I hope you’re all having a wonderful week. I recently watched a video by Makeup Artist Wayne Goss on his youtube channel gossmakeupartist about his all-time favorite cream foundations, among which included the Maqpro Foundation Palette:
I am very easily persuaded… plus I love trying new makeup so I decided to purchase a few Maqpro products after doing some research on the brand. Long story short, Maqpro was started over 30 years ago by the famous makeup artist Michel Deruelle and makeup specialist Pierre Brunner to expand and to fill gaps in the professional cosmetics industry in France. Their core values include: “product quality, traditional production methods, creativity, and team spirit.” They have a HUGE range of cream colors to choose from, over 200 based on their 2012 newsletter.
I purchased three of Maqpro’s most popular products on the Camera Ready Cosmetics website - the make up mixer ($13), the fard cream foundation palette in Asian 2 ($42.99), and the lip palette in R01 ($31.99).
The make up mixer is a very interesting product. It can be used prior to makeup application as a moisturizing primer, during makeup application as an emulsifier to blend different colors together, and after makeup application as a makeup remover. It feels really moisturizing on my skin without being greasy. I think I’m going to use this product primarily as a primer.
The Fard Creme foundation palette is the main reason why I wanted to try the Maqpro brand. According to their 2012 catalogue, the “Fard Creme” foundation is wax based, has build-able coverage, and may last between 12 to 15 hours. I’ve never tried a wax based foundation so I wanted to see how it differed from an oil based foundation.
I applied it with a MAC #130 duo fibre brush and it created the most natural glowing complexion I’ve ever seen in my life, no joke. The only thing is that my face is extremely oily in the t-zone so by the early afternoon I could see the foundation separating and creating an unsightly cracked look on my upper lip and chin. It happens with other foundations as well, like always I just used my finger to smooth it back out.
Here you can see the swatches on my left arm without flash in the picture above and with flash in the picture below. None of the colors match my skin tone exactly, but C.I actually does match pretty well with a little bit of 95 mixed in. The colors are extremely opaque, so I really didn’t need much to create these swatches. The smallest amount goes a long way, especially on the face. The make up mixer may be used to thin out the fard creme foundation prior to application, just scoop a little bit of the foundation out of the pan and squeeze a small amount of the make up mixer onto it and mix the two together until there is a smooth consistency.
Here I have blended out the swatches I had placed on my left arm to give you a better idea of what it would look like blended out into the skin. I think the wax base of this creme foundation does a great job of creating a natural looking finish on the skin. Even though the creme is extremely opaque, it still manages to look natural, and I can control the coverage based on need.
Here is the “Palette Rouge A Levres” aka lip palette in R01. I was really impressed with the range of colors and amount of product for the price ($31.99 for 10 colors). The colors are super pigmented and creamy. The left-most colors on the top and bottom are glossier than the rest and may be used in conjunction with the other colors to add additional shine to the lip. I LOVE the orange-y color in the middle of the bottom row (#249). The packaging is perfect for travel since you’ve got a variety of lip colors and products in one perfectly compact and organized palette. I’m definitely taking this with me when I travel next.
Here are the swatches of the lip colors. The colors are SUPER pigmented, and they look absolutely beautiful on the lips. My favorite is most definitely 249 (bright orange), followed closely by 218 (the darker of the two glosses on the bottom left). I’m definitely thinking about getting some of the other lip palettes now because there are so many beautiful colors I have yet to try out.
All in all, I’m extremely impressed with the quality of the Maqpro products that I purchased on Camera Ready Cosmetics’ website. Since this brand is created in France, it’s definitely harder for people in the US to get their hands on the full line of products. What I would recommend is trying one of their palettes first to get a feel for their products before investing a whole ton of money on their 36 color palette (which I want BTW … it’s AMAZING).
Anyway, I hope this initial review helps some of you out there that are considering the Maqpro brand. I’m most definitely going to invest in more of their products (particularly the lip palettes and maybe their 36 color palettes…).
Talk to you all soon!