Talc-Free Mineral Wear Correcting Pebbles

by Physicians Formula  Mineral Wear
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$13.95 
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Category:
Makeup > Powders > Mineral Powder
Last Updated:
1/31/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Like most so-called “correcting” products, this single powder version creates more problems than it solves. These green, pink, yellow, and nude-colored powder pebbles (which disconcertingly resemble loose teeth) all mix together to create one “balancing” shade with shimmer that is supposed to correct and illuminate; unfortunately, it really doesn’t do either. The colors don’t combine in a convincing way, and it doesn’t cover very well because it goes on too sheer, and the little coverage it does provide is uneven.

Another issue is that the compact with the loose powder pellets is filled past the brim, which makes it difficult to control how much of the crumbly powder ends up on your brush, leading to a potentially spotty, caked-on appearance and a mess in the compact.

Pros:
  • Powder pebbles are silky and easy to pick up with a brush.
Cons:
  • Poorly designed packaging without any sifter or screen for the powder makes this extremely messy to use.
  • The color you get doesn’t correct or even out skin tone; it just leaves a sheer peachy shimmer.
  • On first use, the powder pebbles become a crumbling mess in the bottom of the compact.
  • Impossible to control how much powder is applied (especially after the pebbles begin to fall apart), so it can look uneven and cakey.

More info:

We know all things mineral are everywhere, but keep in mind that this mineral powder is no more “mineral” than hundreds of other powders. Also, labeling a product as being “mineral” doesn’t make it special in any way, because all powders are mineral-based to one degree or another.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Synthetic Wax, Mica, Nylon-12, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA; May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Manganese Violet

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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