This latest powder blush offering from Physician's Formula is impressive! Before we go over the reasons why, though, we have to point out that the touted "mineral" aspect of this blush is mainly marketing hype and doesn't add anything unique in terms of color or wear. Also, talc (the ingredient Physician's Formula boasts about this blush not containing) is a mineral, and one that doesn't need to be avoided.
Those are minor criticisms, however, as this blush performs beautifully! It's silky-smooth and easy to pick up on a blush brush. We'd recommend sticking to a regular blush brush for application, as the tiny brush included in the compact doesn't have what it takes to do the job.
Mineral Wear Talc-Free Airbrushing Blush SPF 30 is richly pigmented, and it takes only a little bit to get a healthy pop of color onto the cheeks. Plus, it's easily built up for heavier coverage, or sheered down if you get a little overzealous on the initial application.
There isn't a lot of variety as far as color options go (just a "Natural" shade and a "Rose" shade), but both work well on fair to medium or tan skin tones. Either shade provides a smooth, healthy-looking glow without glitter, sparkles, or sheen, and it lasts all day.
An added bonus: This does contain both titanium dioxide (15%) and zinc oxide (10%) for mineral sunscreen protection. Although you wouldn't want to apply this blush liberally enough for it to be your sole sun protection, and your cheeks are hardly the only place you need sun protection, it's definitely not a bad idea to include these ingredients in a blush, because layering sun protection is always good! All around, this is a great blush option and worth a look the next time you're at the drugstore!
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.