Monday, March 10th, 2014

Physicians Formula Natural Nude Wear Nude Glow Blush
Physicians Formula Natural Nude Wear Nude Glow Blush

Physicians Formula Natural Nude Wear Nude Glow Blush ($12.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a light pink with warm, yellow undertones and a soft sheen. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $43.00) is darker, more matte. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is much darker, more luminous applied. Giorgio Armani Eccentrico (LE, $88.00) is more shimmery, cooler-toned. Physicians Formula Natural (P, $11.99) is darker. MAC Royal Sunset (LE, $21.00) is warmer. MAC Stunner (LE, $21.00) is darker. MAC Easy Manner (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to provide a “beautiful bare skin effect” with a “skin-glowing finish.” It’s a product that is best for light-medium or fairer complexions, as I really had to layer it several times to even get any visible color to show up in photographs on my medium complexion. The texture is very soft and velvety, but it was somewhat powdery–almost chalky at times–yet not dry or really difficult to work with, but it was dense and powdery. It was contradictory, as it felt lovely in one sense but yet had that powdery, chalky feel as well. On drier skin, I think it will actually look powdery if applied with more than a sheer layer. It looked almost matte applied to the skin; it was surprisingly less luminous/glowy than described or even when you look at it when swatched. It kind of delivers on its promise, but it seems to fall a little short–it’s really not bringing out the natural luminosity of bare skin. On me, it wore well for seven hours but had completely faded after eight and a half hours (nothing was left). To be clear, the color payoff is in line with the description, but I think it lacks the right finish/texture to give it that “skin-glowing finish,” and instead looked more powdery than anything.

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7.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

7.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013

After reflecting on reviews I’ve done over the past year that are more budget-friendly, I definitely need to spend a little more time on cheek color in the upcoming year. Good thing I’ve already gotten a great start on that with some of the upcoming products for spring! :) (So stay tuned!) Here is a mix of cheek colors, face tools, and a few polishes to round-out our last top ten for budget-friendly products.

What are your favorite budget-friendly cheek/face and/or nail products from this past year?

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Physicians Formula Rose Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush
Physicians Formula Rose Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush

Physicians Formula Rose Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush ($11.99 for 0.19 oz.) is a soft, subtly warm-toned pink with a silvery-white sparkle and metallic sheen. The majority of the powder is a warmer, pale pink (almost peachy), and then the center is a darker, berry-ish pink. There is some sparkle, as well as shimmer. MAC Rio is darker but has a similar sheen. Giorgio Armani No. 08 has a sheen but less color. MAC Stunner is warmer. MAC Easy Manner is less shimmery. MAC Porcelain Pink is less pink but has a similar sheen. Illamasqua Lies is cooler-toned but has a similar sheen. See comparison swatches.

According to Physicians Formula’s website, it’s supposed to be the “perfect blend of shimmery blushing tones … for an instant sexy boost with an alluring blushing glow.” The product is vanilla scented. It’s a soft, subtle pink hue on my medium complexion–so on paler skin tones, I would expect it to show up more as a blusher, and on medium or deeper complexions, more as a sheen and highlighter. The texture was fairly soft (but you could feel the sparkle at times), and it applied smoothly, though the finish is quite metallic so it did emphasize pores just slightly. I felt like the luminous finish was distracting enough from that defect, so it wasn’t as noticeable. It wore well for almost eight hours, and it started to look a bit patchy after that. While ULTA’s website said it said it has 12-hour wear, I didn’t see this claim on the brand’s website (or on drugstore.com), so I’m deferring to the brand on wear (or the lack of a particularly long-wearing claim).

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8.5/10

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10/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

5/5

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Friday, September 13th, 2013

Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster
Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster

Physicians Formula Natural Happy Booster ($11.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium pink with strong, warm undertones–it’s not quite coral, but it’s warm enough that it starts to approach that territory. It had a soft, luminous finish that’s glow-y without being frosty. NARS Realm of the Senses #1 is darker, less shimmery. Physicians Formula Warm is actually very similar to this; it is just slightly warmer. Tom Ford Frantic Pink is lighter. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is less pink, more coral. See comparison swatches.

The texture is fairly soft, finely-milled, and applies evenly and smoothly over the skin. It’s a product that blends out beautifully and easily without any trouble–it also gets more and more glow-y as the powder is blended with the skin. There is a very small amount of sparkle in the product, so because there is not much of it, I did not see a lot of translate onto skin, which meant they did not have a chance to emphasize pores or imperfections in the skin’s texture. The formula is designed to give more of a softer iridescence with some color, which is exactly what it does; boosts the natural cheek color while adding a luminous sheen.  My only concern would be for those with deeper complexions, as it may not show up well. Natural wore well for eight full hours, and after nine hours, I started to see some signs of fading. The powder is violet-scented, but I didn’t notice the scent once applied.

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The texture is fairly soft, finely-milled, and applies evenly and smoothly over the skin. It's a product that blends out beautifully and easily without any trouble--it also gets more and more glow-y as the powder is blended with the skin.

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9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

5/5

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Saturday, July 27th, 2013

5 Must-Have Corals Under $20

Four of the five are under $10, even! :) You can see them all side-by-side here.

  1. Physicians Formula Warm — soft, glowy pink-coral
  2. Revlon Kiss Me Coral — warm, orange-coral gloss
  3. Zoya Tinsley — gold-shimmered coral
  4. Maybelline Shocking Coral — vibrant pink-coral
  5. Inglot #361 — matte orange-coral

Do you have a favorite budget-friendly coral-hued product?

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Physicians Formula Warm Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush
Physicians Formula Warm Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush

Physicians Formula Warm Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush ($11.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a warm, light-medium coral-pink with a soft, sparkling sheen. MAC Simmer is more intense, darker. Edwared Bess Secret Affair is more orange. theBalm Frat Boy is pinker, less shimmery. NARS Deep Throat is a bit darker. MAC Supercontinental is warmer, less pink. MAC Legendary is lighter. MAC Flaming Chic is less shimmery. Chanel Fleur de Lotus is a bit warmer, brighter.
See comparison swatches.

The formula is supposed to give a “soft iridescence to highlight contour and add radiance to cheeks.” It had good color payoff that was buildable from sheer to semi-opaque but it may get lost on medium-dark to darker complexions. The texture was soft and smooth, and it was easy to blend it on the skin. It had a sparkling finish, so there were a few visible bits of sparkle, but it is rather fine so it didn’t seem to emphasize pores on my skin. It wore well for eight hours when I tested it, and it started to fade just before nine hours of wear. The powder is scented with violet, but I didn’t notice it once applied, only in the pan.

It comes in four shades, and I plan to review Natural as well, but I haven’t tested that one yet. But I did take photos, and between the two, there is not a major difference. If you have cooler undertones, I expect you’ll see a more notable difference, because Natural is warmer with less pink, but on my warmer, medium skin tone, it was hard to tell the difference between the two on (so just a heads up–I will do a full review of Natural once I’ve had a chance to wear it!).

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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