For a drugstore mineral powder it is pretty good. Physician's Formula does not label this product as a 'foundation'. Some people on here have referred to it as a mineral foundation. I would not consider it like mineral foundation because when wearing this mineral powder alone it does not have the longer lasting staying power of a mineral powder foundation. It gives good coverage but not as a good as an actual mineral powder foundation.
When this powder is applied over a mineral foundation it gives good coverage, covers large pores and hides redness. It has pretty good staying power.
I don't use this product's kabuki brush. I use the 'Everyday Minerals' baby kabuki brush instead. I think the baby kabuki brush that comes with this product is horrible. The hairs of the brush are not soft and if you apply the powder with this brush over a mineral foundation it seems to wipe off some of your mineral foundation. I have found when wearing a non-mineral long lasting foundation such as 'MaxFactor Long Lasting' this brush does not wipe off the foundation. However, I hardly wear non-mineral foundation and wear mostly a powder mineral foundation (Everyday Minerals Matte Foundation).
It's okay for a loose powder. But for a foundation it doesn't last the whole day so it disappeared around mid-day. It was also very messy to apply and not portable with how bulky it was. I had to buy another baby buki brush since the one included started smelling like a goat after a while. It didn't help with my blemishes either. So I've since switched to Revlon's Blemish Colorstay Concealer.
Wow. Really. I have always avoided powder foundation because when I turned 38, someone stole my skin and replaced it with uber-dry sandpaper, and my "rosy" cheeks became a mess of blotches and capillaries. I need good coverage that doesn't get patchy on hot, dry, irritated skin...and did I mention that almost everything burns my skin?
So after MAC Studio Tech (meh...okay, no handstands, a lot of work for okay results) and Loreal Age Perfect (OMG, get this off my face, it burns and stinks to high heaven!) I had pretty much given up. I was intrigued by the reviews for this, so I bought some. Came home, put it on...flake city. Oops. Remove, exfoliate, jojoba oil, reapply.
Wow. The stuff covers. I had doubts, but it covers. It's smooth, no patches, does NOT cling to peach fuzz nearly as badly as most powders, does NOT burn my skin, doesn't smell bad. The finish (to me) seems pretty porcelain/matte, not at all glittery or shiny, which exactly what I like (when I was young, my HG was L'Oreal Mattique for the china doll look...which was easy back then). The translucent fair is not a perfect match, it's just a smidge dark, but good blending down the jawline helps, and it's not THAT bad (and honestly, MAC NC15 is a teesny bit dark). One or two flakes and a few spots where coverage wasn't perfect, but that was with a magnifying mirror at 3 inches away. I'm not complaining. I haven't noticed any transfer, and the staying power is okay...not incredible, but more than respectable. I don't ask much of my makeup, I'd just like to look good for several hours once a month or so. I don't wear it on a regular basis, just when I dress up, so I can let things like that go if it works. I am used to exfoliate-moisturize-prime-correct-conceal-foundation, and I swear, with NO primer or green corrector, this did a good job covering a TON of blotchy, angry redness without looking cakey or powdery. I'm amazed. 10 minutes and I was done (and with experience, I can see this being just a few minutes).
I still haven't had a chance to really get an idea of this in the daytime because it's raining, will have to wait to see if there's an orangey cast in daylight/full sun, but if my luck holds with this, I am hooked. Don't care about the so-so brush or the annoying packaging, it works. It's been so long since something *worked* that not much else matters.
If you are dry, you MUST exfoliate and moisturize before using this, but I am VERY impressed. Never thought a powder could cover this well and look this good on me. Again...Wow.
EDIT: Ok, I *do* see a slight golden/peach cast to it in bright sunlight, but almost everything is too warm for my coloring, so I'm not changing my rating based on just that.
UPDATE AGAIN: Ok, a few months out and still...WOW. I have stopped using green corrector and primer, just sugar to exfoliate, jojoba oil to moisturize, and PF powder. Staying power is still only okay, but this is not an issue for me. I did put it in a different container for packing purposes. And here's the thing...I am MUCH more likely to put on makeup now that it only takes 5 minutes. All in all, it's been a good thing, a much-needed success in the search for makeup that works for me.
ONE MORE EDIT 11/01/07: I never in a million years thought I would be using a powder foundation. As a matter of fact, I had almost given up on makeup altogether when I found this because nothing worked. About 3 months into using it, I actually started crying one day while putting on my makeup because I felt like my face finally looked pretty again...that, to me, is an enormous accomplishment after years of high-priced foundation misery. Seriously...it may not work for everyone, but for me, it was a miracle I never thought I'd find. Total, absolute, ultimate HG foundation for me. Cannot tell you how in love I am with this stuff.
3/2/08: I keep coming back to edit this because I am still in love with it. It has been a bit harder for me to use in the dry-skin days of winter, but I manage. And miracle of miracles, it does NOT burn or flush my skin...if anything, my skin cools down wearing this. Most other products flush my skin so badly that it's hot to the touch, but not this. Just WOW.
11/3/09: Still going strong with this stuff. Improved it even more by using a flat-top brush for better coverage. Love it. I wear makeup more often now, and putting on makeup has gone from being 45 minutes of multi-layer misery to a 5-minute dream. It may not work for everyone, but for me, it's been a lifesaver and a confidence-booster.
1/28/2014: Still using it, still love, 6+ years later. Yay.
I swore off foundation just because everything i used felt like a mask. so my makeup routine was mascara, concealer, bronzer, and a pressed powder to keep oilys at bay during the day. i was the store and saw this with a package with the matching mineral wear concealer. while i dont like the concealer because it drys to quickly, i really like this. i actually use the brush that comes with it bc i like it!!! anyways u only need a little bit for your whole face. and it just melts into my skin and makes me look flawless!!! also after a long day at work ( i work at marcs which is a walmart meets giant eagle kinda thing-im 17 and needed a summer job) anyways...it stays on perfectly all day. even when my skin starts to get oily my skin just looks dewy and it doesnt wear off at all. i love this and doubt i would need to rebuy it because it looks like itll last forever!!!
edit: i stopped using this a while ago actually i realized u can tell ur wearing makeup with this and that it can turn orange sometimes. would not repurchase.
I have been using BE (1.2fairly light) for over a year now, and i liked the coverage but i always hated the instant shine/shimmer i would get after applying, i still got the shine after applying the mineral veil before and after application. anyways i liked BE b/c of the light feeling and the coverage but i wanted to go out and find something that would work just as good but without the shine. after doing some research i found that it was the titanium dioxide that was creating the shine, and not the mica that i originally thought. anyways i was searching through MUA to see the reviews on some of the mineral make ups that i found did not have the titanium dioxide. so i decided to buy this brand (in buff beige, a very good match to my skintone) b/c of the good reviews and i am glad that i did. i love, love, love the powder. it has great coverage, feels light, and best of all there is no shine unlike BE. it even has good staying power. i have been using this product for about a week now and i still have not had any breakouts. i did notice that after about 6 hours i started to get oily (probably b.c it is really humid) but i just blotted with one of those oil reducing sheets and everything was good. i do hate the packaging b/c it is hard to get the right amount of product out to get on the brush (this is why i took off one lippie). so i use an empty BE jar and put the product in there (this is much easier). the brush is not too bad, not as rough as some people have made it out to be. but i still do not use it b/c it is too small. i will definitly rebuy if i do not find anything else that is better. i hope that someone from the company will read these reviews and decide to make a change to the packaging.
i just tried this product for the first time today! i must say, i really like it. i just hope it doesnt break me out. i got translucent medium..i'm pretty sure it matches. most people say they dont like the brush. but i agree with the review a few posts down. i like the brush..it doesnt feel that rough to me. plus, i think the packaging it really cute. i will most likely repurchase if nothing out of the ordinary happens with this powder.
My sister actually wore this on her wedding day! The makeup artist ended up putting some on me as well. I bought my own the next day....I am a C3 and can't remember the colour I got, but think it was the 2nd lightest beige (buff beige?). The colour match is pretty good, and feels weightless. I don't use the brush that comes with it (it's alright, but a bit hard). I actually use a blush brush - and get pretty good coverage. A little on a shadow brush and the powder works like concealer. The container is pretty good....minimal spillage considering it's a powder. My only gripe is that I don't think it lasts throughout the day. I don't use a primer or anything, and I've got combination skin...but I think it is gone sometime in the afternoon....oh well...think that's prob as good as I'll get without primer.
I thought BE worked great, this is even better!
thanks for all of your guys' reviews, that's what made me buy this product!
it doesn't have NEARLY as much of the shine that BE has and the coverage is GREAT without looking too cakey.
i haven't experience too much 'shine' but i've only had it on for a couple hours.
after opening the package and putting it on, i noticed there's a fair amount of powder, especially for the price in comparison to the other mineral brands.
[i got the natural beige .. it's kinda dark for a 'beige' in comparison to other products i've tried, but that's what tanning is for. too much can cause the 'orange-y' look .. so be careful with that.]
it still looks like i've just applied it!
the only thing i don't like is the brush .. but you can buy a nice soft one from a local dept. store and use the 'brush and tap' method and its great!
will def. buy again! [:
**after using more than a couple days, people started telling me it looked way too dark [orange] and shiny.
Good product to use if it matches your skin perfectly, you have a darker skin color, and/or you don't mind having the shiny look.
My mom bought this for me a year ago while trying to convince me that liquid foundation wasn't all that great for my skin. I refused to use it because I'm incredibly stubborn. I started getting into the whole BE hype and ordered tons of samples, along with full sized ones. BE had an unnatural kind of shine to it, and not very good staying power. If I started to sweat, or my face got oily, the foundation sort of..melted. I also found it too mask-like. It wasn't a good look, but I was convinced BE had to be the best there was since everyone was so in love with it. I was running low on BE and decided to sweep some of the Physicians Formula on my face and WOW. The color wasn't perfect (little bit yellowy for my very fair skin), but the coverage was great. It looked much more natural than BE . Now, the real thing that made me fall in love with it..after wearing it outside, walking around all day in almost 80 degree weather, my face was NOT melting off! Doesn't control shine too much, but the staying power, I think, makes up for it:) wow, this is long but I just wanted to let you know how much I love this stuff.
EDIT;; now that my summer color is gone, I find this to be a little dark, and kind of obvious. Still use it though:P
I've tried BE, Milani and Jane. My BE is still sitting half-used after 2 years -- it is simply a subpar product compared to Physician's and Milani. I just don't see what all the hype is about with BE -- no coverage, weird sheen -- whereas PF doesn't have those problems. I've also tried the PF compact and loose mineral powder and I like both -- the loose is more finely milled, so it gives me more coverage (but I have to blend more); the compact is easier to transport and apply. I love both. This is a great powder and I will buy again.