[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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Review: MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW10 + Foundation Routine

In the past roughly two months I tested the MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW 10. Since I thought that pictures would show a lot better than words how the foundation behaves on my skin, I took photos of my foundation routine I have been following during the past couple of weeks. Above you can see my skin cleansed and moisturized, completely sans make up or primers. You can also see that my skin is still acting up and fairly broken out and before you ask, it has been like that before I started using the Studio Fix Fluid (SFF) and I also checked but it is definitely NOT the SFF that is breaking me out! Generally speaking my skin type is combination with dry cheeks and an oily t-zone.

This is the amount of foundation I use. It is one pump with the MAC foundation pump(6€) that you can buy separately, since the bottle does not come with a pump. If you prefer you can obviously just pour out the foundation but I opted for the pump, because I believe it is more hygienic and a lot less messy. The pump is re-usable so you only have to buy it once (always a plus 🙂 ) One pump of foundation covers my entire face. I use a rather thin layer but the foundation is buildable.

In the two pictures above you can see the right half of my face with foundation the left one is without. You can see that the foundation covers the redness quite well but not completely. My freckles (quite pale at the moment because it is winter) still peek through, it also makes my pores around my nose appear refined.

This is how I apply the foundation: I dot it on my face and then blend it into my skin with a firm flat top kabuki brush with artificial bristles.

My face with foundation on both sides.

Here you can see my face with concealer and filled in brows

And last but not least my finished base: foundation + concealer + eyebrows + powder. I like the finish. My face matches the skin tone of my neck and I don’t mind that the blemishes peek through a little. Other than that my skin is refined and brightened .

Product break down:
MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW10 (+ Belial flat top kabuki brush)
Catrice Camouflage Creme in 010 Ivory (+ Catrice Smokey Eyes Brush double ended, tapered side)
Catrice Eye Brow Set, both sides (+ essence Gel Liner Brush, firm angled liner brush)
essence fix&matte translucent loose powder, old version. There is a new one in the new range, which I don’t have yet. (+ my mum’s old powder brush, I love that thing! It must be about 30 years old and is still going strong

Freshly applied, finished face make up (above).

My face roughly 10 hours later, no touch ups.
The eyeshadow and blush are slightly faded (the lipstick is gone, I didn’t wear the red one out but a nude one) and my forehead and especially nose started to shine after a couple of hours, but as you can see my base is still in place. I spent the 10 hours running to the library, picking up necessities, running back home and working for school, so it was an average day for me.

All in all I am very pleased with this foundation.
The coverage is perfect for me, I would say it is medium/ buildable.
You can feel the foundation on your skin, which I don’t mind at all (but if you mind it then it is not for you).
It doesn’t oxidize on me.
I don’t need a primer, despite my oiliness it stays in place.
It does have a slightly chemical scent to it which fades immediately after application.
It doesn’t break me out.
It comes in a heavy glass bottle with a rubberized black screw-on-lid. The bottle contains 30ml, costs 28€ in Germany and is available from e.g. maccosmetics.de, douglas.de and Douglas and MAC stores, etc.

I hope this was helpful for some of you!

Sneak Peek*: MAC Studio Fix Fluid NW10

when i heard that MAC would put out shade extensions for the studio fix fluid and that there would be nw13 and nw10 amongst them, i was psyched! nc15 had even in the summer been too dark for me. i got matched today and it came down to nw10 ( no surprise!). i still love my matchmaster in 1.0 which works perfectly especially in the summer months when i go from chalk white to off-white, but the sff blends seemlessly into my skin now when i’m back to chalk. so far i like how it feels on my skin and the stronger coverage, since my skin is really acting up at the moment. i can’t wait to play around with this more!

(*sneak peeks will be posted straight from my phone)