[First Impression] Max Factor Miracle Match Foundation 40 Light Ivory

Rossmann had another 30% off offer on foundation running and I (after I had gotten some bad news) couldn’t help myself and pounced. Max Factor has recently released the Miracle Match foundation in Germany, seemingly as an answer to the Facefinity 3 in 1 foundation. While the Facefinity (one of my holy grails) promises long last and a matte finish, the Miracle Match has the byline ‘blur and nourish’ It is supposed to be moisturizing without being oily and giving a skin-like glowy finish.

The foundation is packaged in the same oval glass bottle as the Facefinity; clear with a pump, only the labels are slightly different.

Whereas the Facefinity sports an SPF of 20 the Miracle Match does not contain SPF and the bottle does not specify how long the foundation is meant to last on the skin.

Let’s start with my bare face

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My skin is dry and dehydrated with a slightly oily t-zone and prone to blemishes and breakouts. Above you can see me at the height of the ravaging that hormones have done to my face.

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The foundation has a consistency most reminiscent of a gel-cream. It is not runny but also not really thick.

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I have applied the foundation with the essence bronzer brush, which was part of a recent limited edition. It is a thick, dense brush, which gives a very smooth flawless finish.

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Instead of picking up the product with the brush I dotted it on my skin and then blended it through, this way only a minium of foundation gets lost in the brush.

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In this picture I applied one coat of foundation. It really does blur out pores and tones down the red.

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I then added a second layer to where the blemishes where the most prominent. The second layer meshed really well with the first, without bunching up or getting cakey, however, I’m not sure it did much to the intensity of the coverage either.

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In this picture I added concealer. The Max Factor Master Touch concealer is great for under the eyes but doesn’t do much for blemishes. Those I concealed with my trusted Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in Fair.

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This is the skin done with a layer of powder and filled in brows. I do like the finish. My skin looks really evened out, almost flawless and gives me a bare canvas to work with which I prefer. Even though the initial finish was quite glowy, the foundation can easily be powdered down, again no caking whatsoever.

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And finally my face of that particular day. I went a little heavy on the make up but I quite like the look.

Result:

The foundation lasted really well on my skin, it stayed on for over twelve hours, and faded only slightly in my oily t-zone and that is without re-applying any powder (I usually can’t be arsed). The foundation is almost imperceptible on the skin, neither is it tight in any way nor does it feel like a thick layer of greasy paint despite the nourishing and hydrating aspects. The originial finish is glowy but never glossy.

For my lightskinned gals: I am MAC NW10 with a fairly neutral undertone and the foundation matches me fine and doesn’t oxidize throughout the day. Max Factor does fair foundations really well.

My skin usually reacts immediately and violently to things it doesn’t like but so far I couldn’t tell any increase in blocked pores or break outs instead it felt really comfortable throughout the day.

The foundation gets a definite thumbs up from me for now.

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