Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Illuminating Face Powder

by Physicians Formula  Youthful Wear
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$13.95 
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Category:
Makeup > Powders > Pressed Powder
Last Updated:
7/25/2014
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No
Tested On Animals:
No

There isn’t anything particularly youthful, and not the least bit “cosmeceutical,” about this fragrance-free pressed powder’s formula. It’s merely a very good pressed powder with enough low-glow shine to double as a highlighter. In fact, this powder with shine is best used as a highlighter rather than dusted all over, unless you want a completely shiny face.

The texture is buttery smooth and almost seems to float on your skin, enlivening it with a soft glow without making it look dull or chalky. When strategically applied with a full-size powder brush (not the terrible brush included in the base of the compact), this is an excellent way to add dimension and appeal to your makeup design, especially for evening glamour. Of all the Youthful Wear products, this is the one to buy, assuming you have fair to light skin, because only one shade is available.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free, ultra-silky formula is easy to apply and blend.
  • Refines and enlivens skin with subtle, radiant shine.
  • The shine doesn’t flake and the powder does not look heavy or chalky.
  • Outstanding as a highlighting powder once the rest of your makeup is done.
Cons:
  • Only one shade is offered, which limits its use to those with fair to light skin.

Talc, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Dimethicone, Nylon 6/12, Nylon-12, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide 3, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olive Glycerides, Dimethiconol, Magnesium Silicate, Silica, Zinc Stearate, Tocopherol, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Iron Oxides

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.

Member Comments

Summary of Member Comments

  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

    2 / 4 Average
  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

    2 / 4 Average
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  1. Lisa T
    Reviewed on Friday, March 15, 2013
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Okay for special occasions
    • When I purchased this powder there were three color choices. I chose Illuminating as this most closely matched my skin tone. Paula's review is spot on about adding a shine to one's skin but I would add that there is noticeable sparkle/glitter in the powder. I gave it a good value rating as the price is reasonable for a specialty product. Were there not a noticeable sparkle, I would keep this powder as a way to add a bit of glow to my skin.

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