Physician's Formula Mineral Makeup Review

by Angela Gotz

I tried the Physician's Formula Mineral Makeup powder brush. I bought it for the purpose of brightening up my skin during the winter months and hoped that it would even out some of my blotchiness.

For what I paid, in comparison to other mineral makeup prices, I shouldn't be surprised at my results. It was comparable to using a regular powder on my face, with a bronzer highlighting.

While it was easy to use and the color was not hard to match with my skin tone, it offered nothing new for my makeup that other products I have used before haven't.

It didn't feel dry or change the way my skin felt, but then again, I was hoping that it would make my skin feel a little lighter.

I will continue to use the brush until it's gone as a nice sweep of powder over my foundation, but I won't purchase this product again.

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Editor Comments:

Thanks Angela for your review.

I've never checked out Physicians Formula before so I thought this would be a good opportunity.

Below are the ingredients for their Mineral Wear Loose Powder (from their website):


MICA, ZINC OXIDE, ZINC STEARATE,BORON NITRIDE, LAUROYL LYSINE, RETINYL PALMITATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN. MAY CONTAIN: TITANIUM DIOXIDE, IRON OXIDES.

A quick check with the Skin Deep Database and I found that this product would receive a moderate safety rating. The ingredients that are problematic are the parabens, retinyl palmitate and the tocopheryl acetate.

Physician's Formula is not a signer with Safe Cosmetics and while they say on their website that they do not do animal testing they have not signed a pledge with either Caring Consumer or Leaping Bunny.

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PF NEW
by: Anonymous

I really loved their eyeliners with the brush, never wore off even if I rubbed my eyes so I decided to get the nude wear glow foundation...Wrong move, after first use my face was breaking out. Thought maybe it was something else, used it for a week, my face kept getting worse. Now I have to throw out a $15 bottle. I guess I have to keep looking for the right stuff.
If you have sensitive skin I would not recommend this product.

It works great for a short time for sunscreen! NEW
by: Anonymous

I have been using the highest grade of Retin-A for two years religiously also have been using an extremely high dose of skin bleaching cream. I have a problem from the sun giving me huge brown spots all over my face. When I go out in the su, at all times (even to the grocery store) I apply a thick coat of 50+ coverage of sunscreen, let that soak in, then apply this product over that, then of course use a hat. The mineral powder lays really nicely over the sunscreen, giving my skin an awesome glow and coverage from the exixting brown spots (which are dramatically fading. The zinc oxide is a huge extra boots to use for sunscreen! However, I always wash my skin when I come back indoors. Maybe thats's the pimple problem you all are having. I'm notorious for having serious acne. No problems here. Just keep your face heavily moisturized before using, then clean after use :)
HOW EVER, the concealer gives me "cyst-like" pimples. Almost if they were bug bites, tender to the touch. On one occasion, I woke up in the morning with my lip so swollen, I had to put Ice on it & yet again, a cyst like pocket, swollen (I had used it the night before around the exterior of my lips to create more of a fullness look)There has got to be poison in this. I don't know what else to say....

It works great for a short time for sunscreen! NEW
by: Anonymous

I have been using the highest grade of Retin-A for two years religiously also have been using an extremely high dose of skin bleaching cream. I have a problem from the sun giving me huge brown spots all over my face. When I go out in the su, at all times (even to the grocery store) I apply a thick coat of 50+ coverage of sunscreen, let that soak in, then apply this product over that, then of course use a hat. The mineral powder lays really nicely over the sunscreen, giving my skin an awesome glow and coverage from the exixting brown spots (which are dramatically fading. The zinc oxide is a huge extra boots to use for sunscreen! However, I always wash my skin when I come back indoors. Maybe thats's the pimple problem you all are having. I'm notorious for having serious acne. No problems here. Just keep your face heavily moisturized before using, then clean after use :)

Take this crap off the market NEW
by: Susan

I switched to physicians formula powder blush and eyeshadow...used it for about a year and then began to get red burnlike blotches all over my face, as well as contact dermatitis on my eyelids... it was terrible.apparently the ingredient boron nitride can affect your skin over time. I stopped using it and the rash went away...there is so many bad ingredients in this !Ake up, once you start looking them up it's scary what they can put in this crap. I am making my own makeup now, as I am afraid to try anything with minerals....I have been wearing makeup for over 35 years and never had anything like this happen before.

physician formula bronzing face powder NEW
by: Anonymous

This product is horrible...I am 52 years old and my face is breaking out with these horrible pimples all over my face. I suggest to anyone not to use this product. I am not sure how they are getting away with selling it and how it is still on the market.

question NEW
by: Anonymous

Has anyone had any problems with this brand pertaining to the eye make up causing irritation oer any explanation of why this could be occurring?

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Alergic! NEW
by: Anonymous

I had been using the "real" mineral makeup for a while with no problems. I ran out and bought the Phys Formula mineral make up. I guess Im allergic to it because my whole face is a terrible mess from contact dermatitis. Thanksgiving is 2 days away and I look awful. Ordered my regular make up. I will never use this again!

ThankGOODNESS! NEW
by: Anonymous

OMG.. with all the positive comments about the products, I thought I was the only one that had this problem. But thank goodness I'm not. I really LOVE the finish but I dislike the result of having acne more than before. What to do to have this same matted look but different outcome.. :(

Burned face, oozy, crusty, weepy breakouts. NEW
by: Super-Sensitive skin

I guess I had an allergic reaction. After I spent $100+ dollars at the drugstore---I have to throw it all away. I have rash/hives, oozy, weepy red crusty blisters all over my face. I also can't use Oil of Olay. (I can't afford to guess wrong again---I also spent hundreds on Clinique, and that makeup had benzoyl peroxide and burned me too). I guess it's back to Mary Kay. No problems there...

BREAK OUT CITY
by: Anonymous

I never post on these websites but I have to for this product. I changed all my make up to PF because I received a ton of coupons for free makeup with CVS pharmacy. My skin went beserk and I had no idea why as I had just miscarried and contributed my skin issues to either my hormones or stress. Months later my skin was still awful...I'm talking 30 pimples on my face. I never had more than 2 or 3 in my teens. I decided to lay off all makeup for a few days to see if that helped and my acne cleared up within days. Now I use maybelline with no problems. Please do not use this stuff!!!!!

Ingredient List Comment
by: Anonymous

For those concerned about the Methylparabens and the Propylparabens, those are really coconut-derived preservatives. They are used in more natural skincare lines. Unless you are allergic to coconut, they are just fine.

EDITOR'S COMMENTS:

I could find no information on parabens being derived from coconuts. My research has shown that parabens are derived from para-hydroxybenzoic acid (benzoic acid).

Physician's Formula
by: Anonymous

Made me break out like a teenager also. I used it for 6 months not realizing it was causing the acne. As soon as I made the switch to MAC my acne started getting better. After only 1 week I went from about 30 pimples to only two. Needless to say, I HATE this brand! Avoid it at all cost.

tocopheryl acetate ??
by: Angela N

If the Skin Deep database is listing tocopheryl acetate as a problem item then there is a problem.

tocopheryl acetate is simply the technical name for Vitamin E.

Angela
www.1889minerals.com

break out city
by: Anonymous

Absolutely HORRIBLE make up. It leaves my skin yellow/orange looking, cakey and I am breaking out like a 16 year old. I am 30 years old and I am embarrassed to go out in public because of the state of my face. DO NOT BUT THIS PRODUCT. Buy MAC mineralized powder.


Again - switch to "Real" mineral makeup to avoid these problems
by: Anonymous

Re: This comment especially
>>the only time it made me break out was when I got home so late and was so tired I forgot to wash my face at night. <<

Real mineral makeup - ie: the kind with only a few ingredients - not 4-5 lines worth of additives. True mineral makeup should be 3 or 4 ingredients - all natural elements, no oils, waxes, parabens, binders, fixatives, preservatives.

Things like mica, serecite, silk powder and zinc oxide are all GOOD things - most everything else that isn't a mineral color is NOT.

Mineral makeup will not make you break out if you sleep in it - that is the beauty of it. There are no added ingredients to block and clog pores and cause irritation.

Zinc oxide is an exceptionally helpful mineral too, it reduces roseacea and irritation and is a natural sunscreen.

So, dump the drugstore habit - there are better choices out there and not all of them are overpriced.
Angela
www.1889minerals.com

aweome make up!!
by: Anonymous

It's really good, covers up really well. And it's so light, most people don't know I'm using make up. They just think I have really good skin.

I've got a little acne. This is actually a bit better than the mineral make up I used before that was $35 per pot, and there was way less in that pot too. I wish I had discovered this sooner. I really wanna try their organic equivalent.

Obviously if you have a huge red volcano of a pimple it won't just cover it up. If it did, it would make the powder so thick and gross. ew.. you need concealer. And then you put the powder on. haha..

And don't use the brush that comes with it of course, who here has ever had a good free brush that came your compact? My Ecotools brush was $10 (really cheap for a brush) but's it's soft and it doesn't hurt as if somebody is clawing your face off with bristles..hahaha... But a good brush can be anywhere from ten to fifty dollars. But it should last you a lifetime, so it's really not a bad investment. Definitely makes your powder work so much better. Everybody that complains about the brush, you're absolutely right.

Go out and buy yourself a new brush that actually works. But of course girls wash your brush everyday or you'll get acne. And the brush won't work as well not washed. I use neutrogena ant-residue shampoo everyday, it's the best shampoo for brushes I've ever used. (I've tried a lot, I like to experiment).

Switch to natural minerals instead
by: Angela N

I think most of you will find if you dump the drug store brands and switch to "real" mineral makeup - it the minerals w/o all the parabens and additives you will see a big improvement.
I made the switch more than a year ago and am loving it. Loose mineral makeup takes just a bit of getting used to - especially loose eye color but it is so worth it.
No breakouts, no irritation no sensitivity and it lasts all day (eye color included).
Big difference.

breaking out from mineral makeup
by: Anonymous

Sorry to hear about all of the breaking out-I had the same problem when I switched to mineralized makedup and then found out that it wasn't the minerals that was causing the breakouts. It was the natural fiber brush. When I switched to a synthetic fiber brush instead of a natural haired one, the problem was solved.

Surprisingly Excellent product
by: Texan

I'm really surprised to read the other comments that Physicians formula mineral makeup caused breakouts. I have acne-prone, sensitive skin with some dark age spots and the only time it made me break out was when i got home so late and was so tired I forgot to wash my face at night. The shades are beautiful and matches my fair, yellow-toned asian skin. The mineral loose powder (formulated specially for acne-prone skin) is so light and sheer i never feel like i'm wearing makeup. And because the coverage creates such an even-toned, natural sheen on my skin, i wear the powder daily since i've tried a few years ago when it first became available WITHOUT foundation and only wear foundation when it's an occasion that i have to dress up in formal clothes for. When i do use the mineral foundation, I also use the mineral veil which creates a lovely airbrushed look on my face. I love the product and it's one of the few makeup brands i've tried, trust and i keep coming back to.

Horrible break outs!
by: Misty

I have never really had trouble with ance growing up. A few months ago I decided to switch powders to a mineral powder for a "more natural look". I started breaking out, not with just pus filled acne, but with these hard white heads, everywhere. After switching cleansers and the way I clean my face and what I apply after washing, it hit me...I switched powders just days before my skin started acting up. I have probably 50 active breakouts right now! I stopped using this a couple of days ago, and already I can see my skin clearing up. I should have read reviews first!

Note about Tocopheryl
by: Angela

Note: tocopheryl acetate is actually just Vitamin E .Because the FDA requires manufacturers to use INCI terms(recognized technical names)and not "common" names - it can be confusing. Product makers can put the common name in parentheses for clarification, but aren't supposed to use it as the main descriptive.
This ingredient shouldn't present a problem for anyone unless they are allergic to it.
Most of us in the body care business use a better form called T-50 or Tocopheryl 50, so if you see that listed - all the better.
Angela
The Sycamore Boutique

absolutly hated it
by: Karina

this coniving thing made me break out soo badly. i HATE IT

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