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Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Loose Powder

About.com Rating 2.5 Star Rating


Updated April 30, 2009

Photo © Angela Palmer

Physicians Formula Mineral Makeup Loose Powder

Photo © Angela Palmer

The Bottom Line

A nice powder to touch up oiliness throughout the day, but not one that will conceal the look of breakouts.

If you're looking for a gentle, translucent powder this one will fit the bill. Those wanting the coverage you get from a more traditional mineral makeup powder are going to be disappointed.

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  • Very sheer and light.
  • Gives an SPF 16.
  • Tones down oily shine.
  • Gentle formula.


  • Small container top makes it messy to use.
  • Brush is too small.
  • Offers almost no coverage.


  • Mineral makeup loose powder designed for sensitive or breakout-prone skin.
  • Noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic.
  • Talc-free, oil-free, and fragrance-free.

Guide Review - Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Loose Powder

Mineral makeup is a hot product, often billed as the perfect acne makeup. Just look at all the choices available now, beyond the mineral makeup frontrunner Bare Minerals. You can even find mineral makeup at your local retail store, which is where I found Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Loose Powder.

The box promises foundation coverage, but doesn't even come close. It's way too sheer to give anything other than a matte look to the skin. Foundation coverage? No way.

My main beef with this product, though, is the packaging. The tiny tray makes it impossible to apply makeup to the brush without spilling it all over your hands, and the sifter lid just gets in the way.

I wasn't thrilled about the small brush either. It would take forever to cover the entire face with it, so I ended up using a larger powder brush I already owned.

But this powder does have some good qualities. I really did like the silky feel. It's great for oily shine touch-ups throughout the day, without getting cakey.

Worn alone it doesn't give any coverage at all, but it makes a nice powder over the top of foundation or concealer. It's super gentle too, so those with extra sensitive skin will probably be able to use it without a problem.

Basically, for a light dusting of powder this is a nice product. If you're wanting to tone down redness, even out your skin tone, and hide breakouts (or post-breakout discolorations) you'll be happier with a different makeup.

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