One of my beauty blog besties, Julia of All About The Pretty recently featured a blog post that made me squeal with delight. It was a behind the scenes interview with renowned makeup artist Pat McGrath, revealing this season’s hottest trends and drugstore essentials for bellas on a budget. Now any bella who has been reading this site for a while knows how I feel about Pat McGrath – she’s amazing. Ever since she got involved with the Max Factor brand, I’ve been paying special attention.

Recently I was lucky enough to get my hands on some Max Factor favorites, so let me break it down for you!

Word on the street is when the economy sucks, women buy lipstick. So the time is now to invest. AATP gives high points to MAX Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor, and I resoundingly concur. I’m diggin’ Hipster, but if you’re seeking a more summery shade, check out Ms Behave, for a pretty coral pink pout.


OK bellas, if you are looking for a mascara that is going to leave your lashes defined, thick, and perfect for batting at that cute guy across the bar, look no further than Max Factor 2000 Calorie Extreme Lash Plumper. At around $8.50, this is a drugstore find worth scooping up. The applicator brush is plump (and very reminiscent of Cover Girl’s Lash Blast) – all the better to make sure each individual lash is coated with dark makeuppy goodness. And because it’s waterproof, my lashes stayed pretty all day through a good cry and the Miami heat. Yup, I’ve been having those kinda days in the midst of this move. At least my mascara’s up to the job!

I’ve got my eye on more products in the Max Factor line — I LOVE the bright, punchy summer bright shades of eyeshadow in their three-color palettes, and AATP also raved over the eyeliner. I might be due for a trip to the drugstore!

Have you tried any Max Factor products, bellas? Any personal faves?

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Mukho says:
May 4, 2009, 11:16 am
Hi Afrobella :) I love the Max Factor twist up eyeliner in Black. Beautiful smudge-proof, melt proof, last all day eye definition :)
Recessionista says:
May 4, 2009, 6:05 pm
You are preaching to the choir here, my friend! I love me some Max Factor and I have to say that their most underrated product (and my personal holy grail mascara) is Max Factor Volume Couture Mascara. It seriously rocks and I like it even better than 2000 Cal Extreme. Also, I love to use Max Factor Pan Stick as concealer (been doing this for years, even before it became trendy :) Anyway, you get a whole lot of product with this and it's super cheap compared to high end concealers. Plus, it works better than the high end brands, IMHO :)