Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls

by Physicians Formula  Mineral Wear
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$13.95 
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Makeup > Powders > Mineral Powder
Last Updated:
1/31/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
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This mica-based powder is a very good option for anyone looking to add warmth and glow to their complexion. Unlike monotone bronzer powders, which can appear unnaturally flat, this mosaic blend of peach, pink, and bronze powders gives your skin tone a flattering multidimensional appearance. Although this definitely isn’t a product for those who want to avoid shimmer, it does come in a range of shades for a variety of skin types and effects. Only Translucent Pearl leaves a sheer, soft-focus finish; the other shades (like Beige Pearl and Bronze Pearl) have a more pronounced bronzing effect, which is easily gauged by the amount of bronze powder in the palette. The powder’s texture is very smooth, and it contains enough oil-absorbing ingredients to keep oil somewhat in check. There are plenty of ingredients here that are a far cry from “mineral,” but that makes little difference because “mineral” is just a marketing term and wouldn’t be doing anything special for your skin anyway. As for its appeal as a knock-off product: You might recognize this pressed-powder’s compact’s distinctive bumpy pearl appearance from similarly packaged high-end products like Guerlain’s Meteorites, while fans of M.A.C.’s very similar Mineralize powders will find this a worthy competitor at a better price!

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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