A drugstore brand that totally won my heart in the past few months is Max Factor with its newest launches. Both novelties are a staple in my summer daily makeup routine.
Maxfactor Creme Puff Blush (12,79€) is often compared to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush due to similar shades, finish and texture. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a dupe, but rather a cheaper alternative. There are 6 shades in total, in Slovenia you can get only 4. They are baked blushes, buildable yet sheer, not overly pigmented and easy to work with. You can either go for one layer (which gives your skin a natural glow without any additional highlighter needed), while you can also build it up and get more colour payoff. Their texture is soft, I’d say it’s somewhere between powdery and creamy. Picking a favourite out of my collection of four is mission impossible. 20 Lavish Mauve is the least shimmery, it’s a cool-toned rosy-violet shade that suits my skin tone perfectly. 15 Seductive Pink looks rather similar, however it’s more pigmented, has more golden shimmer/glow and would probably work amazingly for everyone, it’s universally flattering and easy to combine with different makeup looks in my opinion. 05 Lovely Pink is lighter peachy-pink, one that’s even more shimmery and would go well with spring-summer makeup. Last but not least, 25 Alluring Rose is not a classic blush nor a bronzer, it’s somewhere in between. It gives a natural reddish-bronzed look and it’s a perfect summer pick. I am extremely impressed by all 4 shades, I’ve been wearing them non-stop and I definitely recommend you check them out in your local drugstore.
Along with the blushes, the Max Factor Colour Intensifying Balm (8,49€) came to our drugstores. This lipstick-lipbalm hybrid works on similar principle as the blush – you can also wear it sheer (applying one layer) or build it up. It’s a perfect to-go lip product, because it’s easy to apply (without the help of a mirror). As mentioned it is not extremely pigmented nor longwearing, however it feels lovely, light, creamy and moisturizing on the lips (thanks to nourishing Shea, coconut and mango butter). The scent reminds me of Hitschler Softi candy, it’s sweet but not overwhelming. On Slovenian drugstore shelfs you can find 5 shades; 20 Liscious Red is the only one missing in my collection; 30 Refined Rose is probably my favourite (a natural classic rosy shade); 10 Charming Coral is a lovely peach that’s perfect for Spring and Summer makeuplooks; 05 Sumptuous Candy is a light bright pink; while the 25 Voluptuous Pink is a brighter hot pink. Overall the shades are universally flattering and easy to wear on a day- or night-time.