I was walking through my nearby drugstore recently and saw that they were running a 40% off sale on Physicians Formula products. I thought it might be a nice opportunity to try a new luminizer, which is a category of my makeup collection that I’ve been meaning to expand. Physicians Formula offers a few different golden-toned versions of their Mineral Glow Pearls meant for different skin tones as well as a translucent variety, Translucent Pearl, that’s indicated as being appropriate for all skin tones.
I purchased Translucent Pearl, which I’d say does live up to its name and doesn’t seem to add any color to skin, just a bit of brightness. I can see a little bit of very fine sparkle if I look really closely, but the effect is mostly that of a luminous glow. When I blend it further into my skin with a brush, the sparkle all but disappears.
It picks up really easily from the pan, but doesn’t drop a lot of dust. The compact itself actually stays pretty clean, which is nice. It’s very easy to use and blends readily. I think it’s nicely appropriate for everyday wear, and seems to last well throughout the day.
The formulation is free of fragrance and parabens, which makes me happy. There’s pearl extract in there, too. I don’t really have any thing to say about that, I don’t know if that’s a useful thing in a powder or if it’s just a gimmick.
There’s a second compartment in the compact that includes a mirror and brush. It’s nice to get usable tools like this product provides, though it be my personal preference to skip ‘em and to just have a smaller compact. No big deal, though.
I think Physician’s Formula is pretty good at face powders, bronzers and blush. They tend to be really easy to use, easy to blend, and relatively difficult to overdo. That’s a broad generalization, but it’s been my experience. I think the Mineral Glow Peals fit this generalization, as well. I like this highlight powder (not sure I love it yet) and it’ll be a nice, easy product to reach for on a day to day basis. The translucent variety works well for me, personally, but there are other options to try if you’re looking for a little color with your glow.
Have you tried the Mineral Glow Pearls? What are your favorite budget-friendly luminizers?