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Physicians Formula Light Bronze & Bronze Butter Bronzers

01/06

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Butter Bronzer

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Butter Bronzer

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Butter Bronzer

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Butter Bronzer

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Butter Bronzer

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Butter Bronzer

Light Bronze

Physicians Formula Light Bronze Butter Bronzer ($14.99 for 0.38 oz.) is a light-medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that was buildable to full coverage with two layers.

The Butter Bronzer formula is supposed to “smooth skin texture, brighten skin tone and deliver a gorgeous bronze finish.” The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable without being powdery or dusty in the pan. It seemed to “melt” on the skin and looked satiny but not shimmery. The color lasted for eight hours on me before fading noticeably. There is a strong, coconut-based scent.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Light Bronze
A-

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Physicians Formula Plum Rose & Natural Glow Butter Blushes

01/07

Physicians Formula Plum Rose Butter Blush

Physicians Formula Plum Rose Butter Blush

Physicians Formula Plum Rose Butter Blush

Physicians Formula Plum Rose Butter Blush

Physicians Formula Plum Rose Butter Blush

Physicians Formula Plum Rose Butter Blush

Physicians Formula Plum Rose Butter Blush

Plum Rose

Physicians Formula Plum Rose Butter Blush ($12.99 for 0.26 oz.) is a soft, dusty pinky-plum with neutral undertones and a satin finish. It had medium, buildable coverage with a soft, very slightly powdery texture that was very smooth, easy to blend, and sat well on the skin.

The Butter Blush formula is supposed to “deliver a gorgeous blushing glow.” The powder has a strong coconut scent. The color wore well for eight hours on me, but this shade will show better and be better on fairer skin tones as it doesn’t show up much on me so I’d expect it to look a bit different and more nuanced on lighter skin tones. The finish was more matte than glowing with this particular shade, though. It had one of the more finely-milled powder consistencies I’ve tried by a drugstore brand, so I wish they had more shades available–something that might work for someone that’s light-medium or darker. It’s a surprise to see a brand that really doesn’t seem to want to cater to diversity and richness in skin tones that the beauty industry has in 2017–but given the brand still releases foundations with just two shades, I guess it shouldn’t really be a surprise.

Physicians Formula Butter Blush Plum Rose
Plum Rose
Plum Rose
B+

Permanent

9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Physicians Formula Rose Argan Oil Blush

Physicians Formula Rose Argan Oil Blush
Physicians Formula Rose Argan Oil Blush

Physicians Formula Rose Argan Oil Blush ($12.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a lightly brightened, light-medium pink with cool, blue undertones and a soft, frosted finish. Makeup Geek Head Over Heels (P, $9.99) is lighter, brighter. a href=”http://www.temptalia.com/product/too-faced-blush/lollipop”>Too Faced Lollipop (LE) is similar. Too Faced Raindrops on Roses (LE) is similar. Tom Ford Beauty Wicked (P, $55.00) is darker. MAC Divine Desire (LE, $21.00) is darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

According to the brand, the blush is supposed to have “luminous, light-reflecting pigments” for a “skin perfecting effect” while being “infused with 100% Argan oil.” It had good, mostly opaque color coverage that was easily applied at full intensity, in lighter layers, or diffused and blended out. The texture was soft and fairly smooth with a smidgen of powderiness. It had just enough shimmer in the finish to be visible but not emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture, so the result was quite glowy. The blush started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear. I really liked the way it looked and applied, but it had a very strong, spicy fragrance that lingered even after it was applied.

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush Rose
Rose
Rose
B+

Permanent

9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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Physicians Formula Natural Argan Oil Blush

Physicians Formula Natural Argan Oil Blush
Physicians Formula Natural Argan Oil Blush

Physicians Formula Natural Argan Oil Blush ($12.99 for 0.24 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a satin finish. Gucci Beauty Coral Flower (P, $49.00) is darker. MAC Pink Sprinkles (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Lesson in Love (LE, $21.00) is lighter. Chanel Innocence (160) (P, $45.00) is more muted, browner. Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $9.99) is lighter. MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $21.00) is similar. Dior My Lady (003) (LE, $60.00) is similar. NARS Anguilla (P, $39.00) is darker, cream. Chanel Sakura (87) (LE, $45.00) is lighter. Hourglass Radiant Magenta (P, $35.00) is warmer. Urban Decay Overexposed (LE) is similar. NYX Mauve (P, $5.00) is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

The formula is supposed to have “luminous, light-reflecting pigments” for a “skin perfecting effect” while being “infused with 100% Argan oil.” It had semi-opaque color payoff that was buildable to full color coverage with a soft, smooth texture that was slightly powdery (I could definitely tell talc was the first ingredient). Nevertheless, it sat well on the skin and looked natural without being too matte or too shimmery. It didn’t look powdery, and the blush itself blended easily when I used it. On my skin, it lasted for seven hours before fading. The powder is heavily fragranced; it has a spicy, perfume-y scent, and the scent lingers and lingers all day long. If you’re sensitive to scents, I would stay away, and if you don’t want to smell your face all day, I’d also stay away. It’s not subtle, and I can see the scent being a deal-breaker. The compact also contains a brush stored underneath the pan of blush. The brush was scratchy and shed everywhere, and it did make the compact more cumbersome by having that additional layer for it.

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush Natural
Natural
Natural
B-

Permanent

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
82%
Total

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Physicians Formula Natural Nude Wear Nude Glow Blush

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.

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Nude Glow Blush Natural
Natural
Natural
B-

Permanent

7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
7
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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Top 10 of 2013: Best Drugstore/Budget Blushes, Highlighters, and Nail Lacquers

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?

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