Maxfactor Luminizer

IMG_2464I initially received a sample of this in the colour ‘Bronze’ and given that I’m far from bronze and the name is ‘luminizer I kinda of assumed it WAS a bronzer. Turns out I just had totally the wrong colour.. enter Light Ivory (much more up my street) and I can confirm it is indeed a foundation product. Quick note on the packaging first of all.. I LOVE the twisted look of the product.. LOVE. I also very much enjoy a pump in a base product as not only is it mess free but it allows you to better measure how much you’re using thus avoiding waste. It’s very plasticky to the touch but that doesn’t bother me so much, in fact I prefer a non-breakable bottle much as glass looks and feels a lit more lux.

IMG_2438IMG_2444The product itself is very light in coverage and texture, I expected a tinted moisturiser type consistency, something thick and balmy but far from it. It’s almost a powder finish which means it’s not super flattering on the pores/dry areas but it’s the first product I’ve tried that claims to be luminous and seems suitable for my oily skin. Most have a ton of shimmer and give a ‘natural glow’ which in truth just means it doesn’t really set but this is different. I’m not sure where the luminosity claim comes from as it doesn’t appear to have an sheen to it but you can see from the half/half above that it does seem to naturally brighten everything up, don’t you think?

I didn’t find that the colour changed/oxidised throughout the day and it lasted fairly well.. definitely one I would reserve for the less warm weather.. the not so oily months. I don’t think it would withstand much but if you have normal/combination skin I think you’ll like it. – the one thing I would point out is Bronze is actually the darkest shade you can get in this and that’s pretty poor. They have 6 shades which in the grand scheme of things are all pretty pale and when you consider that Max Factor is comparable to Revlon in price, revlon do a MUCH better job at catering for a wider variety of skin tones.. just sayin’

Available online here for £11.99

Miss BB

*PR Sample



  1. 4 September, 2014 / 12:04 pm

    Great blogpost! I saw this a few days ago and debated getting it but like to see reviews first so this post was very helpful! x

  2. 4 September, 2014 / 1:42 pm

    I saw this in Boots today and almost impulse bought! Glad I read your review ’cause I thought it was a sort of illuminating primer/BB cream type product, and would have been sorely disappointed to get home only to realise I’d bought a foundation (even thought it says foundation on the bottle!).

    Madame Raptor x

  3. 4 September, 2014 / 1:51 pm

    It does look like it brightens up your skin, it doesn’t sound like it’s too good for dry skin though! xx


  4. 4 September, 2014 / 2:51 pm

    Actually, I think it does a nice job of filling in your pores and giving your skin a smooth appearance. I’ve not seen this product anywhere that I live, so I’ll keep an eye open for it. Thanks!

  5. Alice
    4 September, 2014 / 4:35 pm

    Didn’t even realise this was a foundation! Your skin looks luminous in these pics tho!
    alicekatex ♥

  6. Carrie
    4 September, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    I wouldn’t have given this product a second look as I had no idea it was more of a foundation product than a strange coloured primer. It looks really natural on you!
    I have to say, every time I see one of your posts I can’t help but to notice the resemblance you have with my sister. Same skin colour and tone, same freckles (jealous!), same nose, same eye colour…even same natural lip colour! 🙂 xx

  7. 4 September, 2014 / 6:02 pm

    This makes your skin look naturally flawless, its a shame about the amount of shades that are available x

  8. 4 September, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    Well this sounds like a good thing to pick up! It isn’t even autumn yet and my skin already looks like it is losing its summer glow!

    Laura xxx

  9. Charlotte
    4 September, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    I bought this recently after getting colour matched by the make up artist working on the counter and I love it, I find it lasts all day, especially with a primer, and it makes my skin look really healthy and glowy. I do need to powder at lunchtime but I have oily skin so I have to do this with every foundation I use. Good review, especially the half and half face 🙂

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