Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation review and swatches - shade Brown Hessian 75 | KITSCH/SNITCH

Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation review and swatches - shade Brown Hessian 75

February 14, 2013

I was lucky enough to receive this foundation to trial from Beauty Heaven (which is a website about beauty products, and contains reviews, articles, forums etc). This is the first time I have recieved a product for review, and I was really excited to see that it was a Max Factor foundation, since I have never used a Max Factor foundation before. This contains 30ml and costs $36.50 - which isn't cheap for a "drug store" foundation, and is probably why I have passed it by previously. This is the shade Brown Hessian 75, which is a little too dark for me, but it blends out really nicely and because it is a light to medium coverage, I can make this shade work. This also has SPF 10, which is always good for a day time foundation.

This is what Beauty Heaven says about this foundation:

Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation delivers a full coverage with a lightweight barely-there feel. The ultra-light breathable foundation goes on smoothly, covers evenly and leaves skin feeling soft and silky. Contains natural jojoba, refreshing cucumber water and rose hip oil. Foundation also features protective benefits of an SPF10

I am excited that it contains rose hip oil, because rose hip oil is my wonder product for my skin.

This says that it won't clog pores, which is important for me as I do have oily combination skin and I do suffer from breakouts. I have worn this for the past week and it hasn't caused any breakouts! The design of the packaging isn't very fancy, but I love how small it is! Most foundations contain 30ml of product, but for some reason this packaging seems so much more slim line and would be perfect for a makeup bag. I also like the way it dispenses the product, there isn't a pump, but it does have squeezy tube opening and it allows you to use as much or as little as you want, so no wastage.

Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation Brown Hessian 75 - swatched
Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation Brown Hessian 75 - blended

So this does look quite dark on my skin, but my inner arm is lighter than my face so it's not a big deal. What I love about this foundation is that it blends like a dream! It feels like you are just applying a moisturiser that sinks into your skin beautifully. It is a light to medium coverage, and because this does sink into your skin and it doesn't create a cakey coverage, it is harder to build it up to a heavier coverage. This is the easiest foundation I have ever applied, and I have been reaching for it every day since first trying it. This does have quite a strong scent to it, which some people may not like, it is almost a fruity floral scent... i'm finding it hard to describe.

I have oily combination skin and normally a foundation like this would feel very tacky on my skin, luckily this one doesn't! It has a more satin finish, and it does start getting oily around my nose after around 4 hours, and on my forehead after about 6 hours. I do powder this foundation to set it, and I also sometimes find the need to touch it up with the powder after 5-6 hours. If you have dry skin, then you would probably want to skip the powder. This is a really comfortable foundation, it doesn't feel like you have anything on your skin. It also doesn't move and migrate towards my nose and t-zone, unlike most other foundations that I own. I have tried this with and without primer, and I don't find that there is much of a difference with the wear when you also use a primer.

Left: Max Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation Brown Hessian 75. Right: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum 53

So I decided to do a quick comparison with this Max Factor Xperience foundation and Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation. Both of these foundations have a similar finish, but I wanted to show how nicely the Max Factor foundation blends into the skin. You can see that the Max Factor foundation almost looks like it is part of the skin (besides the shade), and that the Bourjois one almost looks like it is sitting on top of the skin like a mask. I used the same amount of product and the same amount of blending to create this comparison. I wear the Bourjois foundation often, but it does tend to separate and move towards my t-zone by the end of the day, and I think the reason it does this is because it does sit on the skin rather than blending into the skin, and when my skin starts to get oily, the foundation tends to slip and move... but this isn't a problem with the Xperience foundation as it doesn't sit on top of the skin, unlike most other foundations. 

Overall, I love this foundation! It is super easy to apply, it looks natural and feels super comfortable. I would definitely repurchase!


  1. it's £9.99 which is roughly $15.01. it's crazy how the cost of living in another part of the world is so much different! it does look like a lovely foundation though :) x

    1. Yeah the cost of makeup here is stupid. I even wonder how I can afford to do a makeup blog!

  2. OMG that is so expensive I love this foundation x


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