By the way, all PF bronzers are BOGOFREE at Rite Aid this week (through April 6th). So I'm going to do my best to review the other bronzer I have (the one with the little hearts) before the week is through.
Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Baked Bronzer in Light
(retail: $13.95, 0.33 oz)
The bottom level of this compact houses a brush:
The bristles looks like they would be rough, but they're not as rough as you might expect. Granted, it's not the best brush for the job (the bristles are too long and floppy, which doesn't allow for much control) but it'll work in a pinch.
Looking at the compact, the colors looks like they'd be ideal for my NC20 skintone. When swatched on my hand, the color looks pretty amazing:
However, this all changes when applied to the face. I applied this bronzer to the top of my cheekbones. AFTER I applied a BB cream, setting powder and a creme blush:
from far away
Texture and consistency: The powder itself is nice and smooth. I wouldn't say it's "finely milled" but it's also not super gritty. I really like the initial color when the outer shade and the shade of the heart are combined. I do experience a moderate amount of fallout while using this product, but the real culprit here is the glitter. The glitter particles are chunky and they tend to fly around my face during application. The glitter is present in both the outer shade and the inner shade, so it's unavoidable.
Ease of application: As mentioned above, there's a moderate amount of fallout during application and the glitter tends to fly all over the place (and all over my face) during application. The base color blends out nicely, but I'd say it blend out TOO nicely because I really can't see a lot of warmth on my skin after I've blended--I just see glitter.
Staying power: The base color is fleeting. The traces of color and warmth this bronzer adds to my skin are gone in about an hour. After that, all that reminds is the glitter.
Fragrance: At this point, most of you have probably experienced the Happy Booster scent. This bronzer has the same fragrance as the other Happy Booster products (to my nose it smells like violets and roses). I love the fragrance quite a bit and I would totally buy it if PF made this in a body mist. I know that the Happy Booster scent can be very strong for some of you, but for me it's medium strength (I'm not super sensitive to fragrance though, so your mileage may vary). I can definitely smell it during application and I also sometimes catch light whiffs of it throughout the day.
FINAL VERDICT: Unless you are very fair (below an NC or NW20), I would say this product would work best as a highlighter, not a bronzer. But even then, I don't find that the base color (which is what does the "bronzing") sticks around long enough to add any real warmth to the skin. What does stay around is the chunky gold glitter. So if you're looking for lots of glitter and a tiny bit of warmth and sheen, this could be a great match for you. Unfortunately, I usually love the exact opposite (lots of warmth and sheen with a tiny bit of glitter) so this is definitely not a love-match for me.
Do you own any Happy Booster products? If so, how do you like them? Do you have any favorites? I'd love to hear from you!
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