Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Face Powder SPF 16 (Discontinued)
Category:Makeup > Powders > Mineral Powder
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

When Physicians Formula wants to create an outstanding pressed powder, they pull out all the stops! This talc-free, mica-based pressed powder protects skin from sun damage with its titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunscreens, which is great. The texture feels wonderfully creamy for a powder, and becomes almost like a second skin after application. We were surprised that this can get powdery (dusty, if you will) as you swirl the brush over the compact, but suspect this is because the powder isn't pressed as tightly as others. This fragrance-free powder comes in a neutral range of four shades best for fair to medium skin tones. It is a brilliant way to add to the sun protection you're getting from your daytime moisturizer or foundation with sunscreen, and is highly recommended. Fans of mineral makeup won't be let down because this product's formula definitely qualifies. Note that the tiny, flat brush this comes with should be tossed in favor or a full-size professional powder brush.


Active: Titanium Dioxide (6%), Zinc Oxide (4.2%) Other: Mica, Squalane, Silica, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Kaolin, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Ultramarines

Brand Overview

Physicians Formula At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; almost all products fragrance-free; outstanding cleansers; pressed powder with broad-spectrum sunscreen; several bronzing powder options (primarily for fair to light skin tones); one of the only lines at the drugstore selling matte finish eyeshadows; the loose powder; most of the blushes; good liquid liner; excellent automatic brow pencil.

Weaknesses: Dated moisturizer formulas; several sunscreens lack sufficient UVA protection; jar packaging; several of the makeup products epitomize wasteful packaging; the shade selection for almost all the foundations and concealers is awful; tons of gimmicky products that don’t perform as well as you'd think but are eye-catching in their compacts; the lip color and lip plumper; mostly average to disappointing mascaras; the Organic Wear products either have undesirable textures or contain irritating ingredients.

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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I love the product, but the methylparaben content of this product, will force me to stop using it.

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Fantastic - best powder ever!

I have been on the hunt for the perfect powder and this is the best I have found and at the drug store no less. I wrote down a list of all the 'best' powders Paula recommended and all were great but this one was outstanding. All I wear now is a little tinted moisturizer and this and my face is flawless. My mineral makeup was constantly letting me down oxidizing at the end of the day and looking two shades darker, this doesn't do that. Give this a try it is an amazing product! 10++++ stars

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Jodi J.
Amazing product!

This one is ties with Pur for the very best mineral powders I have ever tried but it's about half the price. I've even experimented with some of the other powders that Physician's Formula offers and I always go back to this one. It goes on so beautifully and is never ever cakey. It's so great for dusting over the T-zone to control shine. The only problem I've had is that my skin is so pale that I have to use the translucent color and In the winter, even this can sometimes be too dark for me.

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Amanda G.
Super review written by Paula & I personally think this powder is one of the best & pretty inexpensi

Doesn't irritate my super sensitive mild/moderate Rosacea skin. I HATE layering on piles of slop on my face & wont (especially liquid foundations/primers/correcting concealers). This is very lightweight but manages to do it all in one. I use a light moisturizer, an under eye concealer, then this. That's it. I will say the brush that it comes with is junk (toss it) & use your own powder brush. PF is one of those make up brands that often people bypass-I did to @ 1st but love most of their stuff..

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