So if you follow me on Instagram you will know that I had the great pleasure of receiving a complimentary VoxBox from Influenster Middle East containing products from the Max Factor Eye Studio Collection.
(From left to right) Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palette (03 – Rose Nudes, 02 Golden Nudes), Max Factor Ultrafine Brow Shaper (Deep Brown), Max Factor Colour X-pert Waterproof Eyeliner (Deep Black), Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect Mascara (Black), Max Factor Brow Contour Kit.
After testing them all out these past couple of weeks, here’s what I think…
Max Factor Masterpiece Nude Palettes
At first glance, like so many others have said, these remind me of the UD Naked palettes. Specifically the original and Naked 3. But are they dupes?
I can’t say for Naked 3 as I don’t own that one. But I do have the original one. I won’t call them dupes shade for shade, but they are definitely in the same spectrum of neutrals. Also, this palette has some olive shades which you don’t find in the UD palette.
To be honest I was not expecting much pigment from these palettes as generally I don’t have the best experience with shadows from the drugstore. But these pleasantly surprised me. Decent pigmentation, where you can create a full eye look and it does not look like you have wasted your time and got nothing on your eyes. Neither are they chalky/patchy in formula. Very smooth and blendable, and you can also really build up the colors and make a more intense eyelook. They are not as pigmented as you might find elsewhere, but not something to knock of your shelves straight away. Specially if you are a bit new to makeup and/or like being safe and build up your color and intensity.
Swatches 02 Golden Nudes
Swatches 03 Rose Nudes
Max Factor X-pert Waterproof Eyeliner
When they say waterproof they are not joking. This eyeliner will not budge once set. I am not the one to usually go for a dipliner as they tend to make a thick liner. I prefer a thin stripe. However, the tip is super fine and just flexible enough to create the thickness you prefer. I still do prefer my gel liner over this one though, but if you are one for dipliner or pen liner this might be one to check out.
Max Factor Brow Contour Kit
Now this is a product I am loving big time, and surprisingly not for the reason it is intended for. However, if you do want to use this for your brows it serves its purpose very well. I love the darkest color for an intense and defined brow, while the lighter next to it is a more everyday soft brow filler. And the lightest shade is a perfect brow highlighter. Keep in mind, these shades are super pigmented and buttery. So if not careful and you got my skin color or darker this will show up very white and ashy under the brows. But with a light hand and fluffy brush this gets an A+. But I am more of a pencil user for my brows, they are just quick and easy.
What I do love using this palette for though is as shadows. I kid you not, this is a perfect basic palette to carry around with you and have in your everyday staples. If you ask me, it is better than the UD original naked basics. Last one has a bit more shades, but for me and the types of look I do this one is a lot more useful.
If you like a smokey look, but not always a black smokey eye.. then go for the darkest shade in this one. It is so rich and will intensify any eye look.
The shade next to it is a perfect transition color in the crease for my skin tone. Sometimes I will mix the two in the middle for the crease. And the lightest I do actually use as brow highlight as well as inner corner highlight. For a complete matte eye I will use the lightest all over the lid or mix it with the color next to it. That color is a bit too grey for me to use on it’s own, but love mixing it with the others to create different looks.
Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect Mascara
Now if you know me personally you know I am a big fan of the original False Lash effect mascara from Max Factor. This one does not even come close.
Firstly, not sure if it was just mine, but the formula was very dry. Like a tube that has been open for a month already. Now some people might love that, and personally I can work with that. But the brush… I just don’t know how to work with it. It has these weird thick bristles and thin ones intertwined around the wand. Too bulky. I don’t know how to work with it without poking my eye or getting mascara all over.
Max Factor Ultrafine Brow Shaper
This is another love of mine. This is the first time I am trying one of the much spoken about super fine brow pencils. And I get the hype. For a long time my go to brow product is a pencil – as mentioned it gets the job done in no time. With this super fine tip it is so much easier to create hair like strokes. You can create just the brow type you like – wether that is defined and/or soft brows. The shade is just right for my brows, and it’s a twist up. Less mess – me likey! I love that it comes with a spooly on the other end. No need to carry multiple products for no reason.
Here’s one of the looks created using these products, also posted on Instagram (@nuhaa.ma)
Also on my face:
Primer: Maybelline Master Prime (50 Hydrating) & Too Faced Primed & Poreless
Foundation: Rimmel Match Perfection (Bronze) & Mac Cosmetics Lustre Drops (Sun Rush)
Corrector & Concealer: Bobbi Brown Corrector (Dark Bisque), Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (Caramel)
Eyelid base: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Blush: Max Factor Creme Puff Blush (Midnight Berries)
Lips: Milani in Teddy Bare & Max Factor in Midnight Mauve
Have you tried any of the eye products from Max Factors latest release?
Whats your favorite?
As you may have guessed my favorites would be the two brow products and the least favorite would have to be the mascara.