CoverToxTen50 Wrinkle Therapy Foundation is one of a few foundations claiming to work like Botox, without painful injections. One of the main ingredients is GABA (gamma amino butyric acid). Please refer to the Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary, for an in-depth discussion of this ingredient. Suffice it to say, GABA does not work to smooth wrinkles; not even Botox works for this purpose if it is applied topically rather than injected. Another anti-aging ingredient touted on the package is vitamin C (as tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) but there is so little in this foundation, your skin won’t even notice it. Although it is clever and convenient that this initially creamy liquid foundation is dispensed onto a built-in brush, it does little to enhance application. It also doesn’t change the fact that no matter how much blending you do, this foundation always looks heavy and somewhat opaque, with a flat, slightly chalky finish. It is not the answer to camouflaging wrinkles; in fact, its finish tends to emphasize them and most of the colors go on too peach or pink to recommend.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Isododecane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polysilicone-11, Aminobutyric Acid, Barium Sulfate, Isohexadecane, Iron Oxides, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Butylene Glycol, Centilla Asiatica Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Dimethicone, Dimethylacrylamide/Acrylic Acid Polystyrene Ethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethoxydiglycol, Laureth-12, Lycium Barbarium Fruit Extract, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Magnesium Sulfate, Microcrystalline Wax, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-6, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Propylene Carbonate, Propylene Glycol, Silica, Silica Dimethyl, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, Sodium Benzoate
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.
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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.