Physicians Formula is a drugstore brand that always comes out with new and exciting natural beauty products with typically amazing results. Their new Argan Wear line of blushes, bronzers, powders, BB creams, facial oils and foundations has immediately spurred interest in major magazines, beauty websites and the general cosmetic community! The mixing of such a luxurious oil and the actual cosmetic product is not new, however it definitely isn't common for drugstore brands. I was curious to see the quality of these new products.
Today I'll be reviewing their new Ultra Nourishing Argan Wear BB Cream, formulated with actual Argan Oil!
Brand's Official Product Description: "Luxurious, high performance formula evens out skin tone, vanishing flaws and imperfections and smoothing skin texture without ever leaving a greasy feel or finish. SPF 30. Infused with 100% Pure Argan Oil, know as liquid gold for its rich conditioning benefits that can improve skin's brightness, tone, texture, and elasticity."
My Personal Product Description: A light yet full coverage BB cream with skin-healthy additives that truly make a difference when applied! Perfect for day or night looks, casual or special events and perfect for those with aging, dry, dull or multi-issue skin!
Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Bis-PEG/PPG-14/14 Dimethicone, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Mica, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 60, Castor Oil Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Laureth-12, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tin Oxide, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide
Packaging: This product comes in a cardboard box, with a plastic squeeze dispenser inside. I always love how detailed Physician's Formula is with their outside packaging. They always describe the benefits of the product you're about to try in full detail, if it has SPF, what sort of skin types the product benefits and what the product does exactly. I really wish more brands would do this, because sometimes it's hard to distinguish how certain product lines within a brand differ. Love the details, and the new design with this product as well. It has neat metallic gold stripes and bronze tones all over the bottle to play up the Argan oil properties. The actual squeeze tube inside with the product however was a little smaller than I expected, and somewhat annoying. You have to shake the product tube, I'm assuming to mix the oil in with the formula efficiently, before use. Then you squeeze of course to dispense the product. I would've much preferred a pump action package which probably would've made mixing the two elements easier, and more efficient. I'm guessing they did this to keep the price down, though. 4/5
Price: This product is fairly affordable and is about $13.99 at most US stores. However with the amount of product you receive, like I said I was a little disappointed when I actually pulled the tube out of the box. You still get a pretty decent amount of product, and the product itself is well worth the price in quality. I'm assuming due to it being brand new, and due to it being such an innovative product for a drugstore, that the product is a bit more expensive than usual. However, I will purchase this again and it's worth the almost 14$. 4/5
Accessibility: Physicians Formula Products are available in most US drugstores and major stores from Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS to Walmart, Kmart and Target. You can also purchase products of their site www.physiciansformula.com; Very easy to find product line. 5/5
Tones/Shades: This product is available in 2 different shades. Light and Light Medium. This is the only thing I really have to give this product negative marks for. I'm extremely pale, and shockingly the light did match me, however I'm sure Light/medium would not match a massive amount of folks wanting to try this product. They definitely need to come out with more shades, and possibly it's because this line is new and they just haven't formulated them yet? I'm not sure, but typically a BB has at least 3-5 different shades. 2/5
Smell: The smell of this product is heavenly! You can smell the scent of the Argan Oil in this product, which is light yet amber-like and flowery. The best part is the scent isn't fake, and really is simply the 100% pure Argan Oil in this BB cream. You can't smell the SPF in the product at all, and it doesn't smell like chemicals. 5/5
Blendability: This is far less greasy than I assumed it might be when applied. I thought due to the oil in the formula it would be semi-shiny, and wet but the product is surprisingly normal in thickness, not wet or oily and fairly blendable. This is a great base product, and little is needed to get a great effect however you need to apply and blend relatively quickly because this product does seem to melt into the skin and then sort of not want to budge when blending. I'm sure it's due to the Argan oil properties being adsorbed into the skin. Still, it's pretty blendable and you shouldn't have any issues, it's just not as blendable as other products I've used. 4/5
Product Texture: Instead of oily, wet, slimy and shiny this product is anything but! It's smooth, creamy, and very normal in thickness and texture for a regular liquid BB or liquid foundation. It doesn't go on shiny or wet, the oil mixes perfectly with the cream and it has a satin finish with a slight, slight golden shimmer which isn't overbearing but is pleasingly semi-apparent. Great if you want a little glow to your look. It didn't flake, bunch or crease. 5/5
Product Performance: This product really provided an amazing base for my routine, and I felt good about what was in the actual product while using it. It went on easily, and smoothly with a nice hint of golden shimmer. It made my skin immediately look more taught and firm, while also moisturizing it and blurring imperfections. I was actually surprised at how much more firm my skin did look. It also evened out my skin tone and hid any redness. My skin felt soft, looked even and didn't feel dry. 5/5
Special Features of this Product: Includes SPF 30 for skin protection! Hypoallergenic, Paraben-Free, Gluten Free, Dermatologist Approved, Non-Comedogenic
Travel Size: Yes, Comes in Travel Size
Can you use for HD Film Use/TV?: I wouldn't use this product alone on an HD film set. Set it with an HD powder though, and you're good to go especially for the product conscious actor or actress!
Can you use for everyday Use?: YES! This product was made for everyday way with skin-conscious ingredients, SPF 30, no parabans and just the right amount of coverage!
Tips and Tricks with this product: Mix Physicians Formula Argan Wear BB with a little bit of a pearlescent, or bronze liquid shimmery highlight for a J-Lo reminiscent glowing complexion!
Overall Review: If you're looking for a great base liquid foundation product that has skin-healthy ingredients, isn't drying, isn't cakey or dull and evens out your complexion this product is it! Argan Oil is such an amazing multi-tasking additive to this BB, and paired with 30spf this BB is protective, moisturizing, anti-aging, and blurs imperfections! It immediately made my skin look firmer, with a hint of golden shimmer and it smells so amazing I would use it as a perfume. The scent isn't overbearing however, and is just a delightful little hint. All skin types can use this product because it is surprisingly not oily or wet, and the mixture is perfectly combined to the right texture. It stays on all day, and doesn't crease or dry out throughout the day. The best BB I've used so far!
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