Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Powder Review

I’ve mentioned quite a few times before that I’m not a very big fan of talc and try to stay away from it as much as possible. It’s not so bad when it’s an ingredient in eyeshadows, but it’s really a problem for me in face products. Thankfully, Makeup Geek has some amazing blushes and bronzers that I love. But when it comes to face powder, I was having a difficult time finding a product that didn’t include talc and since it’s something that goes over my entire face, it was desperately needed. When I was walking through the store, I found this Physician’s Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free loose powder. I don’t really like Physician’s Formula products, but figured it was worth a try because it was the only talc-free loose powder I could find.
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For some background information, talc is basically just a cheap filler that most companies use in powdered products. Whether it be loose or pressed powder, eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, etc. talc is usually the very first (or one of the first) ingredients. Talc isn’t very good for the skin to begin with and many people struggle with its side effects. For me, that’s acne. I’ll start breaking out anywhere on my face that I place that talc product. On my cheeks, forehead, temples, it doesn’t matter. Talc ruins my skin. Ever since I figured out that talc was the culprit, I have tried my absolute hardest to stay away from anything that includes it as an ingredient and have noticed a huge difference on my skin.
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This powder comes with .49 oz of product and includes an SPF of 16. It does include titanium dioxide, which isn’t my favorite alternative to talc but it is slightly more gentle on my skin. I picked mine up in the shade Creamy Natural and it matches me pretty well. Since it’s a loose powder, the match of the color isn’t as important as a pressed powder because it can be applied more sheer. Although loose powders are much more messy to work with, I do prefer them just because I feel like they give a more natural appearance on the skin. This packaging, in particular, is one of the more messy ones and I definitely think it’s something they should improve on. I left the little white sticker that it came with and just poked a few holes in it to try and minimize the mess.
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As far as application of this powder and how it wears on the face, I do really like it. It doesn’t look cakey, it feels nice and fresh, it’s easy to work with (aside from the mess), and it looks natural. I didn’t notice anything spectacular about this powder compared to other ones when it comes to how well it performed. It has very light coverage and did diminish the look of my pores slightly. It had an average control over my oil and I still have to blot a few times throughout the day, but I honestly don’t think that will ever change. I didn’t notice any separation towards the end of the day and it also doesn’t cling to dry patches very much.
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I was skeptical of this powder because I haven’t been impressed with very many of Physician’s Formula products in the past and I had some high expectations for what I wanted from the powder, but I would say that I do recommend this product. I love that it performs just as well as other powders that I used to like, but without the talc. I’m so happy I found this product and that it’s still at drugstore prices! Let me know your thoughts if you’ve tried this product before or experienced any issues with talc yourself.

~Mani Monday~
Can you tell I’m completely in the Spring spirit now? I just can’t get enough of these bright colors! Although the weather has been gloomy and rainy, having bright nails keeps the spirit up. This week, I’m wearing a Julie G nail polish called Julie’s Fave. I loveee this color!! The formula isn’t my favorite because it doesn’t last as long as I would like it to, but it’s also not the worst either. With a good base and top coat, I can probably make it last five days at the most.
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What’s on your nails this week?

~Christina~

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