Charles of the Ritz - 1962
It has been probably close to a decade now, that Charles of the Ritz stopped selling their custom blended face powders.
I had been a huge fan and consumer of their loose face powder since the 80's. I have always had an odd coloring. Fair with yellow undertones. And Charles of the Ritz were the only makeup brand, that would do a custom blend, for the ladies with odd coloring.
I had a standing appointment with a nice lady at the local Dillard's. I bought powder once every three months. Without fail. I have always been that girl. The girl who always has her face on. I don't slum around Kroger's in ratty sweats and flip flops. I am the weirdo in her starched matching outfit... with a face full of makeup.
So image my horror when Charles of the Ritz decided to discontinue this service. I was devastated. But with a little help from eBay. I went on a spending spree. And bought up all kinds of loose Ritz powders, in my key colors.
Since I had my recipe for my personal color. I could duplicate it in my bathroom. And I had oodles of old powder containers that I had kept. So I was able to keep up with my needs for a while. Sadly, I have been getting very low on powder. And have been searching for a replacement. Which is not easy.
I had a friend mention, she had been using a loose face powder, she was buying from e.l.f. that she was very pleased with. I really had not look into their product line before. But a few weeks ago they were having a site wide sale... so I decided to buy a few things.
I am so glad that I took the time to look through the e.l.f. site. I bought all kinds of goodies. And they had a great yellow powder... that I can blend with another shade to make the color I need.
Max Factor - 1952
I got a big box full of makeup for around 35.00 dollars. Which is what I would spend on one container of Ritz powder. I had also been annoyed with Max Factor since they pulled out of the US market too. Because I had used their Pan-Stik foundation, since high school.
Max Factor - 1948
Max Factor had so many shades. And I had three that I kept on hand. Depending on what time of year it was. But poof... they were gone too! Yet, I was able to finally get a replacement for it too from e.l.f. without it costing me a small fortune.
Max Factor - 1948
But I still miss Max Factor original Pan-Stik!