Max Factor Smooth Effect Foundation

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.
Smooth Effect Foundation Creamy Ivory swatched/ sheered out

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.

Smooth Effect Foundation Creamy Ivory applied to bare skin (blusher applied to cheeks over base)

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 for £5.99

*this product was a free sample obtained by the Beauty Bite*

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10 Responses to “Max Factor Smooth Effect Foundation”

  1. Stephanie
    June 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    gosh i HATED second skin and threw it away after a few uses! so greasy and didn't last at all!

  2. The Future is Rosy
    June 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    Would you reccomend this over all the Laura Mericer tinted moisturisers you have tried?

  3. The Beauty Bite
    June 1, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    @TheFutureIsRosy – to be honest it's hard to compare the two. I much prefer L.M, but it really depends on what kind of finish you're after as to which would be the better match. This is definitely more thick which higher coverage.

  4. Rocaille
    June 4, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Thanks for the review, I was wondering about this! x

  5. Summer
    June 6, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    Gosh, you have such perfect skin. This foundation seems really nice, I might try it out actually :)

  6. Rebecca
    June 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    Your skin is beautiful! great Review don't know if I could tear myself away from Mac foundations though :-S xx

  7. Jlalamb
    June 10, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    Just got this foundation yesterday, great review! cant wait to try it out :)

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  8. Anonymous
    June 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    lovely review :)
    I was wondering which foundation, smooth effect or xperience weightless you would think suits oily skin types better?

  9. The Beauty Bite
    June 11, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    @Anon – To be honest I think both formulas are quite greasy in their texture, so I'm not 100% sure how well they'd sit on oily skin when compared to other brands. Smooth Effect is oil free, so it might be a good idea to try some in store and see how well it applies. It feels a bit tacky in texture to begin with but it dries after a while to reveal a nice finish. I find Xperience Weightless seems to feel oilier for longer. x

  10. Jenny
    July 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    After purchasing this foundation I was intrigued to find out what fellow bloggers thought of it, and this blog was the first one I found which reviews it. I agree completely with your review :] x