This was a test. I've never made a foundation stick before, and thought it was about time I gave it a whirl.
I started this all backwards – by taking a look at my stock to see which ingredients I had at hand – and then formulating from there.
Before you get all impressed at my amazing formulating capabilities, let me just say, this batch was a fail.
But, we'll get to that in a minute.
ExperimentalSince this was a let's-make-something-from-what-we-have-in-stock kind of a product, I even allowed myself to use 'old' ingredients.
Ok – just the foundation pigment mix – it was from last year.
Still, not ideal by any measure.
IngredientsI'm not going to give you the formula because you wouldn't be happy with it. I'm just going to show you what I did, what I used - and then what happened.
The waxes are a mix of beeswax, candilla and carnauba. These were melted over low heat in a beaker - directly on the heat source (my preferred method, but using a bain marie is also an option).
Example: carnuaba wax used as a thin coating on consumables such as candies to keep a soft meltable center from melting in your hand (think m&m's).
The pre-mixed pigments were added to fractionated coconut oil and mixed with a bit of shea for 'buttery smoothness'.
This was added to the melted waxes, stirred thoroughly and poured into containers.
Here's a peek at the mixture directly after being poured. It stiffened very quickly and had to be remelted (over very low heat)
ResultsAlthough the color is a perfect match, I was not quite pleased with the resulting stick for 2 reasons.
1. There was not enough pigment in the mixture, so the stick functioned more as a foundation-tint-stick than a foundation stick, making it necessary to keep applying.
I might have been able to live with that bit, but the second reason was the kicker.
It didn't take much applying until this showed up.
... hard, lumpy bits is not what one looks for in a foundation stick, is it?