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Paula's Choice Skincare
Healthy Finish Pressed Powder SPF 15
Rating
$18
Category:Makeup > Powders > Pressed Powder w/ Sunscreen
Last Updated:01.06.2015
Jar Packaging:False
pH:
Tested on animals:No
Overview

Healthy Finish Pressed Powder SPF 15 offers shine control, light to medium coverage, and sun protection, with a titanium dioxide– and zinc oxide–based sunscreen. This pressed powder has a velvety feel and goes on evenly and smoothly without looking chalky or dry.

This can be used as a foundation with a soft matte finish (best for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin) or simply used with a powder brush to set makeup or touch up your sun protection (over sunscreen or foundation with sunscreen) without having to redo your makeup.

Please keep in mind that we don't recommend relying on any SPF-rated pressed powder as your sole source of sun protection because it's unlikely anyone will layer it thickly enough to achieve optimal sun protection. It is best to use an SPF 15 powder in conjunction with a moisturizer or foundation rated SPF 30 or greater.

Three neutral shades are available, plus Healthy Tan, which has a soft bronze tone. The compact comes with a built-in mirror that's handy for touch-ups on the go. As with all Paula's Choice products, it's fragrance-free, which is to skin's benefit!

Pros:
  • Velvety pressed-powder texture blends on smoothly.
  • Tempers oily shine with a soft matte finish and works well for touch-ups.
  • Adds broad-spectrum sun protection for anti-aging benefit.
  • Provides light to medium coverage.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • None.
Claims
Ingredients
Shades Flaxen and Healthy Tan:

Active: Titanium Dioxide (7%), Zinc Oxide (8%), Other: Talc (absorbent), Squalane (emollient), Octyldodecyl Myristate (emollient/binder), Magnesium Carbonate (absorbent mineral), Octyldodecanol (binding agent), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Hydrogenated Lecithin (emollient), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate (antioxidants), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea (preservatives), May Contain: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Iron Oxides (all pigments, both natural and synthetic, used for coverage, cling and opacity), Ultramarines, Manganese Violet, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Chromium Oxide Greens (all FDA-approved pigments)

Shades Buff Beige and Neutral:

Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide 5.80%; Zinc Oxide 7.75%. Other Ingredients: Talc (absorbent), Squalane (emollient), Octyldodecyl Myristate (emollient/binder), Magnesium Carbonate (absorbent mineral), Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer (anti-caking agent/texture enhancer), Octyldodceanol (binding agent), Dimethicone (silicone slip agent), Hydrogenated Lecithin (emollient), Aluminum Hydroxide (opacifying agent), Stearic Acid (emollient), Triethoxycaprylylsilane (silicone binding agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate (antioxidants), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Imidazolidinyl Urea (preservatives). May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride (all pigments, both natural and synthetic, used for coverage, cling and opacity), Chromium Hydroxide Green, Chromium Oxide Green (cosmetic pigments).

May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Bismuth Oxychloride (all earth minerals used for coverage, cling and opacity), Chromium Hydroxide Green, Chromium Oxide Green (pigments).

Brand Overview

Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance

Strengths: Fragrance-free products; all products formulated based on extensive published research on how ingredients can benefit skin; uniquely formulated AHA and BHA products; effective skin-lightening options; gentle cleansers; toners that go beyond the norm; all sunscreens provide broad spectrum protection (including UVA-screening ingredients); proven anti-acne products; antioxidant-rich serums and moisturizers; anti-aging products that work as claimed; gentle yet effective natural products; most foundations provides sun protection and come in a range of neutral colors; unique brow products; on-the-go teeth whitener; lipstick with sunscreen; impressive, reasonably priced makeup brushes; samples are available for most products.

Weaknesses: Does not offer a complete collection of makeup; makeup shade range isn’t as extensive for darker skin tones; limited concealer options.

Disclosure: Paula Begoun is creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.

Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products. Like most of us, she was fed up with products that overpromised results, cost a lot of money, and failed to deliver—or made matters worse!

As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable. From acne to wrinkles, oily skin, rosacea, large pores, eczema, redness, sagging, dry skin, and on and on, Paula's Choice offers a solution.

Paula's Choice Skincare stands apart from other cosmetics brands. The formulas contain only ingredients that have substantiated, published research showing they are beneficial and effective—so you get visible results. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down (unlike jar packaging, which compromises what might otherwise be an effective formula). The line is also 100% fragrance-free, which is best for all skin types, especially for those with sensitive skin or rosacea.

From cleansers to broad-spectrum sunscreens to anti-aging serums to specialized treatments, Paula's Choice Skincare has you covered from head to toe with innovative, state-of-the-art products. The brand also offers professional-quality makeup products including concealer, foundation, eyeshadow, lipstick, and more. (Paula started out as a makeup artist so she definitely knows her way around a face!)

Paula's Choice Skincare does not test on animals and also takes an environmentally friendly approach by featuring minimalist, recyclable packaging. Another plus—the Customer Service team is among the best in the industry, offering a "100% satisfaction or your money back" guarantee.

For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.

Why are all Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedia's criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula Begoun herself.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Great product

Love this powder. I layer it like Paula suggests over the Best Face Forward foundation. It's buttery soft and weightless. I would love to see this in packaging like the Resist powder with the brush included. Just a suggestion!

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Best powder out there/

Best powder out there. I love this powder. I've repurchased several times. It's not a heavy powder, it just takes the shine away which is all I'm after in a powder.I use it over foundation.. Love the fact it's got spf.I don't like loose powders as they're not easy for touch ups on the go, but this gives me an airbrushed look as if it was loose.I use neutral it's a lovely pale beige.Highly recommended.There's a lot of good powders available but it's not so easy to get them with spf. This has it all.

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