It seems fine for extra protection from the sun but I am not totally sure its great for acne prone skin, perhaps its the titanium dioxide which in enough amounts can promote pimples in some people. Got a few added pimples and usually just break out once a month (TOM) I got the translucent in Light and works okay if you apply in layers for evening out complexion, otherwise I would get the more opaque shade in buff or medium.
Not much for controlling shine, I had shine break though on my forehead & nose within the hour. I was hoping for a product that did it all. Right now will use it on the more non breakout prone areas of my face like the cheek and around the eye as a added protection (even though it says on the package not to get it close to the eyes but thats where I need protection most) I am skeptical about this being waterproof. How can that be? I like the packaging the orange makes it easy to find in a purse and there is a separate compartment for the
sponge. Its better applied with a kabuki foundation brush UPDATE. I am slowly changing my mind tho I still like my usual mineral foundation for coverage this is becoming a go to when traveling or I am in a hurry. Just got the Natural Beige and its working for me as all over fast coverage. Its a nice alternative to greasy sunscreen and does give my face some added color without a fake bronzer look or making it look dirty. I am NC20/Light med(and have yellow undertones) for most of the year. The translucent shade is better around the eyes since it is lighter. Breakout s must have been related to something else as my skin is clearing up & nearly breakout free now *knocks on wood*. I would give it 3 and a half lips. The retail price is around 12.99 (Target) continued >>
I love this product! Doesn't break me out, adds a little more coverage, and makes me feel well-protected. Titanium and Zinc Oxide are the best sunscreen ingredients to use for full protection. I uses this as a setting powder every day!
The sponge didn't seem to work so well, however. So I use a kabuki brush with it, to make sure the product is evenly distributed on my entire face. Works great that way!
The other day I came to the realization -- if liquid chemical SS makes me break out like a monster and doesn't even retain its effectiveness for more than 2 hours in the sun I need a better way to protect my skin from the sun that isn't going to ruin my skin in the process. I know that powders don't work as well as traditional sunscreens but the back of this package said that this powder retains an SPF of 50 two hours -after swimming- and it's recommended by the Skin Cancer Association or some such. It came with a free bronzer as well so I opened up the "light" to see what it looked like, and it looked really pale (unlike the TM of this line which is supposedly really dark). THEN I saw the $3 off coupon attached to the back and I was sold. The packaging for this is cute and colorful and it opens easily. The sponge that comes with this is quite hard, and the powder itself is someone rough feeling going on.. but surprisingly it doesn't look chalky AT ALL. I'm extremely flaky right now from daily BHA and it manages to cover well without accentuating my dry skin. It evens out skin tone and hides the red marks I have all over my cheeks at the moment. It also helps me keep from becoming an instant oil slick. Putting this on the past few days has made me feel more confident going out despite my current awful breakout, which is wonderful. I also know that whenever I touch up during the day I'm getting at least some sun protection, which puts my mind at ease a little about how much sun exposure I'm getting. Overall I would say that if you manage to be a match to any of this somewhat limited range of colors, it would definitely be worth picking up (especially in a BOGO package!)
Like alot of people I don't like to use liquid foundation during the summer and even tinted moisturizers can feel a little heavy on me. So I decided to switch to a powder foundation instead. When I saw this had SPF 50 I had to buy it, PLUS it came with a free bronzer (also SPF 50). Btw, I LOVE the bronzer!! Anyway, I got the powder in Translucent Light. It doesn't provide a whole lot of coverage but I never expect that to be the case when it comes to powders. It's pretty good at mattifying and I just love the way my face looks after I apply powder (call me crazy). It doesn't smell and the powder doesn't get all messy when you run a brush through it. As for the compact, it has a mirror, then the powder (which is on a sturdy plastic "flap" that flips up and down) and under the flap is a compartment that houses a spongey round applicator (it's hot pink). I like that it all comes together making it easy to carry with you everywhere. I find it easier to apply the powder with a brush though but the applicator is totally workable. The amount of powder in the compact isn't a whole lot (but by no means miniscule) however the SPF 50 justifies the price. So far, I've used the powder everyday for about a month and I'm nowhere near hitting pan so I fully expect this to last me well into the fall. All in all I love it and plan on repurchasing.
I love this product it is a great product and it last a very long time without any retouching. I got the creamy beige color and it is perfect on me. I am a asian with medium skin tone and the creamy beige is perfect. The actual color on the compact seems alot lighter but when you put it on it is actually darker than the compact color. Wonderful product and I highly recommend this product.....
Whoever reviewed that this product reminded them of the old Olay compact foundation was SO ON POINT! I used to wear that stuff religiously and loved it!!
I switched to MAC sometime after I started using Olay and didn't realize it was discontinued until recently. I had switched between a few expensive brands and wasn't happy with any of them so I decided to browse the drugstore brands again. Mostly because they are easier to return if I dont like them or they dont work out.
I have never used Physician's Formula products before and first want to add that the color of the actual product in the packaging is deceiving. It looks much lighter than the color achieved after it settles in. I am using self tanner right now so I thought i'd try the Translucent Medium because it looks super light in the package and it works great, but i'll probably get the Light for non-tan months. Coverage is pretty good, no cakey look, and I actually prefer the look of the finished application with the sponge better than with a large fluffy brush.
I have dry skin and don't notice any overdrying. With a primer it's pretty long lasting. Today I'm 6 hours in and haven't had to touch up yet.
My only gripe with it thus far is that it seems to have a smell that lingers for a long time... Almost like a plastic-y suncreen type of smell. But it looks so good that i'm going to try my hardest to get passed it.
I bought this powder foundation mainly for its high SPF 50. I am huge on protecting my skin from the harmful rays! There aren't that many affordable foundations with that high of an SPF. So, although it is a bit pricey for a drugstore brand, it's still a bargain considering the great skin benefits (high spf and antioxidants). This compact has cut down my morning routine because now I can skip my SPF moisturizer (although I wouldn't solely count on this if you'll be out in the sun all day). This powder is on the drier side, so you will definitely need to use a heavy moisturizer underneath. I use 2 moisturizers every day (olay serum and another emollient moisturizer). This compact is also great for touch ups. I can carry it along and and swipe it on throughout the day without making my face look cakey. I can see that this would be great for the summer when you would need to reapply sun protection more frequently. 1 lippie off because it tends to make my face feel dry (even with moisturizer). Not recommended for dry skin users.
NOTE: I just read an interesting article about the potential dangers of some ingredients in sunscreens/sunblocks and felt the need to pass it on to the MUA community. According to the article (linked below), OXYBENZONE (present in many popular sunscreens) may actually be PHOTOCARCINOGENIC when exposed to light!! Of course, I googled oxybenzone and found lots of articles about its carcinogenicity. I have used oxybenzone containing products in the past and have unwittingly thought I was protecting my skin. Now, I find out that it may actually have done more harm than if I had worn nothing at all. It's outrageous that companies are allowed to put out sun products that may potentially cause skin cancer.
Fortunately, Healthy Wear does not list oxybenzone as its active ingredient.
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: OCTINOXATE 4%, TITANIUM DIOXIDE 21%, ZINC OXIDE 3%
Check the ingredients on your sunblock/sunscreens and other products with SPF and do your own research. Don't assume that all products from major companies are safe.
EDIT: This information is not meant to discourage people from using sunscreen, in fact, I think everyone should wear sunscreen daily. Because sunscreen is something that many ppl wear everyday, the amount of exposure (esp. of a toxin - even in minute amt) can build up in the body over time. I think it's important to be aware of what we put on our skin and choose SAFER alternatives. There are other sunscreens that are just as effective but do not contain the questionable oxybenzone. I just wanted to clarify that I do not have any intention of scaring ppl away from using sun protection.
Okay words CAN describe this little fella...hmm lemme think though. Lets start with the negatives-I liked it, but idk the coverage WASNT awesome! It only lasted a couple of hours and then it seemed to start to wear off. Anyways, my positve feedback- I liked how the color blended well with my skin tone, and the packaging is pretty cool. A bright orange and pink compact is wicked cool and unique. Other than that I give this baby a 3
I was excited when I bought this product. I didn't notice anything wrong with it until a couple of weeks later. i have really oily skin and when I applied it, it didn't stay on! It just slipped off and when I blotted my face with my white shirt, i noticed this yellow stuff on the spot I blotted my face with. If you have really oily skin, this is not recommended! And it's really expensive.
I love this. I use a powder brush or kabuki brush to apply this instead of the sponge. It gives medium coverage and covers my imperfections. I just love the super high spf that's why I bought it. I bought a few back ups because I will be using this a lot during the summer. It's a little pricey but I always get it on sale plus use a coupon. I really like the bright orange container, it's so fun and trendy. I bought translucent medium and creamy beige. I have NC40 skin and these are a good match for me, slightly light at first, but settles in nicely.