December 19, 2014

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation Review & Swatches

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation is a new fluid foundation with a luminous glow that recently launched for Spring 2015 at drugstores. At a glance, Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation seemed like a reformulated version of Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation (which I really didn’t like) but after trying Touch of Glow out there are some minor differences for me.

Let’s take a look!

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow

Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation is available in two shade selections of Light and Light/Medium. It’s marketed as a fluid foundation that creates a bare skin effect with a glowing finish. I’ve always been a lover of fluid foundations and bare skin-like finishes and even though I didn’t like Spotless Foundation I decided to give this a try.

Unlike the Spotless Foundation this comes packaged a little differently (and a little prettier)! Props to Physicians Formula because they are probably one of the only brands in US drugstores that have such cute, girly packaging. This comes in a glass bottle with a peach pink leather wrap around the bottle and a big old rose gold bow decorating the cap. Unlike the Spotless Foundation it doesn’t come in a dropper bottle, this is a pump. It does come with its brush that has matching packaging as the bottle. Props to Physicians Formula for finally releasing a usable brush! Typically their brushes have really scratchy bristles that shed. This is a nice soft bristled brush. I do find the brush kinda soaks up the product very quickly though, it kinda acts like a sponge.

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow brush

Physicians Formula brush

The coverage here does run sheerer but it builds easily enough and builds nicely without looking cakey or overdone. As promised the coverage gives a bare skin finish that’s natural, flawless, and very pretty. It’s not going to conceal or cover major skin issues but it is going even out skin tone, brighten, and create a nice bare skin look. So if you already have fairly good skin that might need a little evening out and brightening this is a nice foundation product. Those desiring medium or fuller coverage might be disappointed. I’m not seeing the “luminous” “radiant” finish they advertise though. There might be a little hint of a glow but it’s really not terribly noticeable swatched or on my skin.

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation swatches

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation Swatches (Light and Light/Medium)

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow swatches

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation Swatches Blended (Light and Light/Medium)

The formula doesn’t cling to drier areas and has a better set than the Spotless Foundation formula which for me felt a little too dewy. Mind you, it’s still quite dewy but it sets to more of a soft satin after a few minutes. I wouldn’t really say this has the same consistency or textures as say higher end fluid foundations as it feels a bit silicone-y but thankfully wasn’t itchy which is how Spotless Foundation made me feel.

The wear time is a little iffy for me. I got about two hours out of Spotless Foundation and about three about of Touch of Glow. It disappears quite fast if you don’t set it with powder. It doesn’t go orange or grey once applied but it does lighten slightly. The Light/Medium shade actually seems to lighten up as I blend it out but at first swatch it’s quite dark.

For me Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation is considerably nicer than Spotless Foundation which made me look dull. This formula has a nice brightening effect and provides a very nice, bare skin, natural finish. I wish it wore longer though but none the less I still like it a lot and think the formula was an improvement over Spotless Foundation!

If you’re a lover of lighter, barely there foundation products you’ll likely love Touch of Glow Foundation. However, the lack of “glow” might prove disappointing.

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation is available now at Harmons drugstore.

Did you try it?

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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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  • peoplezine

    Hi muse! How would you compare this to Dr. Perricone’s no foundation foundation serum (the one with the dropper)? It’s such a holy grail product for me, but I would love it in a lighter color. When layered for more coverage, it becomes a bit oompa loompa.

    • Isabella Muse

      find it’s a little less slick than the Perricone one peoplezine and yeah the shade is way better. The darkest shade actually goes lighter once it blends out and a lot less orange than Perricone’s! I actually, dare I say, like it better than no foundation foundation serum!

      • peoplezine

        Thanks so much for your reply! I’ll definitely try it! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

        • Isabella Muse

          you as well my dear 🙂 I hope you like it. come back and let me know if you try it!

  • Sissi

    I have not tried it and it does not sound like a total winner- but the packaging is really adorable! 😉

  • Alessandra

    The packaging is adorable! Did the brush come with the foundation? Also, the two colors look very similar when mushed out (blended I think is the term!), but the left one is a bit paler I guess? I just got a bronzer from them and I like it, but it’s really subtle since it’s close to my skin. Anyway, rambling. Happy holidays Muse!

    • Isabella Muse

      the brush comes with the foundation 🙂 the colors oxidize a bit in my experience with them so they pump put darker than they blend out. Hope this helps!? and to you dear enjoy it!

  • Amanda

    Thanks, Muse!!! I’ll be sure to nab this when a good deal comes along…sounds really promising – especially the non-sucky brush!!! (why are they always SO bad!)

  • fancie

    The packaging is so cute! I wish I could enjoy the Nude Wear line but everything looks too pale for my complexion :/

  • Marisa

    The Spotless one is my favorite foundation! Unlike all the reviews I’ve read, I find that it has very good medium coverage that I can even build up to full. Mind you, I have lots of red post-acne marks and they only peak through just a tiny smidge but they’re still pretty covered up. I like the watery consistency, because even after the building up it doesn’t look cakey at all. The only con is that I’m a MAC NC20 (light with yellow undertones) and the Light shade in the Spotless foundation is more like an NC30 (but with some peachiness) so I have to blend it down my neck every time I wear it. I want to try out this new one because the Light shade looks like it’ll be a pretty good match for me!

    • Isabella Muse

      happy to hear it marisa!!!!! 🙂 you’ll love Touch of Glow if you like the Spotless formula!

  • Lisa

    Marketing just doesn’t sound right to me. I guess what they mean is that it won’t look like you’re wearing foundation, but when I hear “bare skin effect”, I’m thinking — “Your foundation is going to make me look like I have acne? Cuz that’s what my bare skin looks like. The reason I’m putting on foundation is to hide the look of my bare skin!”

  • Anna

    Do you recommend light or light-medium for MAC NC20-25 skin tone? Awesome review!

  • Patty

    I rarely wear a base/foundation, but really liked this one. I like that the coverage is sheer and I seemed to have a longer “wear time” than the original review states. I get a lot of compliments on my skin wearing this and was happily surprised by the quality of the brush. Just one squirt is all I need. Would recommend this! Glad I decided to try it!