My first foray into drugstore foundations is when I bought my first bottle of Max Factor Facefinity 3-in-1 foundation from Watsons in Hong Kong. I’ve always liked moseying through drugstores in any city that I am in; there’s just something about the fluorescent lighting that appeals to me 🙂 I’m not saying that the occasional high-end cosmetic run isn’t exhilarating, but as much as I would like to spend, spend, spend as much as my little heart desires on cosmetics – as well as a host of other beautiful, shiny things that girls adore – there is a limit to what I am able to buy before I get to listen to my bank account weep.
However, I’ve never really bought drugstore foundations from Western cosmetic powerhouses such as Revlon, L’Oreal and Maybelline. The main problems that I have is with their shade selection and that the formulas tend to be on the drier side. The shade selection tends to be just too yellow or too pink, or it just ends up looking grey on me. To throw into that mix, I also have combination-dry, sensitive skin that is prone to blowing up into a mess of itchy red patches and possibly welts if and when I use the wrong products. It’s a little counterintuitive, but how will I know what my skin is unhappy with unless I try a little bit of it? Le sigh.
Without much further ado, let’s move onto my recent discovery:
Max Factor Facefinity 3-in-1 Foundation & Primer
Max Factor is a brand that I’d only seen in Hong Kong; after a bit of research, I discovered that its sister company is Cover Girl in North America. This is I was curious as to whether this little bottle will live up to its claims of being a 3-in-1 product and thus I’ve tried this foundation out for the past week and I feel that I can give a fair review of how it did in this sweltering heat, so let’s take a look:
Foundation Shade: Pearl Beige 35
The foundation matches my NC20 tone to a T and it didn’t make me break out with hives, pimples or red blotches. An immediate plus here 🙂
The shade in the bottle is slightly darker than what came out but the shade match is slightly peach, but I feel that it gave my skin a nice healthy glow. The foundation has a matte finish and frankly, it stayed matte for the most part on my cheeks; as much as the Facefinity foundation did stay on my face (really) well, I noticed that on the area surrounding the tip of my nose it started to get a little patchy after 9 or 10 hours, as I had put it on at 5am. The foundation on the rest of my face looked pretty much like how I had applied it in the morning. I dusted off with loose powder to set it since it’s about 32ºc today.
My last comment on this foundation is that it does dry quickly upon application so you have to be quite quick and accurate; you can also go in and buff it out with a beauty blender to ensure a smooth finish. In addition, I preferred to add a drop of my facial serum to the foundation to add an extra bit of hydration to it because my skin leans more towards being dry.
Overall, this is a foundation that I would repurchase for the summer because it seriously doesn’t budge even in hot and humid weather 🙂
Max Factor Facefinity Primer
I was fairly impressed with the Facefinity foundation, so I wanted to give the primer a shot to see if it pairs well with the Facefinity foundation as well as the other foundations that I have in my current rotation. I’d been meaning to get a good primer for my make up since summer arrived and the temperatures have been on the rise. When I got to work this morning, it was 31ºc outside with the sun shining ever so brightly and the stagnant heat just simply engulfed me.
In the bottle, the primer is solid white and its consistency is much like a lotion; the primer doesn’t leave a whitish cast on the face and it dries clear. I didn’t have any issues with it pilling or anything. I’d like to note here that the consistency of this primer reminds me of the Hourglass Veil Primer that I got from Sephora when I was back in Vancouver for a visit. The consistency and shade is the same, but it only made foundation glide on smoother; it did nothing for oil control. This morning, I decided to put the primer on my entire forehead and nose (slightly broader coverage than your average T-zone area) before putting on the Facefinity foundation to see if it would help the patchy situation.
And indeed it did.
My foundation didn’t budge at all. I didn’t even need to do any touch ups. I’ve had no breakouts or itchy bumps thus far. I’ve tried using this primer with other foundations and it extended the wear of my other foundations that have a tendency to…disappear from my face around noon. LOL
This primer is definitely on the re-purchase list now 😀