Another Physicians Formula product review… in case you haven’t read about my experience with the Organic Wear Mascara, or the Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer I’m going to let you know that my experience with Physicians Formula has been very hit and miss (mostly miss.)
I bought this pressed powder at the same time I purchased the other two products in November, I wanted to stretch out the reviews so that I don’t seem like a negative Nancy all the time (and give this pressed powder an attempt at impressing me.)
Powder isn’t a particularly spectacular part of a makeup routine, but it’s definitely important. In the past I fell in love with one of the loose powders from Physicians Formula except it was a real pain to travel with. Therefore, I thought this looked like a much more travel-friendly and natural option. Previously I was using the Stay Matte Pressed Powder by Rimmel, which was definitely a HG product. However, after learning about all the potentially toxic chemicals (seriously it’s rated 7/10 for toxicity on the EWG Skindeep Website!) I wanted a more face-friendly product.
Physicians Formula Airbrushing Pressed Powder in ‘Translucent’ ($19.99 CAD)
This isn’t a cheap product by any means, especially compared to Rimmel’s Stay Matte powder which retails for around $5… so you better get that extra $15 worth in my opinion!
I give this 5 stars for packaging, it’s seriously awesome. It has a one-up on the Stay Matte powder by Rimmel (which is a real pain to travel with!) The packaging feels expensive, and the lid has an easy click-open button which eases any worry about it popping open in your makeup bag! If you flip the powder up, you get access to a decent mirror and a little brush (the brush is crap) but it’s a nice idea.
Mica (Colourant), Tricaprylin (Emollient), Boron Nitride (Absorbent), Zinc Stearate (Anti-Caking/ Colourant), Lauroyl Lysine (Skin-Conditioning), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate (Bulking Agent), Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract (Skin-Conditioning), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Fragrance/ Skin-Conditioning), Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract (Antioxidant), Panax Ginseng Root Extract (Skin-Conditioning), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Chlorphenesin (Synthetic Preservative), Potassium Sorbate (Fragrance/ Preservative), Sodium Dehydroacetate (Preservative), May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide. -Ingredients List from Physicians Formula
This pressed powder is also Fragrance Free, Hypoallergenic, Paraben Free, Non-Comedogenic, and Dermatologist Approved
How does it work?
Okay, so now that we have the nitty-gritty details out of the way… how does this product work? Honestly, I’m not won over by it. I think that it does okay as a powder, but I can’t see myself repurchasing it. In terms of the airbrushing claims- take it from someone who is extremely sensitive about their pores… it doesn’t cover them at all. Nor does this last for more than 6 hours, so you’ll definitely be reapplying it (maybe more often if you’re particularly oily!) You want to be careful about applying too much because this formula can look very cakey on the face.
It comes in two different shade options ‘Translucent’ and ‘Creamy Natural’ although the Translucent does have a slight colour payoff as well, after using it on a white brush it has turned distinctively orange. For .26oz/7.5g of product, I don’t think the near $20 price tag is worth it. It’s really not that much cheaper than the Bare Minerals Translucent Loose powder, which retails for $7 more. I must admit that it’s nice to have a talc-free powder option at the drugstore, but you’re almost paying a high-end price for it anyway.
I am not going to repurchase this, the packaging was great for travel, but it’s pretty expensive for a drugstore product. I also found that the product does not live up to it’s airbrushing claims, if you have nearly poreless skin already…then maybe!
What’s your favourite powder?