Organic Wear Reviews

Wednesday, January 21, 2009





I've been meaning to report back about my experience with 3 more Physicians Formulas Organic Wear products. I also have to say that I broke my own personal record. With this horrible stomach bug (which is working full force against Nick and Ben right now and had me down for almost 48 hours) I went two full days without one iota of makeup on. 

This truly is a record--this coming from the person who went to labor and delivery with both boys with freshly applied lip gloss and waterproof mascara. This simply hasn't happened. I am so happy to feel like putting on my stuff today!

Let's discuss the three latest items in my Organic Wear collection.


ORGANIC WEAR CONCEALER

This product COULD be the perfect stick of concealer if not for one very noticeable flaw--it is WAY too firm. The folks testing the product surely had to notice this. I have two tubes--Soft Yellow and Fair. I mix them to give me the perfect shade. This is a stick concealer. With a stick, I typically use a concealer brush or my finger to apply. This is such a hard texture--it reminds me of my earliest attempt at making a lip balm when I put in a tiny bit too much beeswax and I could NOT get any product out of the tube. It was impossible to spread and ended up being too dry.

I noticed that, though, and added less besswax the next time. Problem solved. I simply do not know how the good folks at PF let this very obvious blunder make it through...

That being said, and it is a BIG negative....this concealer is beautiful once you are able to get it out of the tube. I found that by warming the brush I use that I am able to get the concealer onto the brush much more easily. Once you are able to actually get the product on to your brush, this goes on flawlessly. It covers dark circles very well while softening any fine lines. It doesn't settle or crease. It is a very high-end caliber product--once you are able to get it out of the tube--I had to repeat that "minor" issue.

If you are one of those people who uses a stick concealer by "drawing" it in and blending right under the eye area, PLEASE don't. I can only imagine the tugging and dragging it would take to apply this...it would be way to harsh for that delicate skin under the eye.

I mentioned having two tubes. I am a glutton for punishment, I guess. I loved the actual concealer once I was able to get it on my brush so much that I just had to make the perfect color and add a hint of yellow to the fair. I ended up cutting each concealer stick with a sharp knife, melting them down slightly and then blending them together. That's a bit of effort for a drigstore product. In the end, I am very happy with the RESULTS, but it shouldn't take this much effor to apply under eye concealer! Based on the results, I'd give this 5 stars. Based on the product texture, inconvenience and effort involved, the product would get 1 star.


MICA, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH*, MAGNESIUM STAERATE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, KAOLIN, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) HULL POWDER, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, GLYCERIN, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL*, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, CINNAMIC ACID, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, SODIUM LEVULINATE, TOCOPHEROL, WATER. MAY CONTAIN: IRON OXIDES, TITANIUM DIOXIDE. *PRODUCED FROM ORGANIC FARMING


ORGANIC WEAR BRONZING VEIL

This product is a loose powder bronzer, much like Warmth from Bare Escentuals. 

I am using the Fair because it is the best suited for my skin tone. I never really liked BE Warmth because it was so orange on me. I much prefer the Soft Focus version. The past couple years I have been using my own loose mineral bronzer (I used to sell it and may again someday). I ran out and have been too busy/forgetful/tired to get some more micas to make my own, so I bought this. 

This product is mediocre at best. It's the C-student of the bunch. First of all, do not use the horrible brushes included. I used an Ecotools brush to apply this. The packaging is a tad inconvenient as well. 

I thought it would apply nicely, but I was wrong. It goes on in a choppy manner. It doesn't blend seamlessly. Colorwise, it goes on very lightly--a good shade of bronze for my porcelain skin. An hour or two later, however, the color changes into an orange with a tint of jaundice for good measure. It is not pretty. It is also very "muddy" looking in that it lacks ANY type of shimmer. It is very matte and just looks terrible on my pale skin!

I would definitely not repurchase this. I am disappointed in this product since I've been so happy with the line thus far.

Organic Wear Bronzing Veil in Fair contains: 


MICA, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH*, MAGNESIUM STAERATE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, KAOLIN, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) HULL POWDER, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, GLYCERIN, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL*, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, CINNAMIC ACID, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, SODIUM LEVULINATE, TOCOPHEROL, WATER. MAY CONTAIN: IRON OXIDES, TITANIUM DIOXIDE. *PRODUCED FROM ORGANIC FARMING


The last item of the bunch is a true gem. I have saved the best for last.

Organic Wear Loose Powder 

This "loose powder" isn't a setting powder; it is a mineral foundation.

My favorite mineral foundation has been Everyday Minerals Intensive in a mix of Fawn and Golden Fair. In the winter, though, it is drying to my skin. 

This one is very nourishing, with soybean oil, jojoba oil, safflower oil, and olive oil--all oils I use regularly in my own products. These oils are rarely seen in mineral cosmetics and that is why they can be drying. These are really beneficial to the skin. The kaolin clay in it will counteract any oiliness. The texture of this powder is truly beautiful.

I bought this is Translucent Light. It is a perfect match for my skin. 

At first I wasn't too thrilled with the packaging, but that is only because I am so used to the standard packaging from EM and BE. This one, once you get used to it, is actually more convenient and mush less prone to spilling. 

Again, don't use the brush included with the package. It will not do the job as well as a good brush. I am using the bamboo-handled Everyday Minerals Flat Top brush.

Even though the instructions just say to brush on, I do it the BE recommended "Swirl, Tap, Buff" way and it works extremely well. Only a small amount of powder is necessary. This blends flawlessly and seamlessly into the skin. It gives an airbrushed you-but better look. The makeup feels weightless and looks extremely natural. I use my Goat's Milk Facial Cream, let it sink in for 5 to 10 minutes, then apply this. It goes on around 6:30 am and looks just as good at bedtime when I wash it off. I adore this product.

I have tried many mineral powder foundations--from tinyIndie companies, Everyday Minerals, Bare Escentuals, Jane Iredale, and about a dozen other brands. This one is holy grail caliber mineral foundation. If I rated things based on 5 stars, this would easily reach 5 stars+.

 
Here are the ingredients:

MICA, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, ZEA MAYS (CORN) STARCH*, CALCIUM CARBONATE, KAOLIN, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, GLYCERIN, GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL*, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL*, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) HULL POWDER, SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, CINNAMIC ACID, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, SODIUM LEVULINATE, TOCOPHEROL, WATER. MAY CONTAIN: IRON OXIDES, TITANIUM DIOXIDE. *PRODUCED FROM ORGANIC FARMING







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