Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder

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Category:
Makeup > Powders > Pressed Powder
Last Updated:
12/10/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This pressed powder comes imprinted in a heart-shaped design that’s lovely to look at, but it’s fragrant and the irritating ingredients aren’t going to make your skin happy.

Pros:
  • This boosting powder has a flattering mosaic of flesh-toned and soft blush shades that combine to give your skin a luminous glow.
  • The pressed powder is silky smooth and easy to pick up with a brush.
Cons:
  • The noticeably strong fragrance can be a problem for by causing irritation.
  • The bright red and pink brush is flimsy and a poor choice for applying any powder.
  • For most skin tones, the bronze shade is far too sparkly and orange.

More info:

There’s no research showing that applying plant extracts to your skin can make you feel happier. Although a pleasant fragrance has been shown to improve one’s mood, fragrance isn’t good skin care! You can improve your mood with fragrance by wearing a perfume or eau de cologne.

Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Phytosteryl Canolate, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Schinus Terebinthifolius Seed Extract, Palm Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance May Contain: Carmine, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Mica, Red 6, Red 7 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Red 30 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Yellow 5 Lake.

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.

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, March 10, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    I like it!
    • I've had this product for over a year and have used it as an all-over face powder for a luminous night look and as an eye shadow just running my brush over the individual colors. It has a translucent appearance and it's not real shimmery making it a perfect eye-brightening shadow for my 50+ eyes. I just dropped it on the bathroom floor and it broke apart (big sad face) so that compact is my face only one. I bought a new one to use as a shadow. I like the translucency — it looks more natural.

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