Saturday, June 13, 2009

Max Factor Vivid Impact Lipsticks: Review and Swatches

So, word on the street is that Max Factor will be phased out of stores in the U.S. by 2010. That saddens me, because I recently tried out their Vivid Impact Lipsticks and I really liked them! I always seemed to pass the Max Factor display by, eyeing the products, but telling myself that on my next trip to the drugstore I would actually try something out. Finally, on one occasion, I did. I stood in front of the lipstick display trying to pick a color to sample. After standing for quite a while in front of the lipstick display looking for just the right color, I ended up picking three: No. 16 Ms. Understood, a nice fuschia pink, No. 48 Bitten, a berry wine color, and No. 64 Ms. Behave, a peachy-coral. Of course, as soon as I got home from the store I swatched them all to experience the texture and finish of the products. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the lipsticks that I had picked up from Harmon Discount for a whopping $6.79 each! These lippies applied very smoothly and felt extremely moisturizing on the lips. They each imparted a nice glossy finish and had nice pigmentation to boot.

No. 16 Ms. Understood

No. 48 Bitten

No. 64 Ms. Behave

From left to right: 16, 48, 64

You can find these lipsticks, as well as other Max Factor products, at many drugstores (I know that Duane Reade stores in my area carry the line), Harmon Discount stores, and online at Prices may vary slightly from retailer to retailer, but they should be under $10 regardless.

I would definitely recommend checking out these lipsticks. I was very impressed with them; they weren't drying or dull. I'm now interested in trying out some of the other Max Factor products. Too bad they're going to be leaving us in a year! I better hurry!

Have any of you had experiences with this product or any others from the Max Factor brand? Let me know if you have tried anything that you liked (or didn't like!) If you haven't yet gotten to know this brand, do you think you might check it out while you still can? I want to hear from you :-)


  1. Ms. Understood and Bitten look amazing!! Great swatches, lady!! Great blog! :)

  2. ohh they look so creamy and pigmented! I like them! thanks for doing the research~