Friday, August 21, 2009

Max Factor's Pan Cake Foundation

My mother-in-law was staying with me and my fiancee over the past week, and we got to discussing makeup. I was telling her that I didn't really wear foundation as I feel like it is too thick (and greasy) and still leaves me ruddy. I have VERY ruddy complexion on my face (cheeks, chin, and forehead) and on my chest and arms. I have used several foundations (drug stores and sampled some high-end ones). The only thing that seems to help is Smashbox's Photo Finishing Color Corrector in green. The green corrector from Smashbox does a great job, but at $17 for a small tube, it is almost not worth it.

Anyway, she suggested that I try Max Factor's Pan Cake foundation in Natural Number 2, and it was a water activated formula. I was hesitant at first b/c I read reviews that it was basically an old-fashioned makeup that worked at the time, but it basically doesn't hold a candle to newer liquid/cream formulas. It can also be very cakey. I figured what-the-heck, and if I didn't like it, I could return it. After failing to find it at Walgreens, we went to CVS and found that they had an extremely small section for Max Factor products (on various blogs it states that Max factor won't be selling items in the US anymore). After I purchased it. she wanted to stop by Michaels so I could purchase a sea sponge to apply the foundation.

When we got home, she submerged the sponge in water, squeezed the water out, and began applying it to my face. She told me to walk outside into natural light and see what I thought. At first I noticed how smooth and clear my face looked, but then seem some buildup around my nose and thorough "oh no!" After I smoothed out the buildup around my nose, I came to realize that I loved this foundation. The redness was gone and my face was like a clear canvas giving a very matte finish.

The most important trick in using this foundation is having a sea sponge (NOT a synthetic sponge). I got mine in the aisle by the brushes at Michaels.

I think this is going to be my new fav foundation for awhile, and the staying power is pretty decent. However, be warned this does give a very matte look and some powder-y-ness can be seen.


Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden said...

WOW, I'm going to give this a try as well. I hate foundation but have been finding my self needing it in the last year. My skin has gotten horrible and blotchy.
And I love a matte finish!! Thanks!

Sirens Sexy said...

My mother-in-law was a dancer in the '60s and she swears by it!

Solanah said...

Ooo, I'll have to try this out. I really like the matte powdery finish, I'll have to see how it works with my oily skin though.

Sirens Sexy said...

It can be tricky...

If you over-do it, you may look like a chalky mess.

But applied just right, and it looks flawless.