As someone who is constantly battling my oily skin, I’m always on the look out for primers and foundations to combat this. I’ve lost count of how many I’ve tried but some of the more recent ones include Smashbox, L’Oréal, Benefit and NYX. The only one I found to have made a difference was the L’Oréal Infallible 24hr matte foundation and mattifying primer combo, so I stuck to this for a while. That was until I realised that it was actually causing dry patches on my face where the foundation would then gather and become cakey, not a good look!
That’s when I decided to give the Max Factor Facefinity range a try. In this range, the foundation was launched first and it is advertised as a 3 in 1 foundation which primes and conceals to leave you with a long-lasting finish. Due to its popularity, they then released the primer which contained the same secret ingredient as the foundation. For this reason, I’m not actually sure if you’re supposed to use both products together… I decided to give it a go with the thought that maybe a double dose of this ‘secret ingredient’ may be just what I need! At the time of purchasing there was a 3 for 2 offer on at Boots so I also purchased the Max Factor loose powder.
Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer
The primer is designed to mattify skin by banishing excess oil. It also has SPF 20 which is always a bonus. The consistency is unlike any other primer I’ve tried and I’ve seen a few bad reviews from people saying that it is really difficult to apply. My advice is to use one pump and rub it onto the face quite quickly, concentrating on the t-zone. At first, it leaves the skin a little tacky, but at the risk of sounding a little strange, I quite like this because I feel like it is actually going to do something, rather than just vanishing into the skin. Don’t worry though, this feeling does disappear once the foundation is applied.
Max Factor Facefinity All-Day Flawless 3 in 1 Foundation
The consistency of the foundation is thick and creamy which leads you to think that it will be quite heavy feeling but once it’s blended out it feels fine. I again saw some bad reviews for this product with people saying it was hard to blend. My recommendation is to use a damp blending sponge and blend as you go, rather than dabbing it all over the face in one go.
My only negative for this foundation was the colour choice was quite limited and it was really difficult to work out which shade would suit me best. I ended up with one that is a tad too light for me, not a problem since I always use bronzer anyway.
Max Factor Loose Powder
I don’t have a lot to say about the powder, it’s a typical drug store loose powder, translucent, and doesn’t look cakey as long as you don’t over-do it. It leaves the skin feeling quite silky which is nice, I also like the mesh sieve as it makes it less messy to use and helps you get the right amount on your brush.
The end result of using this trio? A flawless finish that literally lasts me all day long. I recently attended an event where I was out of the house for 12 hours and it barely budged! I re-applied some powder half way through the day but that was it, I was so impressed with its lasting power. It’s the perfect balance that doesn’t dry my skin out like the L’Oréal one did but controls the oily spots.
I hope you find this post useful and let me know your holy grail products for combatting oily skin!
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