Monday, 9 November 2009

Review: Max Factor Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation

I came home from uni this week, sans foundation. Idiot. I had a dig through my makeup collection and found a Max Factor sample that I'd received some time ago. It was the Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation.

When I opened it, I realised why it had been sat there for all this time. The two sample shades were not my usual shade, hence why they'd been filed in to my basket of makeup product misfits. I've always picked the lightest shades of foundation possible in order to avoid looking like I'd been tangoed. The lightest shade that Max Factor do is 'Creamy Ivory' #40. In the sample there were two shades, 'Natural' #70 and 'Golden' #75. At first glance, both looked too dark for me.

To give both you and I a comparison, the sample came with a handy colour palette as a shade guide:

I thought 'what the hell?' and decided to try the first one, 'Natural'. Hmm, didn't sound too bad. As I said before, I usually go for Max Factor's 'Creamy Ivory' shade as I am quite pale. But I've found that 'Creamy Ivory' always makes me look orange, regardless. So I figured I couldn't look any worse with 'Natural'.

I applied some moisturizer and then went about applying the foundation. At first, I was a little alarmed at the colour, it seemed too dark for my skin. However I blended it out and I have to say I didn't look orange. I looked completely, well, erm natural :) Yay! Now, for a tiny little sample, there is absolutely loads. I'm currently on my third day of using it and there's still quite a lot left. It blends effortlessly well into the skin and feels really lovely. I don't know whether that's because I used moisturizer first or whether the foundation really is that good. If you use moisturizer first, a little of this foundation goes a looong way :) My skin isn't at all oily, however, I think I'll order some High Definition Powder from ELF to help set the foundation, as I don't like too much of an all over dewy glow, if that makes sense :) As I don't own any of that yet, I added a little powder, and still finished up with a really natural looking, healthy glow to my skin. A HUGE thumbs up from me. I'm definitely adding this to my shopping list.

Until next time,
Dottie xx

EDIT: I have since tried using this foundation without moisturizing. It doesn't blend as well, I've found. How ever without moisturizer, the foundation doesn't seem to be overly dewy and I didn't need to use powder. Well, I suppose its personal preference as to which you prefer :)


  1. a good moisturised base seems to have the same effect with the Revlon Colorstay... so much easier to blend after moisturising.

    I got a sample of the new one (can't remember the name) and binned it 'cos the shades were really dark... should have just given it a go.

  2. Now I know where I've been going wrong all these years lol!

    Oh the Max Factor Second Skin one? I ordered a sample, I've either not received it or misplaced it haha. Deary me! If I receive/find it, I'll give it a go :)

  3. i am quite pale too...i can't seem to find the 40 shade anymore, should i buy the natural one?

  4. It's totally up to you, but I went from the Natural to the normal 40 shade and it looked a lot better haha! I'd probably go for 40 if you can find it. If not, I totally recommend L'Oreal Matte Morphose in 140 it's just as good :) xx