Find products and ingredients Learn how Skin Deep® works Meet our experts Discover EWG VERIFIED™
Product score: 05

Data Availability:

Limited

Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer, Glow

Physicians Formula Spotlight Illuminating Primer, Glow

WHERE TO BUY

As an Amazon Associate, EWG earns from qualifying purchases.

CATEGORY

Concealer

BRAND

Physicians Formula

DATA LAST UPDATED

January 2020

Ingredient concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • MODERATE
    Cancer
  • MODERATE
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • HIGH
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • HIGH
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient scores

Ingredients are scored based on their formulation and concentration in this product. Click on an ingredient for more information.

Ingredient score: 09
RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE)
Appeared as: RETINYL PALMITATE
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 04
PHENOXYETHANOL
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, preservative
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 03
PEG-100 STEARATE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) surfactant - cleansing agent
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 03
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 02
GLYCERIN
Data Availability: Good
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) denaturant, fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, humectant, oral care agent;oral health care drug, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin protectant, viscosity decreasing agent, perfuming, solvent
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 02
ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) deodorant agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 02
TIN OXIDE
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) abrasive, bulking agent, opacifying agent, bulking, opacifying, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 02
MICA
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) colorant, opacifying
CONCERNS • Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
WATER
Data Availability: Robust
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) solvent
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
DODECANE
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) perfuming
CONCERNS • Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient, perfuming
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS/ ALEURITES FORDI OIL COPOLYMER
Data Availability: None
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) film former, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) bulking agent, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, bulking, viscosity controlling
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/ SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER
Data Availability: None
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) emulsion stabilizer, opacifying agent, suspending agent - nonsurfactant, viscosityincreasing agent - aqueous, emulsion stabilising, viscosity controlling
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) opacifying agent, opacifying
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
GLYCERYL MONOSTEARATE
Appeared as: GLYCERYL STEARATE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, emollient, emulsifying
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
POLYISOBUTENE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) binder, film former, viscosity increasing agent - nonaqueous, binding, film forming, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
CAPRYLYL GLYCOL
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - emollient, emollient, hair conditioning, humectant, skin conditioning
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
ETHYLENE BRASSYLATE
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, masking, tonic
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
PANTHENOL
Data Availability: Limited
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, antistatic, hair conditioning, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
HEXYLENE GLYCOL
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, solvent, viscosity decreasing agent, emulsifying, perfuming, skin conditioning, surfactant
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
PEG-7 TRIMETHYLOLPROPANE COCONUT ETHER
Data Availability: None
Expand content Collapse content
Ingredient score: 01
DISODIUM EDTA
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) chelating agent, chelating, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE
Data Availability: None
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) surfactant - emulsifying agent, emulsifying
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
TOCOPHEROL
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous;skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
TITANIUM DIOXIDE
Appeared as: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891)
Data Availability: Good
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) colorant, opacifying agent, sunscreen agent, ultraviolet light absorber
CONCERNS • Cancer (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
CI 75470
Appeared as: CARMINE .
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) colorant, fragrance ingredient
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT
Ingredient score: 01
CI 77499
Appeared as: IRON OXIDES (CI 75470)
Data Availability: Fair
Expand content Collapse content
FUNCTION(S) colorant, cosmetic colorant
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS INGREDIENT

Ingredients from packaging:

WATER, DODECANE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, GLYCERIN, BRASSICA CAMPESTRIS/ALEURITES FORDI OIL COPOLYMER, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, POLYISOBUTENE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ETHYLENE BRASSYLATE, PANTHENOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PEG-7 TRIMETHYLOLPROPANE COCONUT ETHER, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, DISODIUM EDTA, SORBITAN ISOSTEARATE, RETINYL PALMITATE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL, TIN OXIDE, TOCOPHEROL, CARMINE (CI 75470). IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891).

Product's animal testing policies

Some cosmetics companies have taken People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Leaping Bunny animal-testing pledges. For consumers who are concerned about companies’ policies on animal testing, Skin Deep reports this information.


PETA Cruelty-free Companies

Companies that join the "Caring Consumer" program of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a leading international animal rights advocacy organization, attest that "neither they nor their ingredient suppliers conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations or finished products, and that they pledge not to do so in the future."

LEARN MORE ON PETA.ORG

Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

Score legend

Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

NONE LIMITED FAIR GOOD ROBUST
Low Availability
Moderate Availability
High Availability

More concealer

VIEW ALL concealer

EWG VERIFIED™
Holiday Gift Set

Get Yours with a Donation of $125

ORDER NOW