REVIEW: Max Factor Smooth Effect Foundation

When I started running out of Maybelline Clear Smooth Aqua Gel Foundation, I went shopping for a new one. I wasn’t asking for much – I just wanted a foundation that controls my oil. Is that so hard?
Apparently, it is. 🙁

Max Factor Smooth Effect Foundation in Sand 60

It comes in a plastic tube but it doesn’t look cheap. The design is sophisticated and sleek. To get the product out, you just have to squeeze and control the amount. No wastage here! Also very travel-friendly.

The texture isn’t as heavy as my Revlon Colorstay but has a little bit of heft to it. It’s easy to blend as it doesn’t dry easily. Coverage is light-medium.

Unfortunately, that’s all the good things I have to say about this.

When you get the product onto your fingers/brush/sponge, you’ll get a whiff of a pungent, sour, plastic-y smell. I’d like to say you get used to it, but it bothers me up to this very day, and I bought this like half a year ago.

After application, it looks beautifully natural and smooth. After a couple of hours, my face turns into an oil spill. My T-zone gets especially shiny. If I use my Clean & Clear Oil Control Film, it only takes around an hour before I have to de-grease again. I checked, and the bottle says oil-free—so what is happening?!

It transfers, too. When I wore this, I couldn’t lean on my boyfriend’s chest or shoulders without leaving an orange stain. My handkerchiefs are always spotted with the stuff, and the neckline of my clothes too. Ew. Such Oompa-Loompa feels.

Price: PHP695

Verdict: Way too expensive for the piss-poor quality! Frickin’ NO. Thanks to this product, I am never buying a Max Factor product again.

Ela is a twentysomething who is constantly getting stuck in self-destructive behavior and bouts of low self-esteem. She struggles with depression and writes to relieve herself of her feelings. Sometimes she even blogs about other things like makeup and positivity. One of her pieces was published in the Inquirer Young Blood in October 2017. She likes cats, dogs, and sometimes even people.

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