Name: Creme Puff Compact
Brand: Max Factor
From Max Factor’s website:
Glamorous skin is simple to achieve with the luxurious finish of this high coverage powder make-up compact. It’s perfect for all skin types and gives a flawless matt finish with a soft, subtle glow thanks to millions of miracle light reflecting particles. Choose your look by using it alone over moisturiser for a fresher base, on top of your foundation for a red carpet result or even as an all in one make-up for a groomed, glamorous glow.
What I liked:
– great coverage
– matte finish
– the packaging
– the scent
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– not many shades available
My mum has never been into makeup. I remember when I was little, she would apply pink or red polish on her nails, but that was it. Lately, however, she has started to wear some makeup and asked me to help her choose a foundation that provides great coverage without breaking the bank.
Max Factor Creme Puff Compact was the first thing I suggested. I had bought a compact years before and had fallen in love with it. Unfortunately even the lightest shade was too dark for me, so I had to stop using it. My mum, however, didn’t feel comfortable with using a powder foundation, she wanted a liquid one.
After trying a few L’Oreal liquid foundations that didn’t work for her and Pupa Hydra Luminys Foundation, which she loved but cost more than she was willing to spend, I finally managed to convince her to try Max Factor Creme Puff Compact. And guess what? She’s fallen in love with it too and now refuses to use anything else!
Max Factor Creme Puff is available in 7 shades. My mum uses #13, Nouveau Beige, which I think is the lightest shade available. It can be used as a foundation or worn on top of it as powder.
The powder provides medium coverage: it evens out the skintone nicely and covers small imperfections. It is very smooth and applies easily. The finish is matte, but because it contains very tiny light reflectors, it doesn’t look dull but just slightly glowy.
It is very long-lasting although you would need to reapply it in the evening. The scent is soft, powdery and old. I don’t mind it and neither does my mum, but some people could be put off by it.
The packaging is very simple: a circular dark blue case. It comes with a sponge but no mirror. This doesn’t bother me as most foundations come with small mirrors that are useless anyway. Besides, the staying powder is good so you don’t need to do touch-ups frequently.
One of the main ingredients of this foundation is Talc. It imparts skin adhesion to cosmetics and is also used to help control shine and absorb oil. Although it can be drying and clog pores for certain skin types, neither me nor my mum experienced any dryness or breakouts when using this product. It also contains Calcium Carbonate, which is used as an absorbent and opacifying agent in cosmetics.
If you’re looking for a cheap powder foundation, you should give Max Factor Creme Puff a try. It provides great coverage with a matte finish that last for hours. It can also be used as a powder on top of your foundation.