Max Factor Smooth Miracle Primer

There are two primers that I want to bring to your attention…

Numero uno is Max Factor‘s Smooth Miracle Primer and Numero dos is L’Oréal‘s Lumi Magique Primer. These two are the bees knees of primers (if not put in competition with Lush‘s Magical Moringa) when applied together or separately.

I love these two equally because they both do different things to the skin but are referred to as the same kind of product – a primer.

Primers – as you should know by now – are applied after you’ve prepped the skin and applied a light moisturiser. The primer acts as a base for any foundation (liquid, cream or powder) which is worn on top. Some primers are mattifying while others are not. For example, Max Factor’s Smooth Miracle is but L’Oréal’s Lumi Magique is not.

If a primer – like L’Oréal’s Lumi Magique – isn’t mattifying, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing… I know plenty of people (myself included) who love a shiny, dewy finish similar to the one which this provides. With Lumi Magique, it’s best to just apply it on the forehead, bridge of nose and chin because of its light-reflecting particles. If you’re looking for a brighter complexion by all means apply it everywhere – be prepared for that luminous sheen though. They don’t call it Lumi(nous) for nothing… 😏

Lumi Magique Primer may be used as a base or alone. A fresh, light and silky soft formula that provides 8 hours of hydration.

Max Factor’s Smooth Miracle, on the other hand, can be used all over – smoothing and mattifying it ready for the perfect selfie. But, as I said, I prefer to use both together as the results are that little bit extra-ordinary. Imagine the selfies!

The secret ingredient for a smooth skin finish is the Smooth Miracle Primer. Apply before your favourite foundation for an even application.

  • Instantly primes, and smooths the appearance of skin.
  • Creates a smooth layer between moisturiser and foundation.
  • Simple pump acton dispenses just the right amount.

One thing I forgot to mention… You don’t need to highlight your face after applying L’Oréal’s primer because that just defeats its purpose. When purchasing Lumi Maique, you’re buying a three-in-one product: a primer, highlighter and illuminator. The shine that it provides is shiny but not oily, it’ll help if you know the difference…

L’Oréal Lumi Magique


Packaging: one’s considerably smaller than the other in width but considerably taller in height. L’Oréal’s Lumi Magique definitely has less product – but that’s because it should be applied sparingly across the forehead, bridge of nose and chin. Conversely, Max Factor’s Smooth Miracle is made for an all-over-face application meaning there’s just that little bit extra. The way I like to remember them is one’s developed in the shape of a bulky pen (L’Oréal) and the other is just your bog-standard cylinder-shape; both come in pump-form, by the way.

The consistency: both are luxuriously creamy and feel sensational on the skin. Max Factor’s smooths and sets the skin while the L’Oréal’s illuminates the highlight-worthy areas. I love them both and use them together because I like the best of both worlds…

Results: if these two were scarecrows* they’d be outstanding in their fields.

*Halloween is coming up, if you don’t get the joke then I can’t help you!