I have been using this for almost a month, during one of the hottest summers in memory, and I have to say that I really, really like it! I got it originally because I have a scar on my cheek that I'm careful to shield from the sun, and the pressed-powder form of this makes it nice and portable. Well, it does a GREAT job of keeping the sun away from my scar -- but I've found it to be much more versatile than that! I thought, originally, that I would just use this for touch-ups during the day. But, on some really hot days when I've been in the sun longer than I expected, I have used it on my whole face with excellent results. I have also used it on my neck and chest, and it has been very effective as a sunscreen there, too -- doesn't look powdery or heavy, and it provides excellent sun protection! I also find that it stays matte for a very long time, even in extreme heat and humidity. If I apply it too heavily, it can look a little too mask-y. At first, I thought that I needed a heavier coat to get the benefit of the SPF -- but I have found that a modest application works well, and looks very natural. I'm very pale and cool-toned, and the shade works perfectly for me (comparable to the L'Oreal soft ivory shade). And I love that I can reapply a high SPF throughout the day without gumming up my makeup!
EDITED - I didn't use this during the winter, and it got pushed to the back of my drawer, but now that it's summer I pulled it out again. I'm still very impressed with how this doesn't get greasy or shiny during the day, even when I've been out in the sun. It offers sun protection and great coverage, but it doesn't look fake or caked-on. I use the pink sponge that came with it to pat some powder on my cheeks, chin, forehead, and nose -- then I blend it all with a kabuki brush. I'm definitely glad to have rediscovered this!
I had high hopes for this. I love the fact that it has spf 50. It gives mediume to full coverage. I prefer using powder foundations with a sponge because I like a fuller coverage to cover acne scars. I really like the sponge that comes with this. It doesn't feel cheap and doesn't fall apart (and its super cute). The finish on this is amazing. It covers well, looks natural, and isn't chalky or powdery. I am an N5 and chose translucent light. It was way to light on me. I do agree that it looks way lighter in the pan than it does on the skin. I also tried the Creamy Beige which was a better match but had a slight orangeish tone. This color looks amazing on me in pictures, but not in real life. It also looks way lighter in the pan than it does on the skin. Despite the amazing finish, I will not be buying again. It has a weird makeupy smell that does not go away (maybe from the spf?). I smell it all day. It also rubs of on everything super easily. Don't give anyone hugs while wearing this; super embarassing! It also leaves my skin with a weird texture. Just the slightest hint of stickiness that doesn't go away after applying, which makes me think dirt and environmental pollutants will stick to it and cause breakouts (although it hasn't caused any yet). I will keep this for the summer and use it as a sunscreen touch up and possibly if I'm going somewhere that pictures will be taken. But I just cannot deal with the smell and rub-off on a daily basis.
I have to say I love this powder! Not as much as my Dream Matte Powder, but it does get points for the extra SPF. I do use sunscreen under it, so I can't really comment on the SPF power, but it is a nice reassurance to have. I apply with my powder brush and get a nice layer to set my foundation with. It's quite nice and light when I apply it, doesn't make me look cakey or chalky. I think it looks better about half an hour after I put it on, and it has time to sink into my skin. I have it in Translucent Medium (I'm NC30), which in the pan, looks a shade or two lighter than my Dream Matte Powder, but it goes on darker than it appears. It's great for keeping my face matte and free from shine, and good for touchups too. The sponge included is also fairly nice, and actually useful, which is a surprise for drugstore products.
The packaging here is definitely sturdy! I dropped this and the matching bronzer (came as a set) on the floor the other day, and it was completely fine!
Finally! This is an excellent foundation powder. It gives good coverage and great SPF, without appearing chalky. The packaging is cute and functional. Very easy to find in the purse. I really like that the light color is light enough for me. I was out in the blazing sun for hours, no sunburn. That is extremely important to me. I'm a Natural Redhead, and I burn. Finally, a sun protection powder for people that have sun problems. It holds up well in the heat. Summers here stay in the triple digits. This is perfect for hot weather and very easy to re-apply. I hope they continue to keep making this. It's a winner! Oh yes, photographs well too.
Great foundation for the summer! I bought this originally just for the spf as most liquid/lotion sunscreens have fragrance and other things that irritate my skin. I have fair-medium Asian skin and I bought this in Natural Beige. Don't be fooled by how light the product is in the pan. It applies about one shade darker on skin than what it looks like in the pan. The sponge applicator it comes with is useless to me and applies the product splotchy. I get a better even coverage with a kabuki brush. I think next time I will have to buy this in a lighter shade (Translucent Medium) because I have to apply this (Natural Beige) lightly on my face. Too much will just give me a slightly orange cast on my skin (not as bad as their Mineral Powder Foundation that would oxidize on my face whenever I would sweat :-P).
This does keep my face matte and the it has medium coverage. I use this on top of concealer and it sets everything in place. I have dry eczematic skin so I heavily moisturize before putting this on. I highly recommend this for those hot summer days :-).
I am in love with this powder. I got it in translucent light and it feels really light on my skin. Being as pale as I am, I'm attracted to anything with SPF. I can't say how strong the SPF actually is in this because all my products that I wear this with have SPF (moisturizer has spf 30, primer has spf 50, foundation has spf 15, and this has spf 50). I don't get sunburn when wearing what I just mentioned, so it does work cause I burn really easily. This powder has very minimal coverage so I would definitely recommend using at least a tinted moisturizer under it if you want flawless looking skin. I have oily skin and it does help keep it matte, but not as much as a "blot" or "mattifying" powder would. Don't forget though if you are planning on using this as sun screen, you have to reapply every 2 or 3 hours.
Oh and I also forgot to mention how much I love this packaging. It is so adorable!
I think that this is mostly a really great product. The color selection is horrid, as is with most PF products, but Creamy Beige is a pretty good match for my NC30-35 skin. If I layer a lot of it on, you can see that it's a little too pink for more asian skin, but I usually don't wear that much. Now that I'm tanner, this is also a little too light and I have to darken it with bronzer.
However, I really love the coverage of this foundation. I use Sonia Kashuk's flat top brush or a kabuki, and it covers a lot of my redness and evens out my skin tone. It's not enough to cover up my acne, but it has a good coverage anyway. The SPF is also really nice. It's great if I don't have the time to wait for my sun screen to soak in in the morning.
Since i have very oily skin, I really like the matte finish of this foundation. However, it doesn't last for long. I only stay matte for about three hours before I start getting oily again. This is kind of disappointing since I heard raves about this keeping oilies at bay for hours.
Still, it's a good foundation for the SPF and the convenience, and unless I find something better, I would buy it again.
I'm loving this powder foundation on the ultra hot humid summer days we've been having her in Tx. I love that it boosts the spf power of my daily moisturizer. I wear this in translucent light and it provides light coverage over my concealer. Lasts all day with maybe only 1 or 2 blots in the afternoon or evening. Sponge is house in a separate pan underneath the foundation which I like best, though I don't really use the sponge unless I'm touching up which is not often. Mostly I just buff this on with my beloved Too Faced Kabuki Brush. Definite rebuy
UPDATE: somebody asked me whether I still like it. Here is my input:
I still like PF Healthy Wear very much. I don't think I will ever use anything else.
Even without the sun protection, it is fantastic as a powder foundation. What I like most is, after repeated reapplication, it does not look cakey at all. At the end of the day after multiple retouching and reapplication, it still gives me soft, matted, natural look.
All the other powder foundations used to look horrible after I perspire (I perspire easily). And, when I retouch after perspiration, it still looks unnatural. In some cases, when I sweat, the whole powder foundation layer will rise and it was pretty bad.
With this product, when I sweat, the makeup will look a little unnatural but when I reapply, my face looks flawless and natural again.
Also, when I use moisturizer or other creams before other powder foundations, sometimes it all look really tacky and cakey. With this product, even over a rather rich cream and other skin care products, the finished look of my skin is very natural and softly matted.
I read comments saying it does not provide enough coverage. Well, if you apply multiple layers, it will cover all imperfections: you just need to use it a little more. Unlike other products, you don't look overly made up even if you use if over and over again.
So those of us who wear makeup, and can't just reapply sun protection every two hours as they recommend because it ruins the makeup, this is a god send. Sunscreen you can reapply many times throughout the day without ruining make up!
In terms of price, yes, as a drug store product, it's a bit pricey, BUT I used to use Jane Iredale pressed powder, which is about 3-4 times the price of this product, and this is FAR better than Jane Iredale both in terms of sun protection and not making me look all chalky and cakey at the end of the day after several touchups and reapplication. (even so, Jane Iredale was much better than other products). Jane Iredale just lost a very loyal customer.
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this is the BEST pressed powder foundation EVER! Initially, I was attracted to it because of the high SPF with physical ingredients (I stopped using chemically based sunblock all together).
When you need to reapply sun screen through out the day, the only form of sunscreen that works for women who wear makeup is either powder version or pressed powder foundation that contains sunscreen.
The drawback is, if you reapply pressed powder foundation multiple times a day, it can get really cakey by the end of the day.
WOW, this is the ONLY pressed powder foundation that I tried (and I tried MANY) that did NOT become cakey after multiple reapplications at the end of the day. And, SPF 50 with 21% of Titanium Dioxide is truly awesome.
I am so glad that I found this. I will never use anything else. I hope they don't ever discontinue this line.
There are two things I want changed in this product.
(1) I would like to see the balance of Titanium Dioxide (21%) and Zinc Oxide (4%) reversed. I am a sunscreen fanatic, and everything I read told me that Zinc Oxide is much better at screening out harmful UVA than Titanium Dioxide. Note that it's UVA that does most of the sun-exposure related skin aging.
Because this product's suncreen is mostly based on Titanium Dioxide, I am still wearing a liquid form of physical sun screen with Zinc Oxide as a main active ingredient underneath it.
(2) the applicator is terrible. It's a rather inflexible, hard sponge. It does not go smoothly over non flat surface. I immediately discarded the sponge that came with the product, and replaced it with a soft, flexible cosmetic puff.
(3) BE AWARE OF the color. On skin, it's actually MUCH DARKER than it seems. I bought creamy beige because it most closely resembled the color of other pressed powder foundation I used to use. It was SO dark on my skin!!! In the end, I had to go for the lightest one they have: translucent light, and I am an Asian with a fair/medium skin tone. I don't know how the really light skinned Caucasian women can find the right one.
I received this in a swap. Translucent Medium is a decent match for Studiofix Powder C3 skin. Love the sunscreen in it but this is chalky when applied. Coverage is almost non-existent. It felt scratchy on my skin and I will only use this for beach trips. After reading the good reviews I had expected more.