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Physicians Formula

Nude Wear Touch of Blur

0.14 fl. oz. for $ 12.95
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Physicians Formula hypes Nude Wear Touch of Blur as a, "line blurring, all-in-one miracle tool [that] adds a touch of radiance while instantly smoothing skin for even tone and texture." In practice, it turns out to be an iffy choice.

Nude Wear Touch of Blur has a liqu-cream texture that flows through the rounded cushion puff of its turn-and-click-style applicator. The flexible puff works well tapped along the under eye, but isn't as handy if you want to use it on larger areas or for precise detail.

The formula has a satin finish and offers buildable light to medium coverage for imperfections. This really isn't "line blurring"—it won't make your fine lines disappear, but at least it doesn't exaggerate them (as some concealers do).

Of the two shades offered, we were only able to get our hands on the "Light" shade, which surprisingly isn't light. Instead, it skews more toward medium skin tones with an orange undertone, limiting the appeal. We're guessing the Light/Medium shade is along the same vein, only darker, but if you've tried it, please let us know in the Community Reviews tab.

Here's the kicker: Even if the color works for you, the formula contains the potentially irritating plant extract Tropaeolum majus, which makes it an iffy choice, especially to apply around the eyes. All things considered, there are much better "blurring" options to consider on our Best Specialty Products and Best Concealers lists.

Pros:
  • Buildable medium coverage for imperfections
  • Doesn't exaggerate fine lines and wrinkles.
Cons:
  • Orange undertone limits the appeal.
  • "Light" shade isn't actually light.
  • Contains potentially irritating plant extract.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No
Line blurring, all-in-one miracle tool adds a touch of radiance while instantly smoothing skin for even tone and texture. Weightless, blendable and ultra-hydrating cream formula glides onto skin and blends effortlessly for smooth, glowing and naturally perfected naked skin.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylolpropane Triisostearate, Dimethicone, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Glycerin, Mica, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, C20-24 Alkyl Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Stearic Acid, Pentylene Glycol, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Lactic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dipropylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Lauroyl Lysine, Lecithin, Nylon-12, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Polysilicone-11, Polysorbate 60, Propylene Carbonate, Silica, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tetrasodium EDTA, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Iron Oxides , Titanium Dioxide

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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