Mar 092010
 

Physicians Formula Healthy Wear SPF 50+ is a powder compact foundation that promises serious sunscreen protection.  Because I’m concerned about sun exposure, I recently picked up one in the lightest shade at my local CVS drugstore.  It retails for about $15, but there was an instant $5 off coupon on the box–so $10 total.

Even SPF 100+ rated chemical sunscreens allow me to pick up color during the blistering hot summer months while wearing a hat.  So I view claims of “SPF 50+” with some doubt.  The only sunscreen that I’ve found that really works for me is Elta MD UV Physical SPF 41, which is a physical sunscreen.  I have been looking for a mattifying powder to wear over the Elta MD, which has a slight tint so I can use it as a sheer foundation. If the powder had serious sun protection, I’d be pretty happy.  So I thought that I’d give Healthy Wear a try.

Physicians Formula Healthy Wear’s packaging is massive and bright, and the website promises that the product “delivers maximum SPF 50 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and full coverage with a soft-matte finish.”

Healthy Wear comes in only four (4) shades, and there are no testers at the store.  I got the lightest shade “Translucent Light”, which applies a bit ashy grey on my NC15/Chanel Cameo skintone.  This shade is either too light or too cool for me, or both.  In terms of texture, it applied better than I thought it would.  Believe me, it’s not as finely milled as high-end powder foundations.  It got powdery/chaulky when layering, but was all right with a single layer applied with a powder brush.

Although the package is large, the non-refillable powder pan is not.  There is a large compartment for a sponge  and mirror, which bulks up the compact.  You get 0.34 ounces for $10 (or $15 if you pay regular price).  To compare, MAC’s Blot is $22 for 0.42 ounces (MAC’s compact gets some credit for being Back-to-MAC-able).

When the package is closed, it looks like a bulky little flying saucer:

As far as the claim of SPF 50+, I cannot tell whether a typical application delivers this protection. In other words, how much of that pan has to be on my face to block that much sun?  Neither the package nor the website says.  Unfortunately, it’s not sunny enough yet for me to assess this claim myself.

Bottom line:  If I’m running out the door for a quick errand, it’s fine with my tinted sunscreen.  If I’m going something a bit more formal, I’ll go with my usual sunscreen and liquid foundation.  Would I rebuy? I’d love some proof from Physicians Formula that the “SPF 50+” delivers when I use an average application.  And if I found a color that works better for my skin tone.

The ingredient list on Physicians Formula website states as follows:

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: OCTINOXATE 4%, TITANIUM DIOXIDE 21%, ZINC OXIDE 3%, INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: TALC, MICA, NYLON-12, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, DIACETYL BOLDINE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, DIMETHICONE, GENISTEIN, GLYCYRRHETINIC ACID, LAUROYL LYSINE, ALPHA LIPOIC ACID, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, PEG-12 GLYCERYL DIMYRISTATE, SOLANUM LYCOPERSICUM (TOMATO) FRUIT EXTRACT, SQUALANE, TOCOPHEROL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, UBIQUINONE, ZINC STEARATE, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE MAY CONTAIN: IRON OXIDES, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, ULTRAMARINES

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Shopping Report: Guerlain Boutique, The Palazzo Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, Nevada)

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Jan 052010
 

The Palazzo Hotel & Casino is a high-rise situated between the Venetian and the Wynn on the Las Vegas Strip.  The second floor — which sits just above the casino–is jam-packed with high-end boutiques from many of the world’s major cities.  These include stores that do not have a dense population on the west coast, including Barney’s New York, Christian Louboutin and Van Cleef & Arpels.  Tucked in with these other luxury stores in a delightful Guerlain boutique.

Small in comparison to La Maison de Guerlain on Paris’ Champs Elysees, this boutique features a pleasant array of perfumes, a long stretch of makeup testers and several mirrored makeup stations.  When I walked in, it was mid-morning and therefore extremely early by Las Vegas standards.  If you want good service in Las Vegas, go before lunch.  It’s sort of unbelievable.

Have you ever met someone who truly loves their job?  They are so perfectly enthusiastic about it, you can’t help loving it too?  This describes the sales associate in the Guerlain boutique at the Palazzo.  His card reads “Beauty Advisor,” but he was more like “my friend who knows all about Guerlain and is going to be perfectly honest with me and yet does this without making me feel like I need to cake on makeup to really rock it.”  Although I’ve since flown home from Las Vegas, I would not hesitate to call for advice.  By the way, he pronounced the company’s name as “Guuurr- lan” with the second syllable using a flat “A” that rhymes with “pan.”

I was interested in Guerlain’s Parure Gold foundation ($78), so I got a “light” makeover–that is, I kept my eye makeup on but replaced most of my present foundation so that we could test colors.  This foundation is a new addition to Guerlain’s line, and it feels and looks remarkable.  It seems to add luminosity, it feels very light and moisturizing, but doesn’t give me “forehead shine” hours later.  It lasted all day without shifting or breaking down.  This was topped with some Meteorites (or Meteor-eeetes, as I now think of them) powder.  It’s packaged in a black container with a gold pump, and along one side is a slotted window so that one can tell how much foundation is left.

While at the boutique, I examined Guerlain’s Spring 2010 line, primarily the Jeu D’Ombrelles eyeshadow palette and Blush Eclat.  Both of these products are beautifully embossed and packaged.  The eyeshadow palette read very violet on me in a way that doesn’t compliment my skin tone.  Unfortunately, even a good healthy does of the Blush Eclat applied was not fully visible even on my fair skin.  The color leans peach with a hint of pink, but applies very sheerly.  Although I had wanted to get both, I have decided not to purchase either.

I left with my Beauty Advisor’s business card, Parure Gold in #2, and a few other products that I’ll review tomorrow.

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