[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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First Impression and Face of the Day: Catrice Even Skin Foundation 005 Even Ivory

My most anticipated addition to the Catrice range was definitely the Even Skin foundation especially after they promised that it would include an extremely light shade and after stalking several drugstores in my area here we are.

The foundation promises:

-to be longlasting and caring

– instant reduction of redness and dark spots (medium to full coverage)

– more even skin tone within 8 weeks of daily usage

-luminous matte finish

-SPF 25

It comes in a frosted glass bottle with a pump, very straight up, very basic, no frills, no fuzz. The bottle contains the standard 30ml/ 1.01 fl.oz. and costs €7.45.

As per usual you can enlarge all pics by clicking on them.

Let’s have a look how it applied on my skin:

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Here you see my naked face, cleansed and prepared with my Nivea day cream for dry and sensitive skin. My skin is coming back from a nasty spell dehydration, black heads and bumps. I finally switched back to the Neutrogena Anti Black Head Daily Scrub and within two days of using it the bumps have been visibly reduced and the inflammations have gone down what you see here is mainly scarring.

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The foundation is really creamy and looks quite yellow against my skin when it comes out of the bottle.

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In this picture I applied the foundation on the right side of my face with my Rossmann flat top buffing brush.

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And here is the left side applied with the Essential Foundation brush by Real Techniques. The foundation works with both, if anything the coverage is sheerer with the Essential Foundation brush. The foundation goes on very smooth and creamy and a little goes a long way. It is lightly scented but the scent is not noticeable once the foundation is applied.

I know Magi of magi-mania.de said for her this is too light a coverage to warrant the label ‘medium’ but if you look at the following pictures especially you can see that the redness has been blurred over and other blemishes have been covered up, to me this is medium coverage. The foundation is buildable, so you may actually get this to full coverage if you like.

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This is the foundation after about 10 minutes. It settled slightly in the lines under my eyes but once that was blended out it was fine. Within those 10 minutes the foundation did not noticeable oxidize. The finish of the foundation is semi matte and has somewhat of a soft healthy glow.

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Here you can see my face powdered and contoured and the brows filled in.

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Aaand here is the final result and here

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you can see my jaw line better. You can see that the redness has been taken down quite a bit but it is still shining through. I personally like it that way. I did not use any concealers on my face. Neither under my eyes nor anywhere on my skin, this is all the foundation.

On my dry skin the foundation works a treat. It feels creamy and moisturizing, I can feel it on my skin a little bit but it is not crazy heavy.
I’ve been wearing it for about two hours now and despite the oily residue from my moisturizer the foundation hasn’t creased or crawled in any lines and pores and even my oily(er) nose is still matte.

So far the foundation gets a BIG thumbs up from me, of course I’ll have to see how it goes over time but at this point it is holy grail material.

UPDATE
Here is the foundation after 7hrs of wear and a run.

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The bronzer has come off a little bit and my nose and forehead got slightly shiny. When I looked into the mirror close up the foundation had settled slightly into the fine hairs of my skin, but not to a degree where it would have bothered me. Can only repeat what I said before: I really like the foundation, definitely one that is going into the daily rotation, especially as it gets colder and I need more moisture in my skin.

Lastly let’s have a look how it compares to other light foundations:

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from left: Catrice Even Skin 005, MAC SFF NW10, L’Oréal True Match N1, Manhattan Endless Perfection 56 Light Porcelain, Astor Perfect Stay 091

It is the lightest of the bunch, even lighter than my MAC SFF NW 10

And here it is swatched next to the foundations that are readily available in German drugstores

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bottom to top: Catrice Even Skin, Manhattan Endless Perfection, Astor Perfect Stay

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and the three foundations blended out

You can see in the swatches that the Catrice foundation looks almost scarily yellow but it doesn’t look like that on my skin. Astor and Manhattan look more pink. I think the yellow in the Catrice foundation helps to cancel out the red.

There is no swatch of my beloved Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless it is for the simple reason that I am out, and I haven’t gotten the chance to pick up a new bottle. From memory I can tell you that it is more neutral than Astor and Manhattan and colorwise sits closer to the new Catrice foundation.

I hope this help some of you with the decision whether to pick up the new Catrice foundation or not. It is very light, quite possibly the lightest on the market.

Review: Catrice All Matt Plus 010 Light Beige

Bare Faced

Bare Faced

Just Foundation

Just Foundation

Foundation and Concealer

Foundation and Concealer

Full Face of Make Up Including Brows, Eyes, Cheeks

Full Face of Make Up Including Brows, Eyes, Cheeks

As I had mentioned in my last Sunday Round Up I have purchased the Catrice All Matt Plus Foundation in the shade 010 Light Beige. This particular shade was celebrated in the German blogging and vlogging community as the lightest shade available in the German drugstore. I had been curious for a while but it took the 30% off offer to convince me to buy it.

The foundation claims to be mattifying, longlasting, oil free, hydrating with lightreflecting pigments for a satin-matt finish.

Creamy Consistency

Creamy Consistency

The consistency of the foundation is creamy and it goes on very moist, a little bit like a water-based tinted moisturizer, that is how it feels on the skin. It gives a medium, buildable coverage that has a luminous matte finish.
My skin is combination oily/dry with a very oily t-zone and dry cheeks, so everything that is satin, dewy or glowy tends to freak me out, my t-zone is very ‘glowy’ all by itself, thank you very much! This luminous matte finish does look really nice on my skin though, just like I had a very-good-skin-day.

As for the mattifying part: The foundation doesn’t stop me from getting oily anymore than any other foundation I have tried so far, it is very moisturizing which is nice for the coming winter and I have noticed that my blush and eyebrows last considerably longer when I wear this foundation. After 8 hours they look exactly like they did just after application in the morning. Impressive.

The foundation sets maybe a smidgen too dark and yellow for me, but not to the point where I have dark lines or that it looks like I had a weird tanning accident. Please keep in mind that in MAC terms I am a NW 10 with neutral undertones, so if this foundation is just a wee bit too dark for me it may work for most other pale beauties out there.

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All in all, I like the foundation and Iwill wear it whenever I feel like a slightly less heavy skin option (both my MAC foundations can be quite heavy). If you like the finish and the coverage and your skin leans a little bit on the yellow side of things this may be for you. Skintype-wise I’d say slightly dry to normal to combo-oily skins will get on with the foundation fine. It is 6.45€ for 30ml/1.01fl.oz. and comes in a hefty glassbottle with a pump.
My 2 cents? Finally a decent drugstore option for us dainty dolls in Germany!

Little Bonus: Final Make Up (unfortunately the sun had gone). On my lips I am wearing Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 107

Little Bonus: Final Make Up (unfortunately the sun had gone). On my lips I am wearing Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 107