If there's one thing I love more than Boots' 3 for 2 deals, it's when they give a little box of free things if you spend a certain amount on a specific brand. Max Factor is currently sporting that wonderful deal and needless to say I went for it!
While I'm here, I can't neglect to mention that this is my first experience of any Max Factor products besides gazing in awe at the range of cute little duo-chrome nail polishes they do in Boots. It wouldn't be wrong to say that the high prices piqued my curiosity.
Firstly I picked up a Whipped Creme foundation (in the shade 45 Warm Almond). It's more for my mum than me as I don't like to wear foundation, but I know I'll be using it if I have a very bad skin day in the future (which I guarantee I'll have). The consistency is gorgeous and once it's blended in, you wouldn't know that you wear wearing it! A little of this goes a very long way.
As the foundation was only £9.99, I chose a Miracle Touch Creamy blush for myself (in the shade 3 Soft Copper). I'd been lusting after this product since they first came out! I'd always thought £6.99 was quite a lot for a minuscule pot of cream blush, but it is again a case of a little going a long way. It's not easily worn down either. While the pot is tiny, the cream is tightly packed together. Perfect for holidays due to how compact it is!
Now onto the free bits and bobs! I was so pleased that the products they'd included in the gift box were full size! It's always a let down when those gift boxes just contain a travel sized product and a random sample sachet of anti-aging lotion that I'm not going to need for a few decades. Max Factor's box did not disappoint!
First was the False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara in Brown Black. I was so excited about this! Max Factor mascaras are usually about £11.99 and I've always been intrigued by them but never bothered to buy one - why take the risk when my beloved Mac Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara is only two pounds more? I wasn't let down by this, it built lovely subtle volume for my stumpy thick lashes. While it was great on me, I think the silicone wand would be absolutely perfect for someone with thinner lashes. I wouldn't use this for a dramatic night look though. For me, it was very "my lashes but MUCH better". I think I'll be repurchasing this once it has run out!
I think the last two free bits go hand in hand. (And are also special editions for the free gift set!)
I haven't tried the Glossfinity nail polish (in the shade 119 Forever Glam) yet as the colour is a very hot pink and suited more for summer than this weird fickle Sprinter season (Spring-Winter) that we're having at the moment. I've heard lots of good things about these nail polishes but I've never tried them before as my nails are really brittle and flakey so I'm not really the biggest fan of nail polish. But I know this shade will be making a pedicure appearance this summer.
Then there's the Colour Elixir lipgloss (in the shade 60 Polished Fuchsia). I have to admit that I am SO impressed with this! I don't like lipgloss most of the time. It's pretty windy where I live and my hair is very unruly so my face ends up looking like a toddler's craft project if I walk around wearing lipgloss! The shade also frightened me, too - I'm much more vampy reds than I am Barbie hot pinks! However this gave the most subtle pop of colour and it wasn't sticky at all. In consistency it felt no different to my regular lip balms. It was so lightweight for a gloss and stayed on for a good four hours without requiring reapplication. I'm so pleased with this! Next time I'm looking for a lipgloss, I know I'll be nipping to the Max Factor counter!
Have you tried anything from Max Factor?