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.
I have been really into mineral makeup lately, so I thought I would try this one. I have only tried BE foundation and was Medium Beige. I liked that one bc of the no makeup feel, healthy skin aspects. I have large pores and did have some problems with them looking big. The Physicians formula is very similar to BE I have to say. I bought the Natural Beige color, and it worked pretty well. It is not as perfect of a match as the BE, but pretty darn close. It has a slight tan almost orange tint. This looks really good when I use self tanner though. I am not a person that cares AT ALL about packaging, I only care about the actual product. I dont travel and really dont mind the packaging. But I could see how the design of this could be bad for some girls. I just immediately threw the silly brush away and took off the top part so I just have the dome like lid. I just sprinkle the powder on a kleenex in the morning and use a big powder or kabuki brush. It gives you great even coverage, and as long as I am not terribly broken out it covers well. It stayed put all day long, which was surprising. The first couple days I usd it I was really broken out and was looking for minimal makeup to help my skin recover. My skin started clearing up almost instantly! Next I am going to try Everyday Minerals bc of its excellent reviews, but I would buy this again.
I love this stuff!! I tried some expensive brand in the mall at one of those carts(secret minerals or something)... and something told me to try this since it had no talc and bismuth, and was inexpensive. I love the color I chose and it even covers the burn on my foot. I like the fact that it doesn't cover to the point where it looks fake but moreso evened out. I do hate the fact that you cant test to match color, but I put like 2-3 different shades up to my skin in the mirror and chose the Bronzer shade. Perfect match...Thank goodness! You know with drug store make-up it can be hit or miss! Anyways I do agree that the brush is way too hard and does not apply the minerals like they should be applied, but at least they give you one unlike others you have to spend extra for it. But ladies get a good, soft, full-head Kabuki brush for your loose minerals. In my opinion the brush doesnt have to be expensive, but do follow the guide lines above.
I tried this after using BE for 2 years, and I'm glad I did! I was satified with BE, but PF is less creamy and gives a matte finish without a finishing powder. I actually think it works best if I mix the two. For color reference, I use BE's light and PF's Buff Beige. As for the packaging, not so great. It's bulky, but it does come with a small kabuki brush. I dont think the small brush picks up much of the powder, so I use my BE heavenly brush to apply. I want to try Everyday Minerals, but as for repurchasing, I'd pick PF over BE.
I love this product!! It doesn't make me break out at all like other powders. The brush is hard but I just use a different one. I've already bought this in 2 other shades for the summer.
I can't beleive i waited so long to try this. I just got it in the shade natural beige, it's a tad darker than I thought but it should be good for summer. It's really hard to tell the shades in the package, i wish they had testers in the store. The coverage is really nice, it really does look like your skin only better. covers acne and scars well if you buff in a little extra in those areas. I tried my friends L'oreal mineral powder and hated it, the application was blotchy and settled into dry areas, this doesn;t do that at all. The price is good too at $13 Can. Yes the packaging does need an overhaul as mentioned in other reviews.
For the price, the amount of powder you get and the coverage, this product rocks! I've used two other more expensive mineral loose powders carried in Sephora also and this one beats them on price and the ingredients are the same. It truely is "mineral" makeup. BEWARE! When you read ingredients of other products claiming to be "mineral" makeup, they almost always contain talc. Talc makes a product NOT mineral makeup! This doesn't cause breakouts, is easy to apply and looks really natural. I've had several people make comments about me not wearing any makeup since I've been using this. Cracks me up because I wear makeup everyday. If they think my skin looks that even, let 'em!
P.S. I'm very active and use this before I got for a mountain bike ride with mascara and after all the sweating I do (a lot - I'm in California!) I must say I look pretty good after a 2 hr. ride!
P.S.S. I'm VERY acne prone and haven't had any problems with this mineral makeup.
I know this review is technically for the loose product, but one reviewer said she turned Oompa Loopma Orange with the Translucent Light LOOSE powder but LOVED the PRESSED powder. I saw this shade at Walgreen’s, CVS Target & got buy 2 get one free at Ulta! I put lotion on clean skin & apply the foundation. The pressed version is very portable & application isn't messy, unless you use included scratchy brush, which rakes up too much product in little "crumbs". I replaced it with a round sponge that fits in the mirrored compartment. If you have dry, sensitive skin; consider trying this powder. It does not have talc or ingredients that irritate acne prone or sensitive skin. It was the only drug store that was a true mineral powder.