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Physicians Formula Highlight & Contour Palette – Shimmer Strobing (Review & Swatches)

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette - Shimmer Strobing

In December 2016, Physicians Formula launched a bunch of new products that I picked up as soon as I saw them (review on the Butter Blushes is here)! The Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette in the Shimmer Strobing version (there’s a matte one too) called to me because it looked so much like the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow palette.

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette - Shimmer Strobing
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette – Shimmer Strobing

As always, the presentation of Physicians Formula‘s products is gorgeous. While the layout is identical to that BECCA product, the embossed print is new and always welcomed in a product!

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette - Shimmer Strobing
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette – Shimmer Strobing

However, while Physicians Formula‘s presentation is always beautiful, their bulky packaging is not. Each product I’ve tried by them tries too hard to be extra helpful and in the end is only annoying. The bottom half of the packaging opens up to reveal a mirror (not helpful on the bottom) and a long brush (which I promptly threw in the garbage). The brush, by PF standards, is actually quite nice, but I really don’t find myself ever using these built-in brushes so I find the addition of it to be just cumbersome and bulky.

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette - Shimmer Strobing - swatches
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette – Shimmer Strobing – swatches

Packaging aside, the product swatches out really, really well. The colours are intensely pigmented with very little effort! I was especially impressed with the copper shade, although (as you’ll see below) it’s not a shade I can really wear on my cheeks.

Physicians Formula compared to BECCA - swatches
Physicians Formula compared to BECCA – swatches

Since I own the BECCA versions of the champagne and white versions, I pulled them out for comparison swatching. The champagne shade is incredibly similar although I detect a hint more peach in the BECCA shade. The white shade is basically a dead ringer in my eyes. Worth noting however, is that the sheen on the cheeks is not quite the same. The BECCA products translates a wetter, more “in your face” shine, whereas the Physicians Formula product is a softer, more subtle version.

Physicians Formula Bronzer Booster Highlight & Contour Shimmer Strobing Face Swatches

In these shots I’m wearing only the highlighter – there’s no blush on my cheeks.

Wearing Physicians Formula - shimmer strobing - white shade
Wearing Physicians Formula – shimmer strobing – white shade

A very strong white with a hint of grey to it.

Wearing Physicians Formula - shimmer strobing - champagne shade
Wearing Physicians Formula – shimmer strobing – champagne shade

The most natural looking shade out of all three colours – very radiant!

Wearing Physicians Formula - shimmer strobing - copper shade
Wearing Physicians Formula – shimmer strobing – copper shade

Zero chance I could wear this shade as anything other than an eyeshadow I’m afraid! Great pigmentation overall, but I found it blended out kind of weirdly.

Final Thoughts

If you’re not willing to shell out the money for a BECCA highlighter (and I understand – they’re super freaking pricey), I think the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strobing palette is a decent dupe. It is a bit more of a softer sheen than the wet-look of the BECCA products, but that’s potentially a good thing for people who aren’t looking for in-your-face highlighting.

One thing to keep in mind is that the copper shade is pretty much unwearable as a blush on my skintone. I haven’t yet tried it as an eyeshadow, but that’s pretty much the only way I’m going to get any use out of it. If you’re a deeper skin tone than me and you’ve tried a similar colour on your cheeks, please let us know in the comments how it works on you! I’d love to know!

I also think the packaging is ridiculous. It’s too bulky and unnecessary and the top hinge actually hinders you from getting at the product which is just a damn nuisance.

Man, okay, my list of complaints about this product seems quite long, but overall, I do actually like it. I think the white and champagne shades are beautiful to wear (and I’ve worn them multiple times since I bought the palette). I like that PF put out a near-dupe for the BECCA trio and I like that the pricepoint is more reasonable than the Butter Blushes (this was $21.99 CAD whereas the Butter Blushes were $18.99 CAD). So, to end this ridiculously long summary, I do recommend the product, it’s just up to you to determine if you’ll get enough use out of the shades that are included in the trio.

The Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Shimmer Strobing palette can be purchased on ulta.com for $14.99 USD.

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Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Blushes (Review & Swatches)

Physicians Formula Butter Blushes

The Butter Bronzer was an ENORMOUS launch for Physicians Formula in 2016, so it’s no surprise that they’d want to continue the line… I present to you: the Physicians Formula Butter Blushes!

Physicians Formula Butter Blushes
Physicians Formula Butter Blushes

However, I feel like the launch of the Butter Blushes was so incredibly subdued. I saw little to no hype about them online (aside from a random “free with purchase” on Ulta’s site that lasted all of six hours) and no one had mentioned them to me.

Physicians Formula Butter Blushes
Physicians Formula Butter Blushes

So when I saw these two Butter Blushes at Shoppers Drug Mart one morning, I gulped in shock at the price tag ($17.99 CAD each! EACH!!!) and glanced mournfully at my wallet who was about to eat the cost of them. But since I’ve been having quite the love affair with the Butter Bronzer in 2016, I didn’t even want to try to resist this launch!

Physicians Formula Butter Blushes
Physicians Formula Butter Blushes

The Murumuru Butter Blushes look and smell identical to the Butter Bronzer. Right down to having that  weird spongey applicator thing in the base – do yourself a favour and throw it out.

Physicians Formula Butter Blushes in Natural Glow and Plum Rose - swatches
Physicians Formula Butter Blushes in Natural Glow and Plum Rose – swatches

So the two shades of the Butter Blush are Natural Glow and Plum Rose. And they show up enough in an arm swatch… and it smells nice like the Butter Bronzer... but… uh… that’s where all the goodness ends.

THESE FREAKING SUCK.

They are so goddamn bad it’s not even funny. I’m a relatively pale skin toned person in the grand scheme of things and these do not show up on me very well.

Wearing five layers of Plum Rose
Wearing five layers of Plum Rose

In the shot above, I’m wearing Plum Rose, but I had to pack about five layers on to get even the pigmentation you’re seeing there. (And frankly, you’re probably seeing more bronzer than blush on my cheeks.) Natural Glow (which I don’t have a cheek shot of) basically ends up looking like the most tame highlighter you’ve ever applied to your face.

While I stand by the amazingess of the Butter Bronzer, I can’t recommend these godawful butter blushes. I can’t even say they’d work on people paler than me. The pigmentation is so bad that it’s practically non-existent. These are just atrocious. I’m actually offended that I spent $18 EACH on these things. Save your money – do NOT buy them. (But if you’re a masochist and want to try them for yourself, you can get them at ulta.com for $12.99 USD each.)

What I Bought This Month – December 2016 Haul

As per usual, by the time December hits, I am sooo tired of makeup releases. Don’t get me wrong, I love diving headfirst into all of the new palettes and sets when September hits, but after three months of constant NEW NEW NEW, I get pretty dang tired. So December’s haul is on the small side because I  am burnt out on new makeup! (This won’t last – I give it till late February before I’m enticed by shiny new things again!)

NARS Brow Defining Cream in Sonoran ($29 CAD)
NARS Brow Defining Cream in Sonoran ($29 CAD)

I ended up returning the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Taupe (from last month’s haul) because it was just wayyyyy too dark for my brows and was nowhere close to matching my own hair). So I decided to get the NARS Brow Defining Cream in Sonoran (their only blonde shade). I was really worried about the colour tone in this shade since it does pull quite warm in the pot. Thankfully, it does actually work out really well for my brows. It doesn’t give as much depth as a deeper product would, so what I do is lay down this product as a base for my brows, and then follow it up with a few flicks from a taupey-grey  pencil and it looks fantastic. Probably one of the best pairings for my brows yet!

Sephora Collection Black Magic Remover Cloths ($15 CAD)
Sephora Collection Black Magic Makeup Remover Cloths ($15 CAD)

I have no freaking idea what these Black Magic Makeup Remover Cloths are made of, but they are absolutely incredible. Using only water doused on these cloths, I am able to remove the bulk of my makeup (even from my Grinch tutorial!). This is really handy if you can’t be bothered to grab makeup remover (although I do sometimes prefer to use makeup remover instead of these). Seriously… how does this work??

Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler ($21 CAD)
Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler ($21 CAD)

Ughhhh. My level of disappointment with eyelash curlers is at an all time high right now. I used to LOVE Sephora’s eyelash curlers – I picked up their Original Eyelash Curler in Prague back in 2014 and I have been loving it ever since. But, the pads ran out, and Sephora doesn’t make replacement pads you can buy, so I went ahead and bought another set of curlers. THESE ARE NOT THE SAME, and the ones I bought last month aren’t either. The clamp part doesn’t open as wide, which makes getting my eyelashes in between the clampy bits REALLY, REALLY awkward. Like… so tedious that I’m at the point where I don’t even want to be bothered with an eyelash curler in the morning. I am so frustrated because I LOVED the original Sephora one I got back in 2014. If this new one is their “updated and improved” model then I am sorely disappointed. (And, also, the new pads don’t fit on the old curler. UGH.)

Too Faced Melted Matte in Candy Cane (free - gift)
Too Faced Melted Matte in Candy Cane (free – gift)

For the first time in my life, I did not have a list a mile long for Christmas presents that involved makeup. It’s been a plentiful year of makeup for me, and I just didn’t really “need” anything. But one thing I did absolutely want was the limited edition Too Faced Melted Matte in Candy Cane. Not only is the colour right up my alley (a stunning pink-red that I saw Jen wearing more times than I could count), but it also actually smells like peppermint mocha. How I wish all of the Melted Mattes smelled this way! In the end, I do find the formula is on par with their original line, so it is kind of drying, slightly sandpapery on the lips, but for this special item, I’m willing to deal with the pain of it! Oh, and it was my husband who got it for me for Christmas. 🙂

Today's lip choice: @toofaced Melted Matte in Candy Cane! This one might be true love… 💋

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Lush It's Raining Men Shower Gel (free - gift)
Lush It’s Raining Men Shower Gel (free – gift)

The other item my husband got for me on my list was this Lush shower gel in It’s Raining Men. I really, REALLY do not need shower gel – I’ve got far more than I can ever even get through in the next year, but I love the It’s Raining Men scent and it had been about two years since I last had a bottle of it. So happy to have this one again. 🙂

Too Faced Christmas in New York - The Chocolate Shop (free - gift)
Too Faced Christmas in New York – The Chocolate Shop (free – gift)
Too Faced Christmas in New York - The Chocolate Shop (free - gift)
Too Faced Christmas in New York – The Chocolate Shop (free – gift)

The next item I received via Zoe of Writing Whimsy. She passed on the Too Faced Chocolate Shop palette to me because she knew what I rabid fan I am for Too Faced and figured I’d get a lot more use out of it. And right she is! This palette was part of their 2016 holiday lineup – Christmas in New York. And yes, it smells like chocolate… which I’m starting to feel is almost a necessity when I’m doing my makeup now!

Marc Jacobs Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara (free - gift)
Marc Jacobs Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara (free – gift)

Zoe also sent along a Marc Jacobs item she had two of: the Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara. This is a glitter topcoat for your mascara which I have yet to use… but she knows me so well – glitter is always good in my book!

MAC Prep + Prime Lip ($21 CAD)
MAC Prep + Prime Lip ($21 CAD)

I’ve been using a lot of random brands’ invisible lip liners and primers (all sent by PR) and none of them work nearly as well as MAC‘s Prep + Prime Lip. I finally said “enough” and just went out and bought MAC‘s lip primer because I was “making do” with products that only worked 50% as well as MAC. I am so, so happy to have my MAC lip primer back – it prevents lip line bleedout and makes sure my lipstick stays in place. LOVE!

Physicians Formula Butter Blushes ($17.99 CAD each)
Physicians Formula Butter Blushes ($17.99 CAD each)

I picked up the two brand new Physicians Formula Butter Blushes as soon as I spotted them at Shoppers Drug Mart. They are on the unbelievably pricey side at 17.99 each, but they had tear off mail in rebates for $7 each which brings them down to a bit more of a reasonable price tag. Review is forthcoming!

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight + Contour ($21.99 CAD)
Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight + Contour ($21.99 CAD)

Another pricier item by Physicians Formula (seriously, their Canadian price tags always make me gasp), but this one had a $9 mail in rebate. Anyone see something familiar in this product? It’s identical in tone to the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill trio! Review also forthcoming with a comparison to the BECCA shades!

That’s it for December! Did you get anything really awesome this month? Tell me in the comments!

What’s On My Face – Volume 47

I’ve only just realized that this is going to be a very heavy “makeup posting” week! I’ve got a What’s On My Face post for you today, a makeup tutorial up on YouTube tomorrow and then a “Totally Cute Challenge Week” on Friday. So if you’re looking for inspiration, hopefully you’ll find something you like on here this week. 🙂


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Even though I had picked it up aaaages ago at IMATS New York, I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to play with my Mehron Fire palette. The look came out pretty nicely, but they were HUGELY benefited by a white, sticky base.

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Eyes
I first applied NYX’s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk as a base, then:

  1. MAC Cork
  2. Mehron Inferno
  3. Mehron Hot Pink
  4. Mehron Purple Heat
  5. MAC Blanc Type

I created the wing with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline and applied Too Faced Better Than Sex waterproof mascara to my lashes.

Face

  • Foundation: Revlon Colorstay liquid  in 200 Nude
  • Blush: Hourglass Diffused Heat
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle
  • Lips: Tarte Lip Quench in Rose

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More playing around with my IMATS goodies!

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Eyes
(all from the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette)

  1. Transition
  2. Toffee
  3. How U Doin
  4. Wine N Dine
  5. Teddy Bear
  6. Crystal
  7. Thanks A Latte

I created the wing with Kat Von D‘s Tattoo Liner in Trooper and tightlined both water lines with Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer. I coacted my lashes with Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Full Fan Effect mascara and applied a pair of House of Lashes Au Naturale falsies.

Face

  • Foundation: BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation in Fair
  • Blush: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
  • Bronzer: Joe Fresh Sand Bronzer
  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt
  • Lips: Wet n Wild Cherry Picking

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I did this one as a guest post for Zoe over on Writing Whimsy in June! She asked for “purple” and I just went hogwild with it.

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Eyes

  1. Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie through the top of the crease.
  2. Makeup Geek Blacklight all over the lid.
  3. Makeup Geek Masquerade on the outer half of the lid.
  4. Makeup Geek Drama Queen on the outer corner to deepen it up.
  5. Makeup Geek Vanilla Bean and White lies mixed together on the brow bone.
  6. Makeup Geek Phantom on the inner corner.

I lined the outer half of my lash line with Makeup Geek Masquerade and then applied Lit CosmeticsDisco Diva glitter to the inner half and painted it into a thin point (I used Lit’s glitter adhesive to get it to stick). I created the wing with Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in Trooper and tightlined my waterlines with Marc Jacobs’ Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer. I applied Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof mascara to my lashes and popped on a pair of Bombshell lashes by Houses of Lashes.

Face

  • Foundation: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD liquid in Y225
  • Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Bronze
  • Blush: Urban Decay Bittersweet
  • Highlighter: BECCA Pearl
  • Lips: Too Faced Unicorn Tears

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I did this look for a YouTube tutorial back in March. At the time I thought I was going to be able to cross post every makeup tutorial I did on there to on here… and it looks like that won’t be possible, but here’s that looks regardless!

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Eyes

  1. BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #3
  2. BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #4
  3. BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #2
  4. BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #1
  5. BECCA Ombre Rouge shade #5

I created the wing with Make Up For Ever‘s Ink Liner and applied Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara to my lashes. I’m also wearing a pair of Bombshell lashes by House of Lashes.

Face

  • Primer: Make Up For Ever Step 1 Radiant Pink Primer
  • Foundation: BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting foundation in Fair
  • Bronzer: Bourjois Delice de Poudre
  • Blush: BECCA Flowerchild
  • Highlighter: BECCA Champagne Pop
  • Lips: I lined my lips with MAC‘s Boldly Bare lip pencil first, then filled them in with MAC Brave with MAC Shy Girl on top

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Annnnd more products I got from IMATS New York. Eesh, I had no idea how IMATS heavy this post was going to be!

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Eyes
I first applied NYX‘s Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk as a base, then:

  1. Sugarpill Flamepoint
  2. Sugarpill Mochi
  3. Sugarpill Velocity
  4. Sugarpill 2AM
  5. MAC Blanc Type

I created the wing with MAC‘s Blacktrack fluidline and applied Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof mascara to my lashes.

Face

  • Primer: Joe Fresh Illuminating Primer in Pure Glow
  • Foundation: Clinique Chubby in the Nude in Intense Ivory
  • Blush: Stila Convertible Color in Peach Blossom
  • Bronzer: MAC Refined Golden
  • Highlighter: Too Faced Candelight Warm Glow
  • Lips: Clinique Pop Glaze in Licorice Pop

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer (Review & Swatches)

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

Bronzer has become one of my most loved products in the makeup world over the last few years. One of the very first bronzers I ever tried that actually worked on me was a Physicians Formula bronzer in the heart shaped pressed powder thingamajig. I loved that thing so much that I actually used up the entire compact rather swiftly. But as with any beauty obsessor, I started to amass more and more bronzers by different brands because I wanted to try them ALL! So Physicians Formula kind of fell by the wayside as I tried any and every brand out there.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

And yet here I am, right back to them. Physicians Formula suddenly released their Butter Bronzer about a month or two back and everyone went nuts. It has a beautiful gradient packaging. It has an embossed print on the powder. It smells like old timey sun tan lotion (or bleach, as I so nicely described in my recent favourites video…). I mean, we all knew we were going to be suckers for this compact, weren’t we?

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

The Butter Bronzer comes in two shades – Light Bronze and Bronze. The one pictured in this post is the darker of the two (Bronze), although the paler (Light Bronze) shade is maybe a HAIR paler.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer

As with most Physicians Formula compacts, the mirror is actually in the base of the product, alongside a… brush… type… thing. Well… usually it’s a brush. This time it’s some weird mushy sponge applicator that will do NO ONE any favours for application.

Unless you wanted tiger stripes.
This can definitely give you tiger stripes.

Anyway, the brush/sponge/thing is irrelevant to me as I threw it out immediately.

Comes with this weird... sponge... thing...
Comes with this weird… sponge… thing…

Like honestly. How are you going to blend bronzer with THAT *THING*?

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer - swatch
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer – swatch

The heavy swatch above shows you that there’s a tiny bit of a sheen to the product, but overall it’s a slightly warm bronzer that blends well.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer - on my face
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer – on my face

On my skintone, it’s fairly subtle. I love how it blends out without much work AND it doesn’t look like I overdid it at all. In both the shot above and below, I’m wearing the bronzer on the back of my cheekbones, around my temples, and along my jaw line.

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer - on my face
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer – on my face

It even seems to match incredibly cool-toned looks, which is a huge blessing.

Final Thoughts

Aside from that ridiculous sponge thing in the bottom of the compact, the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer is absolutely wonderful through and through. Worth noting though: the scent of the bronzer is pretty potent and you can actually smell it through the compact. So give it a sniff in stores to see if it’s something that will bother you. I personally love the scent, but it will linger on your brushes (not through a good cleansing though!).

The colour is pale and soft, not overtly warm, but warm enough to make it look like you’re sunkissed. This does skew towards us paler folks, so I think if you’re medium-deep, this won’t work for you. (I also anticipate this not working for me when I’ve got some summer colour on my face.) I’ve been reaching for this bronzer practically every single day and I’ve almost already worn away the pattern. It’s been a long time since I’ve fallen for a bronzer so hard!

The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer is available at various Canadian drugstores, but it can also be purchased online for Americans at Ulta.com for $14.99 USD.