Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Review: Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Highlighter Pressed Powder

Physicians Formula multi-colored highlighter is like no other highlighter I have ever used. When you think highlighter you probably think a shimmery, luminescent or dewy cream or liquid product. The pressed powder line from Physicians Formula is meant to enhance the skin tone, correct imperfections and provide a soft and natural color without a harsh, monotone cast. I like the Physicians Formula brand because all their products are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, oil-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist approved. Their products are on the pricier side for the drugstore, but there are often 20-40% off sales, that's why I have so many. I have read several reviews that this product reminds people of the Guerlain brand powders which go for much steeper prices.

I was first attracted to this product because of the pretty variety of colors in it, you can see in the image above this comes with sections of pink, beige, purple, green, yellow and white. It's just pretty to look at, it resembles a soccer ball.

Now onto the packaging, this is a pressed powder that comes in a bulky silver plastic compact, underneath the product you have a mirror and a compartment for the provided brush. I never use the brushes that come with these, as you can tell, it hasn't even been taken out of it's wrapping. The way the product is made, it's deceiving you think you are getting more product than you actually are (the case with many PF products), this comes with 9g of product. The packaging I think is way too bulky and unnecessary.

Despite, this being dubbed as a highlighter, I use this primarily as a setting powder. Since I have dry skin, a lot of powders are really thick and drying on me. This powder is silky, matte and light, you can barely feel it. The coverage and color payoff of this product is sheer too. I have swatched some of the individual colors above and you can barely see them, and all mixed together, it just looks pinky white. You could use the colors separately to correct areas of your face, like the green on redness, the yellow on the eyelids and so on, but because they are so tiny, it's not really practical. I think it can work well all over to even out a dull complexion. I wouldn't say it highlights or brightens however, so the description and name of this doesn't really apply well, it should of been called a complexion brightener instead. I would recommend this for those with light skin, as it may look too obvious since it does come off with a pinky tone.

Have you used this powder? or any other Physicians Formula products?


Kristie said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the great swatches and review. I was looking into this product as a replacement for Guerlain. Looks like it leans a bit pink on the skin.

Rainy Days and Lattes said... Best Blogger Tips

I have the exact same powder :) I haven't used it in so long and it's one of the first makeup products I've ever bought. I guess I must look for it now! :)

Yuna said... Best Blogger Tips

I have to agree with you, I bought this powder thinking it would be a good highlighter but its way too sheer so its been in my stash forever but I'll try it out as a setting powder, thanks for the review!