Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer

What we want and what we need are often complete opposites. In winter we don’t mind pilling on the heavy duty foundation and powder no bother, however, come summer we all want to look natural and only wear the lightest sheer foundation. Unfortunately with the heat and humidity of summer, un-powdered and sheer foundation will slide down our faces faster than you can get the deck chairs out. Here is where Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer comes in handy.

Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer

There are so many primers out there and all promising to do so many different things. Some add luminosity, others correct discolouration, or blur imperfections and so on. Max Factor All Day Facefinity just promises to make you foundation last longer and stay matte throughout the day and that is exactly what it does.


This was sent to me to test out and as you may already know, I usually wear Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour foundation. Since that already lasts all day and stays matte I decided to try the Facefinity Primer with some other foundations that I have floating around in my stash to give it a good testing. So here are the foundations I tried it with and how I got on:

Pari Mineral Perfection

Pari Mineral Perfection Foundation – This has pretty good staying power on its own and normally only starts getting shiny in the evening. With the Facefinity Primer, I only noticed the shine for the first time much later than normal, it was about 10 at night and I had applied my makeup at 8:30 in the morning.

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation

Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation – This foundation lasts well with powder and it has pretty good staying power on its own. It would normally last the work day without shine but it would start getting shiny about 6 ish. With the Facefinity Primer, shine wasn’t really noticeable until about 9pm.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation – This foundation really doesn’t work well for me unless I use a finishing powder. Without powder my face would normally be very shiny by lunch time and the foundation starts breaking up. In the interest of science I applied it over the Facefinity Primer and didn’t powder. When I got home at 5:30pm it was only the littlest bit shiny but still looked fine. About two hours later thought it was really shiny but it wasn’t breaking up as much as it normally would.

So all in all it does extend the wear time of foundations and it keeps my complexion matte for longer without the need for powder. Obviously the better the foundation is suited to my skin the better the results are with this primer. I did use it with my Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour and there wasn’t a hint of shine from when I applied it in the morning to when I went to bed. For me it works as well at keeping my foundation in place as my usual primer, which is MAC Prep and Prime but at €13.99 it is a lot cheaper and Facefinity has the bonus of SPF 20.

What is your favourite primer for surviving the summer humidity? Have you tried Max Factor Facefinity Primer?


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The promise here is 16 hours of radiance-boosting even, revived complexion. I would agree with all but the 16 hours bit. I have to say that I am fairly impressed with this budget foundation and I don’t say that lightly because if you have read this post then you will know that if Lancome Teint Idole 24hour foundation was a cult I would be the number one member. With my combo to oily skin, I would normally run a mile from foundations promising radiance. However, a few reviews suggested that it worked well with oily skin so I decided give it a whirl.

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My bare face

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One Pump of Healthy Mix

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Healthy Mix topped with concealer, MAC MSF natural powder, blush and eyebrows filled in.

I found the gel like texture to be easy to apply and one whole pump is kinda too much so I don’t press it the whole way down. There is a slight apricot scent, which I don’t mind, I actually like it but I know some of you don’t like scented products. The shade I have is 51 Light Vanilla, which is a good match for me. The coverage is medium so I need to top some areas up with concealer and the truth of the matter is I don’t care what a product promises or what other bloggers say, I know better than to leave the house without using a setting powder over my foundation. Even with MAC Mineralise Skinfinish powder I am getting less than 8 hours before this foundation starts to get shiny and breakup around the nose and chin. You can only barely make out that it is breaking up on my chin in this picture.

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About 8 hours after applying.

For the price of €14.99, I think this is a good foundation but it won’t be replacing my beloved Lancome Teint Idole 24 hour. Instead I will use this now and again when I know I won’t be out long or if I am definitely heading home after work, that way I won’t be wasting my €35 Lancome.