Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Season to Season Bronzer

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Makeup > Bronzers > Powder Bronzer
Last Updated:
1/30/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
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This bronzer earns the “season to season” part of its name due to the four varying levels of bronze color it contains (indicated as Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall). The intention is to allow you customize the level of bronze throughout the year, however because there are no dividers between the shades it’s tricky to get anything from your brush without swirling all four shades together. They even include a special brush that is supposed to allow you to use the colors individually or together, but trust us it’s no better than using a regular brush; in fact, it’s worse.

There are two sets, one for light to medium and the other for medium to dark skin tones. The problem with either set is the overtly glittery finish that looks distracting instead giving off a faux-tan glow. Otherwise, the pressed powder texture blends on evenly and offers true tan colors. Unless you want a glittery powder bronzer, check out our Best Bronzers list instead.

Pros:
  • Sets for Light to Medium and Medium to Dark, each of which contain four shades.
  • Neutral tan shades.
  • Blends on evenly.
Cons:
  • Overtly glittery finish looks distracting instead providing a faux-tan glow.
  • It’s tricky to use the shades individually.

There aren't really any doctors at Physicians Formula (the founder of the company was an allergist, Dr. Frank Crandell, but that was back in 1937), and no physicians currently sell or endorse it either. The company asserts that "The term hypoallergenic is more than just a cosmetic claim for Physicians Formula. It is the basis for every product that is created. Physicians Formula honors this claim through stringent product testing and quality control. In fact, Physicians Formula products are formulated without 132 known irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today." While the line doesn't list the "132 known irritating ingredients" that they claim not to use, one of their newer products contains menthol, which serves no purpose for skin other than to cause irritation, and other products contain alcohol and witch hazel, which won't make any cosmetic chemist's or dermatologist's list of anti-irritants.

It's good that the skin-care products have been streamlined. There are some excellent makeup removers and a couple of gentle sunscreens whose sole active ingredient is titanium dioxide. Surveying this line in its entirety reveals that makeup is its major focus. However, as you'll see from the Physicians Formula makeup reviews below, things aren't exactly rosy there, either.

For more information about Physicians Formula, call (800) 227-0333 or visit www.physiciansformula.com.

Physicians Formula Makeup

Does this assortment of makeup products have what the doctor ordered? The enormous selection of makeup (no other line at the drugstore sells more individual pressed powders, concealers, or powder bronzers) has seen some noteworthy improvements in recent years, but far too much of it is still built on gimmicky premises or eye-catching graphics while performance and texture are given short shrift. And for a line where just about every product carries on about its goodness for sensitive skin and the non-comedogenic nature of its ingredients, they're not using anything that other companies aren't also using, not to mention that many of the ingredients that show up in these products (such as waxes and occlusive thickening agents) can absolutely clog pores.

Still, for a line with increased retail presence in major drugstores, you may be wondering just what to pay attention to, and the good news is that there are indeed some finds among all the mosaic powders and oddly packaged concealers. Physicians Formula has never done foundations and concealers well, and for the most part that still holds true today. Only one of their concealers is recommended, while the others are best described as dismal. The expansive powder category has several attractive options, including a pressed powder with sun protection and many worthwhile bronzing powders. You'll also find best beauty buys among the blushes and other key products, including the matte eyeshadows, felt-tip eyeliner, brow pencil, and a few of the mascaras. There isn't anything medical or extra-pure about Physicians Formula makeup, but if you know what to look for and are on a budget there are some products that any doctor concerned with the subject of beauty would appreciate!

Note: The shade range of this line does not cater to darker skin tones. In fact, for some products, only those with fair to light skin will find options.

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