Sweetassgal here ,to bring you the best natural and organic products our Mother Earth has to offer us by the way of Green Chi Tuesdays!
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! My husband and I unfortunately spent most of it laboring in the yard and fighting the pokers in my giant palm tree. By the time Sunday evening came around we decided to spend a little time just relaxing and I sat down to MY labor of love…reviewing for Megs. Up for today’s organic consideration is Physicians Formula Organic Wear Pressed Powder. Let me first say that I am one of the few people on this site that seems to prefer pressed powder to loose and doesn’t fawn over Mineral Veil. Loose mineral powders are very much the rage and those who love them are truly devoted to them. As much as I like to party with the cool kids…I don’t find they work well for me and I always end up back to the compact.
I have a very romantic view of the oh so feminine compact. I’m one of those strange thirty something’s that still thinks women should travel in open convertibles wearing a silk scarf, red lipstick, large sunglasses and a Dior Shift dress with peep toe pumps. The elegance of a sleek and sophisticated compact simply adds to the image in my minds eye. That said I can begin with the packaging of the Physicians pressed powder. The environmentalist in me loves the fact that its made of a heavy weight sort of dense cardboard and a very small amount of plastic on the top revealing the powders color which is extremely land fill friendly. The Italian countryside driving in a vintage Corvette fashionista in me finds it very dull and a little flimsy once time has ravaged it in the bottom of my mammoth hand bag. This is an every day looking kind of compact and not one I’d pull out at Le Cirque for a post dinner powder but would be right at home at my local granola and bean sprouts eatery.
Up next and completely disappointing is the tiny little flat bristle brush that comes with it. The bristles are stiff and the width falls short of being able to embellish a dolls cheek. I almost hated to dig the brush into the cute leaf pattern that is pressed into it but it is necessary because the powder is a weave of two shades and to get the necessary effect they must be combined. After one or two swipes of the brush I gave up on that application and tossed the brush in the rubbish pot. Out came my trusty Two Faced Kabuki brush (the softest thing on the planet) and I began to swirl and apply. The powder was soft and slightly luminous but very sheer. This is the kind of powder to either be worn on a casual day when you aren’t vying for a heavy makeup look or when you can begin with a base first to really set the powder. I found it took quite a few turns with the brush to get the kind of coverage necessary to tone down my ruddy skin but was pleased with the results in the end. I set off to do some work around the house and checked in on the staying power from time to time. Since it was a laboring weekend I got a little warm and the powder held up moderately well. My skin is combination normally, leaning to oily when I’m working hard and the effect of this showed up about 3 hours after application. On a typical day at the office I’m sure it would have held up much longer. Here’s a little more about its organic properties…
Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Pressed Powder ~ Naturally Perfects and Protects
100% Free of Harsh Chemicals, Synthetic Preservatives, Parabens, GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms), Synthetic Colors and Fragrances and is cruelty free. 100% of the Total Ingredients are of a Natural Origin, 15% of the Total Ingredients are Produced from Organic Farming and the powder is Formulated with EcoBlend™ to condition, fortify and protect skin from environmental impurities. OrganiSoy™ Helps even out skin tone and texture to restore skin smoothness. Eco-Olive™ Natural antioxidant helps shield skin from harsh environmental aggressors.
All in all this is a very sweet and uncomplicated little powder. Think less Grace Kelly and more Gidget…and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I’m happy to have an organic powder option who’s packaging won’t still be around when I’m kickin’ it on South Beach with my other three Golden Girls (I’m Rose by the way) but I won’t turn to it when I win my first Pulitzer for makeup reviewing and end up on the Today Show. It’s available at any drugstore and prices around $14.00 which isn’t bad considering I’ve paid a lot more for powders that had far less redeeming attributes.
Are you a fan of Physicians or do you know of the perfect organic powder that is kind to the earth and still looks darling in my white gloved hand?!? Let us know. GLAM ON megsmakeup gals!