Buy or Ditch: Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Face Powder review

The Product
After having finally used up my beloved MAC pressed powder, I was in dire need of a new face powder.  My requirements: cannot flake, long-lasting coverage, doesn't settle into pores, matches my skin tone.  Pretty basic requirements right, but finding that perfect match can actually be quite the process.  Often, face powders can settle into your pores, leaving with that "makeup" look, or if they don't settle, they are ineffectual and leave you with an oil slick in 2 hours. Enter Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Face Powder.  This mineral pressed face powder promises to blast away shine - without settling into lines and is formulated for all types of skin, even sensitive ones.

The Guts
The primary ingredients in this powder are:

  • Mica - a mineral that provides cosmetics with a white, pearly finish
  • Lauroyl Lysine - an amino acid derived from coconut oil that is used to soften skin
  • Silica - this mineral has a variety of functions in cosmetics, but I'm guessing that it's main function here is to absorb face oils
  • Squalane - an ingredient found in skin that helps to smooth and condition skin

Price & Packaging
For $13.99 (via Ulta), you'll receive a 0.3oz compact, which is pretty standard in my experience.  The clip top was easy to open (unlike some products!) and has a hidden compartment containing a mirror and brush, which is a huge plus when you're out and in need of a quick touch-up.

A little goes a long way with this powder.  I wouldn't recommend swirling your brush in this compact, but instead use a light tapping motion to pick up product, otherwise you'll end up with a huge smattering of powder on your face.  I am using the Beige (or Sand Beige) tone and I find it to be just a hint darker than my skin at first, but it blends in seamlessly once I blend it out with my brush.  The finished result is matte, smooth skin.

The staying power on this powder is great.  It's only after a few hours that I notice any shine on my nose, or t-zone.  Of course, this could also be helped by the fact that it's winter, so I'll have to see how this powder fares in summer.

There are 7 shades in this line, but I have to say I'm a little disappointed at the color range, which goes from a somewhat ashy looking white, to a dark tan.  I think I've been tanned darker than the darkest tone of this powder, so I highly doubt it will work for all skin tones, judging by the shades depicted on the website.

Great no fuss powder and is very affordable.  Limited shades though limit who can use this.

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  1. i always hear really good things about physicians formula

  2. Doesn't pool in pores and mattifies? It definitely gets my vote!!! And I agree, so hard to find powders to love lol~


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