Review & Swatches: Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush in “Bronze/Natural”

Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush in Bronze/Natural

Availability: Drugstores
Price: $13.95

Company’s Description

Ultra-smooth and blendable powder features a bronzing shade and three coordinated blushing shades that can be used individually or layered for the ultimate healthy-looking glow. 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.

Last year, Physicians Formula debuted the Happy Booster line, which included blushes, bronzers, and highlighters. You can see the review for those products here. For February 2012, the company is again offering these items in addition to some new ones. The new Bronzer & Blush is offered in 2 shades (but the colors are almost identical). The shade in Bronze/Natural is reviewed, below.


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Packaging: 8.75/10

As with the original items in the Happy Booster line, this powder comes in cute, Valentine’s Day-appropriate packaging: the compact is made of bright, reflective, pink plastic. It has a flip-up lid, 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 brush is low-quality and unnecessary, so this packaging could be lighter and less bulky if it wasn’t included. The compartment under the blush also has a mirror, which is convenient for on-the-go.

The surface of the powder is designed with 3 multi-colored, raised hearts. Overall, the packaging is cute, fun, and unique.

Quality: 8/10

The pan contains a light tan color, a light pink, a coral, and a soft rose. Mixed together, you get a medium pink color with some coral tones.

All of the colors are shimmery, which isn’t a problem if you intend to use this exclusively as a blush. But it is also marketed as a bronzer, which doesn’t work well with shimmer if you are bronzing the forehead, around the jawline, under the chin, or on the neck.

Unlike with the original blushes and bronzers, I found the formulation for this product to be stiff and dry. It doesn’t transfer onto the skin easily, forcing you to press into the pan to pick up the powder.

The pigmentation for each individual color is also disappointing. The color payoff is weak. When you mix the colors together for use as a blush, the payoff is decent, but if you wanted to use the colors individually, I can’t see them showing up. This is particularly true for the bronze color, which constitutes most of the pan.

The powder has a noticeable sweet smell.

Physicians Formula claims that there is “Euphoryl” in this product, 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.

Ease of Use: 8.5/10

Using the colors individually is a hassle because the powder doesn’t transfer onto the skin easily and the colors need layering to even show up. Mixed together, the application is much simpler. The color is still light, but you can layer.

Price: 8.25/10

For $13.95 you get 11 grams (0.38 ounces) of product. For comparison, NYX’s Bronzer & Blusher Combo costs $8.99 and contains 10 grams (0.35 ounces).

Final Grade

Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush Box Packaging

Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush in Bronze/Natural

Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush in Bronze/Natural

Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush in Bronze/Natural Individual Swatches

Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush in Bronze/Natural Swatch Mixed

Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush in Bronze/Natural Swatch Blended


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3 Responses to Review & Swatches: Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush in “Bronze/Natural”

  1. sthobbie says:

    I use these mixed toghether anyway… I love all the happy booster items but unfortunately they are hard to get here in Europe =(

  2. Jennifer says:

    I have the blush in the two colors (I don’t really remember the names, but I think it’s Rosy and Nude…). I like the blush much better than this bronzer. It’s a personal choice though, I really like pink! 😛

    Thank you for this review though! The swatches are beautiful!

  3. Love the color, brown with hints of pink! 🙂

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