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Review: Physicians Formula Mineral Wear

So I was running low on my Everyday Minerals base. Really low. And since I have to buy  two different powders and combined them to match my skin (about a $30 minimum order) AND I have to wait for the shipping… I decided to try and find something quickly at the grocery.

What I wanted: Something that might serve as a quick in a pinch substitute and maybe to throw in my gym bag. Something that wasn’t going to kill me with chemicals either. No talc, no cornstarch, no parabens, no petroleum or mineral oil.

There’s not a lot at the grocery that fits those requirements. Even many of the powders labeled “mineral foundation” had toxic junk in them OR had something I know would break out my skin (cones like dimethicone. Dimethicone is a safe ingredient but it clogs my pores quickly for some reason.)

What I found was Physicians Formula Mineral Wear. Not the loose powder. Not the cream foundation. Both of those had junk in them. The plain pressed powder, spf 30, “16 hour airbrushing finish.” It’s pressed into a sort of wave pattern in a metallic aqua case. Don’t be tricked into thinking that because they have one good product that the rest of the Physicians Formula line has healthy ingredients too.

I bought beige. There were two colors available at the store.  There are apparently 3 colors available total. If they don’t work with your skin tone you’re SOL. It appears to me to blend pretty well though. I put it on my arm both the top and the bottom (which are different shades from being outside … plus I have freckles) and it held up to not looking too out of place on both sides.

Cost: $11.99+tax
Cosmetics Database gives it a 3.
Active Ingredients: titanium dioxide (15%), Zinc Oxide (10%)
Inactive Ingredients: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Tricaprylin, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Magnesium Silicate, Chlorphenesin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, May Contain:, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide

Click on any of the images below if you would like a closer view. All photos taken after a week of regularly wearing the Physicians Formula Mineral Wear

First impressions (first 10-15 minutes): Color works on my face. Better after I’ve added bronzer. It’s a little light for my skin otherwise. Coverage is not as good as Everyday Minerals and a little more obvious that I have powder on but it also doesn’t scream or look caked on. I think it’s a bit drying because suddenly I have some super-fine lines where I’ve never had any before. At least not regularly (if I don’t sleep and drink too much caffeine it’s been known to happen.) There’s no obvious makeupy smell to me which is good.

It’s the fine lines that already have me thinking that this is not something I want to wear daily. I’m not worried about natural wrinkles but I don’t want the products I’m applying to my face to start creating them at a rapid rate.

 

2nd DAY, applied my homemade moisturizer before the powder. Still dry feeling. Still creates little fine lines near my eyes. When I go to take it off at night my skin is flakier than usual. I suddenly realize this basically has retin-a in it which is sometimes used to treat acne. :/ I’m not sure but I want to give it a few more days.

After a day of wearing it: Well it stays on well. It doesn’t cause my skin to get oily. In fact still the opposite. Still dry at the end of the day.

3rd DAY, different moisturizer before applying it (Juice Beauty.) Trying to find the right combo. I don’t think I’ve ever felt my face this dry feeling this consistently. I don’t really like it. I think my face skin cells are turning over faster though which I’m thinking might be a good perk. Still dry feeling at the end of the night and now I seriously need to exfoliate. More than usual. I think what I dislike about this most is what it does around my eyes … how dry it makes that area even with moisturizer. Maybe I’ll apply something else around my eyes tomorrow. I don’t think more moisturizer is going to cut it.


OVER A WEEK:
Verdict. It’s really drying for me. This might be a good thing for some. If you have crazy oily face or acne I would give this a try. I have combination skin (usually … I still feel dry now without makeup on after a week of using this.) The color is good. It covers and evens out the skin blotchiness but I really seriously prefer the everyday minerals over this. I DO like knowing of at least one drugstore brand I can use in a pinch however.

I think I might keep it around and use it for my T zone on certain occasions  like if I think I’m going to have a long day or might have my photo taken.

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Everyday Minerals Glo base discontinued

I got this via email this morning (click image for larger view) and panicked since there seems to be a history of EM discontinuing my staple items (the Raw Sugar Bronzer AND the pressed powder foundation.) I quickly double checked the bases that I use and thankfully for me, I don’t use the “Original Glo” base.

But I thought I would post it to let people know that it looks like they’ll be selling them for a short period of time and then discontinuing them all together. So go grab som while you can if you use this base!

http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/base/original-glo.html

 

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Everyday Minerals “Natural Reflections Summer Bronze” Bronzer

http://www.everydayminerals.com/store/face-natural-reflections-summer-bronze.html

I got this to compare to Everyday Minerals “Raw Sugar” since they don’t carry that anymore and it’s my staple bronzer. Often bronzers will look either too pink or too yellow or too muddy on me (no matter how light I try and apply them.) The Summer Bronze is “ok” … I’m not amazed and in love but it’s better than nothing and it does NOT look too yellow or too pink.

In fact it will probably work pretty well for the summer because it has a hint of pink to it and I’m spending more time outside so I may need a little more contrast.I took a lot of photos so you can see it in different lights as well as compared to the Everyday Minerals medium beige foundation (in pics above.)

“Natural Reflections Summer Bronze” on LEFT and “Raw Sugar” on the RIGHT side of my hand. Pics inside and in direct light. The Summer Bronze does not have any shimmer which some people will probably like.

Everyday Minerals is becoming this horrible love hate relationship for me, I find something I love so much it becomes an staple item I use daily and bam, they stop carrying it. First the pressed powder, then the bronzer.

Right now this bronzer is only $4.50 for the full size so I expect this to go out of stock like anything else I like.

And a quick note on the foundation, I previously posted EM’s response about no longer having the pressed powder (though they “say” they’re planning on bringing it back, I just don’t think that’s likely anymore.) I bought both matte and semi-matte powders to try. I can’t use either individually, I really do have to mix them to get the right coverage and color for me which is really frustrating.

EM used to sell mixing containers … I need that because I don’t have any empty sifters and it’s a pain to open two different screw top containers each morning for one simple task. I really like their close-able sifter covers.

Anyone have any spare empty EM containers they want to ship to me? Otherwise I guess I could dump them both out into a bowl in the kitchen and then refill the existing containers … I guess that’s what I’ll actually end up doing.

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Everyday Minerals pressed powder base

So… I was going to do a review of the Everyday Minerals pressed powders. I love it but it suddenly sold out in November of 2010. I asked a few months ago if they were going to be getting them back in, their answer was yes. Well they’re still not in so I asked again. Here’s the response I got:

“We are currently looking into more eco-friendly packaging for our pressed powders. :)  We don’t have an estimated date for when they will be returning, but be sure to check back in the future for any updates.  The pressed powders were closest to our Matte/Semi Matte formula.

The big size products (blush, foundation, etc.) do come with the close-able sifter.  Please let us know if you have any additional questions.”

I did in fact ask which loose powder they were similar to and if the foundations came in a sifter (in case you’re wondering why the response included that info.)

I’m glad they’re trying to come up with a more eco-friendly solution but for those of us who have been using it everyday as a staple item it’s a bit frustrating to suddenly be left hanging.

I really really dislike loose powder because they seem to go everywhere on me but I have mastered the loose bronzer with the closable sifters… So … I’ll probably be getting some loose powder base soon so I can try it before I’m out completely of the pressed.

The Everyday Minerals pressed base beats the Pur pressed base hands down. Softer, healthier feeling and looking when applied than the Pur. Let’s hope that I don’t end up loathing the loose or that they bring back the pressed base soon!

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Everyday Minerals Pressed Powder Base

Thank you for contacting us.  The pressed powders should be back in stock in the near future, but at this time we don’t have an estimated date of when they will be returning.  So be sure to check back for any updates. :)  Please let us know if you have any additional questions.

Cristy,
Everyday Minerals

Yay! I’ll do a review soon of the pressed base I’m using… I was beginning to worry they weren’t going to bring it back. I actually went and asked because it’s been a couple of months.

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