I bought the lightest shade (fair)
Once i opened the packaging it looked very orangey, i applied it and found i had to be rough with my skin to blend it as it is a very thick, creamy formula. It didn't look to bad, but i soon noticed (especially around my t-zone) my skin was looking greasy (more than usual) then the rest of my face followed! In the end i just looked like a greasy mess! YUCK!
But i have found it works better as a concealer.
I was feeling a little down, so I decided to go to the store for some shopping relief. I was looking around and I found this product. I had never used a stick foundation, so I thought I might give it a try. I went ahead and bought the lightest color. The Pan Stick has a perfumey scent to it that I am not so fond of, but I went ahead and applied the product all over for a complete look. I found that the color that I bought was too dark for my skin... I'm not pale, but I do have lighter skin. But other than that, the makeup gave great coverage and I loved the effect it gave. After about 30 minutes I went to the mirror to see ow it was holding. I don't have oily skin, but after only 30 minutes of using this product, my T-zone was a shiny mess. I went to blot it with some oil blotting papers and found that the makeup had come right off. I took a paper towel and blotted my cheek to see if it would do the same, and it did. I did not smear the towel, I just laid it on my face and the makeup just started coming right off. After that day, I decided to give it another try and use it as a concealer. Again, the product became very oily under my eyes and started wearing off quickly. I have tried this with a primer on, but the color is just too dark for me to wear on its' own. I really wanted to like this, but I think I might just try a different cream foundation because i did like the after effect this product gave me.
This is a great stick foundation. After trying Clinique's City Stick, I have to say I prefer Max Factor. The true beige color is such a great color match for my NC30 skin especially compared to the color selections from Clinique. In the morning I have absolutely no time to myself since I have an 8 month old to entertain while I get ready. I normally use just a swipe of the stick down my t zone area, dab a tiny amount of concealor under my eyes, and top with MSF in medium. This routine makes my makeup last all day (we're talking 10+ hours) with no touch ups! I didn't realize Max Factor was being discontinued....I'll be keeping a close watch at the drugstore in case I have to stockpile it!
After my beloved Estee Lauder Minute Makeup got discontinued, I searched long and hard for a worthy substitute. I wanted something that came in stick form, gave decent-but-natural coverage over undereye circles and dark patches, and worked with my dry skin. Pan-stik is not perfect - it's heavier and the finish is not as velvety as I'd like - but it's better than the others I've tried and the price can't be beat. I used to wear Bisque in the Minute Makeup, and found Nude Ivory to be a reasonable match in the Pan-Stik (lightest color, I believe). Purchased through drugstore.com as I couldn't find it at my local Target.
I already loved this product as my foundation (I use Nude Ivory, but I wish there was an even lighter shade!), but then I followed one of the suggestions below and used a kabuki brush. I actually just used the Bare Escentuals Kabuki brush, left over from my many attempts to love mineral foundation.
OMG! Best, most flawless I've ever seen myself look! Application is super quick- a few swirly strokes of the brush and I look completely perfect and airbrushed! My skin is no where near perfect naturally, but with this stuff I had magazine-perfect skin. I actually only had to use a small amount of the foundation to get these results!
I also had to try it on my mom and it also looked completely beautiful on her! I have combination skin with few lines and large pores, while my mom has a few more wrinkles and also large pores (damn genes!). Whenever I've put foundation on her in the past, it sinks into her pores and is just difficult to blend. After this, she looked FLAWLESS and stayed looking flawless all night.
I like to set this foundation with powder. I've used several and they all have worked pretty much equally well. I'm seriously stocking up on this stuff before Max Factor is discontinued in the US!
I bought it primarily for under eye circles which was a mistake. I have small lines under my eyes and the pan stik made it only more obvious and worse! It works everywhere else on my face but there. If I buy it again I will probably go for a different shade and buy something else for my dark circles. The price is reasonable though.
Eh...what can I say. I read the great reviews, and I wanted to like this really bad, but it's just not for me. I don't have oily skin, but oh wow, did this stuff ever make me look GREASY! I've never had this problem before, and I only bought this to use as a concealer, but I can't even use if for that. I had to dab my face with tissue to try and absorb the shine, but it didn't really work. The lightest color is a shade too dark for my fair skin, so that also renders it useless. There is a perfumey smell, but it doesn't last too long after application, and I would gladly get over the smell if the product worked for me in other ways, but it just didn't.
I will say that I do like that Pan-Stick is in stick form. It's sooooo hard to find a foundation that comes in a stick, and sticks are my absolute favorite kind of foundation! They're so convenient, and the coverage is great, but they always get discontinued (I'm talking to you Maybelline!) I also like that you can build up Pan-Stick's coverage. That's the whole reason I bought it. I need something amazing to cover up my post acne hyperpigmentation. It didn't do any better than the average concealer in this aspect, however. I get way better (matte!) coverage from Physician's Formula Cover Rx.
But, oh well. At least this wasn't super expensive (approx $8.) It just wasn't for me.
I cannot rave enough about what a gem of a find this is!! I stumbled upon it by reading the reivews here and finding out Max Factor is pulling their line in the US in 2010. I did some further research online and found out that one of the reasons they are taking their prouducts out of the US is because their sales here are way down due to the economy and they are much more successful in other countries. I read that the grandsons of the original Max Factor line are the creators of Smashbox and they sold the Max Faxtor line to Proctor & Gamble a few years ago. Anyway, getting back to the product . . . Pan Stick is right up there with some of the best high end brand foundations I've used, including my beloved Stila 20 watts and MAC Moisture Blend Foundation. I actually like it BETTER than Bobbi Brown's foundation stick! Just like with MAC and BB, the coverage is buildable. I love the creamy formulation, but I think this would also work well with oily skin types. I have this is True Beige which happens to be a pretty good match. I'm going to go get more of these before they run out! So girls, stock up! For $7.50 you will not believe how amazing this is!! continued >>
this was on sale for half price so i decided to give it a go. i wanted to use it more as an undereye concealer.
first i really like the stick and how smooth and easy it is to apply. i use a brush, get some product then apply to my face. so i can see why so many ppl love this product as a foundation. it is only ok at covering blemishes and for your undereyes, not great.
the colour range is very limited though. there are no good suitable shades for yellow toned skin. it gives your skin a slightly dewy look, i prefer a more matte look but powder can fix that up easily as it isnt super oily looking.
overall, as a foundation im giving this 4 lippies because it is such an easy product to apply and texture is good. took off 1 lippy because there was not a wide enough range of colours. pretty good foundation, not great as a concealer.
Great coverage, doesn't cause break-outs on my sensitive skin. Color matches well. Does tend to cake under the eyes a little. Do use a good powder to set this. I use a foundation brush to apply nice and evenly. Usually save this one for a night out. A stick lasts a very long time, even when I was wearing it almost daily. Very reasonably priced at $7 at my local dollar general store.