Sunday, January 27, 2013

Physicians Formula Spring 2013 Line - Review

 Physicians Formula 

When I was in CVS one day, I saw the new Physicans Formula display which featured their new BB line and Sexy Booster products. I immediately purchased them as I was drawn to the adorable packaging of these products. No matter how you feel about the product inside, you can't deny the packaging is totally adorable! I was also super excited to see a cruelty-free BB Cream as there aren't many drugstore versions on the market that I'm aware of (I can name 3 brands). 

 All of the products in this review were purchased by me. I never receive any compensation for reviews. 

Here is what I think about the products, including swatches:

To begin the look, I prepped my skin with Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Correcting Primer This was probably an unnecessary step, but I generally like to prime my skin to increase the staying power of my makeup. This product claims to color correct skin, fill in fine lines and increase the staying time of your makeup. It is hypoallergenic and fragrance free. I actually didn't realize this comes in three colors; green, nude and pink highlighter. The one I have is Pink Highlighter.

What I like about it: I think the brush tip applicator is very convenient. I actually have never used a primer with this type of applicator before. It makes it very easy to apply a nice thin layer of product. Once I have the layer I desire, I then smooth out with my fingers to avoid any streaks. It absorbs quickly and feels nice on the skin.
What I don't: I really like this product. I don't have any complaints about it. It does what it claims. 

Next, I applied the Super BB Cream. BB Cream here in the U.S. stands for Beauty Balm. This product contains an SPF of 30 and is meant to function as both a skincare and makeup product. It claims to provide moisture to the skin, and some coverage much like a foundation or tinted moisturizer does. 

What I like about it: It's lightweight, applies effortlessly with fingers, a brush or sponge, and I love the SPF factor as well. This is time saving for me, because I don't need a separate sunscreen. While it does not cover all of my blemishes, it does provide medium coverage and dries to a semi-matte finish.
What I don't: I wouldn't mind if it had just a touch more coverage, but that's what concealer is for. I'm pretty happy with this product.  However, I don't think it will work for all skin tones. They only make two shades; light/medium and medium/deep. I think if someone is very fair or has a very deep complexion, chances are the coloring will be off for you. For me, I've been using a self-tanner pretty much since I got this product, so I'm probably 1 shade darker than my natural skin tone and I find this is a great match for me. 

 For any blemishes that the Super BB Cream did not cover, I then applied the Super BB All-In-One Beauty Balm Concealer. Like the primer, this has a brush on applicator. It promises to cover imperfections, and is both hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. 

What I like about it: This is a nice creamy product. It does a pretty good job of covering up my dark circles, though my circles are so bad, I really need a corrector underneath. It definitely covers all of my blemishes and acne scars.
What I don't: I really don't have any complaints about this product. It works well for me. 

To set my concealer, I topped it off with the Super BB All-In-One Beauty Balm Powder. In my opinion this is the star of the BB line. I am super impressed with this powder. It claims to diffuse the appearance of imperfection and act as protection from UV rays. This is the first BB Powder on the market (and only one that I am aware of).  I know makeup artists everywhere are cringing at the idea of BB Powder. Sometimes companies take things a little too far, and new products seem a bit gimmicky. However, I really do think this is a good product. Is it a totally new product, or just a really good mineral powder? Well, I'm not really sure, but whatever name you want to give it, in my opinion it is still a good product. 

What I like about it:  This is also hypoallergenic and fragrance free.  I love how creamy the texture is. Although it is a powder, it doesn't have a really dry texture. It is very pigmented almost more like a powder foundation. For me, this product is the icing on the cake and really completes the line, giving my skin that flawless look. 
What I don't: I really wish this product came with a powder puff, or round sponge. I honestly don't understand what they were thinking including the very strange thin firm brush that comes with this compact. However, that wouldn't deter me from repurchasing this product. I simply used a puff or sponge that I had in my stash, and put the brush to the side. You are also going to have the same color issues with the entire BB line, as this also only comes in two shades. I think if they expanded the shade selection, and added a puff or round sponge this product would be nearly perfect. I would also like to add, that this product is perfect for me, and my skin type. However, if someone had super oily skin, I don't know that this would work. It actually does not have a matte finish, but somewhat of a satin finish (think Nars Laguna Bronzer).  I also don't know that it would work for extremely dry skin types, as once you build product to add coverage, it can cling to dry bits (though that's easily solved with a setting spray).  So I think this works best for normal, combo or sensitive skin types. 

 Note how pigmented the product is (picture above). I just touched my finger to the product.
 Pictured Above: I'm unsure why they included this very firm thin brush.
 All of the products are a nice size, so I think these will last me for a while. I replaced the brush in the compact with a round synthetic sponge. I've also applied it with a powder puff, which also works well.

In conclusion, I'm very happy with Physicians Formula BB line. I found that all of the products can hold their own individually, but they really worked best together. When I used all three products together (BB Cream, Concealer and BB Powder), I really got a flawless look to my skin. 

For color, I reached for the Sexy Booster line.  I used a powder brush to gently buff the Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Bronzer along my neck, jawline and face. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this product, because it contains so much shimmer. I typically reach for a matte bronzer. However, after application, I was really impressed with beautiful glow it gave my skin. I think this would work great as a highlighter on deeper skin tones. 

What I like about it: It really does leave a beautiful glow on the skin. The packaging may be one of the cutest I've ever seen from a drugstore brand! 
What I don't: This is not super pigmented, in fact it's somewhat sheer, but I think that's what makes the product work. If it where super pigmented and had shimmer, it might look unnatural. I was lucky and found this product by chance, but I'm hearing some are having trouble finding this product in stores. Again, I'm not fond of the brush, but I can only think of one brand that I ever used the included brush with (Hourglass). Not a real negative for me, because I use my own synthetic brushes, which work great for application. I almost wish they didn't include any brush at all, though I'm not sure everyone will agree with me.

 Pictured Below: The bottom opens up to reveal a mirror & brush

The product actually contains two colors the background color is your shimmery bronzer. The elevated corset contains a light gold shimmer.  When you swirl your brush into both products, you get the right amount of both on your brush, and they blend on your skin to create a sexy glow.  

Pictured below: The top swatch is the background color, and the lower swatch is the light gold shimmer from the corset. 

Since the bronzer gave me such a gorgeous glow, I could have stopped here. However, I do like a bit of rosiness to the cheeks, son I swept on the Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush.  You won't need a separate highlighter with this blush, because it is also shimmery. Again, I normally opt for matte finish blushes, but this ended up being a two-in-one product for me. I think of it as blush with added highlighter because it gives that nice glow. The product has a vanilla scent to it which most will find pleasing.
What I like about it: This really does give you a beautiful glow. I have fair skin, so with blushes, I have to be careful that they aren't too dark. I actually think this would look good on just about any skin tone. There are two shades in one compact just like the bronzer. Your base shade is a light shimmery pink, but the shoe in the center is a darker peachy pink shimmer blush similar to Nars Orgasm. The packaging is adorable.
What I don't:  I really have nothing bad to say about this product. Again, I wouldn't use the brush, but that's pretty much true of all drugstore brushes, and doesn't really come into play as far as my overall feelings about the product. 

For eyes, I reached for the Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow and Liner, Universal Looks in Nude Eyes. This is an adorable collection of nude shimmery shadows housed in a cute little package. What is so great about these is that the darker colors can be used wet and function perfectly as liner. 

What I like about it: I love that you can use these wet or dry. I actually find the sponge applicator useful in this case, as I like them for shimmery shadow application to minimize fallout. I think you get a nice selection of really wearable colors here. If you like nude shimmery shades, go for this palette. This palette will work with any eye color because it contains neutral shades. I also used the lightest shade to highlight my cupid's bow using a small brush. Physicians Formula sells a few variations of this palette Nude, Smokey, Fashionista and Casual.  They also have a Nude Collection that comes in Natural, Warm, Classic and Smokey. The palettes all look somewhat similar, so make sure you read the package so you know which you are purchasing. This is really an excellent value. It's only $10.95 and you get 9 eyeshadows that double as liners!
What I don't: I do wish that they included at least a couple of matte shades. I would have loved to see a matte cream color, matte brown and matte black. Had they included those shades, it would be a perfect palette. 

I could have used one of the dark shades wet as liner, but I chose to use Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiner Glam Collection in Glam Brown Eyes. While I don't have brown eyes, I like the colors in this trio better than the one intended for blue eyes. These are really unique. They have a metallic finish, and the texture is very different than other gel liners I've used. 

What I like about it: These are extremely long lasting. I have used these when doing makeup on others as a base for an eyeshadow look. I used these on someone for a wedding, and it worked out great. These are waterproof, and they are safe for contact lens wearers or people with sensitive eyes.
What I don't: I have nothing bad to say about this product. 

 On the lips, I used Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain. This is a richly pigmented red gloss-stain hybrid. Physicians Formula claims this product is kiss-proof. 

What I like about it: It is certainly long lasting. It's very pigmented. It has a nice scent. It's a blue based red so it makes your teeth look very white. Again, the packaging is so cute!
What I don't: Immediately after application, it has a tacky feel to it. However, after a few minutes it feels weightless on the lips and I actually forgot I had it on until I looked in the mirror. I don't actually think this product is kiss proof. I kissed the back of my hand after a few hours of wear, and was left with a lip imprint. However, it does wear well. After hours of wear, it still looks freshly applied without any caking or flaking. I also wouldn't really call it glossy, though it does leave a beautiful sheen on the lips, much more so that a plain lip stain.

 Pictured above: This comes with an angled doe foot applicator, and applies smoothly to the lips.

I finished the look with a couple coats of Physicians Formula FakeOut Mascara.  Here is the completed look:

I also included the above photo before I did the lips so you could see how the skin looked in natural light (unretouched photo). 

There are also a few new products from Physicians Formula that I did not use for this particular look, but I wanted to share with you anyway. One is a matte bronzer, and the other shimmery bronzing beads. 

Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Illuminating Bronzing Veil: Comes with bronze and gold loose hearts that you can swirl a brush into or apply using the enclosed puff.  These do not have a lot of pigmentation, and are probably best used as a highlight over another bronzer. 

How-To-Wear Bronzer: I just got this product, so haven't used it enough for a full review. However, my first impressions are good. While I don't need instruction on how to bronze, many people do. And even if you don't need instruction, everyone needs a good matte bronzer. This comes with two shades, a lighter and darker within the same compact. The product is also available in two different shades; light bronzer, and bronzer. I am actually really excited about this product. It's only $13.95 and I think the quality is excellent. The packaging is adorable, and you get a decent amount of product. I think everyone should try this if you are searching for a good matte bronzer because it can also double as a contouring powder. I think I'll get a lot of use out of this. If Too Faced wins my vote for best bronzers for a high end brand, Physicians Formula wins my vote for best drugstore bronzers.

In conclusion, Physicians Formula has some really great new products on the market. This is one of the first makeup brands I ever used as a teenager, and it continues to be a favorite of mine today. I have several other newer items I picked up from the brand, but this is quickly becoming the never ending blog post, so I think I'll end it here. I'm really happy with the direction this brand is headed in. I hope they expand their foundation skin tone range and then they'll be a complete brand for me. I really seem to be able to find just about everything I need from them. 

Have you tried any of the new Physicians Formula products yet?  I would love to hear, especially if you tried any of the BB products in the Medium/Dark shade, I would love to hear how the coloring worked for you. 

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  1. wow! now i'm really interested in the PF BB line of products. your skin looks so incredible in those pictures.

    i had that nude shadow palette but didn't love it so i gave it to my sister. but when i put on the shadows, they didn't look as pigmented. were you using a shadow primer??

    1. Thank you! I am really impressed with the BB line. Did you have that exact palette. They make several palettes that look very similar and from what I understand they are not all the same in terms of pigmentation. I used a primer on my eyes (too faced shadow insurance), but did not use one on my swatches. I didn't have problems with pigmentation. I am also pretty fair, so most colors do show up on my skin tone.

  2. Great post! It makes me want to run out to the drugstore and buy everything from PF! Can you tell me what the other two BB creams are that are cruelty free? I only know of GOSH.

    1. Oh I haven't tried GOSH. Where do they sell that? The two others I've tried are Nuance by Salma Hayek, which is much more sheer, and Flower (the new Drew Barrymore line) which is fuller coverage but lacks an SPF. Of those 3, Physicians Formula was my favorite for texture, finish and coverage. I had so much more PF stuff to review, but I couldnt fit it all in this post. I may review it another time, they had 50% off at my local CVS so I stocked up!


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