I think this powder is really great for drugstore brand. I picked it up because I was looking for a nice powder to finish and set my makeup and this one was on special with a blush included. So I justified paying for it because of the blush, it's a little pricey for the drugstore. I am happy with it though. Packaging is slightly bulky, and no, I don't use the brush, I use my face powder brush for this and it creates a very smooth finish. I got mine in translucent, as I just wanted it for a finish, not coverage. I would buy this again.
This is one of the best pressed powders i've tried! I dig the coverage of it, and it takes care of oil well. What I don't dig however, is the packaging; it broke. Not the powder itself, but its casing. I dropped it (silly me) and the open/closing latch broke, so it wont close properly. AND, somehow the piece of plastic that lifts the powder up so you can get to the mirror; broke. Ehh, i guess it is tolerable since it still works fine. The brush is completely pointless...why on earth would they create it in such an odd shape? I'd say use your own and toss this one. I tried to wash it out of curiosity, it shed like crazy and lost it's "shape".
My skin is very sensitive and fairly dry, so I've been avoiding setting powder like the plague. The only one I've tried before is NYC's translucent powder, which I found didn't do much for making my makeup last longer and had no coverage.
I was tempted to try this though, because it provides coverage (so might work like a powder foundation, rather than translucent), claims to be natural (talc-free and mineral), promises to make makeup last longer (which I really need), and have been compared to MAC's MSFN (which I always wanted to try but is kept away by the price).
I really liked this at first. There isn't much coverage to speak of, at least I didn't wear enough to get much coverage. It allowed me to wear a heavier (more oil-based moisturizer) during the day as the weather got colder, by keeping my face from looking like a grease ball when I go out. I wore this for a week, but started to notice sudden dryness in my skin. At first I thought it was only the colder weather, so I wore more moisturizer. My skin was still dry, eventually getting to a point when by mid-day, my cheeks felt so tight when I smiled. No moisturizer could remedy this, and the only recent addition to my routine was this powder. I cut it out, and now my skin is back to normal (knock on wood!).
So, avoid this if you've got dry/sensitive skin. Canadian girls, I got this with a blush 40% off at PharmaPlus, so keep an eye out for sales. Packaging is decent, though not terribly attractive; I don't use the little bottom compartment and tossed the brush.
Bought this product because it came with a bonus blush and my MIL recommended it. When I first used it with my regular moisturizer underneath I found it to be drying to my face. I felt tight and the appearance of my pores seemed to be larger. Then I used a heavier moisturizer before applying the product and it was fine. I like the coverage and how it hides my veins, it looks natural and feels light. The price is very reasonable, $16CAD compared to MAC which is $25CAD. The powder is very fine and can sometimes be dusty if using a kabuki. It stayed on my face for the whole day. Would buy this product again.
Edit: I'm going to minus 2 lippies for the following reasons:
- 1. enlarges my pores on my cheeks
- 2. really drying on my face no matter what base moisturizer
I have fair skin and I got this in Transluscent Light. It's a nice neutral colour, not pink at all. Sets my fdn well but this not a light powder, it's a bit heavy due to the fact that it has spf in it. Have to use it sparingly or it'll look too heavy.
One thing I find in common in Physician Formula's products is that the company makes some of the worse off brushes. This product is no exception. I find the brush hard to use and the mirror even harder to maneuver when applying foundation at the same time. The product itself is satisfactory at best. This gives a nice, sheer coverage and blends to skin like you are not wearing anything at all. However, this product can break you out if you have an oily complexion and wear it for a long extended amount of time. The first time I wore this for a whole day, I found two pimples near my forehead. NOT pleasant. Not recommended for those with oily skin.
This is a great powder and is one of the few that doesn't break me out or make me look chalky... very natural look. The brush it comes with is useless... definitely just use your own large powder brush. Oh and I wish they included a mirror with the compact, but I suppose then they'd just jack the price up even more, so whatever. I've been using this for over a year now and I still love it.
i have beige and i find that the colour is too "dirty" for my NC30 skin. apart form the colour this is a pretty good quality product. it really does even out my skin tone without any cakeyness. i also find with a few days of using this my skin looks brighter and clearer.
i use my MAC powder sponge if i want a med-heavy coverage followed with a kabuki brush, or i use my powder brush if i want to set my foundation. the product does give a lovely glow without the sparkles or settling into lines. although i do notice that my skin looks dry at the end of the day, maybe i need to try and use a richer moisturiser or get another colour. will will try everything in my power to get make this powder work for me before i give up...thats how good it is!
Ok i havent been able to get the right colour for my skin tone, ratings remain unchanded though, but will not repurchase again
PHYSICIANS FORMULA, MORE COLOURS PLEASE!!!
I have this in sand beige and it's a great setting powder. I use my ecotools powder brush to apply and it works great! It's not chalky, keeps oil away, and has a natural finish. Granted I also use my fyrrinae gel silica primer so that helps a lot. Love it!
Cheap, and good coverage for a powder! I never used to use powder, since I always thought it dried my skin out...but this one doesn't dry it out, and acts a semi-concealer over my foundation. There are a few colors to pick from too, and I got a perfect one that gave me a nice glow (Beige, if anyone's interested.)
It comes in a cute compact with a mini-brush. I usually don't use the brush at home, but when I go out, it's usable and does the job in a pinch. Love it!