Saturday, April 30, 2016

Review: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light Bronzer

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Light Bronzer
(retail: $14.99, 0.38 oz.)

I have heard so many raves about this bronzer from the beauty community that I just had to buy it back when Rite Aid was having one of their 40% off sales several weeks ago. But PF always goes on sale so there's probably a new sale happening at any of those retailers as you read this. You can check my Weekly Drugstore Makeup Sale Wrap-Up here for details.

So did this one live up to the hype? Keep reading for my thoughts...


This bronzer comes in two shades: Light Bronzer (the one I purchased), and Bronzer.



Made in Italy

We're off to a good start here! I find that many of the best powder products are made in Italy (Milani Baked Bronzers, Baked Blushes, Rose Blushes, and Illuminating Face Powders, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks, various Laura Geller products, various MAC blushes, various Burberry blushes, and the list goes on and on and on).

Ingredients

I actually wasn't familiar with Murumuru Seed Butter before I purchased this product, but I see that Paula's Choice gives it a "Good" rating. Apparently it helps soften the texture of skin and also helps keep moisture in the skin. 


No amount of photos can really capture this adorable packaging--the colors, the design, it's beautiful. Here's a closer look at the metallic ombre thing going on here:


Back of compact


This compact has the signature Physicians Formula dual chamber. Product on top, applicator on bottom. There's also a mirror:



I have to hand it to Physicians Formula. They are always coming up with interesting applicators for their face products, and this one is definitely interesting!


This applicator is shaped like a brush, but it's a sponge. 



I love the design of this powder. It's quite "sensual" with its soft curves. It's like melty, soft butter that's been gently stirred. 



Hopefully you can see in this close-up that there is some shimmer here, but the glitter particles are very fine.


Apologies for my blotchy skin but I was swatching a bunch of lipsticks for an upcoming review when I did these swatches. Hopefully you can see that the shimmer in this bronzer is VERY subtle. In real life, it gives the skin a subtle glow--it does NOT read as glittery or sparkly on the skin.

The color of this bronzer is what I would describe as a soft golden beige. It definitely has a yellow undertone to it, but it doesn't look orangey on the skin. On my NC20 skintone, this bronzer adds beautiful, subtle warmth to the skin; it does not really function as a true "bronzer" for me, but I'm absolutely OK with that because what it DOES provide (warmth) is gorgeous. 

I've been using this bronzer constantly since I purchased it, and there is not one thing that I do not love about it. This product is scented, and to me it smells like coconut suntan lotion. It's a very fun, sweet, fruity scent and I can smell it while I'm applying this product, which gets me in a very "tropical" or "beachy" state of mind. Fun! Once this product is actually on my face, I can't smell it, but once Mr. G did tell me that he could smell it when he kissed my cheek, and that was about two hours after I applied it.

Another thing I love about this product is that it gives my skin this soft, warm glow, but it doesn't look like an orange glitterbomb, and it also doesn't make my oily skin look greasy. It's such a subtle product, but it really just seems to take my overall look up a few notches when I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones and across my forehead. This is the type of product that would be EXCELLENT for beginners who perhaps are afraid of bronzer, but it's also perfect for experts who desire some subtle warmth and know just where to place it. You literally can't overdo it with this product due to its subtle nature, and I love that for when I'm in a hurry and just want my face to look a bit warmer before I rush out the door. It's great for when you're wearing a matte, longwear foundation and you want to and some glow and dimension to your skin, without a bunch of color. 

So let's talk about the texture. Oh my goodness. Well first, let's skip the sponge applicator--I tried it and nope. Not great. I have been using my Sephora Multi-Tasker Brush with this bronzer and I LOVE it. It's easy to pick up the product with that brush and it's a dream to blend. And let me just tell you, NO FALLOUT when you swirl your brush into this compact. None. Zip. Zero. It's seriously like a $50 highlighter in that respect. In fact, I find the texture and consistency to be even better than some prestige products I own. This bronzer truly lives up to its name--it is BUTTERY. So smooth and silky and it has a little bit of moisture to it (it's more like a creamy powder, if that makes sense), which lends to the smooth, buttery texture. The only time I notice any fallout is when I'm blending. There's usually a TINY bit of powder in the air when I'm blending, but it's nothing significant and I certainly don't knock off any points for that because really, the texture here is amazing and who doesn't love a perfectly clean compact after a brush swirl?

Staying power has also been great for me. I only notice fading after about 6-7 hours of wear, and even then this product fades evenly (it's not blotchy) and it does not oxidize on my skin. 

FINAL VERDICT: If you're looking to add some subtle warmth and glow to your skin, and you want a completely luxurious experience from start to finish, I cannot recommend this product enough. From the packaging to the scent to texture to the color, this product gets five stars all around from me. It truly lives up to the hype. I would say that the only people I would NOT recommend this to are those who are looking for a true bronzer that delivers lots of pigment. This product is subtle, and it may not work for every skintone, but remember that there are two shades to choose from, so hopefully one of the two will work for you. Seriously, if you're looking for soft warmth and glow, I think you may be incredibly pleased with this one.

Do you own the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer? Do you agree (or disagree) with my assessment? I would love to hear from you!

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33 comments

  1. Will you be buying the other color?

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    1. Sorry, but I don't think so. I'm super happy with this shade and I actually don't "need" a deeper bronzer at this point. Sorry!

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  2. Yep, this stuff is pretty amazing! I bought it a few weeks ago. I do not need any bronzers at all but talked myself into it only because of the word Butter. I was beyond curious and wanted to see what the texture was like. I'm so glad I did purchase it because it is exactly what you say: subtle, beautiful color. And the texture is unique, isn't it? Great product for sure!

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    1. Lol I didn't need one either and I'm so glad this isn't a bronzer in the traditional sense! Totally justifies my purchase. :)

      I'm SO happy to hear it's working for you too, Carol! Yay!

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  3. I completely agree! I have the regular shade and it performs exactly the same on my light to light/medium skin. Love, love, love!

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    1. Yay!!! I am so happy to hear that, Katy!! :)

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  4. Well that's going on my wishlist. Thanks for the review, it was extremely helpful!

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    1. Lol! You're so very welcome. I cannot wait to hear what you think of it! Please keep me posted? :)

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  5. Use this every day...actually do a bit of contouring as this is not too shimmery...the smell reminds me of being on the beach with a bit of coconut suntan oil and sunburn (if that makes any sense) the smoothness of this powder is exceptional...hope they never discontinue...I can see this as a cult favorite

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  6. I bought both colors, haven't used the darker one yet but love everything about the light bronzer...fantastic product!

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    1. I have translucent white pale skin, but ended up buying the "darker" one because it's a cooler tone, less yellow. I find it super light and impossible to overdo, and I doubt it woukd show up on darker skin tones. They're both very light.

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  7. HEB has a 40% off sale on Physician Formula products right now. I'm hoping to find this bronzer at HEB. After reading your review I must have this bronzer. Love the packaging!!

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    1. That's where I purchased mine at 40% off last week! GL!

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  8. Also look for the manufacturer coupon on these bronzers at ulta. I ended up getting 2 bronzers with 2 $4 manufacturer coupons plus the $3.50 off $15 coupon though I bought a mini nail file set for $1 to push me up over $15. Each bronzer ended up being $5 and change!

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  9. Im going to buy this!!thanks G 😉😉😀😀😀

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  10. I'm pretty much obsessed with this bronzer and totally agree with everything you stated... And it smells heavenly!! I have worn Too Faced for years, but have officially converted to the PF. Def. Feels and goes on like a high end product and lasts all day on my combo skin.

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  11. I loooooove the butter bronzer. As you know, I am super duper pale and it still works on my skintone. I love the scent. So delicious.

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  12. FYI this is available at Target.com if you're like me and haven't had luck finding it in stores. Oddly it didn't come up when searching the website but a Google search shows the Target product listing! I am gonna use the 20% promo and my $3 beauty box coupon! Thanks for the tips, G! I prefer very subtle bronzer so I'm gonna go for the light shade even though I'm a bit darker than you - NC25. I feel like I'm in between shades but I do prefer subtle so hopefully it still shows up on my skin!

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  13. I bought this when it first came out, and put it in my drawer of stuff I'm not using and I don't know why. I am going to revisit this today based on your review G., and everyone else's comments! Thanks!

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  14. How does the color itself compare to NYC Sunny?

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    1. It's definitely not as pigmented. Like everyone is saying, you can't overdo this PF bronzer. I'd say NYC is probably a smidge warmer. I'm curious what others think.

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  15. Do you own the PF citycolor bronzer? I believe they only come in NY and Paris. I picked them up at Kmart, on clearance for 3.62 and I had 3.00 peelies so .62 cents. They are ok, not amazing. I have this butter bronzer, havent tried it yet.

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  16. I want to try this bronzer! I just got this LA Girl contour stick bronzer in brazen for super cheap off of amazon. I think you'd really like it! I'm very pale and it gives me a glow and warmth that looks like skin.

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  17. Heard all the hype about this one too but had no desire to purchase it, I'm pretty light skinned and don't tend to use bronzes but you're excellent, detailed and glowing review makes me want to try this! The product description on the box helps too! Who doesn't want to look like "a radiant Brazilian goddess"? Lol thank you G!!!

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  18. Bought it. Love it. And I hope they add other items to the "Butter" collection, like blushes or highlight.

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  19. This is my holy grail bronzer! I love the scent and the light shade is so perfect for my fair skin. Its so hard to find a bronzer that's not orange and that doesn't have a lot of shimmer...especially at this price point! :)

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  20. picked this up at cvs today. there was a 3 dollar off coupon on the box and this week buy 15 dollars worth of pf abd get 10 rewards bucks. the bronzer was 15.49 minus the 3 dollar off coupon brought it down to 12.49 so with 10 free extra bucks it was like getting it for 2.49. the bronzer was in a display with the new makeup items at the front of the store along with the pf argan oil bronzer and the bronze booster ones. and it looked like all of them had 3 dollar off coupons attached to the boxes.

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  21. These are ringing up as $16.79 at CVS right now with a $3 manufacturer coupon attached, making it $13.79. Plus they are doing a $10 ExtraBucks when you spend $15 (pre-coupon), so I bought it for $13.79 and got $10 back, making it just $3.79! Great deal if any of you are going to be at CVS for any reason :)

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  22. The products looks so buttery and luxurious. Can't wait to try it out.

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  23. I've been trying to buy this for a while now but it's always sold out around my area. I've all my near by Ultas, Walmarts, and Walgreens but no luck! They did have it at Walmart once and I picked it up excitedly but when I was at checkout I noticed it was the light shade :/ I need the darker one. My Walmart only sells the light shade. I'm gonna have to buy it online I guess.

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  24. I tend not to use bronzer, except for the tiniest hint on the bridge of my nose and on the apples of my cheeks when I feel inclined (and I tend to devote my energy to eyes and lipst), but this looks like a formula I could get into. Shimmer, and no sparkle, and that it's looking so buttery and rich...

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  25. After your review I picked up the light bronzer at my cvs. They had 2 left! Thank you G!!

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  26. I had to buy this after seeing your review. I happened to stop by CVS and found 2 left for $15 and got the $10 ECB making it just $5. Thanks G for all the deals! Love your site!

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