Complexion, Sun Care - May 3rd, 2010
I love a good pressed powder foundation. A few years ago, that was all that I used – I was devoted to a Garden Botanika product, which has since been discontinued. Then I discovered some really good liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers, and that’s all I’ve used since. At least, until now. My pleasant experience with Pur Mineral’s product has led me on a quest to check out other pressed powders again. Physicians Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50 Powder Foundation is the first one I chose.
I picked one of these up at the drugstore in a buy-one-get-one-free deal: the foundation with the bronzer. I didn’t really need another bronzer, but I figured what the hey, it’s free! Guess what! I love it!
The powder foundation comes in a cute bright orange and pink compact, with a mirror and sponge included. You can apply it with the sponge or use a kabuki brush – the sponge gives a heavier application. The powder has a nice feel on the skin, doesn’t accentuate pores or fine lines like some powders do, and has a long wear to it. Because it’s a high SPF with zinc and titanium oxide, I do feel like it applies with a bit of a whitish cast at first, but this seems to go away after a few minutes. I’m using Translucent Light, the lightest shade. I’m not super-pale, but makeup in general tends to oxidize darker on me and using a lighter shade helps to correct that.
I really like this product! It blends perfectly on my skin. The color range is lacking shades for darker skintones, but anyone fair to medium should find a good fit. I really like that it is SPF 50. Wearing sunscreen consistently is the number one thing you can do to prevent the signs of aging in your skin – and I wanna stay looking young! If I can get sunscreen protection from a product I wear everyday anyway, bonus!!
A few words on the bronzer: the one I have is the second lightest shade, and I like it. Bronzer is tricky for me: not enough and it doesn’t show, too much and I look orange. I feel like this is a good formula and I like that the powder isn’t too soft. If it’s too soft, it’s easy to pick up too much product on the brush. This one is nice and hard, so I’m less likely to over-do it on the first try (I hate that!). With my handy Eco-Tools bronzer brush (love this!) I can sweep this bronzer on in a big C shape (forehead, temples, cheeks) and it looks natural! This one doesn’t turn orange on me! Yay! So I definitely recommend the bronzer too.
Overall, I give both products two thumbs up. The foundation makes it very easy to wear high SPF broad-spectrum protection without any of the issues I often have with liquid sunscreens (greasiness, etc).