A few months ago, Physicians Formula South Africa sent me their much hyped Healthy Foundation in a PR package for testing and review. As usual, I took a long time testing this foundation with various variables being changed to really test the product.

PR received from Physicians Formula

At the outset I want to point out that I have a combination to dry skin, I am 41 years old so I have mature skin and I have some hyperpigmentation on my cheek bones. Please note that these factors may play a role in the way the foundation applies and wears on me. My thoughts are based on my personal experience and this may vary from person to person based on their specific skin condition concerns.

I generally test a new foundation with and without primer to assess what works best. I tested the foundation with different primers that give different effects to understand whether the type of primer affects the wear of the foundation. I wore the foundation through different temperatures from the crazy Durban humid summer to the much cooler days of winter. Part of the test is to layer concealers, creams and powders over it.

The Foundation 

The Claims 

According to the Physicians Formula website (www.physiciansformula.com), The Healthy Foundation is a “long-wearing, buildable, and breathable foundation that provides lightweight, medium coverage with a healthy, satin finish”.

Physicians Formula claims that the foundation is suitable for all skin types. It contains a number of ingredients that are said to be good for the skin including:

  • Brightening Complex to brighten and improve the appearance of skin tone.
  • Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate the skin.
  • Vitamins A, C & E to provide a flawless, healthy coverage.
  • The foundation has an SPF of 20 as well for added protection.

Experiencing the Foundation 

The Healthy Foundation is beautifully packaged in a glass bottle with a doe foot applicator. Although glass isn’t travel friendly, it is luxurious to look at,  touch and is better for the environment. The use of the doe foot applicator is not my favorite means to dispense the foundation as the product does not remain hygienic and I found it difficult to get sufficient product out on the applicator for a full face of foundation. I had to dip back into the bottle approximately 4 to five times to get enough product out. The foundation also doesn’t have the most pleasant scent. It smells quite chemical laden, but this smell dissipates once the foundation is blended onto  the skin.

According to Physicians Formula’s South African Facebook page, there are only 5 shades of the foundation are available in the country. This is confusing to say the least as the international website shows that there are 24 shades and in an African country, there is a definite need for an inclusive range of shades. It was just my luck that the shade sent  to me was an absolutely perfect color match.

The foundation itself is lightweight and is very well pigmented. As per the claims this is not a full coverage foundation but gives medium coverage with a natural finish. The foundation blends beautifully with both a brush and a sponge and you have a your skin but better appearance. I am a person who believes in primer. This foundation applies well to skin without primer but I felt that it broke down very quickly in my T-zone in the summer heat even if it was set down with a primer. Using primers that mattify the T-zone like Maybelline Superstay Primer helped with this problem in the hot summer months but I find that during these winter days the use of a hydrating primer like Smashbox Primerizer works well in giving the skin a good base for the foundation. Concealer, cream and powder  products layer well over the foundation and they blend seamlessly. The foundation, when set down, wears well for a good 10 – 12 hours on my skin. I suspect that this won’t be the case for someone with a very oily skin unless you really powder and use a heavy duty setting spray.


Overall I think that this is a really great foundation for R250 at Dischem. I hope that the full range of shades is brought into the country to accommodate all users from extremely pale/fair to the richest deep skin tones. If you are able to find your shade in this foundation then I highly recommend that you try it. Points to bear in mind is the scent and the doe food applicator. If you’re very finicky you may not be able to get beyond these elements. If you’re not put off by these factors, you will enjoy some great skin days with this foundation. I find myself reaching for it more often than I thought I would!

Have you tried this foundation already? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you.

With love and gratitude 

– Aarthi