Are you ready for yet another face powder review? 😉 My search for the perfect “me” shade continues and this time I’m trying the Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Loose Powder (phew, what a mouthful!) in the shade Translucent Light, which was the lightest of the three shades available at Walmart Canada.
I’ve been wanting to try products from Physicians Formula for quite a while because they’re a drugstore brand with “cleaner” ingredients. Their products are created without any of the 150+ known harsh ingredients found in other personal care items. The ingredients on the packaging differ from what is on the Physicians Formula site though so I’m listing what was on the packaging.
Boron Nitride – A synthetic boron-based inorganic compound used in cosmetics and personal care products to increase adherence and act as oil absorbent. (source)
Zinc Oxide – Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, lubricating, and sunscreen active ingredient in cosmetics. (source)
Zinc Stearate – A zinc soap known for repelling water, and is used in the cosmetics and personal care industries as a lubricant. (source)
Lauroyl Lysine – A derivative of lauric acid and lysine, a naturally occuring amino acid. Functions as a hair and skin conditioning agent. (source)
Retinyl Palmitate – The the ester of retinol (vitamin A) combined with palmitic acid, a saturated fatty acid and a major component of palm oil. It is considered an exfoliator. (source)
Tocopheryl Acetate – A form of vitamin E, a natural skin-conditioning agent and antioxidant. (source)
Methylparaben – In the paraben family of preservatives, it’s an antifungal and preservative that is widely used in cosmetics. (source)
Propylparaben – In the paraben family of preservatives, it is used as a preservative for its anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties to extend the shelf life of beauty and cosmetic products. (source)
May contain +/-:
Titanium Dioxide – A naturally occurring mineral used as a coloring agent, whitener, thickening agent, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products. (source)
Iron Oxides – Coloured pigments.
Hmm… I won’t lie, I’m not exactly a fan of parabens in my products. Another ingredient, Vitamin A (retinyl palmitate), is rated quite high (bad) and one of the reasons is because it potentially becomes carcinogenic in the presence of UVA and UVB rays. You should always wear sunscreen on your face, period. But it’s especially important if you use products that have any form of Vitamin A in them. I ALWAYS wear sunscreen on my face, and often use more than one product that contains sunscreen.
This powder comes with a brush that is housed within the cover. It’s seperate from the powder so it won’t get all dirty if you drop your powder or if you travel with it.
The brush is quite hard and stiff and it’s just not my favourite to use. At home I use one of my bigger, fluffier, and softer brush. If you need to travel and pack light, the brush that comes with it will do the job though. I won’t get rid of it since there is room for it in the cap, but it sure won’t be used often.
While the Physicians Formula site shows six shades for this powder, the Walmart I was at only had three shades (another Canadian shade curse???) and this was the lightest of the three. It looked like it would be light enough so I bought it (obviously 😉 ). First, let’s compare this powder with the one that matches me the best out of the ones I own; here it is next to the L’Oréal Paris True Match Powder in W2 Light Ivory (which was still a bit too dark on me). It’s definitely lighter, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed!
And now let’s see what it looks like on me. This was applied with the brush that comes with it (it was my first try and I wanted to see how the brush felt and performed). On the left I only did half of my face, and on the right I have a full face application.
Out of all the powders I’ve tried so far, this one is definitely the best match! I have to say that I applied it quite heavy for these pictures and by the end of the day my face looked a bit cakey with my natural oils coming through. I don’t apply it that thick on the daily and it still helps tone down the redness without making me look done up and cakey. It’s been working well so far.
Although this shade is pretty good for me, you’ll most likely see more powder reviews on this blog in the future. The beauty blogger in me just can’t help but try more more MORE! 😉 And I still feel that there’s a better shade out there for me, one that is bang on “me” in powder form.
What have you tried from Physicians Formula?
– Chantal 🙂
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Computer geek by day and super mom by night, Chantal loves to try products of any kind and share her thoughts with the world.