Lately, Max Factor seem to be hitting a bit of a winning streak when it comes to coveted affordable foundations. After the roaring success of Second Skin and Xperience Weightless, it’s fair to say there’s most certainly a buzz surrounding any new M.F bases. I was lucky enough to be sent a sample of their latest formula, Smooth Effect in the lightest shade 045.
Advertised as being both oil free and suitable for use on sensitive skins, this creamy formula possesses an interesting texture offering the qualities of both a gel and liquid. Gliding effortlessly onto the skin it applies smoothly, diminishing pores whilst providing a bright and even medium coverage – perfect for fresh daytime skin.
Like a lot of chemist cosmetics Smooth Effect offers a somewhat chemical smell upon application. In all honesty it’s not a particularly pleasant aroma but luckily it doesn’t tend to linger on the skin for long. Giving around 5 to 7 hours wear depending on the temperature, in general I found the foundation sat on my skin relatively trace free; even if it did feel a tad greasy to initially begin with.
With a slight tendency to appear somewhat cakey when heavily layered, if you’re someone who wants a thick, full on base than this probably isn’t the right option for you. If you’re a fan of the overall finish Xperience Weightless gives than Smooth Effect should probably float your boat – it’s creamy, good for hiding pores and relatively comfortable to wear.
Extreme close up of product on cheeks
The above picture shows Smooth Effect foundation applied to my cheeks but not the tip of my nose. As you can see, the skin is visibly more porous around the nostrils, which gives a good example of the finish this base gives. Priced at £7.99 for 30ml (although at present you can pick it up on offer for a mere £5.99 at Superdrug) I think Smooth Effect is a worthy addition to the Max Factor make up range. Whilst I can imagine some people finding this formula a tad heavy on the skin, those of you with enlarged pores should consider checking out this base for its smoothing credentials.
Not a must have but definitely worth a swatch in store.
Max Factor Smooth Effect Foundation is available from superdrug.com for £5.99
*this product was a free sample obtained by the Beauty Bite*