Pros: The best foundation I've ever used. Period.
Cons: DISCONTINUED. But see my update on this review for great news!
November 19, 2008: While you can't get this exact product anymore unless you pay extortionist rates on eBay, I have just hit on the perfect concoction that you can make yourself that will duplicate, if not improve, the results you miss from the Max Factor Whipped Creme Shimmering shades, of Natural, or Beige. I don't know if it would work for the Shimmering Bronze, but it very well could if you add dark enough base foundations to the mix below:
I will add this "recipe" on the top here, rather than at the end of the review, because if you're reading this as of 11/19/08 or beyond that date, you're probably pretty desperate as to how to find the product or something similar.
How to make your own version of Max Factor Whipped Creme Shimmering Natural #349 or Shimmering Beige
Optimally, you'll have a teeny, tiny bit left of original product in a bottle. If not, don't worry about it. You'd just want that in there as a shade guide.
You'll next need a thin, possibly watery-like or oil-free, easily pourable liquid foundation. Brand doesn't matter: I used a bottle of Aziza foundation purchased at a dollar store. The shade was similar to my own skin tone. Pour enough of the thin foundation in the Whipped Creme bottle (or whatever almost empty foundation bottle you have) to fill it 1/4.
Next, choose a foundation, again, similar to your skin tone, but a bit thicker than the first one you poured. One product that fits the bill is the new Max Factor's replacement line for Whipped Creme, but you could even use Cover Girl Clean Makeup which is one of the cheaper ones out there. Pour another 1/4. Your Whipped Creme bottle is now half full.
Lastly: Hunt down this discontinued product:
MAYBELLINE LUNAR ENERGY
super-lasting liquid shimmer for a luminous look .67 fl. oz 20 ml
It is easy to find online and you might luck out in some stores still: I found mine at the JR outlet off of I-95 in Selma, NC for $3 per tube.
Once you have this product (it's just way too thick and too shiny to use on its own out of the tube it comes in), squeeze the ENTIRE CONTENTS of the tube into your poured concoction bottle.
Shake vigorously until mixed very well.
If it's too shiny, you can add a little more of the liquid foundations you poured in, *or* you can use this new mixture sparingly over the makeup you're using already to replace Max #349.
You will NOT be sorry with the results. I now have 2 full bottles and am set for quite some time. You will be, too!
Original review below:
If you use and love the Max Factor Whipped Cream foundation line packaged exactly like the picture, bad news. It's been discontinued. I've used #349, Shimmering Natural, from this line for a few years now, and loved it, more than any other foundation I'd ever used.
I can't find #349 anywhere, so I'm hoping that Max Factor resurrects it under another name in the same formulation.
I'm not a mineral-based powder kind of girl; I'm a liquid foundation only sort. I've tried most of the kind you can buy in a big box or discount store; I won't spend outrageous prices in department or specialty stores on makeup. It just won't happen. If it's more than $15, I won't bother with it. Yes, I like to look nice, but I do have certain spending caps I try to stay within.
That said, the Max Factor Whipped Cream line goes on smoothly, and you don't need sponges to get a good appearance from it; you can just use your fingertips. Well, you *could* use your fingertips..had they not DISCONTINUED it.
It lasts all day and really gave a flawless finish. I generally paid about $6.99 a bottle at Wal Mart and KMart. It used to be available at Rite Aid, but (I don't know if it's the entire Rite Aid chain or just my local one), the entire Max Factor line disappeared from their store about a year ago. Maybe I should've taken that as a warning sign.
I really don't know what I'll do without the one makeup staple I really came to rely on; everything else I use, from loose powder, liner, mascara, blush and lip glosses are interchangeable and I'm not picky about brands. But foundation is exactly that...the foundation that you start with and build on.
It was never cakey, it never wore off weirdly, and was easy to remove when washing your face. The dimethicone in the formulation was just the right blend to give you a bit of glow without making your face look greasy.
If you had a blemish, you could use any concealer prior to applying the Whipped Cream and they'd blend perfectly.
I am going to miss this line and seriously am dreading having to find a replacement. What I'd done prior to this product hitting the market was actually mixing two different products (Revlon and whatever else I wanted to experiment with) with a passable but not anything special result.
I hate when something that works so well just disappears. Had I known it was going to be discontinued, I would've stockpiled it. I've only got half a bottle left.
I've seen some people using the "Want it Now" feature on eBay to try and locate this, but I haven't seen it in the actual for-sale listings. The local stores are out. I search online, pretty much in vain, to find it.
I hope this review is easy to understand and you don't need a translator for my Whinese, and I'm not going to go on an email crusade to the Powers That Be at Max Factor and demand they return this, but I really hope that it does return to the market. I relied on this product big time. Every woman wants to look their best and with this, I could achieve that. So...now what.