Physician’s Formula Organic Wear: The Verdict

by Valerie on April 30, 2008 · 0 comments

So, in sum, after my reviews on Physician’s Formula Organic Wear products, what do I think? The ingredients are 100% naturally-sourced, though the proportion of organic to non-organic ingredients ranges from 15% (in the powder) to 80% (in the tinted moisturizer). The ingredients are mostly good, happy, skin-loving ingredients, but the touch of aluminium in the tinted moisturizer bothers me to be honest, though everything I read indicates it is minute.

Compared to my usual makeup products, I think the wear is only ok overall when you use the products altogether. I like a very flawless natural face (a la Laura Mercier meets Bobbi Brown) and I don’t think these products give you that unless you have flawless skin to begin with. Let’s face it, most of us don’t.

The first three products that I reviewed (tinted moisturizer, pressed powder, bronzer) are all very good as standalone, but worn together did not provide the final finish I like. They do provide a nice natural face, but again, if you don’t have flawless skin, they are best worn separately to supplement your existing arsenal.

This is also a good time to mention that I was comparing a drugstore medium-end line to department high-end products. As much as I have tried to find drugstore tinted moisturizers and powders that give me the flawless finish of high end products, I have not been able to. Drugstore makeup is better for color makeup, and I have found lots of things I like. But when it comes to building your base, I have found high-end is better. I promise a blog post about this in May!

Ultimately, I was hoping for more and that was probably unfair of me. I expected the organic line that gave me perfect skin. I totally fell for the idea that organic will make everything better.

Now that I am looking at this more realistically, the line has many redeemable points. The tinted moisturizer is great for weekends, and I like the powder for touch-ups in my purse. The container is sturdy and the powder does a great job of absorbing oil without caking. The bronzer if truly excellent if you skin does not turn it orange. That is a very individual issue. Most bronzers go orange on me, which is why I did not hold that against this bronzer. Just because it oxidized on me does not make it a bad product, though I am curious if it is a widespread problem (if anyone tries it, please post in the comments!).

Oh, and just avoid the blush.

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