Very nice product. Gives a flawless look. The brush it comes with isn't gentle by any means, but why would anyone spend more when this works so well?
So this is my HG mineral foundation. I've tried Jane Iredale, Bare Minerals, and Alima. This beats them all, hands down. Jane Iredale was too dry/cakey, Bare Minerals looked like I was a shiny walking corpse with crater pores, and Alima was too heavy and made my fine lines into heavy duty lines (with surprisingly little coverage, too).
Enter our hero, Physician's Formula! Not too shiny, but just light-reflective enough to blur imperfections. Not too heavy, but plenty of coverage. Not too dry, but dry enough to stay matte. Long-lasting, non-irritating, natural-looking, and no zits after many days of use. Comes off easy with a foaming cleanser. Also, I guess it must have lots of SPF since it's primarily zinc oxide. And, it's cheapity-cheap-cheap at about $10. I mix the Translucent Light and the Buff to get my perfect match (I'm quite pale/freckled with neutral peachy undertones). My search is over! If you really want a great mineral foundation, you're crazy not to try this!
I bought this product in a gift set with a bronzer and eyeshadow duo. I originally would just brush this on over my concealer to set it and absorb any early morning oilies after i moisturized. Used that way, I never noticed any real coverage and subsequently stopped using it all together. i also found it to be a little light for my nc35 skin (bought in Medium). Then one day i was in sephora asking about BE foundation, and the SA showed me how to apply it by buffing it onto my skin, and recommended I add a little of the bronzer to the powder to make it match better. When i went home that night I took my old PF mineral powder, mixed some of the bronzer into it and used a small blush brush to buff it into my skin. The difference was astounding! The coverage was great but still natural looking , the colour finally matched and even gave me a bit of a tan and the wearing power was great! The brush that comes with this stuff is garbage, dont' bother with it, but it is a great product for a great price! i had to mix a lot of the bronzer with it to get the right skin tone, and will probably just buy the bronzer shade for summer anyway. But i definitely recommend it!
I like this powder. The color tends to be a bit on the orange side, but then again, I've yet to find a color that matches my skin tone (I'm of mixed european background that yielded a weird color scheme...lol). Having said that, the texture is decent and coverage is good, considering the price. Unfortunately it doesn't have SPF, which is a major drawback. Packaging is absolutely horrendous, as with all PF products. One word of caution: the brush is synthetic and very VERY hard. For those of us who have sensitive skin, it's like scrubbing your face with a brillo pad. My suggestion: use a sifter container from a leftover loose powder and hair brush. Overall, OK for the price but not the best.
I bought this after finishing a round of BE (because it was the only stuff I had, and I figured it was $25, better to not waste it...) and it's great. I love how the PF is more matte, not as shiney as BE is - it almost seemed iridescent! The brush sucks, I used it the first time after I bought it and I had bristles all over my face. I bought a $3 kabuki brush from Target instead and use that, for heavier application. If I'm just covering some redness I use a basic powder brush. It doesn't make my skin look cakey, or shiney, or any of that, and I just love it! Oh and it's cheap. Never a complaint there!
ATTENTION BARE ESSENTIALS USERS. I have been using BE products for the past year and liked them, but they never really gave me the coverage I wanted for my acne-prone, oily T-zone skin. So I didn't want to spend 25 bucks to replance a product I was only sort of happy with. I found this powder in Target for less than 10 bucks and decided to try it. I remembered a hint a make-up artist gave me once and poured a bit of powder in my palm and mixed it with my SPF moisturizer. WOW. It gives me full, all-day coverage and keeps away the shine. I couldn't believe it. I have been spending so much money trying to find the right foundation for years, and this 10-buck miracle is honestly the best thing I have ever found. Plus, it gives you .49 ounces for less than half the price BE gives you for .06 ounces. Mixing it with your moisturizer gives you no foundation lines and dries flawlessly. I even use the mix on my oily nose and have no issues with shine all day. The brush is ok, I brush on only a very little bit of powder after my moisturizer dries so I'm not that concerned with the brush. Ladies, if you want the comfort of mineral powder but need the coverage because of big pores, oily skin or acne, please try this trick. I threw out all of my expensive liquid and mineral stuff this morning and I couldn't be happier. Good luck!
This was the very first mineral product I bought. It wasn't what I expected in a mineral product at all. While I do really like this product, it provided no coverage for any darkness, uneveness, or redness when used alone on bare skin. (I bought the translucent so maybe that's the problem). However, I do use it over my Mary Kay medium coverage foundation and it leaves a nice coverage; my face resists sweating so my makeup stays put. I also purchase PF mineral viel and really liked it too. PF mineral foundation only comes in liquid and the colors look to unnatural for me so I won't bother purchasing it.
This is my first mineral loose powder, and I'm pretty happy with the results. I bought it specifically because I needed something light to set my make-up and wouldn't make me break out, as I have sensitive (or, I guess, allergy prone) skin and have had a history of reactions. This goes on very light and isn't that noticeable. It keeps my foundation looking great all day. I'm only using a small amount so I can see this lasting me for quite some time.
What I like most about this, aside from the fact that it doesn't give me a rash like other products I tried in the past (none of them loose powder, however), is that it doesn't give me a cakey or matte look. I use Marcelle's True Radiance make-up and it doesn't dimish the 'glow'-y effects at all. It goes on very light and helps smooth out my skin. I even ran it past a few friends when I asked them if the powder was too much, and they couldn't tell that I was wearing make-up at all.
The thing that I don't like about this product, however, is the packaging. There's no way to get the right amount out, apparently. It's either too much or too little. Following the advice of the others on MUA, I threw away the brush it came with. I apply with a face brush over my foundation. I have pretty good skin and I just use a very thin application of foundation to even out the tone, and even I can't use this as a stand-alone product. It works best in combination with foundation, IMO.
EDIT: It's getting hotter now so I have to keep re-applying throughout the day. Morning + a small touch-up in the mid-afternoon seems to work well. I sweat the most through my nose (ew) an that's where it needs to be touched up. Everywhere else is fine; on my cheeks and my forehead, areas which tend to accumulate oil and moisture, I look like I'm "glowing" instead of "sweaty and oily and annoyed that the office doesn't have air conditioning." Very nice. continued >>
I really want to like this product. I find it is so hard to apply. I don't like how my face look when I put it on. Like I was wearing a mask! Very thick!!!
I tried to use many different brushes. Still no luck. What brush do you girls use anyway?
This product is FANTASTIC! I have been spending hundreds of dollars every year on foundations, powders and concealers to cover up redness, broken capillaries, dark circles and hideous marks from various facial hair removal methods. I haven't felt confident about my skin in several years. But this product has changed all of that for me, and my face looks great. Surprisingly, the little baby brush worked great. The only minor poblem I have is that since the powder is so fine, it tends to cake up in the container and is sometimes hard to knock down into the collection area where you swirl your brush. The best method I've found is to tap on the side of the container, not the bottom.
What is super-wonderful about this product is how buildable the coverage is. I can lightly apply this to the areas of my face that look decent, and apply more layers to the really awful-looking parts. And it still looks natural! I use a concealer brush under my eyes to hide dark circles and to dab on resistant blemishes. It works great.
The Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Bronzing Veil is awesome, too. I apply that over the makeup like a blusher or bronzer to add some color. With just these 2 products, a coat of mascara and some lip gloss, I am one hot mama! It's nice to let my skin breathe for a change.
I have been using this for about 2 weeks, and it has done fabulous things to the condition of my skin! Like I said previously, all I am really wearing now is this product, the bronzing veil in the same line, mascara and lip gloss. I am wearing less and less of this loose powder every day, because my skin looks so great. I am not trapped under a mask all day, and my blemishes and redness are rapidly fading away. I cannot say enough positive things about this product. Also, the staying power is outstanding, and it doesn't rub off on my clothes the way my previous makeup did. Even my boyfriend has noticed smoother skin, and the fact that a MAN noticed the change is pretty amazing.