Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation: It’s Pretty Darn Spot On! (Well, Okay Maybe Except For One Thing)

Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post on a guide to shopping on iHerb and the 10 things/brands I recommended getting from the website. One of them is Physician’s Formula. Now I know that we can get Physician’s Formula here in Australia (they’re available at Priceline) but if you look at the price difference, you might be inclined to get the cosmetics on iHerb instead.

In my last iHerb haul, I picked up a Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Spotless foundation. I’ve read mixed reviews about this foundation and I thought I’d like to give it a go as well.

It’s rare when foundations come with a makeup brush but this one does. And you know what? It’s not a bad brush too!

Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation

The Spotless foundation is a liquid-to-powder foundation. It doesn’t sound like it at all; most liquid-to-powder foundations are very watery and when you shake the bottle, it would sound as though you’re shaking a bottle of water. It’s not the case with the Spotless foundation. The texture is creamier than most liquid-to-powder foundations but it’s still very light nonetheless.

Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation

In terms of the packaging, I think it’s spot on. I love that it comes with a proper dropper to dispense the product and it isn’t fiddly. Plus, the polka dots on the bottle are pretty cute!

It blends very well on the skin even with my fingers. The enclosed foundation brush has firmly packed synthetic bristles that makes it easy to buff the foundation on the skin leaving a flawless matte finish. This foundation doesn’t sink into my fine lines nor does it exacerbate them, which is a relief. Coverage is about a medium but it’s buildable to a higher coverage if desired. I wouldn’t say it’ll become a full-coverage foundation though unless you want to look like you’ve got a mask on.

I bought the shade Light, which has a peachy undertone.

Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation

The lasting powder is not bad too. I had at least 12 hours of wear with this on before it started to fade on my skin (even so, there was no streaking). This foundation looks even better on the skin after a couple of hours. My skin looked radiant with this on and it’s not because of my shiny T-zone!

Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation Swatch Comparison

The only thing I don’t like about this foundation is the scent. I can’t pinpoint the smell but it’s not nice at all. It sort of smells like rotten nuts and that’s the closest description I can give it. I don’t know if all of the foundations really smell like this or that I received a dud in my order. It’s bearable on most days but there are times when I thought “nope, gotta pass on this today. Can’t deal with the scent“.

Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation Before and After

Other than that, I thought it’s a pretty spot-on (hah!) foundation. The coverage and finish is lovely; it’s not too matte, it’s light, it’s oil-free and it looks good on the skin the longer you wear it. It suits my combination skin well. Hopefully it’s just my foundation that literally stinks and not all of them.

Physicians Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation

I bought Youthful Wear Spotless foundation from iHerb for US$14.35 (approximately AU$ 18.56). Unfortunately, this isn’t available in Australia (other products in the Youthful Wear range will be) so if you’d like to try it out, I say get it from iHerb instead.

What I like about it: Love the packaging and that it even comes with a proper AND useable buffing brush, the texture and finish is good and has good lasting power.

What I do not like about it: The scent. Can’t properly describe what it is but I don’t like it.

Have you tried this foundation or any foundations by Physician’s Formula? What did you think? Yay or nay?

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11 comments… add one
  1. Judith

    Love it! Love the flawless look of it on the skin and I am impressed with its qualities. I like the idea that its long lasting. I will surely try this out.

    1. Tine

      Let me know how you go with it! 🙂

  2. Allison

    I haven’t noticed this foundation in the drugstore here, but then their embossed blushes and bronzers are so gorgeous that it’s hard to look at anything else from PF. Over a year ago, I bought a foundation or maybe a BB cream from PF, and I liked the foundation brush that’s like the one you have and I still you it, but the foundation wasn’t a success on me. It definitely settled into lines, and was unflattering. But the Spotless Foundation looks great on you. I’d say it’s a keeper!
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Allison! Aww sorry to hear that this foundation didn’t work for you. Their embossed blushes are so pretty! The new ones we’ll be getting here have already been launched in the US almost a year ago. Gah, everything is so slow here! Oh well, better late than never, I suppose. 🙂

  3. Kelly B.

    Bad scents drive me MAD! Vanilla is the once scent that I can’t stand (no clue why) and there’s a lot of beauty products out there with vanilla as an added scent! I wish companies would just not add a scent or make it smell like nothing at all.
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    1. Tine

      Can I give you a high five Kelly, because I cannot stand vanilla scents too! It’s so strange; so many people love it but I really, really don’t. I love vanilla ice cream though. Again, very strange. 😛

  4. Mel

    Wow, it looks great on you! If I wasn’t on a makeup no-buy, I’d definitely order it since it sounds good, and even comes with a legit stippling brush (a brush I don’t own yet!).
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    1. Tine

      Thanks Mel! If you want a really good stippling brush (the ones with very firmly packed base and short bristles), check out Shiseido’s foundation brush. It’s really good!

      1. Mel

        Thanks Tine 🙂
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  5. Fiona

    I hate the scent too! I couldn’t stand it. I wanted to vomit everytime I used it. However the scent is acceptable after some time. My skin can get pretty oily by mid day and this is the only foundation that could keep the sebum at bay. The finishing of this is absolutely gorgeous. Flawless and gets better throughout the day.
    One thing I notice is that when I didn’t use it for some time, the product in the pipette hardens and became chunky lol. Remember to squeeze the leftover product out before closing the cap 🙂

    1. Tine

      Phew, thank goodness I’m not the only one who thought the smell was not good! I thought I bought a dud. Ooh thanks for the tip. Yeah I’m noticing tiny hardened bits in the pipette (and then chunks of foundation comes out when I squeezed the dropper a few times). I’ll definitely keep this in mind! 🙂

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