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The product I am reviewing is Pan Stik Foundation from Max Factor. I actually purchased this to use as a concealer rather than all over the face as I already have a Max Factor foundation that I use over the whole of my face but it isn't good enough to conceal the dark circles under my eyes and other blemishes. At first I thought this product was just a concealer, how-ever I then learnt that it is actually a foundation rather than a concealer. I haven't seen a foundation in this formula which is why I presumed it was a concealer rather than a foundation. Despite this, on the Max Factor website it states that this product can be used to conceal. This product is convenient to use and is a fast fix at applying foundation to your face. The creamy texture of the stick provides a soft, dewy finish. The product gives you maximum coverage with minimum effort and helps to conceal pigmentations, birthmarks and blemishes. The product also claims to smooth away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Due to the stick formula, this means that it's perfect for touch ups on the go. The Pan Stik was created in 1948 by Max Factor and was the first easy to apply, cream based make up stick woman could buy. It was originally made to use on television and has now become a modern make-up essential. The foundation comes in black plastic packaging which is strong. It says on the back of the packaging what it is and it also give you a little information about the product. The shade of the foundation is on the bottom and it will tell you the number as well as the name of the shade. I picked up the Nouveau Beige colour which looked like the best shade for me out of the other 2 that were available. The lid pulls off to reveal the stick foundation which has a flat top. There is a wheel like dial on the bottom half of the packaging which you turn to push the foundation up. You can also sue this to put the foundation back down if you have twisted up too much.
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I purchased this from Superdrug; how-ever you can also purchase it from Boots store. The product cost me £6.99 which I thought was reasonable. Superdrug only had about 3-4 shades to choose from and I also noticed that on the Boots website they only have 3 shades to choose from (Nouveau, Copper & Fair). According to the Max Factor (UK) website the foundation should be available in the following shades:
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To ensure you get the correct shade match the foundation with the skin tone of your jaw line to find the correct shade for you. Alternatively you can also for help from an advisor. My local boots store always has someone on the Max Factor section so they should be able to help you find the correct shade. As with any foundation it's always best to apply it in a good natural light to ensure even coverage. Apply the product with your fingers to warm the Pan Stik and ensure a smooth coverage. I actually applied primer before using this product. I turned the dial to push the stick up a little and then used a clean finger to apply this under my eyes as I was going to use this as a concealer rather than all over my face as a foundation. I originally thought that I had purchased the wrong shade, how-ever when gently applying this under my eyes it blended really well and the colour was well suited to my light coloured skin. It didn't totally cover the dark circles I have under my eyes but it did make them appear a lot lighter than they look. I also used it to cover a few blemishes on my face as well. I found the product really easy to apply and it does warm up when applying it with your fingers which in turn make it much easier to apply. I found that it goes on really smooth and evenly. I applied the foundation I normally used (Max Factor Whipped Crème) and the two products went well together and blended perfectly. I applied this in the morning before work, so I was hoping that it was going to last throughout the day without wearing off.
I checked my make-up approximately 5hrs later and it still looked great. Where I had applied the product under my eye and on blemishes these areas still looked covered and hadn't started to wear off yet which was great. I was a little worried that this product would wear off under my eyes or make this area dry, how-ever I was pleased to see that it still looked great and hadn't started to look or feel dry. After finishing work and getting the train to my boyfriend's I again checked my make-up in the mirror before going to have a few drinks down the local pub. My make up was still in place and the dark shadows under my eyes weren't starting to show yet which was really good. All I needed to do was to apply some powder over my make-up to finish the look off again. At the end of the evening when taking my make-up off with a cleansing wipe I found that it came off easily, without me having to rub at my eye area and the other areas where I had applied the product. Since using the product for the first time I now use it on a regular basis as a concealer as I think it's great and better than any other concealers I have tried before. I always apply a primer before applying make up so I can't really comment on whether this would last the same amount of time if I hadn't applied a primer. I personally wouldn't use this all over my face as a full foundation as I love the foundation I am currently using. I also prefer applying foundation with a brush for better/even coverage and with the stick formula I wouldn't be able to do this.
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Although I had read some good reviews about this product before purchasing it, I wasn't really sure what to expect from it, especially as it was s tick formula rather than a liquid formula which is what I am used to using. I was a little disappointed to see that in my local Superdrug & Boots store that there is only 3 of the shades available despite it being available on the Max Factor website in 6 different shades. I have to admit that I just tested the product on my hand to choose a shade for my skin and luckily I chose the right one as it blends well and the colour suits my pale skin without making it look orange. I like the formula of the foundation as it's creamy and really easy to apply and I found that it glides onto your skin easily using your fingertips. It also felt really smooth when applying it as well. As the product is quite small it makes it perfect for popping into your bag in case you need to touch it up at any point during the day or evening. I found that the foundation was light on my skin and stayed looking great throughout the day and early evening. The foundation didn't cover up the dark circles under my eyes totally but it definitely reduced the appearance of them which was better than nothing. I actually found that this product covered the dark circles more so than other products that I have tried in the past. The foundation wasn't drying to my skin and it didn't leave my make up looking cakey or orange. In terms of value I think the product is very reasonable as it works really well as a concealer and was kind to my skin. Although the product does only come in 3 different shades in some stores I was still able to find the correct shade for my skin. I have already recommended this product to my sister and I will definitely be purchasing some more when I need it.
(review also on ciao)
I used to use a pan stick a few years back but it was discontinued, so I was glad to find a product that might replace the old one as I'm not too keen on liquid foundations on the whole but that is mostly all that's on the market to buy. So, I hopped onto ebay and treated myself to some pan stik.
The foundation comes in the same kind of twist up tube as a lipstick or concealer would do, albeit a little fatter and flatter.
The tube is a black colour with gold writing which says "MF Max Factor PAN STIK" on the front. This looks simple, classic and classy.
There is no extra packaging around the tube when you buy this foundation, which is great as excess packaging really irritates me!
When applying the pan stik it glides nicely onto your skin and it's easy to blend in. It is a little heavier than some liquid foundations are, but not too heavy. Although it looks a little like concealer in the tube it is not as thick as a concealer.
With a liquid foundation I sometimes find I squeeze too much out and then have excess foundation on my hands and no where for it to go. This is not a problem with the pan stik.
The product has very good staying power, if I apply it in the morning and finish it with a little powder (I have been using a Max Factor one to match the foundation) then it is still in place by the evening.
My skin feels velvety, soft and smooth when I am wearing this foundation and it gives very good coverage for blemishes so my skin tone looks nice and even. You will need to moisturise or use a primer before you put the pan stik on your face, otherwise you can end up with dry, flaky patches or the foundation might not glide on as easily as it otherwise would.
I got the true beige colour (though as with all foundations there are different ones available to match different skin tones) and it blends in perfectly with my skin tone for a flawless look. I can't be certain of how many shades there are as every shop I have looked at seems to have a different number of shades!
I have no problem removing this foundation, it comes off well with wipes or lotion and cotton wool.
You can get this foundation in Superdrug for £6.99. I seem to struggle to find it in other shops, but a quick search on google shows there are online shops that stock it.
I bought mine for £3.75 with free postage and packing on ebay which was a bit of a bargain!
The price is pretty good, most decent foundations cost more than this one does and although there are cheaper ones around their quality does not match up to this one.
I really love this foundation and I think the price is great, so I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others.
When it comes to what I think of as buying a posh foundation and one that I know I can rely on and that doesn't break the bank I always look to Max Factor. My Mum has used the Colour Adapt Foundation for ages now due to my recommendation and its one that I have often worn as well however I had heard good things about the Max Factor Pan Stick so off I went to Boots to get one, couldn't and so I eventually tracked one down on Amazon, really to use more at night times when I'm going out and the likes as I do have cheaper ones I don't mind for day to day use.
As I say though I found this one hard to track down. Max Factor seem to be always bringing out new and different formulations of foundations however this is still made and not a discontinued product or anything but eventually like I say I got it from Amazon.co.uk. I paid about £7.00 for my pan stick in the shade fair though there are about 7 colours to choose from within the range at a guess going from the fair I picked to deep olive so there is pretty much alot to choose from though I don't think this range would be suitable for black women sadly.
What you get is a tube like a lipstick case only a little bigger than a standard sized one. On the lid we are clearly told what it is and who is by in gold lettering then on the base of it the colour is stated and contact details for Max Factor are given. You simply and gently screw it up and down and you do get plenty of product in a solid but moist block form.
This does have a sort of old fashioned cosmetic fragrance to it but I rather like that about it and that fragrance once applied does fade rather alot anyway.
You can apply this straight from the stick or apply it on to a sponge or a face brush, me I just dab it directly onto my clean face and then blend it with my fingers or a sponge and over a primer or moisturiser.
This is a fantastic product. Its easy to apply, you don't need to use very much of it at all and it blends like a dream. It isn't greasy and isn't skin drying either and covers up all my sins and with this I don't even feel the need to use concealers on spots or open pores or anything as this simply covers them in a none cakey way.
This is lightweight, doesn't agitate my sensitive skin and once applied stays put all day long giving me fresh looking and smooth and supple looking skin. Its simply great stuff and lasts ages on me and on the stick.
All In All:
Ok this is a rather old fashioned product but there is a reason it has never been replaced or phased out! Its a brilliant must by this one in my opinion, hard wearing, lightweight and gives my skin a rather flawless look which is amazing!
Available from all great chemists if you hunt about for it but do Google it if interested and like I have mentioned my Pan Stick came from Amazon!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I'm 17 and I've been using this product for about a year now. My friend always had great coverage on her acne and I always wondered what foundation she used, she recommended this because it's really creamy and has great coverage. I tried it out and the coverage was amazing, I wear it most times now especially when I see a big red spot on my face! It's a bit too much if you want a natural look but it lasts a good bit through out the day but i've found other foundations lasting longer! It's kind of like a foundation and concealer in one but can look very cakey on the skin if you layer it on, but I suppose that is the case with every foundation but you have to be very careful with the amount you put on just incase but recommendation would be to use a good primer, maybe a long lasting liquid foundation and using this maybe as an all face concealer! But overall I will keep buying this product! 4/5 for me, one star lost because it can fade after a long wear
Now, I am an experienced young girl when it comes to foundation, but the trouble is, finding the right one for your skin type!
All foundations talk the talk when reading about it. For example, Maxfactor's panstick's introduction states the following when researching about it.
''It can be hard enough to create the perfect look from a foundation and it can be even harder to keep that initial look fresh and perfect all day long. With the daily trials and tribulations your face undergoes, living up to the promise of a flawless and fresh look, all day, up until now, has been technically challenging. Now, with breakthrough technology from Max Factor there is a new solution - Flawless Perfection Make-Up. Flawless Perfection introduces a revolutionary new approach to foundation - a unique patented two-step system incorporating separate skin perfecting and colour finish formulas designed to work together to deliver a freshly applied, flawless look which lasts throughout the day''
BUT, what foundation will pursue the above in regards to YOUR personal skin type is the real problem!
Maxfactor's panstick is a great foundation, however, this is not the thing your looking for if your skin type is dry as the Panstick tends to be very obvious and patchy after a few hours of wearing it. On the other hand, If you have normal or alternative skin types, then this is the foundation for you. Either way however, I advice you to moisturise your face before applying it in order to gain a long lasting and natural finish.
The foundation is very easy to apply and its packaging comes simular to a lipstick, so you can fit it into your pocket or purse and just reapply whenever you need to. (You can identify the foundation after viewing the photo I have attatched)
The best way to apply it, however, is by using a sponge. This is because if you have impurities on your face you can be spreading them by constantly spreading the foundation on your face in order to apply it and therefore, making things so bad that even foundation won't be able to cover it.
The foundation is also quite a good coverage, I'll give it an 8/10. Additionally, its a relatively cheap foundation compared to alternative foundations and could be found in any local boots or superdrug store for about £7.99 (usually placed in the bottom shelves alongside alternative Maxfactor and Loreal foundations) However, make sure you don't purchase these from sunday markets or markets in general as fakes have been made which may lead to damaged skin.
Moreover, the ease of removal is quite easy, however, I prefer to use makeup wipes such as ''simple'' or any makeup/ baby wipes to be honest and then wash my face in order to get every bit of it off so that you don't block your pores and gain impurities/spots. I don't believe that just washing your face will do the job as this tends to leave non-visibal marks of foundation that turn into spots over time, yet, if you use a really good face wash im sure you'll be fine.
In order to purchase the above foundation and read more about it. Please visit Www.Boots.co.uk or Www.superdrug.co.uk
For any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
I have acne which looks quite severe 75% of the time, I hate my skin and dont feel comfortable at all with no make up and I always am trying to cover it.
The make up which I have used for the last few years which covers it up was discontinued, and now I see on Ebay that there is only about 30 left, all of them selling quite fast *cries* so I am on the hunt for a new foundation!
I heard this foundation was very good for people who suffer from acne as its very high coverage yet very natural looking! I looked up reviews and it did sound really good so whilst I was in ASDA I decided to buy it. I payed *PRICE* £6.99 for it, it can be bought cheaper off Ebay but as with most things I have no patience and couldn't be bothered waiting to try it out!
The *APPEARANCE* is quite simple but I like it, the packaging is tiny and holds a tiny 9g foundation. Its navy coloured with the Max Factor logo over the lid and the name of the product both wrote in gold, on the back there is just some basic information about the texture wrote in a few different languages and on the bottom is a little sticker with the shade on.
At the bottom of the little tube, there is a little twisty thing which is what pushes up the foundation.
The foundation is store inside and is shaped like an oval, its not a liquid foundation or a powder, its more of a hard creamy foundation.
I thought cos the way the foundation looked it would be hard to glide across my face because it looked very thick, I was so very wrong though as its so smooth and when putting it onto my skin it just glides across! It has a really old fashioned smell too! It smells like talc.
I picked up the shade Fair as I am wanting to start embracing my natural shade and Fair is the lightest shade they have, the colour isn't the best, its quite orange on my skin and not at all fair, I was disappointed.
As far as coverage goes, meh..I really feel undecided! I like it but then again I dont, it does cover up my acne quite well, but there is just something about it that just looks...obvious? Yes, that is the word..obvious, you can just tell I am wearing it and it doesn't look natural.
It feels very smooth on my skin though and considering the coverage its very matte.
I tried applying it with a brush but it still is quite noticeable that its very fake! I think if they did a paler shade I would try that out cos it could look better, and then put a powder over the top to see how it looked.
Overall, 3 out of 5..wish they could have more shades and it not look as obvious, but as far as covering my acne goes it probably the best I have come across.
I received my Max Factor Pan Stik last Christmas morning, as one of the presents that Santa left in my Christmas stocking! Apparently, Santa thought it would be an ideal substitute for a now-discontinued Maybelline product that I'd used in the past (the elves had obviously been busy doing their research last December as I hadn't dropped any hints on the subject) so I was happy to give it a try.
* Packaging and Design *
What I'd loved about the Maybelline product was the convenience and ease of use, so I was hoping for more of the same from the Max Factor Pan Stik. Unlike the other foundations in my collection, the Pan Stick comes in a tube which is reminiscent of a fat lipstick. The lid lifts off to reveal a solid block of foundation which you expose by twirling the dial at the bottom. The tube itself is a dark blue with silver detailing - very simple. For me, this is a great design for a foundation as it is so portable - there is absolutely no mess as everything is contained within the tube. You don't need to squeeze it like a liquid foundation or run the risk of covering your clothes in powder like a mineral foundation. This makes it ideal as a make-up bag essential, particularly if you are travelling or like to re-apply your make-up later in the day.
* Application and Results*
Application of the Max Factor Pan Stik couldn't be more simple. You simply apply the foundation directly to your face and blend with your fingers, a cosmetic sponge or a foundation brush. I tend to prefer the foundation brush method as I think the results are slightly better than using my fingers, but when I haven't had a brush to hand the fingertip method has worked relatively well. Coverage is fairly thick, but the initial creamy texture of the foundation immediately converts to a matte effect when blended into your skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth. The feel of the foundation after application is almost like a very fine powder and feels very light on the skin. I have been really happy with the level of coverage - it covers fine lines, minor pigmentation and the occasional small zit, without any feeling of heaviness. I do tend to use both an illuminating moisturising and an pore-refining priming product underneath this foundation which I feel gives me even better results. However, on the occasions that I've just used moisturiser I haven't noticed much difference in the results immediately after application - I just don't think that it lasts quite as long without primer.
I have found that this product lasts relatively well throughout the day. It doesn't look as good at the end of the day as it does immediately after I've applied it, but to be honest, I'm yet to discover a foundation that gives me 15 hours of perfect coverage and I certainly wouldn't expect to get that from a comparatively cheap product. It can also be used as a concealer or to give a bit of added coverage on problem areas - I have used it in this way a few times when I've been wearing a lighter foundation on hot summer days and it blends well and does an effective job of concealing. The only real criticism that I would have of this product is that it does tend to transfer itself to my phone - if I'm walking into work chatting on my mobile I always seem to find that my phone ends up smeared with foundation and blusher, and it is the same on the work phones if I end up stuck on a long call. I would prefer it if it stayed on my face!
* Purchasing Information *
Max Factor Pan Stik is available from various high street stores and on Amazon. It costs somewhere between £4.25 and £7.00 depending on where you buy it from and comes in a variety of shades - mine is called '13, Nouveau Beige'.
* Summary *
My initial concern about the product was that because it is relatively cheap it would either not work effectively or end up irritating my skin. I was also concerned that because of the application method the coverage would feel too thick and heavy. However, this has definitely not been the case. I have been really satisfied with the performance of this foundation and would definitely purchase it again. Either that, or I will wait and see if Santa decides to bring me another one!
This foundation is a must have in your make up bag!!! I was introduced to this 4 years ago and have not changed foundation since. I have tried when I have fancied a change but I always compare it and come back to this! It gives brilliant coverage and does not go patchy! If pressed powder or bronzer is applied on top of a layer of Pan-stick, it stops that horrible glow which some foundations can give. When using it I would put a layer of moisturiser on first which makes the Pan-stick go on more smoothly and evenly and the end result is fantastic! (Just a tip incase anyone wants to give it a go!) It doesn't need reapplied every few hours and comes off easily at nights with a baby wipe or face wash. It is also not as expensive as some make ups are these days. It is only £6 in Superdrug and maybe more in Boots but it is worth every penny! It also lasts forever - I would only have to buy a new one every 6 months or so and that is with me applying it every day! So go on, give it a go..I am glad I was recommended it all those years ago as I have not looked back since!
I love Max Factor makeup and I first discovered their 'Pan Stik' earlier this year. I can't believe it took me so long to discover this, I love it! It is such a high quality, practical and good value product and I can not really fault it. The Pan Stik is available from a range of different shops. I got mine from Boots but I have also seen it in Superdrug and similar types of shops which sell cosmetics, and it's also available online via Amazon, eBay and discount makeup sites. I paid £6.99 for mine which I think is a very reasonable price, and prices vary from around £5 to £8.
The foundation is available in 5 shades, which range from fair to beige. As I purchased mine when I had a bit of a tan, I have it in shade 13 which is 'Novau Beige'. The packaging for this foundation is really unusual. It is a bit like an oversized concealer stick apart from the fact that it's a foundation, lol. The packaging is black and rectangular. It holds 9 grams of product which I think is a generous amount considering that it cost me under 10 quid and it's high quality. The lid has golden writing on it with the brand and product name, and the lid takes up most of the product so when you pull the lid off it exposes a plastic case which contains the foundation. To expose the foundation there is a twisty bit on the bottom of the packaging which you twirl to get it to rise up out of the case which is a quick and simple process. The packaging is very practical and means that you don't need to use your fingers to apply the foundation. Also, because it's a compacted foundation it means I can stick it in my bag for whenver I need a top up and not worry that if the lid comes off it will make a mess.
This foundation is brilliant. It provides maximum coverage without feeling thick and heavy. The texture is thick and creamy and it's easily blendable. If you put it on straight out of the stick using a stroking motion and then blend it in with your fingers it can go a bit streaky, and if you don't blend it it is way too thick which is why I use a kabuki blush to blend mine. The creamy texture means it blends easily and it's not so creamy that it goes gooey or blobby. I usually use this foundation as a base for my powder because I get self concious of shine, however even without a powder this foundation isn't shiny or greasy and despite how thick it is, it does let my skin breathe. The coverage is brilliant, it completely covers up freckles, moles, the dark circles and the few lines under my eyes and it also covers up redness and spots, and I don't need to use a concealer when I have this on because it sort of acts as a foundation and a concealer in my opinion due to the texture and the high pigmentation. This is quite a moisturizing foundation and doesn't dry my skin out at all. It looks very natural although because of how thick it is it is important to get a tone that suits your skin type/shade or else obviously your face will look a different colour to your neck!
The pan stik gives my skin a flawless finish and the texture of the foundation is nice and smoothe, making it blend so easily and it makes my skin appear much more healthier and well cared for as it gives a natural, dewy finish. It doesn't cake or clog up my pores and in my time of using this it has never caused me any irritation/caused spots. The foundation has a slight scent to it which I think is a nice touch to the product. I'm not completely sure what the smell is, but it reminds me of talcum powder. I thought I would mention this as obviously some people prefer unscented foundations, but I think this is a really nice, mature smell - it doesn't make the product tacky. Some people will probably prefer to use this on blemishes for a more au naturale look, rather than there whole face due to the heavy coverage. The lasting power of this foundation is good, around 6 hours before it starts fading but it doesn't melt or streak when it's fading which is good. Removing the foundation is easy but takes quite a bit of makeup remover. It usually takes me around 5-6 makeup wipes before it has completely gone as it seems to stick to the skin. Overall a high quality, reasonably priced foundation which i'd reccomend.
This foundation is my new found love. I would recommend it to anyone! I can't believe the price either (I can't remember what is was, but under £10). I kick myself now thinking of how much money I have wasted on other foundations. I normally use the revlon 16hr one, but after being told about the Pan stick, I thought I would give it a go as it was half the price! I have normal/ dry skin so it's perfect. I also am a party girl so I like to get that 'flawless' look on a night out. I also like it to STAY THAT WAY, and not come home with my makeup having slid off hours ago. The great thing about this product is you literally put it on in a similar way you would with a pritt stick to paper, then smooth in with your fingers, et voila! It takes seconds to smooth it over and make your skin look perfect. Some have said it's too thick or heavy, but it means if you want a light coverage you can just put a little on, then blend it in, as it's moisturising too. Just as a tip, to get that really 'air brushed' look for night out, put on moisturizer, then bronzer powder UNDERNEATH the pan sitck, then a little clear powder to set the look. This foundation is an official staple product for my makeup bag (which is saying something because i'm always on the hunt for new beauty products).
When I was out shopping a few weeks ago I popped by my cheap make-up stall on the markets and was very shocked to find this product sitting there. This was the first foundation I ever used back when I was still at school and I assumed they had stopped selling it as I hadnt seen it in years so as soon as I did I picked up a few to take home and see whether it was a good as I remembered. This product in question is obviously "Max Factor Pan-stick" which I think confuses most people as they (like I did at first) assume this is a concealer or a cover stick when it is a proper foundation just in a weird form - Im so happy they still sell this its a little blast from the past and thankfully every bit as good as I remember!
Price: Around 5.00
Stockists: Amazon & eBay (You could check around in shops but I think this has probably been discontinued.)
Shades: Nouveau Beige, Cool Copper, Fair, Olive & Medium. There did used to be a really large range of shades but I doubt as many are available now which is a shame. Having said that most people should be able to find one that matches their skina nd suits them them here.
This is very different to foundations I normally use because I dont think Ive ever used one in solid, block form before this or after. This is in a container a lot like a lipstick only bigger. You twist the bottom to release the foundation and then twist again so it goes back in - this is why a lot of people assume its a concealer. As long as you remember to twist the block back down after youve used it this wont dry out and it takes a long time to get right down to the bottom so for those who are assuming it wont last long you couldnt be more wrong.
Even though this can be used to cover up small blemishes or dark circles like a concealer it works much better as an overalll foundation for your whole face. The deisgn means you can apply this to your face really easily and can see exactly how much your using which means you dont waste loads each time. It does come out quite thick so it can take a bit of time to rub in yet it still feels proper creamy and matte but your face doesnt feel like its caked in make-up and Ive never had any orange marks or tides lines from this so I guess the extra thickness doesnt really matter.
I think the thickness though makes sure this stays on ALL day which really is a shocker. Usually I have to apply a load of powder over the top of my foundation to make it stay put for a few hours but with this one I really dont need it. It gives me a smooth, even complexion and that lasts literally all day without budging at all - even on nights out when things get a little sweaty this stays put.
I adore this foundation and as long as it is available to me I will be buying it again. Its as good as I remember if not better and if you can get your hands on it I highly recommend this to everyone.
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I was first introduced to the Max Factor Pan Stik by my best friend when I was just 18. I was staying at her mum's glamourous bachelorette pad in London, and we were trying on her make up in order to act out scenes from Abigails Party. Looking back, it sounds like we were behaving more like we were 8 than 18, but they were happy days.....
When I first picked it up back then, I laughed out loud at the fact it was called Pan Stik - to me it sounded like some kind of 19th century slap-on make-up, and not something I ever thought would be for me. Its actually been around since 1948, and was developed using the brands expertise in film make-up. You can tell this, as the format and smell of this is kind of like grease-paint! I mean that in a nice way though, its not an unpleasant odour, just lanolin-y.
It was, as it is now, packaged in a small dark navy "lipstick-style" case, although its fatter than a lippy. Its not particularly snazzy in any way, which to be honest with you is kind of a good thing, as its fairly discreet for carrying about for those periodical touch-ups. It looks functional rather than glamourous, which fits with its status as a professional "must-have".
The texture of the stick is extremely creamy, almost oily. It goes on really smoothly, and is easy to blend with your fingers or a sponge. Its brilliant if you have dry skin, as it doesnt dry you out or gather in flaky patches like other foundations can. It actually leaves my dry skin quite shiny after application, and I use a little mattifying powder to fix my forehead and nose!
The coverage is very full. I mean, complete coverage. If you use the stik all over, you really do end up with a pancake face! If you have any issues with dark circles, uneven skintone, rosacea or blemishes, I can heartily recommend this as the cure for your woes. I find its best used quite sparingly, blended into the skin with a damp sponge - that way I achieve excellent coverage without looking too caked up.
Looking back, I probably didn't need such a full-on product when my skin was so young, but these days its a godsend - though there's a fine line between pale-faced beauty and ghost-faced old lady!
This product has been around for decades, and is still going strong for a reason - its very effective. Unless you have oily or perfect skin which needs no help at all, you will find a place in your heart for this once you've tried it!
max factor pan stick is a very old brand and if you dont know how to use it you will hate it . you can put it on light or heavy.but you can not use it with out setting it with powder i mean with a good powder like coty if you dust a light layer of powder over this and it will not come off all day you will have to take it off with baby oil at night.covers even the darkest of circles or blemishes. do not use cheap powders over pan stick or it will look cakey
I have been fighting with foundation for such a long time now, by gum I should have been one of the Four Tops. There's a joke for the little more motown-inclined amongst you!
I had previously been using a combination of primer, liquid foundation and concealer, as my skin is very red at times and getting the kind of coverage I want is hard. This resulted in my pores being blocked and greasiness amongst other things, so is not ideal. The only saving grace was my primer, but now Rimmel have kindly (not) discontinued it.
I thought it was time for change. Having a little more money to play around with than I once had, I took the time to research make-up on the internet. And one was getting good comments constantly and in the area I was interested in: facial coverage. Would it disguise my redness? Would it leave me sweating and oily like my last?
The answer: pretty damn good. Don't expect Max Factor's Pan Stik to be the answer to all your prayers, but rather than needing three layers of slap to hide my flaws, I'm happy to do most of them in one.
It is a bit thick, but for me it's tough to find anything better, so although I'm not truly complaining, I can't dub it the best - hopefully there's something better out there. Having said that, my shade which is 'Fair' is easily sourced, quite cheap at between £5 and £7 a stick and seems to last a while. I'm sad it comes in such a strange, flimsy tube, but then it does double up as a concealer and is handy to carry around in your bag.
I have no major complaints about this product, and would recommend it to those with redness, uneven skintone, or facial scarring, as I am yet to find anything better. Have you?
Max factor is a very well know well publicised brand (although a lot of their advertising is based more round lipsticks and mascara's.
This is listed as a covering foundation. It's a very thick cream in a short oval stick form. There is a wheel on the size to move it up or down. Aside from being larger in diameter, it is reminiscent of a concealer. It is more compact than a standard foundation.
As you apply it to the skin it seems quite aerated. Lots of little bubbles appear and you have to blend it carefully - I often use a lip brush.
It does cover all the redness of blemishes well and makes them look more levelled with the rest of the skin. It doesn't feel to thick (like sometimes concealer does), generally though as a foundation it is heavy if worn all over the face. I generally try to wear this only for a short periodas although it doesn't feel greasy it does seem to dry my skin out after a few hours.
For how small it is the tube seems to last a long time and the price (£7 or less) is good for a foundation product for Max Factor.
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Pan Stik Foundation for a convenient, fast fix. This creamy texture provides a soft, dewy finish. Maximum coverage with minimum effort with a convenient stick applicator for quick application. Helps conceal pigmentations, birthmarks and blemishes for handy touch ups on the go. Smoothes away appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with a high coverage formulation.