12.10.2014
3
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Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush
Rating
$11.95
Category:Makeup > Blushes > Powder Blush
Last Updated:12.10.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This pressed-powder blush comes imprinted in an adorable heart-shaped design that’s lovely to look at, but its fragrant and irritating formula isn’t going to make your skin happy.

Pros:
  • Super-cute mosaic of pink pressed powder combines to give skin a pink flush.
  • Powder is silky smooth and easy to pick up with a brush.
Cons:
  • The noticeably strong fragrance can be a problem for your skin by causing irritation.
  • The high amount of cornstarch is a potential problem for blemish-prone skin because food-based ingredients can “feed” the bacteria that cause acne.

More info:

There’s no research showing that applying plant extracts to the skin can make you feel happier. Although a pleasant fragrance has been shown to improve one’s mood, fragrance isn’t good skin care! You can improve your mood with fragrance by wearing a perfume or eau de cologne.

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Physicians Formula At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; almost all products fragrance-free; outstanding cleansers; pressed powder with broad-spectrum sunscreen; several bronzing powder options (primarily for fair to light skin tones); one of the only lines at the drugstore selling matte finish eyeshadows; the loose powder; most of the blushes; good liquid liner; excellent automatic brow pencil.

Weaknesses: Dated moisturizer formulas; several sunscreens lack sufficient UVA protection; jar packaging; several of the makeup products epitomize wasteful packaging; the shade selection for almost all the foundations and concealers is awful; tons of gimmicky products that don’t perform as well as you'd think but are eye-catching in their compacts; the lip color and lip plumper; mostly average to disappointing mascaras; the Organic Wear products either have undesirable textures or contain irritating ingredients.

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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05.25.2015
Beautiful Subtle Blush

I have this in the shade "Rose" and it's a beautiful slightly luminous blush (but not glittery at all). It gives the skin a very healthy hydrated appearance just like this line's powder does. It is not very pigmented, so I'm not sure how well this would work for people with anything darker than medium/tan skintones, but for my very pale skin this is a perfect fool-proof blush. It really is hard to apply too much of this blush in one shot (although it can be built up). Love it!

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Morgan S.
07.30.2013
This blush boosted my happiness.

I have not had any bad results as of yet from using this product. I absolutely love everything about it. It doesn't clog my pores, even with sensitive skin, and I've been using it every day for the past year. It adds a nice touch to finish the face off so you can go about your day. This product is worth the money and the time. I have no complaints!

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Kelsey W
07.02.2013
Fragrance NOT a problem

I just tried my sister's and there is not a fragrance problem. Actually it is a great replacement for the discontinued Erzo laszlo blush.

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