Monday, June 13, 2011

Review & Swatches: Physician's Formula Happy Booster Powder & Blush

Physician's Formula Happy Booster Line
Claims: 
- Ultra-smooth, perfecting powder in a complementary palette of color blends together to even out skin tone with a flawless radiance.
- Multi-reflective pearls provide a soft iridescence to highlight contour and add radiance to cheeks.
- 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.


Pros: 
- Smooth and finely milled.
- Easy to blend.
- Color is buildable for light to medium coverage.
- Looks shimmery in the pan but leaves a nice satin finish on my skin.
- Paraben-free and noncomedogenic (hasn't broken me out)
- Smells nice but I know that not everyone will agree with me. Personally, I like the smell of flowers ;)
- Cute embossed different colored hearts. Something really unique and eye-catching!

Cons: 
- This is quite expensive being that it is a drugstore product.
- Unnecessary sales gimmick. If I'm having a crappy day, I highly doubt that applying this bronzer/blush will "promote feelings happiness" and cheer me up. Unless I get a lot of compliments on how radiant I look, I might change my mind. LOL
- The package is cute, no doubt, but it's way too bulky. I can do without the flimsy brush and the mirror.
- This also claims to be hypoallergenic yet it possesses a strong floral scent? Last time I checked, scent/fragrance is a no-no for hypoallergenic products.


Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder in Bronzer 
Overall: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 3 out of 5 (a little bulky)
Price: $13.95 in the states and $18.97 in Canada! (Wait for the 40% OFF in-store sales)
Size/Weight: 0.4 Oz / 11g
Would you buy this again? Yes

Although this bronzer is shimmery, it's very subtle and not overwhelming. I love to apply this in the hollows of my cheeks and on my temples for a nice bronze glow. This bronzer looks dark in the pan but fear not, it's actually light and buildable. I use the little pink heart in the pan as a highlight because it looks like a pearly cream color on my tanned skin.

Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Natural
Overall: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 3 out of 5 (a little bulky)
Price: $11.95 in the states and $16.97 in Canada! (Wait for the 40% OFF in-store sales)
Size/Weight: 0.24 Oz / 7g
Would you buy this again? Yes

The Happy Booster line consists of two blushes: Rose which is a rosy red color and Natural (pictured above) which has red, pink, and coral hearts. I love this blush because it gives my cheeks a pretty rosy glow. I've seen swatches of Rose and Natural online and they look nearly identical. The only difference is that Natural is a tad lighter which I prefer. I can see this color looking great on light and dark skin tones.

Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder in Translucent 

Overall: 2 out of 5
Packaging: 3 out of 5 (a little bulky)
Price: $13.95 in the states and $18.97 in Canada! (Wait for the 40% OFF in-store sales)
Size/Weight: 0.4 Oz / 11g
Would you buy this again? No

This is marketed as an all-over translucent face powder but it's way too shimmery to serve that purpose. It's a light pale pink that looks white against my skin tone so this product will be better suited for lighter skin tones. The shimmer particles are bigger than that of the bronzer so it looks more like chunky sparkles. This might be a nice highlighter but against my tanned skin, the silver sparkles make me look frosty. Needless to say, this was my least favourite from the Happy Booster line. Pass!

I gave it 2/5 because it is satin smooth and pigmented.

Swatches above: Translucent, Bronzer, Natural

Compact.
Pressed powder on top, mirror glued underneath, and a fancy brush in the bottom compartment...

This brush looks cute, yeah? But it's scratchy and unforgiving! I tried applying blush with it but the shape of the bristles makes the application streaky and blotchy. Now I use it to clean my keyboards! I'm just so innovative that way you know?

If I could only pick one product out of the three, it would be the Blush in Natural. It's  such a pretty color that looks nice on most skin tones. However, I think that Physician's formula can do without the gimmicky stuff and the faulty brush.

Physician's Formula products are quite expensive in Canada so always wait for the 40% off sales! :)

8 comments:

♥ Natalie said...

Ohhh! *__* I love 'Natural'! :D

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Tess said...

ya i have the pale one.
It works for me because i'm EXTREMELY pale! lol ;)

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Thanks for the review! I really want to try the blush :)
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ewongB:) said...

the blush is my favourite!!

Health said...

The packaging is awesome. I personally love pink as well. Hehe. Yeah it is small and cute.! Max Pure Lens