Mineral Wear Talc-Free Airbrushing Pressed Powder Mineral SPF 30
Category:Makeup > Powders > Pressed Powder w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This pressed powder is ideal for sensitive or rosacea-prone skin due to its fragrance-free formula and mineral sunscreen actives that provide reliable UVA protection (an added anti-aging benefit). It has an absorbent feel while casting a hint of light-reflective luminosity, so it's best for skin types that are combination, but not too oily.

The neutral, flattering shade range is limited to light skin tones, and while there is a "translucent" shade said to be for all skin colors, those with darker skin tones will notice a whitish cast. You can expect sheer coverage that works well for setting makeup, for touch-ups, and for adding to your sun protection throughout the day.

Keep in mind that we don't recommend relying on any loose powder, no matter its SPF rating, as your sole source of sun protection because it is unlikely that anyone, including you, will apply it liberally enough to achieve optimal sun protection (a light dusting will not protect you from the sun's damaging rays). It is best to use an SPF powder in combination with a moisturizer or foundation rated SPF 15 or greater and that contains one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients: titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), Tinosorb, or avobenzone.

  • Provides broad-spectrum sun protection for added anti-aging benefit.
  • Sheer coverage and absorbent finish works well for touch-ups.
  • Hint of light-reflective luminosity for a more youthful glow.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Limited shade range. (Translucent shade won't work for dark skin tones.)
  • Don't rely on powders with SPF ratings as your only source of sunscreen.
More Info:

The inclusion of "mineral" in this product name is just a marketing ploy that companies use to make consumers believe they are getting something "natural" or special. Mineral makeup is truly nothing more than powder, although these days many companies are calling every product they make "mineral," regardless of what it is. Mineral does not make it revolutionary or better for you in any way.

Note that although this foundation contains some great antioxidants, the packaging will not keep them stable.


Active: Titanium Dioxide (15%), Zinc Oxide (10%). Other: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Tricaprylin, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Magnesium Silicate, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide.

Brand Overview

Physicians Formula At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; almost all products fragrance-free; outstanding cleansers; pressed powder with broad-spectrum sunscreen; several bronzing powder options (primarily for fair to light skin tones); one of the only lines at the drugstore selling matte finish eyeshadows; the loose powder; most of the blushes; good liquid liner; excellent automatic brow pencil.

Weaknesses: Dated moisturizer formulas; several sunscreens lack sufficient UVA protection; jar packaging; several of the makeup products epitomize wasteful packaging; the shade selection for almost all the foundations and concealers is awful; tons of gimmicky products that don’t perform as well as you'd think but are eye-catching in their compacts; the lip color and lip plumper; mostly average to disappointing mascaras; the Organic Wear products either have undesirable textures or contain irritating ingredients.

There aren't really any doctors at Physicians Formula (the founder of the company was an allergist, Dr. Frank Crandell, but that was back in 1937), and no physicians currently sell or endorse it either. The company asserts that "The term hypoallergenic is more than just a cosmetic claim for Physicians Formula. It is the basis for every product that is created. Physicians Formula honors this claim through stringent product testing and quality control. In fact, Physicians Formula products are formulated without 132 known irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today." While the line doesn't list the "132 known irritating ingredients" that they claim not to use, one of their newer products contains menthol, which serves no purpose for skin other than to cause irritation, and other products contain alcohol and witch hazel, which won't make any cosmetic chemist's or dermatologist's list of anti-irritants.

It's good that the skin-care products have been streamlined. There are some excellent makeup removers and a couple of gentle sunscreens whose sole active ingredient is titanium dioxide. Surveying this line in its entirety reveals that makeup is its major focus. However, as you'll see from the Physicians Formula makeup reviews below, things aren't exactly rosy there, either.

For more information about Physicians Formula, call (800) 227-0333 or visit www.physiciansformula.com.

Physicians Formula Makeup

Does this assortment of makeup products have what the doctor ordered? The enormous selection of makeup (no other line at the drugstore sells more individual pressed powders, concealers, or powder bronzers) has seen some noteworthy improvements in recent years, but far too much of it is still built on gimmicky premises or eye-catching graphics while performance and texture are given short shrift. And for a line where just about every product carries on about its goodness for sensitive skin and the non-comedogenic nature of its ingredients, they're not using anything that other companies aren't also using, not to mention that many of the ingredients that show up in these products (such as waxes and occlusive thickening agents) can absolutely clog pores.

Still, for a line with increased retail presence in major drugstores, you may be wondering just what to pay attention to, and the good news is that there are indeed some finds among all the mosaic powders and oddly packaged concealers. Physicians Formula has never done foundations and concealers well, and for the most part that still holds true today. Only one of their concealers is recommended, while the others are best described as dismal. The expansive powder category has several attractive options, including a pressed powder with sun protection and many worthwhile bronzing powders. You'll also find best beauty buys among the blushes and other key products, including the matte eyeshadows, felt-tip eyeliner, brow pencil, and a few of the mascaras. There isn't anything medical or extra-pure about Physicians Formula makeup, but if you know what to look for and are on a budget there are some products that any doctor concerned with the subject of beauty would appreciate!

Note: The shade range of this line does not cater to darker skin tones. In fact, for some products, only those with fair to light skin will find options.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!

The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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NIce but the color doesn't really mach

I would've loved it if color matched my skin. This came in a set with blush + bronzer (set color - Light). But it is just a little dark and pink for me. I have a fair skin with yellow undertone and this powder is not yellow enough for me. But it does look nice and dewy (not flat and powdery). I love the SPF in it, so I will keep it despite the color discrepancy. I use it to set my foundation (if I use one that is too yellow for my skin). It ends up looking fine. I can't wear it by itself however

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Julia N.
a winner for me!

I personally really like this for a setting/touch up powder over my liquid foundation. But I do wear it alone just over my liquid sunscreen too sometimes. I like it better than bare minerals loose or pressed powder . It's way less messy, has a luminous finish and non cakey. I love it has spf30 as well. All of my daytime stuff I wear I try to find w spf 25 or higher which is tough in pressed powder to find. The brush it comes with is useless though. I feel like my blush brush applies it best all

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Jennie M.
Not for the fairest skin tones

Paula mentions in her review that this won't work for deep skin tones. I wish that I had read these member comments more carefully and realized that it also will not work for the very fair skin tones. The product has a really nice feel to it, gives a bit more coverage than your average powder (could probably be used alone if you're content with light coverage), and has a good SPF rating. So I would be in love with it if the color worked.

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Too Fragile

Within a day after purchase, I noticed a tiny chip in the pan of powder. Three days after purchase, the whole pan broke into a powdery mess in my purse. The coverage of Translucent was more medium than sheer, more like a mineral foundation like Bare Escentuals, and too dark for a fair skin tone. I would only recommend if you keep it stored at home , it's too fragile to be portable.

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It doesn't get better than this

I love that this has mineral SPF 30 for layering sunscreens. It has very good medium coverage and this product (with a bit of conceal or under my eyes) evens out my skin tone really well. I do have to add though that my skin looks great thanks to Paula's Choice and Beautypedia. This also has a nice finish and isn't dusty like a lot of other powders. It also adds a little bit of a glow to my face. I usually avoid powder or apply sparingly, but this product has not changed.

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Favorite thing in my make-up bag!

I've worn the creamy natural shade of this product for about five years now and it's still the best thing in my bag. It covers everything! (For me anyway) Covers redness and lightens my freckles since I have so many. I would definitely recommend this face powder! Plus it prevents break-outs :)

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a mixed bag

I wear this for the extra sunscreen. It definitely gives a "powdery" look (not necessarily youthful) and can look streaky unless you take time to blend it well. Comes with a sweet little "mini kabuki" brush, which is a bit like a thick, flat fan.

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