Tuesday 21 June 2011

Max Factor Xperience Review & FOTD

I haven't reviewed a foundation yet on this blog. Mainly because most of the foundations I've tried have been either NEARLY there or just not worth writing about. Each one I've tried has either been the wrong colour, the wrong texture, lasted 5mins or just didn't do what it said it would. 

This week i have been trying a new foundation. It is..

Max Factor Xperience

Here's what Max Factor say about it.....

Beautiful flawless skin – doesn't that mean a thick, full coverage foundation? Not with our new Xperience Weightless Foundation. Its formula contains natural jojoba extract, gives flawless coverage with a surprisingly air - light feel.

I say this... 

Max Factor are a great, affordable brand. This foundation costs £9.99 for 30ml from your local drugstore

I don't find this to be a full coverage foundation at all, although this is what MF say it is. I'd say it was a natural-looking medium that covers well. I love that it's oil free and contains SPF10 for summer wear and MF are spot on when they say it is weightless. It feels lovely on the skin and actually makes it feel silky soft! 

The thing that has really drawn me to this foundation is that i have finally found a PERFECT colour match for my skin. I chose 75 Brown Hessian. It's a neutral-looking light/medium brown tone which doesn't look grey OR orange on me. 

The formulation/consistency is very workable. It's not runny, but it's not thick and gloopy either. It went on well with my foundation brush. I haven't tried it with a sponge or my fingers yet (although fingers is the method recommended by MF), but I certainly will in the future. 

It lasts well. I had heard tell on Twitter that it would oxidise after a while but i did not find this to be the case (interestingly I DID find this with MF Lasting Performance). First time i wore it was for a shopping trip. It survived well for the 6hrs i wore it for which included 2hrs total on a bus and a rainy trek around Chesterfield. 

I find i get an oily T-Zone so the oil free formula really attracted me to this product. The SECOND time i wore this foundation was for a 3hr lunchtime shift in the kitchen at the pub where i work (which is EXTREME). When I got home my nose WAS shiny... but this product isn't about a matte finish, it's about a natural finish that lasts. With a good powder this would give a matte finish.  

To sum this product up you should definitely try this if...

- You want a natural finish with medium-full coverage
- You don't like a heavy foundation
- You have combination skin and want a product that will help to control oily areas while softening dry areas

Onto my FOTD for today....

I didn't go anywhere interesting today. Just a couple of hours at work. However, I am one of those people who HATES having to just wear black/uniform for work and tend to compensate elsewhere. 

It was quite sunny today so i decided to go for something natural, but summery (yeah, right, I wanted another excuse to use my Sleek Monaco palette hehe). And I wanted to look smart at the same time (after all I do serve on the counter at work as well and serve people at the table). 

So here's what I used....

Face: Vie Skin Dew (as a base), Max Factor Xperience foundation in 75 Brown Hessian
Bronzer: Bourjois Delice de Poudre in 52 (to contour)
Blush: BeneFit Coralista
Eyes: Sleek Monaco Palette Shadow in Washed Ashore (all over the lid), Rimmel Glam'eyes Shadow in Brun Dusk (crease and outer), Generic no-name brown liner pencil off Bakewell market (LOL)
Highlighter: BeneFit High Beam (browbone and cheekbones)
Lips: Jemma Kidd Hi-Shine Silk Touch Lipgloss in 15 Coral

(Please note - In reference to the above review: In this FOTD i have used Xperience WITH the Skin Dew and this gives a more dewy finish. I also occasionally mix the two together so do not take this as the regular Xperience finish)

Hope you enjoyed my FOTD or found my Xperience review helpful. 

Got any other foundation recommendations for me? What are your opinions on Max Factor foundations? 



  1. Your skin looks super natural - love it! :) I bought their mineral powder foundation ages ago and didn't like it but I swatched the Second Skin one a few weeks back and I was contemplating getting it! JK Coral and Benefit Coralista looks absolutely gorgeous on you! :)

  2. I've only just spotted the Second Skin one!Never tried the mineral powder one though. I was recommended Xperience so wanted to try it.

    The finish is kinda diluted by the skin dew but i think that makes it look lighter and more summery.

    Thanks Yu!! x

  3. Thanks for sharing. I've never heard of this foundation before but I want to give it a try.


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  4. That shade does look perfect on you!

    You need to some day invest in a high-end foundation and do a comparison of low & high end foundations..

    If you want oil control, the high-end foundation I would reccommend is the Shisiedo one I worte a review on.. It's lovely.. Ask for a sample and see how it works on ya..

    OR when I send you the NARS Multiple Duo, i can put in a sample of the foundations I have for you.. What MAC shade are you?

  5. I have the same trouble with foundation as you, I can never find one that's just RIGHT. I always find any colour looks orangey on me and I have quite an oily Tzone too so need something that wont leave me shiny too quickly!

    This sounds great, and a real bargain so I will definitely pick it up! xxx

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