If you’re a fan of Max Factor makeup, you’ve probably already heard that their classic cosmetics will no longer be sold in the U.S. Fortunately, many Max Factor products are still available at drugstore.com while they last.
Of course, just as Max Factor is pulling out of the U.S. makeup market, I have a new addiction to one of their products: Pan-Stik Ultra Creamy Makeup. This full-coverage foundation isn’t perfect, but it’s one of the best I’ve found in recent years. The old-school charm of the stick format is a plus.
If you have uneven skin tone or other mild-to-moderate skin issues, this product might work for you. Max Factor Pan-Stik Ultra Creamy Makeup offers better coverage than more expensive department store brands I’ve tried, without being as heavy as makeup designed for severe skin issues like birthmarks and serious scars.
It took a bit of practice to get the application right, since I’m not used to my foundation coming in stick form. A cheap, angled makeup sponge does the job nicely when patted on sparingly, then blended. I’m not as happy with the look when I blend it with my fingers, and I haven’t tried using foundation brushes or other makeup tools yet.
I tried Max Factor Pan-Stik Ultra Creamy Makeup when I was younger and my skin was very oily, and it was way too heavy. Now that my skin is drier, I’m fine with the weight – except during the summer. My t-zone was really shiny in the Illinois heat and humidity.
The shade, nude ivory, matches my skin tone pretty well. It’s a tad bit paler than my complexion, which is only noticeable when I use too much product and have to break out the cotton balls. Drugstore.com currently offers seven shades of this foundation.
Max Factor Pan-Stik Ultra Creamy Makeup is a really great product for the price. At $8.49 on drugstore.com, it’s a little cheaper than most drugstore brands. It’s also been on sale for quite a while at drugstore.com, presumably so they can unload what’s left of this soon-to-be-discontinued brand. So stock up while you can, but please leave some nude ivory sticks for me.