As with many of its makeup products, Physicians Formula makes some pretty bold claims for this pressed powder! The company says pH Matchmaker has the ability to transform into your "perfectly personalized hue" in 60 seconds.
It adds that this powder has special pigments to adjust to indoor and outdoor lighting so the color stays the same in either. Ignore all that, it's nothing more than marketing hype and has nothing whatsoever to do with the skin's pH—it does the exact same thing any powder does on skin!
This can't adapt to perfectly match your skin, as nice as that concept sounds! And, of course, this powder doesn't have the ability to sense what kind of lighting you're in and then magically adjust itself to ensure your skin looks amazing.
Despite the fantasy-like claims, this is a good pressed powder that can be used on its own or over foundation. It has a silky texture that blends evenly, and comes in two shades, Light and Medium, which are neutral enough to work on most fair to medium skin tones.
pH Matchmaker also doesn't emphasize pores or fine lines—always a positive trait for powders! The only drawback is that the formula can be a bit drying, so its use is limited to those with oily skin.
- Silky texture blends into skin easily and evenly.
- Neutral shades that work on most fair to medium skin tones.
- Doesn't settle into or emphasize fine lines or pores.
- Too drying for dry skin.
- Skin-matching claims are marketing hype.
Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Dimethiconol, Mica, Zeolite, Sorbic Acid. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Red 27.
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.