Pros: Creamy, great coverage
Cons: Thick, too much looks cakey
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.
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.
The texture of the stick is extremely creamy, almost oily. 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.
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!