Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation Review

Hello Everybody,

Makeup is a place where you will never find your Holy Grail. Whenever you stumble upon something good, there you will find something bigger, something better.

I was desperately looking for a good foundation which will give me a medium coverage and a nice “just had a facial” glow. I tried and swatched a number of items, but none of them satisfied me completely.
I am using the Maybelline Dream matte mousse, but it can look pretty drab in the evenings. So, I wanted a little something to jazz up my face. I have found something that closely resembles my Holy Grail.

Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation

It is the Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation. It is available in 5 shades, namely-

  • Creamy Ivory (40)
  • Warm Almond (50)
  • Natural (60)
  • Golden (70)
  • Bronze (80)

Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation

Max Factor Mineral Foundation is priced at Rs. 710/- (Indian Rupees) for 10 g. Comes with a brush applicator.

I bought the Bronze (80) shade. It matched my complexion to the T. And I got it at a 20% discount because of some offer they had. (Yay!!)

Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation

The Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation claims-

  • Buildable natural looking coverage
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Applies evenly
  • Doesn’t clog pores. Oil-free

How to use Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation:
Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation

  • Screw open the lid with brush.
  • Quickly turn the pot upside down and back up to gather some powder on to the lid.
  • Swirl the brush into the powder. Shake off the excess.
  • Apply in small circular strokes all over the face and neck.
  • If you want better coverage, repeat the whole process.
  • You can apply the powder on blemishes and under eye circles with a small pan cake/eye shadow brush for specific coverage.

Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation

The GOOD about Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation-

  • It delivers what it promises. In this heat, you want something that is light and makes you look fresh.
  • It gives a sheer coverage which you can build up to a medium one. When I applied it alone, I desperately missed having a concealer (I have not used one ever).But when I layered it on top of my Biotique tinted moisturizer, it gave me an even toned skin with a nice dewy look.
  • I layered it on my Maybelline Dream matte mousse and it gave me full coverage.
  • If you have a flawless skin, this is the perfect product for evening out the skin tone and adding a soft glow.
  • Has very fine shimmer which does not show up tackily on the skin. Instead it gives a nice healthy glow to the face.
  • A very little goes a long way.
  • My skin is pretty sensitive but Maxfactor never gives me breakouts ever. This product is no exception.
  • It does apply evenly. Never saw patchiness, streaky or scratchy strokes on my face.
  • It is completely odourless.
  • It comes with a brush applicator which has all natural bristles. The brush is of uber quality, soft and doesn’t scratch my face.
  • The packaging is very good. Comes with a rubber lid which prevents any messy spills. I am carrying it around in my purse these days and no spills.
  • It doesn’t clog pores. I do not have acne prone skin but I only break out if I apply a heavy liquid foundation. This was so smooth and light on my face, I kept forgetting that I am wearing it.
  • Because of its sheer coverage, I can apply it on top of my entire makeup for touch ups. Rather than hiding my makeup, it adds glow to my blushes and eye shadows.
  • It is priced much better than Revlon. (Revlon Colorstay Mineral Foundation comes for 1050/- ) My mom uses Revlon Colorstay Mineral Foundation. Bit it’s costlier, grittier, has a total matte finish (which I hate) and the packaging makes it much messier than the Maxfactor one. But if you want a matte finish, Revlon is the one for you.

Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation

The BAD about Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation-

  • It is Oil free. So if you have a dry skin (like mine.. 🙁 ), you have to apply a generous amount of moisturizer before putting this on. It does not cause dryness even after 3-4 hrs of application if you moisturize your skin properly.
  • On the other hand, it is fantastic for Oily/Combination skin.
  • If you want a matte finish, this is not the product for you.
  • If you want a heavy coverage, this is definitely not the product for you. Although, you can layer it on top of any liquid foundation to get the desired coverage.
  • It is a little disappointment in the terms of quantity. But, let’s face it; all mineral foundations are very pricey.

The UGLY about Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation-

  • It cannot be used on its own unless you have a prefect flawless skin.
  • The application is tricky and needs a little getting used to.
  • If you have never used a powder foundation before, you need to follow the How-to’s carefully.
  • The product will not hide imperfections and blemishes. Don’t buy this as a foundation; buy it as a foundation top coat. (Can I patent this term?) 😛
  • But again, it cannot be used to set the makeup like a compact. It is useful for adding a nice finishing touch and glow. So the use is pretty limited.
  • Though I found my perfect shade, they could come up with more ones.
  • Contains methyl and propyl parabens. Though I am not allergic to them, some people are.
  • I have to do touch ups at least thrice throughout the day.

My overall experience with Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation was good. I am using it almost daily now. But if I have to go out for a long stretch and know I won’t find time for touch ups I prefer to use this on top of my Maybelline Dream matte mousse.

My rating for Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation3

After this, I so want to try the MAC, TBS and Bare Essentials loose powder. As I said earlier, the Holy Grail is a very elusive term. And we women will never give it a rest.

Until next time..


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44 thoughts on “Maxfactor Natural Minerals foundation Review

  1. Yes ki., the product will br really good for you. :laugh:
    And it IS pricey. But all other brands of mineral makeups start 1000/- onwards.. 🙁
    So for starters this is good. If you like this type of fouyndations you can move up.. 😉

  2. I like your opening line, so true!

    I’ve been thinking about trying out this product,
    I have a bit of oily skin and I don’t like heavy
    coverage so maybe this would work for me.

    Nice review!

    1. Thanks Sunaina.. :-))
      if you have never tried Mineral foundation, this may take some time to get used to… 😕

      But you’ll love it as you have oily skin… :-))
      It’ll keep you shine fre for a long time… 😀

  3. hey.. just stumbled upon your blog and am really tempted to take some advice from u.. i’m 22, and have a wheatish complexion with a clear but an oily skin.. i’ve dark cirles around my eyes.. i’ve never ever tried any sort of make up and have absolutely no idea about any..
    i’d really be thankful to u if u could give me some advice on what kind of make up and what sort of products i should use..
    and please suggest me something tht would even accentuate my eyes…

    desperately waiting for your reply.


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