all, their texture is truly creamy and they can be easily blended on the face. I apply the True Beige shade on the parts of my face that I wish to highlight (under my eyes in a triangular form, on my forehead, on the length of my nose and my chin), and the Cool Bronze on the parts that I would like to darken, shade or contour (my cheekbones, outer part of the forehead, on the borders of the highlighted part on my nose and on my jaw). When I blend the light and dark, my face looks contoured, and the best part is that my foundation doesn’t look as light as before.

Creme Puff Blush in Lavish Mauve (Average Retail Price in Lebanon: $14)

What Max Factor Says it Does:

“SOMETIMES, A SUBTLE FLUSH OF COLOR IS THE LOOK YOU’RE AFTER; OTHER TIMES, A MORE STRIKING CONTOURED FINISH IS WHAT YOU WANT. NEW CREME PUFF BLUSH IS PERFECT FOR CREATING BOTH, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN THANKS TO ITS EASY-TO-BUILD FORMULA”

What I Say:

This blush is amazing and really pretty with a subtle shimmer that comes out as an exquisitely on my skin. I would definitely recommend the blush for its consistency, pigmentation, texture, and ease of application. The small size is travel-friendly and the blush can easily fit in your purse.

All in all, I am really glad that first of all, I am back to writing. I have been absent for around 6 months, but I can officially say that I’m finally back! I am also really excited that I was a part of @InfluensterME campaign with Max Factor Arabia. I am looking forward to participating in more campaigns. Promise, promise promise you that I will be writing more and more!

Below I am sharing some pictures of the final look achieved with all those products.

 

xx.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *