Sunday, 26 May 2013

Avon MagiX Tinted Face Perfector SPF 15 (review)

Avon MagiX Tinted Face Perfector SPF 15
In 2009 Avon expanded their MagiX range with a tinted version of the established Face Perfector (shouldn't it be spelt perfectEr instead of perfectOr?). However it's spelt, I found the original MagiX formula disappointing as it barely controlled shine, and clogged my skin.

This is different as it's a solid, tinted compact designed to act as both a primer and sheer foundation in one. For anyone between the ages of 30 and 40 this is theoretically the perfect product for you, as full-coverage foundation can give you a caked-on look, and make you appear older than you are, whereas, primer on it's own might not give you enough coverage.

Avon MagiX Tinted Face Perfector gel-powder
Let's get the natural issue out of the way first. This is not in the slightest bit 'pure'. It is full to the brim of ingredients I would normally avoid like the plague, and is about as artificial as you can get. However, I've always said that until natural make-up can compete with laboratory created make-up, I'm willing to compromise in this area, especially because I don't wear much make-up anyway. I will say this, though: mineral make-up is quickly catching up with the best products on the market, just read the Lily Lolo Mineral Finishing Powder review for evidence of this.

The packaging features Avon's newish black plastic design (I preferred the navy look, myself!), and comes in an easy-to-transport – but cheap feeling – compact that stores the application sponge and a mirror. This makes it brilliant for touch-ups on the go, especially because the solid cream formula doesn't sprinkle or leak anywhere. Arguably, I prefer it to traditional liquid primers which are more fiddly to use and can't be used on-top of make-up as a touch-up. The sponge that comes with this solid primer is very good for applying a light layer over your face and neck, and can be squeezed to get into the sides of your nose and under your eyes to cover any dark circles or redness.

I'm using shade 'Fair' ('Light', 'Medium', 'Medium Deep' and 'Deep' are available) and I love the amount of coverage you get – it's definitely sheer, but there's enough pigment to disguise light red patches and the consistency is just right to smooth out the look of your skin, giving you a more refined texture and softer feel. For areas where you need more coverage, you might need to use a concealer on top as it struggles to disguise blemishes and blue veins, which can appear under the eyes in hot weather. It does not, however, keep oil at bay for very long. Without powder this managed about an hour on my face before the oil started shining through, which was pretty disappointing.

Avon Face Perfector sponge
Some of you may wish to use foundation on top, especially if you're 40-plus, and you can do, but for younger skin this shouldn't be necessary. If you have oily skin you can finish off with a sweep of powder to help the primer stay in place, but normal to dry skin probably won't even need that. Applying another layer of Face Perfector along the t-zone as the day progresses didn't seem to cause me any blemishes and helped to mattify my face which gets oilier faster than I can blot it, quite frankly.

The only caveat is application on wrinkles. I do find this sinks into fine lines and can make them appear more obvious – especially under the eyes. There are three ways to deal with this, I've found. One: don't apply where you have any obvious wrinkles. Two: spritz your face with toner and pat with tissue paper after you've completed your make-up to blend and remove any excess powder. Three: (my preferred method) use the warmth of your fingers to blend, blend, blend! Any make-up that settles into fine lines will vanish if you take the time to work it in with your fingers – just be careful not to rub it all off!

It's fair value for money. What sells this product to me is the speed at which you can get effective, light coverage and how easy it is to pop in your bag to touch up during the day or night. I like the creamy formula, too (Avon describe it as gel-powder), but I would prefer a more luxurious feeling product. The sponge, while effective, is a bit small and soaks up a lot of the cream, while the hinge that opens three-ways feels cheap. A good effort from Avon, nevertheless, and a worthwhile addition to your make-up bag. That is, of course, until natural mineral primers can compete with the big boys. That day is coming!

Light coverage works well for younger skin
About as artificial as you can get
It's easy to use and can be taken everywhere with you
Not enough coverage for older faces or those with blemishes or scarring
5 shade range is suitable for nearly every skin colour
Can settle into wrinkles making them more obvious
SPF 15 is always welcome
Doesn't hold back the shine very well


Brand: Avon

Size: 10 g
Price: £7.50 (£75.00/100 g)

Manufactured: Germany

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Cellulose, Mylon-12, Ozokerite, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsilxyethyl Dimethicone, C30-60 Alkyl Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Cera Microcristallina, Silica, Alumina, PEG/PPG-20/23 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol Polyethylene, Parfum, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Talc, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, BHT, Methicone, Tocopherol, CI 77891, CI 77492, CI 77499

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