Max Factor Lipfinity Revisited

Lipfinity was launched by Max Factor in 2000, but there was always something rather … nineties about them, if you ask me.  It was the brown-ness.  They were firmly stuck in that rust rut that I always associate with the late 90’s, where blush, shadow and lipstick were usually the same terracotta shade.  Get Lippie doesn’t really do brown.

Especially not like this:

She’s so beautiful.  I’d look like an Oompa Loompa. More so than usual, I mean.

I’d just look like my face was dirty.  Monochrome brown is a great look for some, but … well, it’s not for me.  Brown is what I think of when I think of Lipfinity though, I can’t deny it.

But, I was re-introduced to the range recently (hey, only 14 years behind the curve, never say we’re not trendsetters here at Lippie Mansions), and I was delighted to notice they had some really lovely BRIGHT colours! Not a brown in sight!

Here we have shades (L-R):

006 – Always Delicate: beige-peach
024 – Stay Cheerful: lovely cool pink
120 – Hot: tomato red
146 – Just Bewitching: creamy coral
335 – Just in Love: raspberry

Yes, yes, I know, beige is a kind of brown, shut up!  There’s nothing rusty about these colours though, they’re gorgeous.

Hot and Just in Love have a hint of gold and silver shimmer respectively, but the other three are cream shades.  The shimmer is barely (if at all) perceptible on the lips, but it just stops the colours looking too flat in the tube.

Even thought I’m not at my most comfortable in “nude” shades, 006 Always Delicate is wearable for me because it contains a lot of pinkish-peach, and it’s good for adding a polished look to a no-makeup face.  I don’t look as much like a corpse as usual in this one.

My favourites, as you might have guessed if you’re a long time reader, are the red and the deep raspberry pink, and it’s always a delight to have a long-wearing non-feathering formula in bright shades.  Application is the normal two-stage slight faff, the slightly dry pigment layer (which works best if you apply two extremely thin coats, rather than one thick one):

335 Just in Love

And then you follow this up with the glossy silicone layer:

335 Just in Love

Colours apply true to tube (this is one very thin layer – it would have been far more intense with two), and will last through tea, coffee, wind, rain, sunshine, and hail.  But not chips.  Never chips. The pigments in Lipfinity are oil-soluble, so chips, lard, cream cakes, mayonnaise etc will all eat through the colour and leave you with the red (pink/peach/coral) ring of doom if you’re not careful.  Most cleansing oils and balms will get rid of them at the end of the day, but you might have to scrub a little with your facecloth to get the final stubborn remnants off.  Oh, and invest in a decent lip balm for nighttime, this will show up every fault on your lips, if you’ve neglected them. If you’re a fan of Lipfinity already, then you’ll love these colours.  If you’re not … well, there’s nothing new here aside from the pigments.

Well played Max Factor!  Nice colours all, and it’s great to have long-lasting colours at an affordable price, they cost £10.99 each at Boots, but there are always offers on … Compare that to one Guerlain Rouge G, Tom Ford or Chantecaille Lip Chic (all in the £30+ bracket) and you have yourself a bargain.

What have you revisited recently?

The Fine Print: PR Samples.  Photos for this post were taken with a Nokia Lumia 1020 lent by Microsoft.  It’s a phone, in case you were wondering.  with a bloody good camera.  I’ll review it properly one day.  I haven’t used my DSLR since it arrived, I’m *that* lazy.

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1 Comment

  1. June 30, 2014 / 9:56 am

    Like you, I've never ever taken these seriously but I may just need to reconsider my stance…

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