September 4, 2008

Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Pressed Powder Palette Review

Ok, are you listening?

Make sure your listening.

This is important.

For $10 USD or less you can have awesome flawless skin.

Are you in?

If you like the way my skin looks in my photos you can thank my secret weapon which I’ve been using for at least 10 years now.

It creates flawless perfection.

Seriously the best stuff I ever used in my life.

Now you know I HATE drugstore cosmetics within the US however this stuff deserves some serious props.

I discovered this when I was a wee lass and on a student budget and since I started using it I never looked back.

It can be used as my sole foundation, as a quick touch up, as a finishing powder, to hide dullness, to refresh my skin, to create the illusion of pure perfection.

Sounds too good to be true right?

But it’s true.


Physicians Formula Multi-Colored Pressed Powder Palette.

Go figure right?

I’ve seriously used this stuff since I was a teen and I just love it. I recently had to purchase a new one and I thought gee I need to share this with the world.

See? Told you I needed a new one!

So here I am telling you all about my secret weapon that creates the flawlessness you see in all my photos.

The powder comes in a few different color selections but I use Creamy Natural. I think it’s safe to say that Creamy Natural should work on fair, medium, and yellow tone skin. I think this should be flattering on Asian skin but I can’t completely guarantee it as I haven’t yet convinced any of my Asian girl friends to take the dive (they are just as snobby as me when it comes to drugstore beauty brands!). However, it has so many variations of beige in it that I think it should even out yellows very nicely!

The palette is made up of several colors including white, darker, lighter, and medium shades of beige. Each color combines to create this rather amazing shade that’s completely flattering to my skin tone.

I’ve used the product as a finishing powder mostly but I can easily get away with using it as foundation. It’s truly pure perfection. It works amazing well at creating this soft focused look that I’ve never been able to duplicate with expensive powders I’ve tried. It evens out my skin tone, removes dullness, and just makes my skin look beautifully flawless.

I love the packaging too by the way! It’s a two way compact with the powder on top and a small compartment underneath for tucking in the super soft puff application it comes with.

Sadly, it does contain talc and parabens. Parabens are definately a no for many people but I don’t mind them as much and talc has been known to cause break outs however I’ve never experienced that problem with this.

Is it love?


If I had to pick three products to take with me on a deserted island would this be one?

HELLS yes!

This one is holy grail material.

I love it and I’m kindly sharing it with you!

Go out, grab some, and try it out! I bet you’ll be hooked!

This is by far the best Beauty Budget purchase I ever made in my life and if they ever axe this from the line I might as well jump out a window! Can’t live without it!

The Muse Approves it big time!

Tried this?

Love it?

Want to try it?

What’s your holy grail powder?

Tell the Muse!

Enjoy some past Beauty on a Budget posts!

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Physicians Formula Plump Potion Review

Latest Obsession: Aquafina Advanced Hydrating Facial Spray Review

Beauty on a Budget: Twice as Clean Gift Set

Physicians Formula Flawless Complexion Kit Review

Shiseido Kesho Wakusei Summer Collection Line Up

Terra Eyeshadow Review

When Beauty on a Budget, Goes Wrong: Prestige Skin Loving Minerals Review


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Dao

    Physician’s Formula truly is the best drugstore brand out there. Too bad it has talc and my skin does not like talc, unless it’s a finely milled expensive Italian one. You almost made me want to spend my dough on this one 🙂

    • Jade

      This powder i finely milled AND it’s made in Italy. You should give it a try.

  • charlieee

    thanks for the review on this product! i may have to try this the next time i run out of my usual powder 🙂
    i’ve seen another one that’s a mix of green, white and pink. have you tried this before Muse? if you have, how do you like it?

  • Chaosophia

    Not fair to tempt us with things that can’t be found outside of the States! I’m intrigued!

  • the Muse


    I agree 100%! PF is definately one of the best ds brands I’ve ever run across.

    this talc, thankfully, doesn’t break me out so maybe it’ll work on you too!?


      there is one PF product the does not have talc, and i absolutely love it! you should try it if you havent already,i will check. its the mineral wear illuminating veil.

      • the Muse

        hey dino yea I did try that but not a big a love as the pressed powder 🙂

  • the Muse

    hello there charlieee!

    You’re most welcome love, my pleasure.

    It’s truly great! The green and white I never tried as it’s meant to subdue redness. I’d say it prob works to do that if you have any redness on your face 😉 I trust PF 😉

    I’ve tried the pink ones as well which are blush ones and they are fabs!

    I’ll review those if you like!

    Thanks for the comment!
    Hope to speak to you again soon!

  • Ann*

    uh-oh! utter drugstore snob here! i think i’ve read that its also bree (from HG!

    since you’re raving about it.. it must really be good!

    *grins* how’s the foundation coming along? let me know sweetie.

  • Southern Angel

    This is my HG powder. For a long-time I wore the green mosaic for redness but now I wear foundation and a dab of the creamy natural mosaic. It never looks obvious and the color selection is great. 🙂

  • the Muse

    hi Chaosophia!

    Aww I’m sorry! I know the feeling well!

    Try MUA? I’m sure someone will CP 😉

  • the Muse

    hi ann!

    LOL 🙂 ditto!!!!! No kidding!? I read Bree’s Teen Corner 🙂 I never heard her mention it must go look!

    I freaking love this stuff Ann!

    It’s here 😉 I’ve just been swamped and haven’t had a sec to mail you about it. Please forgive me!?

  • the Muse

    Hi Southern Angel!

    Fantastic! Another lover 🙂 I never tried the green one but I should b/c I kinda always have a flush across my cheeks that needs to be toned down for blush wearing 🙂

    I love the creamy version. Doesn’t it make your skin picture perfect?

    My mac girls always ask what I am doing that makes my skin look so amazing 🙂 I just tell ’em it’s my secret hehe!

    Now they know sadly as they read my blog LOL!

    Thanks for the comment! hope to speak to you again soon!

  • Asta

    I didn’t know I was in such good company! This is my HG powder too! It’s the one product that’s always in my purse. I’ve been using it for years and I’ll never change!

  • Yellow Fever

    YES YES YES it does work for yellow-toned asian skin! I used to use this powder all the time and LOVED it. I only stopped using it b/c I’m obsessed with trying new stuff hehehe ; ) Maybe I’ll go get another one just because you reawakened my love for it!

  • Anonymous

    Kayvid(MUA): You got me good. I went and got this yesterday after reading your review. I like it.

    BTW, I would love to get some true red velvetty lippie recs from you since you have played with so much makeup. Thanks in advance!

  • the Muse

    hi asta!

    LOL me either! It’s ALWAYS with me too! I hope they never axe it..I’d die!

    Big Hugs!!

  • the Muse

    hi yellow fever!

    How are you!?

    Fantastic! That’s for telling us 🙂 It has enough beige that I thought it would work great on yellow tones!

    Me too me too! But I always come back to what works for me 😉 And this SO works well 🙂

    Big Hugs!
    Nice seeing you 😉

  • the Muse

    hi Kayvid!

    YAY! LOL 🙂 I’m so pleased. I’m Glad it worked for you!

    Some of my fav reds:
    MAC Port Red
    MAC Queen’s Sin
    Armani Lip Wax (Any shade but 6 is the best red)
    Urban Decay lippies (Many great variations of red available)

    MAC’s Queen’s Sin is worth tracking’s a killer red 😉

    Hope this helps!

    Thanks for the comment!


  • Deppstar


    what colour to take if I’m an NC20-25? Will creamy natural work on me as well?

  • the Muse

    hi deppstar!

    Creamy Natural is perfect for NC20-25

    I’m an NC 25 and it it’s my ideal color!

    Hope this helps!

  • Jean

    I just ran low on my Pur Minerals 4in1 so I ran out to CVS to buy this on your advice. I will let you know what I think! Thanks for all your awesome reviews and honesty. It is so nice to read a review that really comes from the heart. You are the BEST!

    • the Muse

      I think you’ll love it Jean! Do stop back and tell me what you think! It’s comparable to the Pur 😀 Aww thank YOU for the incredible comment 😀 Big, big hugs!

  • jean dimaria

    I do love it! I bought the Buff color and it was too light and Creamy Natural was just perfect. I bought one for my friend too. BTW – they are ALL on clearance right now at Walgreens because the salesgirl said they are going to stop carrying the line. So – $7.19 for this product and all the other products are on clearance too in all the stores in Tucson! I am going to go stock up today 🙂 Thanks again!

    • the Muse

      jean creamy natural seems to be a great universal shade for most skin types that are fair or medium 😀 I use it too! Awesome must hit up walgreens 😀 So sad they won’t be carrying it anymore 😛 My pleasure glad you love it!

  • Monroe

    I was searching through your past posts for something like this! I’ve actually been wanting to get the green one to even out some of my redness, but I’m worried it’ll make me look too white. Maybe with a bit of this dusted on top I can get lovely, even skin. Do you have any recommendations for neutralizing redness?

    • the Muse

      monroe sorry hun I’m not an expert when it comes to redness as I don’t suffer the prob but green def neutralizes! Mmm I don’t think it’ll make you look ghastly but a little of your own powder on top will help even it out I’m sure!

  • jerseygrrrl78

    My HG powder. What I like best is that it works beautifully around the eye area. The “white” blocks of the mosaic are particularly good for perking up tired eyes as well as setting under-eye concealer. Keeps concealer in place too, no creeping into fine lines.

  • Danielle

    I totally agree with all comments in favour of this product! I have got very VERY fair and sensitive skin, and this make up evens our my skin tone perfectly, without causing an eczema breakout! As well as this, most make up’s I have tried from MANY different brands just look orange on my skin, even the lightest ones in the brand. This is PERFECT! So glad I tried this formula!, It is light but effective, and doesn’t define lines! Keep up the good work! 🙂

  • Lisa

    Boy do I hope you see this. There’s very little on the web about this that speaks to color selection. I’m NW20 (MAC) with light to medium skin and red/pink undertones. You felt Creamy Natural was good for yellow undertones. Do you think either Beige or Buff would suit my skin? Neither? Thanks Cora!!

  • Silvia

    I just put on today the one in white, green and pink. I agree it is awesome product! It does not show a hint of power on my face goes on so buttery smooth I’m very pale and it gives the softest light pink rush all over. I bought a while ago at Ross super cheap! If I see a Physians Firmula at Ross that I know if I’m taking it. So great! Last time found the Wakiki bronzer with three soft eyeliner what a great deal for $7.00! The eyeshadows are in black, brown and purple! I would like to find this nude one also Muse. Loving it!

  • Maribel

    Hi Muse,

    I really enjoyed this post. I also enjoyed reading other posts on your blog. Muse since Physician’s Formula discontinued this multi colored palette in Creamy Natural which color do you use now?
    In the summer I have fair to light yellow undertones. My face is more fairly toned with yellow undertones than light toned. I plan to use this powder in the summer mainly.