Today’s Foundation Friday is definitely the most interesting cruelty free product I’ve tried in a while. We’ve all probably heard about BB cream, but have you ever heard of BB Powder. While I was shopping on Ulta’s site, I came across this foundation from Physician’s Formula. I’ve literally never heard of a BB Powder. The novelty alone was enough for me to try it. And that’s what led me to try the Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-One Beauty Balm Powder.
According to the PF website, this powder claims to even out imperfections and skin tone and minimize the appearance of pores. It claims to be weightless protection from UV rays and moisture loss throughout the day. It contains SPF 30, and you can use this powder with concealer and cream products.
Ahhh.. the shade range. There two, count them, TWO shades. You have the option of Light/Medium and Medium/Deep. I know this powder will not work for me during the fall/winter, because it only matches me with a tan. This is not for very pale or very dark people, which is disappointing.
For shade comparisons, here are foundations that match me:
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation in Porcelain
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation in 100 (first impressions video here)
rms beauty Un Cover-Up Foundation/Concealer in 000 (review here)
Wet n Wild MegaCushion Foundation in 106A (review here)
Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Foundation in Soft Ivory (review here)
NYX Matte Not Flat in Ivory (review here)
HOW TO APPLY
As you can see in the pictures below, this comes with a small plastic brush that fits into the bottom portion of the compact. Don’t use it. It’s awful. The bristles are so stiff, it kicks up so much powder. It made a mess on my vanity. I have been using my Real Techniques powder brush, and I’ve been very happy with it.
One light layer is more than enough. I tried this over foundation, over primer, on bare (moisturized) skin, and I’ve built it up to the point of looking cakey. The only way this BB powder looks good is in a light layer. This makes it perfect for hot summer days and getting ready quickly. This is perfect for anyone who doesn’t want a lot of makeup during the summer and moms who are just trying to get ready quickly. I love the ease of application.
The idea behind this foundation is pretty cool. I am a huge fan of BB creams and CC creams, so what I expected from this powder was radiant skin and light coverage. My skin looked amazing with this powder, aside from the areas of large pores. My skin looked more radiant as the day went on. I suspect it was my natural face oils melding with the powder and they somehow look good together.
That being said, my trouble areas (in between my eyes and fronts of my cheeks) have large pores and this powder accentuated them. This powder claims to minimize pores, but my large pores were not minimized.
In my opinion, this is a medium coverage and it totally surprised me. I didn’t expect anything above light coverage, but I really love the texture and coverage level. Overall, my skin looks smooth and doesn’t feel oily at all throughout the day. Aside from the obvious issues of shade range and pore issues, I love this. It was a very pleasant surprise to finally find a base that looks good in the summer.
Please tell me I’m not the only one new to BB Powder?!
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