Product Review | Physician's Formula Touch of Glow Foundation

Friday, April 3, 2015

Alright, I mentioned this in my Spring Beauty Picks. But I partially regret I did...

Why? Because right off the bat, it sucks ONLY for one thing but one major thing for a lot of people. Color selection is a bust. This foundation only comes in 2 shades ; Light, Light/Medium.

Okay, not that we've gotten the nasty out of the way, we can talk about the good for those who are lucky enough to pull off one of these shades.

Also, if you think about it, BB creams usually don't have a much wider range either...But this is really a foundation. However, it is a somewhat sheer/light diffusing formula, so it can reach more skin tones than you might think even just with those 2 colors.
a picture of Physician's Formula Touch of Glow Foundation
I am in shade Light (obviously), and to be honest I was scared it was going to be too dark when I received it. And I saw the color right away as I received it with foundation literally all over the packaging because it had leaked in transit. I was mad at Ulta and was prepared to be disappointed. But a quick clean up and I was in good spirits again.

It comes with this small little buffing brush which I actually don't hate. In fact, I quite liked using it. I did test out the application of this foundation with different tools, and this brush with different products... I LOVE using this little brush with BB creams. But I prefer using this foundation with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush from the Core Collection.
a picture of Physician's Formula Touch of Glow Foundation (brush)
a picture of Physician's Formula Touch of Glow Foundation (pump)
a picture of Blossom in Blush - Physician's Formula Touch of Glow Foundation in Light (swatch)
a picture of Physician's Formula Touch of Glow Foundation in Light (swatch) spread out
a picture of Physician's Formula Touch of Glow Foundation in Light (swatch) blended out
I use one pump of this, and here are the results:


a picture with no makeup on
a picture of results after one pump of Physician's Formula Touch of Glow Foundation in Light on skin
a picture of skin  After one pump of Physician's Formula Touch of Glow Foundation in Light  (close up for texture)
a picture of  Final results Physician's Formula Touch of Glow Foundation in Light on face
With concealer (only to spot conceal), light dusting of powder on T-Zone, Blush (Milani Tea Rose), Lipstick (NYX Butter Lipstick in Pops)
Packaging : 5/5 This packaging is so stinkin' cute! I love it. But on a less superficial level, it comes with a pump, which is almost unheard of for a drugstore foundation. I love love love it. Pretty and practical!
Coverage : 4/5 For how natural the finish is, it has a surprising amount of coverage. I always score it based on the coverage I like, which is medium. This offers light to medium coverage, and I don't mind that too much. Plus the texture is so smooth it makes going back in with concealer and blending everything in so easy. So you really end up with a nice flawless look.
Finish : 5/5 This has such a beautiful finish! I know the "glow" part can sound scary, but there is no glitter or any visible reflective particles of any sort. It's also not really dewy or anything, it's just a very natural skin like finish. So it's not matte, but you also don't look shiny or anything!
Color match : 4/5   I think it matches me pretty well. I feel like it could be a tad lighter, but I don't think it's that noticeable even in broad day light...But as mentioned, I feel like the color match could be an issue for a lot of people.
Performance/Longevity : 3.5/5 I'm a bit torn on how to score this. It is not marketed as a long wearing foundation. Maybe it could be on people with normal skin? I wouldn't know. What I do know is it has no "oil control" properties. People with oily skin should probably avoid it. However, when I do start getting shiny, the foundation doesn't break down or melt off, so as soon as you blot, it looks as fresh as when you first applied it. I have combination skin, and have to blot quite often, but I love it so much I don't mind.
Price : 4/5 I paid $14 which is sorta steep for a drugstore foundation BUT it also comes with the brush. So overall this is a really great deal!
Final score : 4.3/5 
I am completely obsessed with this foundation. It just looks so beautiful, feels light on the skin, doesn't cling to dry patches and doesn't break me out! I just wish I didn't have to blot so much. Bottom line, I would highly recommend it to anyone, except maybe people with very oily skin, because ain't nobody got time for that!

What foundations have you been loving lately or can't wait to pull out for spring and summer?

Talk to you soon!

-Val
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