Review & Swatches: Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush, Highlighter, and Bronzer

Price: $11.95 (blush); $13.95 (bronzer & highlighter)
Availability: Drugstores, WalMart, Target, Ulta

Company’s Description

* Ultra-smooth, perfecting powder in a complementary palette of color blends together to even out skin tone with a flawless radiance.
* Vibrant pink heart gives cheeks a healthy pop of color.
* Infused with our Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress.
* The sweet scent of Violet provides a feeling of joy each time you apply.

This review covers some of Physicians Formula’s newest face products– the Happy Booster Glow & Mood powders. Physician’s Formula sells these powders in 6 different shades. This review covers the blush in Rose, the Translucent powder, and the Bronzer.

Packaging: 8.75/10

These powders come in cute, Valentine’s Day-appropriate packaging: the compacts are bright, reflective, pink plastic. They have flip-up lids, and on the inside, you’ll find the powder on the top layer and a compartment underneath with a brush in it. The brush has bristles in two pink colors. The brushes are unnecessary, so this packaging could be lighter and less bulky if they weren’t included. The compartment under the blush also has a mirror, which is convenient for on-the-go.

The surfaces of the powders are designed with multi-colored, raised hearts. Overall, the packaging is quite cute and definitely unique.

Quality: 9/10

All of these powders have shimmer in them, though the shimmer shows up in varying degrees depending on the color. All of these powders also have a strong smell. Physician’s Formula describes this as a violet scent, but to me it just smells sweet. The fragrance will definitely affect you if you’re sensitive to scents. And, really, even for people who are not sensitive to smells, the fragrance is unnecessary.

The blush gives a very nice, bright, pink color to the cheeks and blends in well. Even though the powder looks very shimmer in the pan, the shimmer is more toned-down on the skin.

The translucent powder is ideal for use as a highlighter. I would not recommend it as an all-over face powder because it is noticeably more shimmery than the blush or bronzer. The shimmery effect is quite pretty. The shimmers are very fine and look very nice on the skin.

The bronzer, despite being the darkest shade in this line, gives off a subtle bronzing color. There is a lighter bronzing powder in this line, which I can’t imagine showing up on anyone except the very fair. Even though the pan has shimmers in it, they’re not really noticeable on the skin.

Physicians Formula claims that there is “Euphoryl” in these products, which contains “natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress.” This claim is almost certainly bogus, and makes the product gimmicky. Who knows what “Euphoryl” really is, how much of the “plant extracts” is in the “Euphoryl,” what studies were done showing they caused people to be happy, or how the studies were done.

The brushes are also mediocre quality. They aren’t shaped to apply powder well, the brushes aren’t very soft, and the bristles fray easily.

These products are solid on their own. Physician’s Formula should have left the brushes out, and shouldn’t use gimmicky lures like “Euphoryl” to try to reel customers in. The powders themselves are lovely, and customers will be happy because of their quality, not because of some “happiness-inducing” ingredient.

Ease of Use: 9.5/10
These apply smoothly and evenly. You do need to dip in multiple times for the bronzer to build up the color, but otherwise the application is hassle-free.

Price: 8.5/10

$12 and $14 is definitely pricey for a drugstore powder. Normally, the high price would bump the score down to at least 8 or so, but these products get extra points for being high-quality and unique. You’ll pay a little more, but you’ll get a product you’re happy with.


These powders are great. They would have received a higher score if Physician’s Formula didn’t add the strong, unnecessary fragrance and didn’t claim that the “Euphoryl” makes you happy.

Toss if: you are sensitive to smells
Try if: you like powders with a bit of shimmer
Buy if: you like cute heart packaging

Happy Booster Packaging

Happy Booster Packaging

Happy Booster Packaging

Happy Booster Powder Ingredients

Happy Booster Rose Blush

Happy Booster Rose Blush

Happy Booster Translucent Powder

Happy Booster Translucent Powder

Happy Booster Bronzer

Happy Booster Bronzer

Compartment Packaging


Happy Booster Swatches of the Highlighter, Blush, and Bronzer

Rose Blush Applied

Translucent Powder Applied to Cheekbones and Below Brow-Bone

Bronzer Applied to Cheek Hollows, Jawline, and Temples

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11 Responses to Review & Swatches: Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush, Highlighter, and Bronzer

  1. jenna says:

    This looks really pretty..but pricey. Its similar to the Milani blush in Luminous ($6).

  2. Deja says:

    This looks great!!!!! I have the Shimmer Strips Gel Liner and I love it, I’m definitelty gonna try this out!

  3. Sarah Hernandez says:

    lol, I’m sorry- I lost my mind for a minute and totally skipped over the swatches (I got caught up on that cute applicator). I bet these would look pretty brushed over the shoulder and chest area.

  4. Sarah Hernandez says:

    How shimmery is the bronzer? I bought one recently but there is waaay too much shimmet for my taste, on the face at least. And the translucent powder (as far as shimmer)? Is is possible to see swatches on these items? Thank you so much!

    • Allura says:

      There are swatches in the images at the end of the post. The bronzer isn’t too shimmery, even though it has shimmers. The translucent powder is quite shimmery–I’d use it as a highlighter.

  5. Jenny says:

    I have the blush one! It looks really pretty and the packaging is just to die for. Even though I dont need any more blushes, I got this because of the packaging.. lol .. I haven’t opened it yet though lol But now i want to!

  6. NSA says:

    i love physicians formula!

  7. Maria R says:

    I’m so happy you did a review on this product and to be honest, I love it and I will get one.

  8. Nicole O. says:

    Very pretty & pigmented like you said. 🙂

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