|Physicians Formula Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Foundation in Light, $14.99 at Ulta|
also found at CVS, $14.99 online price
|Product Description & Claims on the Packaging|
|Swatch of this foundation. Yes, those are little exfoliation-"like" beads in the foundation!|
Texture is medium/thick
|Swatch blended out with fingers. The "beads" do not dissolve easily when applied with fingers, so I found using the brush provided (or another brush in my collection) works best.|
Coverage & Wear. Medium, build-able to almost full coverage, but you need to be careful otherwise it gets a bit cakey. The foundation feels thick but blends out nicely. It does last well on my face with little degradation after 10 hours of wear.
Application Tips. I learned after the first time using this product that it needs to be applied with a brush! I attempted applying it with my fingers, but the little beads in this product were actually exfoliating my face, which wouldn't be a problem if it was a facial cleanser, but for a foundation this is not idea, especially if you have dry patches. After the initial application, I used the included brush and it performed beautifully. I have since used my Sigma F80 flat top kabuki brush as well, and both work just as well.
Finish I have oily skin, and so I was very excited at the soft finish of this foundation. I wouldn't call it a matte finish, but it is very natural looking and most importantly does not get shiny on me within a few hours of use, which happens to me quite often. I do not feel the need to set this foundation with powder, but sometimes I darken it up with a darker face powder if I feel like it is looking to light on me, which brings me to the color range in this foundation. It only has 3 shades: Fair, Light and Medium. Horrible color range in my opinion, as I feel the Light is actually pretty light, so although I have not tried the medium I doubt the shade would be dark enough for deep skin tones. :(
Product Claim. This foundation claims to make you look 10 years younger, fill in fine lines & wrinkles, give you firmer and younger looking skin in a matter of weeks, and make you not want to go out and get a cosmetic procedure. Honestly, I have experienced none of the above, but also know I have not used this product exclusively for weeks on end. But here is my two cents (take it or leave it) on products that claim to "fill in your wrinkles": I do not believe them at all. My face begins to sag as I age, I get wrinkles. I actually move my face when I make expressions and so therefore my face will move. Any product I put on my face, unless it can freeze it is going to move right along with those wrinkles, causing the product to move around, therefore breaking the illusion of no wrinkles. That is my view. As far as making me not want to get a cosmetic procedure done, this product has not changed my view. I support women who make the choice in getting a cosmetic procedure done (it is her face after all!), and it is something I'm open to in the future, if I so choose.
Overall and despite my opinions on the "youth-boosting" claims of this product, because of how this foundation performs on my face, it is my current favorite foundation. I find it works well with my oily skin and stays put on my face throughout the day! I may give the medium shade a try, and mix the two if the light begins to feel a little too light as the summer progresses.
|Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth-Boosting Concealer in Light/Light|
|One end of the concealer has a doe-foot applicator|
|The other end has a creamy stick concealer. (Mine came messed up & broken)|
|The very top of the concealer has a roller-ball that you can use to blend in your concealer. I did not find this useful.|
|Creamy stick concealer swatched on the left, doe-foot applicator concealer on the right.|
|Blended out: creamy stick concealer swatched on the left, doe-foot applicator concealer on the right.|
Coverage, Wear & Application. From my experience both of these products are meant to lighten, not cover up any blemishes. I found the more liquid form of the concealer (doe-foot applicator side) typical lighter coverage concealer. I tried using it under my eyes but did not care for how it sunk into my skin. I did attempt to cover up a few permanent darker spots on my face, and it did not cover them at all. The stick-side of this concealer is easier to work with and is useful for patting in under the eye area to brighten it up a bit. It does not cover up my green veins (there is a separate color-correcting concealer sold in this line) so I realize it was not meant to cover that up, but I wanted to make note of it. The stick side is a mix of creamy and "slippery" so it is easy to blend in. I did have to use caution, however, and be sure it did not get too far up under my lashline or it would accentuate my wrinkles. Also, I did not find this to be a very build-able product because the more I built it up, the more it would settle into my wrinkles.
Product Claim. Just as with the foundation, this product also claims to "do all of the above" in filling your fine lines and wrinkles and making you look younger. For me, I have not experienced this, but I also have not used it on my face every single day, so I cannot attest to this.
Overall I am not a huge fan of this concealer and will not repurchase. I find it is mediocre and does not seem to work well with my skin.
Have you tried out any of the Physicians Formula Youthful Wear line? I am curious and may try out the powder as well, because I've heard good things about it!
If you'd like to see my video review and application demo of these products, please click here.
The foundation and concealer products were purchased by me. The Sigma Flat Top Kabuki brush mentioned in this post was gifted to me by Sigma Beauty.