Murumuru Butter Lip Cream SPF 15
There aren’t many lipsticks with broad-spectrum sunscreen on the market, so we’re glad to see Physician’s Formula offering their Murumuru Butter Lip Cream SPF 15. This creamy lipstick with a glossy finish has a lot going for it, including a great range of rich, medium coverage shades.
Although this provides reliable sun protection from its blend of UVA-screening avobenzone and other non-mineral actives, the SPF rating is below what medical boards around the world advise using (SPF 30 is preferred). However, given the lack of good lipsticks with sunscreen, we’ll take what we can get--SPF 15 isn’t ideal, but it’s no slouch, either!
This “lip cream” is packaged like a traditional lipstick. Swivel the stick up and apply, but be careful: the creamy-bordering-on-greasy texture easily slips outside the natural lip line, especially if you have lines around the mouth. Unless you have full lips, we advise applying with a separate lip brush for precision.
The colors are beautiful and leave a lasting stain once the emollience wears away. But do keep in mind if you’re wearing this outside (for sun protection benefits) you’ll want to reapply long before the moisturizing feel wears away. Reapplying within two hours is necessary to maintain the level of sun protection when outdoors.
As for the supporting ingredients, you’re getting tried-and-true emollients (with the polybutene pushing this toward greasiness) including the murumuru butter that’s part of this lipstick’s name. You also get antioxidants from ingredients like shea butter, pomegranate sterols, and cocoa butter.
All told, there’s more to like than dislike, assuming you’re willing to tolerate this lipstick’s slickness. It does contain a subtle flavor, but the fragrance isn’t overpowering.
- Provides broad spectrum sun protection.
- Gives lips rich, medium coverage color.
- Good range of shades.
- Tends to easily migrate in to lines around the mouth.
- SPF rating is below the current recommended amount.
A buttery lip color providing the ultimate creamy cushion texture to nurture and protect lips. Ultra-luxurious lip color features Butter Blend plus SPF to protect your perfectly creamy lips while taking care of them.
Physicians Formula At-A-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive; almost all products fragrance-free; outstanding cleansers; pressed powder with broad-spectrum sunscreen; several bronzing powder options (primarily for fair to light skin tones); one of the only lines at the drugstore selling matte finish eyeshadows; the loose powder; most of the blushes; good liquid liner; excellent automatic brow pencil.
Weaknesses: Dated moisturizer formulas; several sunscreens lack sufficient UVA protection; jar packaging; several of the makeup products epitomize wasteful packaging; the shade selection for almost all the foundations and concealers is awful; tons of gimmicky products that dont perform as well as you'd think but are eye-catching in their compacts; the lip color and lip plumper; mostly average to disappointing mascaras;the Organic Wear products either have undesirable textures or contain irritating ingredients.
There aren't really any doctors at Physicians Formula (the founder of the company was an allergist, Dr. Frank Crandell, but that was back in 1937), and no physicians currently sell or endorse it either. The company asserts that "The term hypoallergenic is more than just a cosmetic claim for Physicians Formula. It is the basis for every product that is created. Physicians Formula honors this claim through stringent product testing and quality control. In fact, Physicians Formula products are formulated without 132 known irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today." While the line doesn't list the "132 known irritating ingredients" that they claim not to use, one of their newer products contains menthol, which serves no purpose for skin other than to cause irritation, and other products contain alcohol and witch hazel, which won't make any cosmetic chemist's or dermatologist's list of anti-irritants.
It's good that the skin-care products have been streamlined. There are some excellent makeup removers and a couple of gentle sunscreens whose sole active ingredient is titanium dioxide. Surveying this line in its entirety reveals that makeup is its major focus. However, as you'll see from the Physicians Formula makeup reviews below, things aren't exactly rosy there, either.
For more information about Physicians Formula, call (800) 227-0333 or visit www.physiciansformula.com.
Physicians Formula Makeup
Does this assortment of makeup products have what the doctor ordered? The enormous selection of makeup (no other line at the drugstore sells more individual pressed powders, concealers, or powder bronzers) has seen some noteworthy improvements in recent years, but far too much of it is still built on gimmicky premises or eye-catching graphics while performance and texture are given short shrift. And for a line where just about every product carries on about its goodness for sensitive skin and the non-comedogenic nature of its ingredients, they're not using anything that other companies aren't also using, not to mention that many of the ingredients that show up in these products (such as waxes and occlusive thickening agents) can absolutely clog pores.
Still, for a line with increased retail presence in major drugstores, you may be wondering just what to pay attention to, and the good news is that there are indeed some finds among all the mosaic powders and oddly packaged concealers. Physicians Formula has never done foundations and concealers well, and for the most part that still holds true today. Only one of their concealers is recommended, while the others are best described as dismal. The expansive powder category has several attractive options, including a pressed powder with sun protection and many worthwhile bronzing powders. You'll also find best beauty buys among the blushes and other key products, including the matte eyeshadows, felt-tip eyeliner, brow pencil, and a few of the mascaras. There isn't anything medical or extra-pure about Physicians Formula makeup, but if you know what to look for and are on a budget there are some products that any doctor concerned with the subject of beauty would appreciate!
Note: The shade range of this line does not cater to darker skin tones. In fact, for some products, only those with fair to light skin will find options.
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