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Physicians Formula Airbrushing Pressed Powder | What’s In My Makeup?

Physicians Formula Airbrushing Pressed Powder | What’s In My Makeup?

Physicians Formula Airbrushing Pressed Powder | What’s In My Makeup?

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)

physicians formula airbrushing powder compact

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

physician's formula airbrushing powder

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?

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  • Oh no, Physician Formula is on the pricier side of drugstore brands so I usually don’t buy their products and as I know, the quality is just okay. They are famous for the bronzers though, have you tried any?

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • lindseyelyse

      They definitely are, and I’ve really really tried to love them! I haven’t tried their bronzers and I am a bit skeptical about it giving the negative track record I’ve had thus far!

  • It’s such a shame that this didn’t impress cos I love the packaging! I hate when you spend a fair bit on something that disappoints x

    Always, Alice

    • lindseyelyse

      The packaging is ah-mazing. They really nailed it, but now they need to work on what comes in it!

  • This looks so pretty in the pan. It’s a bummer it didn’t work out!

    • lindseyelyse

      I know πŸ™

  • Velvet Blush

    My favourite powder is also the stay matte. However, the W7 yellow powder is great for setting under the eyes and the Vichy powder is amazingly finely milled! πŸ™‚

    Velvet Blush

    • lindseyelyse

      Oh really? I’ll have to look into that! I love Vichy, so I can assume only great things πŸ™‚

  • Aww, it’s such a shame that this didn’t work out! I also had no idea about the rimmel powder! I used to use this all the time! I’ve moved onto Laura Mercier as I need a super matte finish.

    • lindseyelyse

      Yeah… oh well. Shame that the Rimmel powder is so bad because it works so well LOL. The Laura Mercier powder sounds great too πŸ™‚

  • Trang Do

    Such a great idea! Love this post!
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  • I keep switching my powders up, so far nothing has been holy grail material. At the moment I am carrying an IsaDora one in my handbag, which is very nice, but I am not sure if I will repurchase.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpaging

    • lindseyelyse

      I guess I’m in the same boat now as well, I’ve never heard of that brand… not sure if it’s available here, but I’m open for everything at this point!

  • This is exactly why I prefer quality over a brand. There are a lot of products that cost a fortune but doesn’t work very good and there are lots of cheaper products who work wonderfully! There are products who are good and come from good brand too! I admit, I love how this packaging looks, but if it doesn’t do the job, it’s not very likely for me to buy it, haha πŸ™‚

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • lindseyelyse

      Exactly! Yeah no… it’s like for once they made great packaging but they put a real crap product in it!

  • Lauren

    Ah that’s so annoying that you found this didn’t work for you! Have you tried the NARS translucent powder? That stuff is amazing, it stops my really oily forehead from becoming shiny for the whole day! <3

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  • You do make me laugh ” The brush is crap but it’s a nice thought ” hehe πŸ™‚ It’s good that the packaging is nice but at that price if the products not brilliant then it’s not worth it πŸ™‚ I didn’t realise the rimmel stay mate had such a high toxicity i mean 7/10 , woah ! I’ll stop using them πŸ™‚

    lots of love, Marianne xxx

  • It looks gorgeous, such a shame it didn’t work out! I think your blog is lovely, let me know if you would like to follow each other!

    • lindseyelyse

      Thanks hun!

  • A long time ago when I bought my first physcian formula product, I wasn’t too wowed for the price and quality and haven’t used anything from them for a loong time. It looks like another miss I guess πŸ™ Bare Minerals powder is amazing, good to stick with what you know I guess! Thanks for the review though!

    • lindseyelyse

      Yeah, it’s a real shame I had my hopes up but I’ve only ever been disappointed. πŸ™

  • Ah! Such a shame it didn’t work for you. It is a pretty pricey drugstore powder! My fave powder is actually from Makeup Forever! I adore their translucent pressed powder.


    • lindseyelyse

      Ooou, I’ll have to look into that! MUFE has some awesome products.

  • Samantha

    Eek, I didn’t know the Rimmel Stay Matte had potentially harmful chemicals! What a shame!

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  • Oooo that packaging is really cool!!! Shame that it wasn’t that great though πŸ™ It would be interesting to get a bunch of products and to see what’s in them and see if there are any common ingredients that make a product better or worse and how good or bad it is for you.

  • I looked into Physician’s Formula because it’s a recommended cruelty free brand, but really, their prices are too high for a drugstore and don’t live up to the hype! I wouldn’t mind paying if the products were better, but honestly, Elf and Milani have better products!

  • PF products are either hit or miss, but it’s definitely only worth it if you get it on sale! Gotta love when it’s 40% off at Shoppers πŸ˜›

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