Product: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Work It Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer. This is a good product for some users with oily skin, but it is definitely NOT what it claims to be.
Overall Rating = 2.5 Stars – Just Okay to Good – As it is marketed, otherwise much better. (See explanation below)
Cost: $14.95 (1.2 fl. oz.) ($9.37 per fluid ounce) Price Category: Mid-range
Sold By: Physicians Formula; Ulta; Walmart; Retailers everywhere.
Container: Plastic squeeze tube, twist-off cap, outer carton.
Description: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Work It Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer is a water-resistant opaque foundation with a Sun Protection Factor of 40.
Formula: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Work It Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer is a medium-weight cream foundation. The formula provides medium-coverage opacity and dries to a powdery finish. This is NOT a tinted moisturizer. It is also NOT hydrating. It is just the opposite; it is wonderful for oil absorption.
Sensitivity: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Work It Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer is fragrance free and is suitable for those with sensitive skin.
- Revolutionary do-it-all formula combines the benefits of a tinted moisturizer with skin-nourishing natural & organic ingredients and high-performance natural sunscreens. Ultra-lightweight cream delivers heavy-weight performance that keeps you perfected & protected through even your toughest workout: Hydrates, Nourishes, Protects + Defends, Soothes, Brightens. 100% of the Ingredients are of Natural Origin. 70% of the Ingredients are Organic.
- Life-Proof Formula: Rigorously tested to withstand your most athletic activities.
10K Proof. Gym Proof. Sweat Proof*. Water Resistant.*
*80 minute sweat/water resistant.
100% Natural ProFit Blend™: A special blend of proteins and antioxidants that work to replenish moisture and energize skin:
Kale, Carrot, Lemon & Quinoa Protein Blend:
provides Amino Acids, Vitamin A, C and E to boost hydration, support skin elasticity, help defend against skin damage caused by environmental exposure & help brighten skin tone.
Super Berry Complex:
rich in antioxidants, these super-berries strengthen and help maintain skins instant and long-term hydration.
100% FREE OF
- Harsh Chemicals
- Synthetic Preservatives
- Synthetic Colors
- Synthetic Fragrances
Hypoallergenic. Gluten Free. Dermatologist Approved.
(Wow, that was a really long Company Claims’ section.)
Discussion: I am a good person to review foundations. Why? Because I don’t like them. I don’t like the way they look or feel and most of them are too heavy for me. They are good for actors, models, and performers but I don’t like an opaque “mask-look” face of foundation for everyday wear. That is why I use tinted moisturizers. They are light, provide hydration, and the ever-so-slightest tint of color to the face. I was excited when I saw the new Physicians Formula Organic Wear Work It Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer. Oh boy–fragrance free, skin-loving ingredients, high SPF, this sounds great, right?
Imagine my shock when I opened the tube and out came this dark heavy cream. I checked the tube; I checked the box… Had I been given the wrong product? Was the tube switched? No, Physician’s Formula is simply marketing this product incorrectly.
Rants & Raves: I am a huge fan of the Physician’s Formula brand. I don’t know why more beauty editors or magazines don’t talk about this line. They make good products that perform well and are reasonably priced. I think so many people are beauty snobs and they simply won’t sing the praises of any products except the insanely expensive ones. Not everyone can afford Chanel. The rest of the world needs good products, too, and Physician’s Formula should be appreciated more than it is. They have been making sensitive-skin products since 1937 and I have been using this line since before most of you were born.
BIG Rant: The Physician’s Formula line has always been fragrance free. I never had to pull out a magnifying glass to read their ingredients and search for fragrance, until recently. They now have vanilla-scented mascaras and some other products that contain fragrance. The entire “Sexy Booster” line contains huge amounts of sickening fragrance. Shame on you, Physician’s Formula. Why would you do such a thing? You have compromised the integrity of the brand by doing this and you have removed the quality that set you apart from your competition.
Colors: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Work It Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer comes in two colors: Light (a warm medium), and Light/Medium (a warm dark medium). The Light is two shades darker than my neutral ivory-toned fair skin. The Light is the same color my skin is when I use self tanner in the summer. For those with a very fair porcelain, cool toned, or very deep skin tone, there isn’t going to be a shade that will work for you unless you mix this with something else.
Morning Review: First Try: After cleansing, I applied Physicians Formula Organic Wear Work It Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer to bare skin. After all, this IS supposed to replace my moisturizer and my sunscreen and make my skin look better all in one step. On my dry skin, this was almost impossible to apply. It did not go on smoothly, dried quickly and began to look cakey. Not pretty…
Second Try: I decided to take it off and try again. Guess what? It didn’t rinse off. I got in the shower and put my face under running water and it was still there! Okay, well it is definitely water resistant. I had to use facial cleanser to get it off. So for try number two I put moisturizer on first. It applied much better. So, if you have dry skin like me, you’ll need a moisturizer or a primer first.
Helpful Tips and Tricks:
- For full coverage, apply it with your fingers.
- For lighter coverage, apply it with a damp beauty blender sponge.
- It dries quickly so don’t apply it to your whole face at once; work in small areas at a time.
- If you have dry skin, use a moisturizer or moisturizing primer first.
- Do not try to put any type of creams (blushes, contours, highlighters) on top of this, only powders.
- If you don’t wear a thick layer, you won’t get the true SPF. A light thin layer won’t provide as much sun protection, so you might need sunscreen underneath for prolonged exposure.
Evening Review: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Work It Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer stayed on for many hours. I had to cleanse my face with an exfoliating scrub to completely remove it. I was happy to get it off because it was simply too drying for my already dry skin.
Overall Review: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Work It Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer is NOT a tinted moisturizer at all. It is a foundation with a high SPF. It doesn’t apply well on bare skin if your skin type is dry. It stays on extremely well. The colors are off and are darker and warmer than what the company shows them to be.
If you like this, I would advise you to stock up because I don’t expect it to be around long. It is being marketed incorrectly and that will probably lead to the demise of this product. It should be marketed as a wonderful oil-absorbing, long-wearing foundation for those with oily skin. Had it been branded that way, I’d have given it 4 Stars. (And, they need to re-formulate the colors and add some cool tones.)
- Thick cream covers well
- High SPF
- Fragrance-free formula
- Skin-friendly ingredients
- Is not light weight as advertised
- Colors are off and are darker and much warmer than stated
- Is not hydrating
- Does not blend well on dry skin
Suitability: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Work It Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer is suitable for the following users:
- Those with oily skin
- Those who need or like a medium-coverage foundation
- Those who need a water-resistant foundation for sports or other outdoor activities
Morning Rating = 2 Stars;
Evening Rating = 2 Stars;
Average from Other Testers = 3 Stars;
Value Rating = 3 Stars;
Overall Rating = 2.5 Stars = Just Okay to Good.
Would Buy Again? For daily wear, No way. For wearing to the beach in the summer, Maybe. (It completely covered my freckles.)
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Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide
Inactive Ingredients: Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, Dodecane, Glycerin+, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Lecithin*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water*, Polyglyceryl-2 Oleate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Polylactic Acid, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Kale Protein, Kunzea Pomifera (Muntries) Fruit Extract, Syzygium Leuhmanii (Riberry) Fruit Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata (Pepperberry) Fruit Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract*, Alcohol Denat., Alumina, Beeswax*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Hydrolyzed Carrot Protein, Hydrolyzed Lemon Protein, Jojoba Esters, Lauroyl Lysine, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Magnesium Sulfate, Mica, Polyglyceryl-2 Stearate, Silica, Water, Xanthan Gum.
May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides. *Ingredients from Organic Farming, + Made using Organic Ingredients, 70% Organic.
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