Monday, 25 March 2013

Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation

Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation Review
Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation Swatch
Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in '100 Fair' Swatch
Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in '100 Fair' swatch

Any of you girls with very pale skin, probably go through the same headache as I do - trying to find a foundation that is pale enough (!!!).  Up until around Christmas time, I previously used Estée Lauder Double Wear foundation in 'Shell' - this was literally heaven in a bottle.  The colour was perfect, my skin responded amazingly to it and I could go to work for a day & come home looking like I'd just applied my makeup (no makeup touch-ups needed during the day!).  I found out last July from a makeup artist at my friend's wedding that Shell was going to be discontinued, so I tried to haul away some bottles to keep me going.    When these ran out, I resorted to using the Estée Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover in 'Very Light' - I had a ridiculously painful allergic reaction to this, resulting in breakouts and very dry/red skin.  I gave my mum the Estée Lauder Maximum Cover foundation to use and she had absolutely no problems with it - I guess it really does depend on your skin type, and I have sensitive/acne prone skin.

Since then, I had been trying to find a replacement foundation, preferably a cheap one.  On a whim, I decided to give Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation a go - I bought it in the lightest shade, '100 Fair'. In comparison to Double Wear, this foundation is less than half the price.  The foundation is actually quite a pasty shade, despite looking a lot darker in the above photos (& on top of my streaky fake tan, oops!) when blended.  In order to get good coverage, you do need to apply quite a lot of product & not be too heavy-handed when blending it in - I always use my fingers to blend my foundation in.  I can actually go out for the day and still look very fresh-faced after application - no makeup touch-ups required either!  The coverage is still nothing like that of Double Wear, but it's the best drug store foundation I've ever purchased.  It's also fragrance-free which is always something I look for due to my sensitive skin.  I'd really recommend giving it a go if you're very pale-skinned and struggle to find a foundation to match your skin tone.

Estée Lauder have claimed to be bringing back their Double Wear foundation in Shell over the next few months - fingers crossed this is true!  However, until this is (hopefully) back on our shelves, I will continue to repurchase Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation.
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  1. Ooh I use this same colour, I actually mix it with a tiny bit of a darker cheapy NYC colour foundation, but it's a good match for me in general!

    Danielleyc | UK Beauty, fashion & lifestyle blog

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    1. It's a really handy little drug store buy! This is literally the darkest foundation my skin can handle, aha! xx

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  2. This looks like a good foundation, suits you
    Fashion Ganache.
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    1. I'm genuinely so glad I found it! xx

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  3. I've got a voucher for Max Factor & I'm still on the search to find my perfect foundation. Thanks for the review lovely!

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    Megan xxx

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    1. Ahh I hope it works well for you if you end up buying it! You're so welcome :') xxx

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  4. i was gutted they discontinued shell too! literally the most perfect shade!

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    1. How annoying is it?! :( I don't understand how they could discontinue Shell - it seems like it was such a popular shade by how many people are upset about it! xx

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  5. I used to use this foundation back in school! Sort of forgot about it, I wouldn't mind trying it out again :)

    thelittleantlers
    xo

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    1. I'd literally only just discovered it a month or so ago! I used to use Dream Matte Mousse in school, you picked better than I did! aha xx

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  6. I'm 14 and even though I don't get bad acne, I'm prone to small head and chin spots because of being a teenager, so I need something that covers quite well, I'm also guilty of being a natural red head (: so I'm very pale, I can't stand having dark lines around my jawline! I'm so glad I found this foundation, its pale<33, stays on all day, looks natural with some powder, and covers pretty well, also it lasts for ages!!! Mine does me for about 4 months, then I cut the tube open and use the spare bits! I just love it so much! Sorry this is kind of long (: but thanks for the review, I agree with you 100%! P.s, hope the shell foundation comes back in for you!:)xxx

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