Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Liquid Foundation

by Physicians Formula  Mineral Wear
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Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Mineral Makeup > Mineral Foundation
Last Updated:
1/31/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Foundation has an odd name, not only because most liquid foundations are talc-free, but also because talc is a mineral! This water- and silicone-based foundation is dispensed from its tube onto an attached sponge. The sponge is a bit small for application to the entire face, but it smooths the product well. Despite an initially attractive texture, this sets to a strong matte finish that appears chalky and tends to just sit on the skin rather than mesh with it, which is not good. Out of the available shades, the only real-skin shades are Classic Ivory and Natural Beige. Although not a total loss, this is only worth considering by those with very oily skin who desire medium coverage.

Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Squalane,Triethylhexanoin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1/Dimethicone, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-32, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methicone, Panthenol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Retinyl Palmitate, Phodochrosite Extract, Smithsonite Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines

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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