A chic compact, in my mind, feels as heavy as a bowling ball, has a slick surface, and makes a loud "click" you can hear across town.
Physician's Formula Organic Wear Pressed Powder doesn't have any of those qualities, but it's the most sophisticated compact I've seen in years. The casing is SO sturdy, but it's actually made of paper. After bouncing around my cluttered handbag for a few weeks, the compact still looks good as new. (no dents or frayed edges) Plus, the formula is light but matte.
If you're wondering why paper compacts are such a big deal, here's the story: If every woman in the country purchased an Organic Wear compact instead of a plastic one, our landfills would be spared over 4,500 TONS of plastic every year, according to Sara Snow, a green-livingexpert I met at the Physician's Formula Organic Wear event. Because the primary rule in beauty (and medicine) is first do no harm.
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