I have a lot of make up related memories from when I was a young girl. My first ever make up purchase was a tinted moisturiser from The Body Shop, my favourite Christmas present was a tool box filled with Seventeen Makeup when I was 16 and my first ever ‘luxury’ branded make up was Max Factor. I remember being sat in Boots back when Max Factor had a stand alone counter, whilst the shop assistant put Lasting Performance foundation over my hormonal face and told me that I would never use another foundation again. Over the years, as my make up tastes have considerably changed and new brands have been brought to my attention, I have neglected Max Factor makeup so I thought it was only fair to do some haulin’.
As a palette lover, the Smokey Eye Drama Kits caught my eye when I first saw them in an advert. Glamour, sophistication and that perfect smoke that I wear on a daily basis, and in a range of six colour shades. I’ve been using Opulent Nudes and Lavish Onyx, both of which are £7.99 each. Out of the two, I do prefer the Opulent Nudes as the colours are more my shades. Think bronze and brown with a mix of shimmer and matte. The Lavish Onyx is a great palette for the more dramatic evening look, with shimmery black, deeper hues and a pearlescent highlight. They apply easily and blending is no problem, yet my only tiny issue with the shadows is that they do feel a little bit chalky upon application. As you can see from the swatches, it’s the lighter matte shades that look a bit chalkier but it doesn’t stop them from blending, they just need to be used in a small amount and built up. Fall out was minimal when worn and I needed to use a primer underneath the shadows for maximum hold during the day. I’ve been really enjoying using the palettes, so much so that they’ve been a constant feature in my make up bag.
I go through mascara at a rate of knots so it’s not unusual for me to have a back up or twelve. I have been using two of Max Factors newest mascaras to their range, both of which retail for under £12 each. I have never been one to purchase high end mascaras as I don’t agree with spending £25 plus on something that runs out every 8 weeks so brands like Max Factor who have an extensive range of mascaras are perfect for me. The first mascara that I tried was the Glamour Extensions 3 in 1 mascara. I had high hopes with this mascara as it has a comb like brush, which is my favourite applicator. The mascara is design to extend, volumise and intensify lashes with its flared brush that reaches every lash. I wanted to love it, but it just didn’t give enough lengthening for my liking yet the volume and depth it gave was great. The brush was quite difficult to control at first but after a few goes, I could reach all my lashes without getting it all over my eyelid.
The Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara is by far my favourite mascara, and it reminds me of a mascara I used to use when I was younger before it got discontinued. The comb brush is my favourite type of applicator so I can control and angle the wand to reach all lashes with ease. The formula is really lightweight so although I like to put on a few coats, each existing coat isn’t clumped or too thick making it easy to create long, ultra black lashes. For me, the volume and length is what I look for in a mascara and the Velvet Volume gives just what I need.
No make up haul would be complete without lipsticks for a lipstick addict. Three beautiful shades from the Max Factor Lipfinity Long Lasting Lipstick collection, with a range of colours to suit any skin tone and colouring. The formula of the lipsticks is almost balm like, with a silky smooth finish yet with a vibrant pop of colour that you wouldn’t expect from what feels like such a sheer formula. Surprisingly, they also leave quite a stain when worn, as well as lasting for around 4 hours. The official blurb says 8 hours of wear but I have never yet had a lipstick last me that long in my life. They feel moisturising on the lip and they don’t seem to dry out which is ideal for my ‘prone to dry patches’ lips. The shades that I have been wearing are ‘Evermore Lush’ – a dusky pink nude, ‘Just Deluxe’ – a cherry red, and ‘Eternally Luscious’ – a vibrant grape purple. As much as I love purple lipsticks, I do think that Eternally Luscious is the wrong tone for me unfortunately. Just Deluxe and Evermore Lush however are great shades for my skintone and I am reaching for Evermore Lush rather frequently these days.
Overall, I’m really impressed with the range from Max Factor and I am going to make more of a conscious effort to visit the Max Factor counter whenever I’m in Boots. I believe that the foundations are of a really good quality and I may have to treat myself to a Lasting Performance foundation for old times sake! I’ve also noticed the range of Marilyn Monroe reds that have appeared on the Boots website. Definitely need those!
*Contains PR Samples