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Max Factor Creme Puff Compact Powder - 41 Medium Beige
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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2010
What a brilliant buy this was. It is soo cheap and yet gives better results than many of the excruciatingly expensive high-end powders I've used.

I have a slightly oily T-zone which can become flaky-looking if I use too many powders or other dry facial products. Max Factor's Creme Puff keeps my nose shine-free longer than any other coloured powder I've tried but doesn't accentuate flakiness or dry out my skin at all. I apply it over my primer, concealer and setting powder in the morning and it creates a really smooth, poreless, natural look that lasts until the end of the day. By early afternoon my nose looks slightly glowy but not at all shiny, and if I want to mattify it a bit I simply give myself a dusting of Creme Puff and have flawless skin again in an instant. The coverage is also pretty good for a pressed powder. I wouldn't wear this on its own over my slightly rosacea-prone nose, but when applied over concealer the redness is almost entirely eliminated.

There are a couple of drawbacks, the obvious one being the smell. Creme Puff has a VERY powdery (and probably artificial) scent, which could deter some people. It isn't that the smell is unpleasant - it harks back to glamorous 1920s ladies powdering their noses in front of their vanity tables - but it's just SO strong. I have got used to it now though, and it does vanish once you've applied the powder and put the compact away.

More annoying than the smell, in my opinion, is the sponge that is supplied with the compact. It's really abrasive and scratchy and does not allow you to apply the powder smoothly. I quickly disposed of it and am now using the lovely soft sponge from one of my old compacts. I'd recommend you do the same to ensure the best, smoothest application.

As far as choosing the correct shade goes, the little colour squares on the amazon page actually seem fairly accurate. I have very pale skin so went for what I presumed was the fairest shade, Truly Fair. It has turned out to be a good match, and I would recommend it for most pale-skinned women. It does have slightly pinky undertones, but luckily this hasn't emphasised any redness on my skin at all. If you have very bad rosacea or acne, though, you might be better off going for a more yellowy shade such as Candle Glow.

This is a very effective and very inexpensive product, which I imagine is why it's been around for so long. Hopefully it'll be around for a good while longer, as I intend to use it for some time to come.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 May 2014
I bought this in the shade "Light N Gay". Do not let the pictures above fool you, this is a very pale shade. I am an N15 in MAC.
I wore this to a party on Friday night, I set it over my usual foundation. My make-up lasted all night and kept my concealer on, as it gave me extra coverage. I do feel however, that if this is applied heavy handedly, that it may look chalky. Remember, a little goes a long way. I applied it with my favourite soft powder brush as the sponge it comes with is a bit useless. It's easier to apply this powder with a separate brush. I personally like the old-fashioned rose talcum powder like smell that comes off of the make-up. However, if you are sensitive to smells then you might not be keen. Over all, I am happy with my purchase. Give it a go, it's only £3.99.

Pros

- Great price, £3.99
- Make-up lasted all night
- Colour match perfect for pale skin
- Decent packaging

Cons

- Some people might not like the smell however, I myself am a fan of the smell.
- Sponge is a bit thin and useless
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2009
I haven't been able to get this product for a long time as I am often abroad so I was very pleased to see it on Amazon. Its just as good as I remember it and it fits perfectly into my collection of vintage powder compacts. It doesn't crumble and goes on smoothly. Just right!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 24 December 2012
My Mom has been using Max Factors' creme puff in Tempting Touch since I was a tot, she is now 87 and still uses it, everyday. Mom says she's not "dressed" without it.
Just to smell its original perfume brings back marvellous memories, most of all the hugs and kisses she gave me.
I now use it, I hope it imparts some lovely memories to my grandchildren.
thank you Max Factor and Amazon.
Bez H.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2015
Bought this after hearing about it's past and the matter of fact that the ingredients haven't hardly changed through the years (1958 is when this product first got introduced) also of course the rave reviews, and I must say this is a lovely compact powder I thought with it being a bit of a classic it would be cakey and noticeable which it is not the case it's very lovely when applied goes on nicely doesn't insinuate fine lines or wrinkles at all, it also known for it's classic smell of perfume which isn't noticeable when applied but I can see the whole nostalgia behind it and stories ranging from little girls that have known grown into women and remember smelling it on women families remembers which I also found slightly enchanting.

The downside for me though I bought 81 Truly fair.. Which isn't as truly fair as I would have liked it has a slight orange/yellow tinge to it. So that's a shame as I was looking for a nice porcelain colour. But overall I am pleased.

The packaging is also lovely it's been updated in classic gold to celebrate it's 60th anniversary when you twist the top it locks on well, but I wouldn't trust it in a handbag.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2014
This product is not true to colour. I am very pale and ordered the pales powder...but it turned my face orange!

However, when I have a tan it will provide good coverage and is good if you have oily skin.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2013
I love the smell of this powder, it takes me right back to when I was a kid. I take the powder out of the plastic tin and put it in my own compact as it fits the Strattons and other compact makes perfectly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2013
This is the only face powder I use and so the price is the best ever,and delivery was quick.
Will order more when needed
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 October 2013
The makeup itself is great, the texture is silky smooth and goes on great with both a sponge or a brush. The coverage is easy and stayed put most of the day when I was out walking and even in the rain. The packaging is pretty and the lid is secure so hopefully there will be no spillages! I have very pale skin and this colour was perfect.

The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the smell. It's not unpleasant, it smells like perfume but it's incredibly strong. The smell does wear off after a few minutes but is definitely potent when being put on! Overall, the product is great value, the make up is nice and gets rid of shine and long-lasting. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2010
I have used Creme Puff for many years, and often been tempted to try alternatives. However, without fail I usually leave the new product within a couple of days and revert to the old faithful. It leaves a soft matt finish, without drying the skin, is a good price and totally reliable.
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