I have been using Max Factor panstick for about 15 years now and I love it. A big thing to remember is that it was originally created as stage makeup so it doesn't have a really natural finish but depending on how you apply it, it works for both stage and street. I started wearing this for stage as a teenager with cystic acne and it covers everything! It has to be set with a powder though as because its oil based, it will move. For stage, I apply with my fingers - just swipe over cheeks, forehead and nose and let it sit for 30 seconds to warm up and then it's super easy to blend out. This gives a full coverage. For street, I swipe over the same areas with the stick, and then use a sponge to blend it out. It still gives amazing coverage but feels a little lighter and looks more natural. My only annoyance was when they changed the packaging as the new (8 years old now) packaging is much cheaper looking and the amount of product is smaller. The colour range also used to be bigger.
I am 22 and recently started to get breakouts and my dry skin began to turn oily. I searched for something that would cover imperfections and not break me out. I checked the ingrediedients and none of them are comedogenic. I've been using this for 2 weeks and I loooove it. It doesn't break me out, the coverage is great, very buildable, it doesn't dissolve when my oil starts coming out, it doesn't set into fine lines which is why it can be used under the eyes and it doesn't look cakey. I'd say it lasts for a few hours. The only con is the price ($12 where I live) but I would definitely repurchase it. Oh and this looks good on dry areas as well. If you're more cool-toned go for the lightest shade, cause the other two are more on the orange side.
Finally a foundation that gives enough buildable coverage. Why I wasted money by trying to cake lighter coverage onto my face, I'm not certain. But even with deep, visible pores and occassional flares of seborrheic dermatitis around the nose and mouth, this foundation gives me a truly flawless, poreless look. First I use a tinted moisturizer (I have very dry skin) and then I stroke the stick once over each cheek, the chin, forehead, and blend. A little goes a very long way.
Most astounishingly, this foundation actually looks better the LONGER I have it on! It can look a little too 'done' even without powder, but after about an hour and throughout the day, it settles and blends itself to perfection. My job is very physical and there's lots of humidity and sweating, and this stick doesn't bat an eyelash.
If you have dry skin that sucks up moisturizer and can never get enough, or have deep visible pores, this stick is for you. It just sucks a little that it is fragranced, though I can't exactly call it unpleasant; smells like the old Noxema-scented covergirl foundation that I used as a kiddo.
My favourite foundation of all time! It gives full coverage in seconds.
so obsessed with the buildable coverage when used with translucent setting powder! I get compliments alll the time on my skin when i wear this - the new pan stick is made in Ireland and just as good!
One of my favourite products ever. Have used it for many years and no matter what other foundation I happen upon, I return to this every time because it is just so versatile.
Being a stick foundation, the consistency is quite thick. I can see how some people may be put off by this...but good application is the key! I am a bit old school in that I use a sponge, but after trying many techniques out, I have found this to work the best (fingers work great when blending under my eyes or concealing blemishes).
I would never apply this foundation to my entire face as you might a liquid foundation, but I really don't think it is intended for that. If that is what you prefer from a foundation, then this product probably won't agree with you. I have a fairly oily T zone so I really don't like full face coverage.
I apply this foundation to the lower part of my cheeks (where I am prone to redness), my nose (again, prone to redness there), and then dab it on any blemishes. I then blend it with a sponge, using any remaining on the sponge to gently even out my entire face. I then set with translucent powder; in summer I will use a bronzer as well.
It's quick, easy to use, can be thrown in your hand-bag for touch ups, and blends really well. I highly recommend it! And not to mention....it's very affordable. I just picked up a new stick from Priceline yesterday on sale for $11.85. Cheap....and worth every cent.
I actually like the texture of this for spot coverage. It's heavy, but it can be thinned out by blending with a sponge. The only problem is the color. I ordered this in the Fair which is just too pink for my skin tone. If this were a little more yellow, it would be perfect. I'm going to give this to my mother who is really pink and see if it works for her.
I love this product. It is great for on the go and gives nice full coverage. If full coverage isn't your thing, don't worry it can be sheered out with a damp sponge. This is hard to find in the U.S. but I found it on drugstore.com. Be careful, it does run dark, I found that 125 worked and I am very fair. This can also be used as a great concealer because it covers so well.
I bought this to use as a concealer on "no make-up" days over my moisturiser. I apply it with my finger and just pat and blend it over red areas or dark circles, and I use a small lipstick brush to cover small blemishes. This evens out my skin tone and does a good job of concealing. I like the packaging aswell, its nice and small to carry around for touch ups. I don't think I would use it as a full foundation as I feel it would be quite cakey, but for the purpose I bought it, it does a good job.
iv been using this for years. sometimes though I look grey