Product Review | Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation

Product Review | Physicians Formula The Healthy Foundation in the shades MN4  ($12.99, Ulta / $11.99, Target)

Product Details (from Ulta's website): The Healthy Foundation SPF 20 by Physicians Formula is packed with vitamins and antioxidants for healthy coverage. Chinese Wu-Zhu-Yu Extract and Hyaluronic Acid infused formula brightens, hydrates, and even skin tone. It's brightening complex is for all Skin Types. It is also an ultra-blendable, lightweight, buildable, and breathable formula.

Review: I purchased these foundations at the end of March when Ulta had a Buy One, Get One 50% sale on all Physicians Formula products.  I always try to purchase new products I want to try when there is a sale.  Physicians Formula has always been known to have highly priced beauty items found in the drugstore. I was surprised that this was $12.99 ($11.99 at Target) as I expected this to be within the $16.99 - $18.99 price range.  This did not come with a box packaging but the foundation comes in a clear weighted glass bottle, sturdy (not cheap) silver cap and a pump.  It reminds me of the Dior foundation packaging.  The consistency is not too thick nor too thin but it applies and blends on the skin seamlessly.  It is lightweight, breathable and feels like skin - which are what the company claims.  It says it is buildable but I prefer a light coverage, on certain days medium but that's about it. I am not a fan of full coverage applications so I did not attempt to do that with this foundation.  I have  a normal skin type and I always use a setting spray to lock my makeup.  Given that, this foundation lasted for a good 8hrs or so, enough for what I needed it for.  This is a great every day foundation, in my opinion.

A couple of cons I have are the shade range and undertone.  Physicians Formula has always struggled with that.  When they first released the butter bronzer and it only had light and dark (I know they are releasing a couple of more shades) and the dark one does not even show up on my tan skin.  They have cool, neutral and warm tones but no mid-tone such as olive, yellow or golden.  I had to pick up two shades (MN4 and DW2) because the neutral undertone leaves a grayish cast and the warm undertone is mid-way between peach and orange.  The two makes a perfect mix although I would prefer not to buy two shades just to match my skin tone.