I can’t say I remember Le Velvet Foundation and I’ve been using Physicians Formula for many years now but if it’s a fond favorite of yours you’ll be happy to see its return I’m sure. This SPF 15 cream formula promises full coverage with a long wear and is available in four shade selections.
Let’s take a look!
Physicians Formula Le Velvet Foundation first appeared on the brand’s newly launched website earlier this Summer but it is slowly trickling into drugstores at the moment as well. I was both delighted and disappointed with this packaging. The foundation comes housed in a lace trimmed silver compact that has a nice weighty feel. It’s a shabby chic design that will look very pretty on a vanity. I was delighted with how pretty it was but disappointed it contained no sponge for application. It’s unusual for the brand to not have a stealthy secondary compartment to hold a brush or a sponge. This contains neither which one would expect at the $12.95 price tag. So, you’d think I’d have a rubber sponge hanging around to use with it but I did not so I can had to swipe one from another cream foundation I had to apply. I dunno if anyone finds this a big deal or not but I have to admit I was slightly irritated it didn’t come with one.
I’m not typically a cream compact foundation lover. I love cream foundations, BB Creams, fluids, but I’m not a big lover of cream compacts because they tend to be very heavy and mask-like. I experienced absolutely no issues with this formula. It’s thin, lightly creamy, and it applies and blends flawlessly. The seamless finish has a velvety almost powder-like set that did not adhere to drier areas but did have a very smooth, even appearance. Like many of the brand’s foundation it brightened up my duller skin beautifully and provided sheerer to medium coverage depending how much I used. There’s plenty of pigment here to conceal most imperfections such as redness, darkness, acne, acne scarring, etc…..And no matter how much you applied it never gave the appearance of a cake face. It was very natural coverage that was breathable and lightweight. I got a solid six hours of wear from it but it was surprisingly easy to touch up should I want to throughout the day. However, I did have to pack a sponge in my makeup bag to do said touch ups (sorry, I can’t rant enough about the lack of sponge).
Sadly, it only comes in four shade selections which limits many of those who wish to use it. I found a good fit in Creamy Ivory which had a nice light beige undertone that complimented my light medium skin tone.
All in all, Physicians Formula Le Velvet Foundation was quite a delightful formula that wore well, applied flawlessly, and eased my dullness by brightening my entire complexion.