The Best Of Max Factor

Max Factor is kind of a silent high street hero for me. There are a few products from the brand that I really love, but for some reason, it for the most part slips by me unnoticed.I’m not really sure why that is, because the brand is home to some amazing products, I just seem to forget about it. Today however, I’m shining the light on my favourites from the brand (and giving you the heads up on products you can skip), because there are a few!Let’s start with the products I really love. I’ve spoken a lot about the Facefinity Foundation (same as the Covergirl 3-in-1 Outlast, FYI), which is my go to for a high coverage, flawless base. Nothing is as long lasting, or as natural looking with high coverage. This stuff won’t budge all day, no matter the conditions. It’s a little much for everyday, but for long days when you want to look good, or if you know you’re going to be photographed, it’s perfect. This goes hand in hand with the Facefinity Primer, my favourite drugstore primer by a mile. This stuff just gets the job done, and really keeps your makeup in place all day, no trouble.Moving on to a more recent addition, the Creme Puff Blushes. I have the shades Nude Mauve and Seductive Pink, and I’m head over heels for them both. They’re everything I wanted the Hourglass blushes to be, they’ve got dimension and they’re natural looking on the cheeks. The pigmentation and lasting power is far superior to the Hourglass offering too. I’d go as far as to say these are my favourite high street blushes. Bold claim, I know.Max Factor has a wealth of fantastic eye options for you, and yet people seem to overlook it. Whilst I wasn’t blown away by their powder shadows, the rest of what I’ve tried has been fantastic. Let’s start with my absolute favourite, the Wild Shadow Pencil in Caramel Rage. It’s definitely not a caramel, more a cool toned light taupe, but the shade is as gorgeous as the formula. The perfect one wash lid shade, this can be swiped over the eye and blended with a finger for an easy eye look that will last all day. Similarly, their kohl eyeliners are some of the best I’ve tried, they’re seriously longlasting.That lasting power however, didn’t seem to translate to the Excess Shimmer Cream Shadow in Bronze. I’ve heard people complain that this is messy, which I can understand, but I used a flat shadow brush to pack it onto the lid, and a dense fluffy brush to blend it out and it was great. I love the colour too, and on the eyes it looks seriously impressive, but it just doesn’t last very well. I think it’s down to the seriously wet texture, and whilst it wears evenly and still looks good, it’s not as good as it looks when first applied. It’s fine with a primer underneath, but a little annoying.And a word on mascaras, because in all honesty, I’ve tried all Max Factor Mascaras and I loved every single one. Granted they’re all good for different things, but they are all good. My undisputed favourite is the Masterpiece mascara, which is also fantastic in waterproof!Also worth a mention, the Nailfinity Nail Polish, which aren’t quite as gel like as some of the other offerings on the high street, but they last really well without chipping.I wanted to touch on a couple of products that I wasn’t all that fussed on too, in the interest of giving a well rounded review. They aren’t pictures because, as inevitably happens when I don’t LOVE a product, they pass on to more loving homes! Firstly, the lipstick range doesn’t do much for me, I find the formula pretty drying, and a lot of the shades have an unnecessary shimmer! Secondly, the Miracle Touch Creamy Blushes, which I actually really like, but the packaging put me right off. I gave up after two broke!Are you a fan of Max Factor? Have I missed out a product you love?