Read the Label: Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation


Physician's Formula Nude Wear Touch of Glow Foundation is a weightless fluid foundation that claims to provide skin with an illuminating veil of radiance, delivering just the right amount of coverage while remaining virtually undetectable on the skin. It further claims benefits such as being: hypoallergenic; paraben-, gluten-, fragrance- and oil-free; non-comedogenic; and dermatologist approved.

The instructions advise to shake the bottle before each use and to apply one pump of the foundation directly onto the included brush. The product is then blended onto skin with the brush to achieve the desired coverage.

This column will review the ingredient listing for claims substantiation and functionality.

Silicone Phase and Pigments

This foundation is a water-in-silicone system. The silicone phase is light, composed of cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone and its derivatives: cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone, dimethicone/PEG-10/15 crosspolymer, PEG-10 dimethicone, dimethicone/polyglycerin-3 cross-polymer; and triethoxycaprylylsilane.

The pigment system, with its illuminating, radiance and light coverage claims, comprises mica, silica, iron oxides and titanium dioxide.

Emulsifying System

This formulation includes a mild emulsifying system consisting of polysorbate 20, disodium cocoyl glutamate, sodium cocoyl glutamate and polyglyceryl-4 isostearate.

The glycols, i.e., butylene glycol, hexylene glycol, caprylyl glycol and dipropylene glycol, act as solvents, increasing the viscosity of the bulk of the formulation, which consists of the emollients, polymers, softening and conditioning agents: hexyl laurate, nylon-12, ethylhexylglycerin, magnesium sulfate, synthetic fluorphlogopite, calcium aluminium borosilicate, lauroyl lysine and tribehenin.

Sodium chloride is used to modify the texture consistency, and sodium citrate as a buffering agent.

Active Ingredients

The active ingredients are: an extract from Indian Cress, i.e., Tropaeolum Majus flower/leaf/stem extract, with its skin-toning, conditioning and antimicrobial properties; lactic acid and glycerin, promoting moisturization and regular skin turn-over; and the vitamins C and E derivatives: tocopheryl acetate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and tocopherol.

The formulation is preserved by phenoxyethanol.

The ingredients in this formulation appear to be in line with the claims being made, although the non-comedogenic and dermatologist-approved aspects are not documented.

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