Thursday, 31 March 2011

Max Factor LipFinity Lip Tint Pen

Time for a little product review.

I actually bought this a good few months ago when it was first launched, but Max Factor are doing the ad campaign for it now alongside their new mascara and eye products (which I shall review at another time). I have had 3 friends comment that they want to try this and I have warned all of them away! Oh dear!

I'm a big fan of the Max Factor mascaras, so I was expecting a similar quality of product from the lip pen. Alas, I was very much disappointed, and I hate that, especially when you are so excited by a new product. Bourjois actually did a similar product to this a few years ago which I thought was much better, but it disappeared from the shops rather quickly and is now discontinued.

Here is the blurb from Max Factor:

Lipfinity Lip Tint Pen has a non-transferable water based formula that doesn't just sit on top of your lips but permeates the upper layers for a stunning kiss-proof effect. And its nifty pen applicator is perfect for precise application so you can build up the colour as much as you dare or keep it light and simple – you're in control!

One of the things I have to say that is going for this product is the smell. It has a lovely blackcurrant scent and a slight taste too which is nice. However thats about as far as I can go with positive comments.
I picked up No. 3 Pink Princess, the swatch of colour on the website and the colour it comes out are completely different to the colour of the pen, so if your basing your choice on the pen colour be open minded about your final result!

Here are my lips naked of any product:

Now, following the instructions, I drew around the contour of my lips with the tip of the pen:

I then filled in my lips with the side of the pen:

Ta Da! Well....that was a bit of a let down. Also based on the fact that I filled in my lips with about 5 coats of the stuff and this is as much pigmentation as I got. It looks natural, but almost too natural, like I've not actually done anything. It also feels really dry. One of the selling points of the product is that it moisturisers...not in the slightest! If I use this I have to wack a load of lip balm over the top to make my lips feel like they still have some moisture in them. I then look like I've put on a nice tinted lip balm, which all in all, isn't too bad for a day to day minimal make up look. But if I wanted that I'd buy a nice tinted lip balm for a fraction of the price.

This is also one of those products that having used it once feels like its running out, that annoys me. 

So not a great review, there are much better lip tint products out there. I may start a campaign against Bourjois to bring theirs back. 

Have any of you tried this? What did you think?


  1. My friend bought two recently and gave me one but I'm not a fan at all. As well as the crap pigmentation (took about six coats for it to look wearable at all,) it is also drying as hell on the lips. I have thrown it in the bin.

  2. I tried this a while ago, and I didn't have any problems with pigmentation - I am very pale though so even the slightest bit of colour comes out quite strong against my skin. I hated the formula though, as you said, very, very drying. Bourjois So Delicate Lip Cream is much better x

  3. I have heard so many bad reviews of this lip tint I have stayed well clear of it xxx

  4. p.s I have awarded you a Versatile Blogger award :) x

  5. @haribohats Aw Thank you!!! My first award! Sorry for not thanking you earlier, I've been on holiday and away from the blogging world! xx

  6. I think that was the last negative review about this product to decide not to buy it. I haven't found any positive review at all, especially the dryness provided by the Lip Tint is criticized everywhere.

    That's too bad! I really hoped to find a lipcolour which allows me to eat and kiss without losing it's brightness and colour.