Tuesday, May 8, 2012

AMW Reviews: Physicians Formula Talc-Free Mineral Wear Face Powder

I prefer powder foundation over face powders anytime of the day!  Kindly explain to me though, why I love MAC's Mineralized Skin Finishes?  Oh yeah, I remember now!  I prefer face powders for retouch rather than powder foundation to prevent the heavy-feel or patches due to my "mostly dry, sometimes combination skin type".

Since my MAC's MSF went straight to my traincase and it never see the light of day *laughs*, I have Physicians Formula inside my pouch for my quick "retouch" powder!  I have to say, I have been using this on and off since February which explains why it took me THIS long to finally share my thoughts.


Physicians Formula says ---
Includes built-in mirror and brush.  Hypoallergenic.  Fragrance-free.  Oil-free.  Talc-free.  Non-comedogenic.  Dermatologist approved. 

Net Wt. 0.3 oz./9g.
Ingredients: Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Squalane, Zinc Oxide, Boron Nitride, Kaolin, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Ultramarines.

AMW says ---
  • Clear packaging with built-in mirror and brush.
  • Expiration date shown on package.
  • Very light-weight.
  • Easy to apply and looks super natural.
  • Build-able coverage, from light to medium.
  • Fragrance-free
  • Since this product is talc-free, skin can breath.
  • Great product for sensitive skin.  Does not break me out.
  • Controls the oil and can be applied all over face several times and won't look cake-y.
  • ALMOST comparable to MAC's MSF.
  • I wish this comes with a sponge applicator or puff so consumers get to apply this product both ways!
  • Since this is available online, color-matching could be tricky!

This is a great face powder for sensitive skin because of its' talc-free, fragrance-free, oil-free properties.  Please do not expect heavy coverage as this product is meant to be a face powder, NOT powder foundation.  This is a great product to use to set your liquid/cream foundation or on top of a tinted moisturizer or BB Cream for a light and natural makeup look. 

This product is almost comparable to the MAC's Mineralized SkinFinish.

  • For light coverage or re-touch, use the brush provided.
  • If you prefer to apply this product on its own, use a sponge or powder puff for better and more even coverage.
  • If you have sensitive skin and light make-up is your choice, use a primer or BB Cream underneath, cover spots with your choice of concealer then set with Physicians Formula Talc-Free Mineral Wear Face powder.
  • If you like a natural "contour" on your face, purchase 2-3 shades darker and use this as a contouring powder.
  • Same concept as above, if you like the highlight some parts of your face, purchase 2-3 shades lighter and use as highlighter.  This product is natural enough to create contours and highlights.
  • Applying too much (with dry skin) may create "powdery" look, but this will be gone as soon as the product blends in with the skin's natural oil.  I strongly suggest to moisturize drier areas prior to product usage.
  • Though this product is hypo-allergenic, it pays to note down your skin condition while using this product.  Once signs of irritations occur, STOP product usage IMMEDIATELY.
Will I repurchase?

To whom do I recommend this to?
Anyone with sensitive skin or are under dermatologists' treatment.

Where to purchase and how much?
Available at TameraOnline.com for USD16.00 (approx Php686.16).

Product photo and swatches

Shade: BEIGE on Pan
Beige shade has a hint of yellow/pink blended well together.  It may look dark for me on pan but it blends well a couple of minutes after application.

Swatch on Fingers
The powder shoes up with light to medium covearage, 
Yellow undertone is more evident so this color works for most Asians.

I used the free brush without any foundation underneath

(Note: Kindly forgive me for the different color of photos on both before and after, I can't explain why the lighting changed all of a sudden under fluorescent light.)

L- Bare Faced
-R- Applied Physicians Formula Talc=Free Mineral Wear Face Powder in Beige all over face and neck.

Have you tried any of the Physicians Formula products?
I have to admit, this is my first and seems like they are known for natural-looking products meant for sensitive skin.

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!

(Product received for review.  Opinions 100% mine.  Please purchase at your own discretion.)


  1. looks like a must try.. i hope this is available in beauty bar..I think they carry the brand though there might still be no testers.

    1. I'm not sure if they carry this at Beauty Bar :) But do check it out :)

  2. hi can i ask if the tranlucent shade is not too light for asian skin?

    1. Hi Anonymous, I only tried the Beige one so I can't say anything about the translucent shade, all I can say is that these shades aren't too heavy as you get to apply them by using brush...so I think the shades are ok for Asian Skin.

    2. thanks nikki, i'm planning to order one from tamera, i'm just making sure i get the correct shade, i'm very picky bout shades. i can see that beige already suits you and i think you're whiter than me, i also just want to brighten my face a bit with this powder, but not too white though..i don't know if i should choose beige or transluscent, please advise, thanksss (-:

    3. If you are fairer than me, then I suggest you check with Tamera for the next shade darker than Beige...If you are very picky about shades, well I hope you get to pick the right shades online, I am not that particular with shades that's why I'm ok with online ordering, if you are, I suggest you check with Tamera if they have a suggested shade for your particular shade. Maybe let them know your equivalent shades from other brands.


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