November 03, 2015

Review: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer

On my journey to finding less toxic beauty options, Physicians Formula, a very popular drugstore brand, came up quite a bit. While the brand is not completely free of parabens, their Organic Wear line is 100% free of parabens, harsh chemicals, and synthetic preservatives.

So when I found that the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer, was on clearance at my local Ulta, I figured it would be a great time to try it out. This retails for $11.99 (1.5 fl oz) and is available in-store and online at Ulta, Walmart, and the Physicians Formula Website.

Let's get in to the review!

Physicians Formula claims:

"Lightweight tinted moisturizer hydrates skin and evens out skin tone with sheer and natural coverage...Infused with Organic Fruit Water to help nourish and restore skin’s moisture balance...SPF 15 naturally protects skin from environmental damage for a healthy-looking complexion."

Here's a breakdown of it's components:

100% of the total ingredients are of natural origin
10.6% of the total ingredients are produced from organic farming
100% natural healthy looking complexion
93% percent less plastic than traditional compacts
100% free of harsh chemicals
100% free of synthetic preservatives
100% free of parabens
100% free of Genetically Modified Organisms
100% Free of synthetic colors and fragrances
100% cruelty free

The tinted moisturizer is available in 4 shades. I am in the shade "Fair to Light". This shade has a slightly pink undertone, but even those with slightly yellow undertones, like I do, can wear it. I'd recommend this for anyone with a fairly light to light skin tone.

That's one huge downside to this product. If you have a fair to medium skin tone, you should be able to find a shade, but unfortunately, if you have a deep skin tone, there will not be a shade deep enough for you.

Fair to Light
Organic Wear Tinted Moisturizer

Physicians Formula

The packaging is a standard plastic squeeze tube. Perfect for storing and traveling.

The formula.

The product itself comes out like a typical foundation. Not too runny like a serum , or too thick like  mousse. It reminds me of the consistency of the L'Oreal Pro Matte Foundation. The one major element that you'll notice about this product is the scent. It smells heavily of sage and herbs.

On me, the scent didn't linger too long. Particularly if you set it with a powder. But if you are someone who doesn't like these types of scents or for your makeup to have a smell, you probably won't like this.

The coverage.

This tinted moisturizer, as the name would suggest, is a sheer to light coverage. I applied a little less than a dime sized amount to my entire face. It evened out my skin tone, reduced the appearance of redness, and left my skin looking dewy and glowing. If you have acne or age spots, I highly recommend putting concealer underneath first, as the tinted moisturizer will not conceal them.

The way I have been applying this product, and the way I love to wear it, is paired with a primer and topped with a medium coverage powder. This result is medium to full coverage but still looks glowing and natural. Nothing too heavy or cakey like a traditional full coverage foundation.
The wear time.


On it's own, this wore well for about 5 hours. After 5 hours the finish became too greasy looking, and started breaking apart around the nose, and was in need of a touch up. Wore with a primer and topped with a powder, it wore well for about 8 to 9 hours. After about 9 hours it was in need of a touch up of concealer and re-apply some powder to bring down the shine.

Tinted Moisturizer, No Primer, Concealer Underneath

Also what I love, is that it doesn't quickly settle into fine lines on my face. I have noticeable smile lines around my mouth, so if a foundation settles, I know it's not going to work for me. So if you have fine lines or wrinkles, this will not emphasize or settle into them.

If you're someone who struggles with acne or very sensitive skin, I think you'll love this formula. It doesn't irritate the skin and won't cause any breakouts. This is going to best suit those with normal to dry skin, and if you have oily skin, like I do, it may be too dewy for your liking.

Overall, the tinted moisturizer is a great sheer coverage, dewy finish foundation for those looking for just barely there coverage to conceal redness. It doesn't cause any irritation or blemishes. It is best suited for those with normal to dry skin, already has pretty good skin (little to no blemishes, scars, or discoloration), and for someone who's looking to get in to green beauty products but doesn't want to spend a lot money. If you need a product with more coverage, pair it with concealer and powder for a solid medium coverage and better longevity.


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