Foundation is one of my main loves in life. You might think I’m over exaggerating with that statement – but honestly, one of my main makeup aims is to find the perfect one for me. Obviously, this then involves trying out A LOT of them. I’ve reviewed a fair few on here already but as much as I’ve liked some of them, I’ve never been WOWED – until now.
Claims | Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Foundation Review
I purchased this offering from Max Factor – healthy skin harmony – on a whim, after I noticed the bottle in Boots and thought it looked rather high end! I did a quick, sneaky google search, only to find it was a new foundation (at least in the U.K.) and the claims were that it was meant to ‘nourish[s] your skin whilst giving you a flawless complexion’ and that the ‘foundation [was] better for your skin than wearing no make-up at all.’ Thinking that at £14.99 (or even cheaper if you purchase it during on of the deals that are always on at Boots/Superdrug) and with those claims this sounded like my cup of tea, I picked it up for ‘review purposes’.
This foundation has SPF 20, making it a good everyday foundation – although I’ve also not noticed any flash back, so on me it could work for evening events also.
Shade & Application | Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Foundation Review
I purchased the shade ‘Light Ivory -40’. This colour is a little too dark and a bit too beige for me at the moment, so I’m thinking of buying the shade ‘Pearl Beige – 35’ as we head into the very depths of winter. The shade range is relativity good for the high street, but it could still stand to have more deeper shades (though this can be said of most brands!) and a few more for the very pale. I just blend this down my neck at the moment as the shade isn’t perfect.
The texture of this Healthy Skin Harmony foundation is quite thick and smooth – almost like a gel. I find that I prefer initially applying this with a small buffing brush and then blending over it with a beauty sponge to make the finish seemless.
Finish & Coverage | Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Foundation Review
I would describe the finish of this foundation on me as natural-dewy, as it develops shine in the right places rather than being super oily or anything. It sits wonderfully on any dry or dehydrated patches that I have (including awkward nose spots as you can see below) without looking clumpy or cakey. This sits on my skin like Charlotte Tilbury’s Light wonder foundation (coming in far more expensive – a favourite of mine), but with a heap more coverage. Below you can see my face with no makeup on.
All the pictures above and below have not been edited.
As you can see in the pictures, I wasn’t particularly having the best skin day. All things considered this foundation covered any imperfections I wanted it to perfectly and didn’t emphasize any texture issues I was having. It sits well on my skin and I enjoy how it looks immensely as my skin looks so smooth. You can’t see the spot on my nose in the ‘after’ picture and in these shots I’m not wearing concealer either so you can also see it covers dark circles.
Wear | Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony Foundation Review
I powder my t-zone with any foundation I wear and I don’t feel the need to set the Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony foundation any wear else. It last a full work day on my skin and lasts well – it does’t start looking dry and patchy, ever. I do find that it settles into my smile lines if I’m not careful there, but a lot of foundations do this to me.
For someone with far too many foundations, this is my favourite one at the moment – and that is saying something. I can safely say that the Max Factor Healthy Skin foundation competes with all my high-end foundations on some level, even those that have been a firm favourite for years. It looks stunning on me, lasts well and overall, as the name suggests, I look ‘healthy’ – which ultimately is what I look for in a base product. Plus, the price is something easy to justify. I adore this product and I will have no qualms about purchasing it over and over again.
What have you tried from Max Factor recently? I hope you enjoyed reading…