I have been using this pressed powder for years now. It does not look pasty over foundation and it is very finely milled, albeit somewhat more sheer than other pressed powders I have tried. I appreciate that the way it goes on is how it stays on for a good portion of the day, without the need for frequent touch-ups. It does not turn orange or settle into fine lines, helping it to deliver on its promise to de-emphasize signs of aging.
There is one caveat, though: For those with oily or blemish-prone skin this product may fail to impress. (For an alternative, Coty Airspun Powder is a classic.) What this PF CoverToxTen50 pressed powder is best for is what it is advertised for --- normal to dry skin that is beginning to show signs of aging. (It is ideal as an overlay, for example, over any foundation designed to improve luminosity --- likewise over tinted moisturizers that impart a "dewy effect" --- because it won't obliterate the look.) The only other caveat I can mention, is that the color choices run light. Because it has some translucency, I found that the medium shade was best for me --- the others washed me out.
Many powders highlight the dryness of one's skin --- if that's a problem --- whereas this powder maintains a more neutral, natural look. The anti-aging ingredients such as GABA --- ingredients that are an extremely rare find in a drugstore brand --- do tingle ever so slightly but in all my years of using this I have never had it progress to anything that would redden or irritate my skin. (To the contrary, I take it as an indication that it actually has ingredients that are strong enough to produce some effect.) I do recommend ditching the included brush in favor of a kabuki brush, with softer bristles, because it improves application and comfort considerably (if applying with the included brush, it does tend to feel scratchy for a minute or two). After applying pressed powder, which is the final step in my make-up routine, I find that it improves wear when followed by a spritz of water to "seal" the look.
I can't say the anti-aging ingredients are a cure-all but they do seem to offer a modest benefit. Still, for best results I pair this pressed powder with Physicians Formula CoverToxTen50 Wrinkle Therapy (liquid) Foundation. (The latter is/was my HG liquid foundation --- a product that drove nearly everyone who tried it crazy due to the brush-on applicator --- yet the formula itself is pure gold, more long-wearing and natural in look and feel than any foundation I have purchased.)
Sadly, a lot of the PF products, which I have always found to be of higher-than-average quality even on sensitive and problem skin, are disappearing from store shelves as of this date. In my area, CVS, Walgreens and just about any store that stocked this brand has phased it out. It's easier to locate at Walmart and Target. Still, this observation got me wondering if the brand itself is about to go under? Well not quite. I read a news article from September 2012 indicating that Physicians Formula has been sold to Markwins International, a privately-held beauty company. For those who love a PF product, it may be time to let the new owners know what you want to continue to buy. With any luck, they'll go on producing the CoverToxTen50 line of products. I hope Markwins International will also go on producing the Minderal Wear line of pressed powder blushes, also a long-time favorite of mine.
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