Product Review: Physicians Formula Powder Palette® Mineral Glow Pearls

Physicians Formula Powder Palette® Mineral Glow Pearls
Physicians Formula Powder Palette® Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl, 8g, US$13.95

Physicians Formula is a drug store brand widely available in North America. I had never used this brand, but lately, to cut down on my beauty budget, I cut corners. This isn’t cheap for a drug store brand though – I got this for CAD$18.99 plus taxes at Shoppers Drugmart so the total came to about US$20.

I forgot to take a picture before I started using it, so this picture isn’t the prettiest. Anyway, onto the actual review. What can I say except this is an overpriced drugstore product that sounds much better than it actually is? The powder is not fine enough, so it sits on the skin’s surface and cakes over time (doesn’t take long). It’s hard to get it right – you either end up underusing it or overusing it. Though my skin isn’t oily, this becomes very oily on me about midday. The glitter is large (the powder isn’t fine enough) so it’s very glittery if you aren’t careful.

I normally don’t use the brush it comes with anyway but in this case the brush is useless too. The compact broke very easily – it slipped from my hand down to my vanity table, a 5cm drop and the lid broke just like that! And because the bottom of the compact has holes (presumably to air out the brush?), it’s highly inconvenient because you will end up having glittery powder all over your handbag or makeup bag or wherever you put it.

I hate it so much I rarely use it, only along the bridge of my nose as a luminizer. For that amount of money this is really not up to par.

**After I isolated this product to use on my skin, I discovered that this actually gave me pimples on my forehead and cheeks, and I don’t have acne prone skin! (I used Meishoku Bigan Lotion and it zapped those budding zits overnight, leaving no trace, thank God!)

Mica, Kaolin, Silica, Nylon-6, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Lauroyl Lysine, Acrylates / C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Pearl Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Bis-PEG-12 Dimethicone Beeswax, Caprylyl Glycol, Microcrystalline Wax, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Polybutene, Methicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenethyl Alcohol. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Aluminum Hydroxide, Carmine, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Yellow 5 Lake.

The only good thing is that Physicians Formula doesn’t test on animals. I don’t think I will ever purchase (waste money on) their products again.

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