Category Archives: Physician’s Formula

Physicians Formula: Murumuru Butter Bronzer 

So I thought I would add my two cents to the enormous amount of content already online reviewing the Butter Bonzers from Physicians Formula.  Why not, right?  But if you are like me and you typically avoid products that get a rediculous amount of hype, I’m here to tell you that this is one makeup item that is well worth a look.

Firstly, Physicians Formula is a cruelty free brand but it is more on the expensive side when it comes to ‘drug store’ makeup.   I purchase Physicians Formula online through iHerb as it is MUCH cheaper there than in store in Australia.  I purchased the ‘light bronzer’ shade as it is warmer in tone, and it certainly is light.  If you have medium skin tone or darker this will be too light for you but as I am a very pale princess (and I’m not looking for a pronounced bronze) this works well for me.

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Butter Bronzer in ‘Light Bronze’

I think that what I like about this product the most is that it feels like silk and blends like a dream.  It is so finely milled and because it is light, you can really slap it on pretty carelessly and it is hard to go overboard.  It looks natural on the skin and the colour is buildable.  I find it pretty foolproof and it lasts quite well on my skin even though I typically find coloured face products disappear quite quickly in the humid tropical heat where I live.

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Light Bronzer swatched

I suppose I should address the scent, which the Butter Bronzers are well known for.  It smells of coconuts and sunscreen and reminds me of holidays.  I enjoy the smell, which is quite strong when you open the compact, but I don’t find it lingers once the product is applied.  If you aren’t about scented makeup though, this might be a bit much for you.

The only negative that I have to note regarding this product relates to the packaging.  It looks cute and includes a lovely mirror but the included applicator is some kind of odd sponge this which I could never use to apply bronzer BUT the real issue is that it is pretty bulky.  It barely fits into my acrilic makeup storage that is designed for compacts, which is annoying.  If you aren’t anal about these kinds of things, it probably won’t be an issue for you.

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Nice quality mirror but what is that sponge applicator about?

Also, the shade selection of this bronzer range is abysmal.  There are two shades, one warmer and one cooler in tone, but both are designed for pale skin.  I find that Physicians Formula often has very limited shade selection across their range which is disappointing.

Overall, I enjoy this bronzer so much I am tempted to purchase the other shade even though I’m really not a bronzer person.  If you have been put off by the hype around this product or even the price, I would encourage you to give it a go if you can find a shade that works for you.

Have an amazing day!

Physician’s Formula: Shimmer Strips – All-in-1 Custom Warm Nude Palette

This is the first product I have tried from Physician’s Formula.  They are cruelty-free and you can find them on the PETA list.  We can buy them at Priceline in Australia but they are much cheaper to buy online from iHerb.  Saying that, Physician’s Formula is quite expensive for a ‘chemist’ sold brand so I am not convinced they are budget-friendly BUT I certainly would recommend the Shimmer Strips, even for the more expensive price.

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The back of the Shimmer Strips palette opens to reveal a face brush, eye sponge tip applicator, mirror and instruction suggestion sheet.  It closes with a magnetic closure.

I was attracted to this little palette as it claimed to be an all-in-1 system for the face and eyes.  The packaging is sturdy cardboard with a lace design in gold and black.  The palette opens with a magnetic closure at the front and the back.  The front contains the shimmer strip products and the back contains a face brush, eye sponge tip applicator, mirror and instruction suggestion sheet.

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Physician’s Formula: Shimmer Strips in Warm Nude

Physician’s Formula has broken this palette into four rows and suggests that row 1 be used to highlight, row 2 as blush and row 3 and 4 be used as bronzer.  They have also broken down the rows with suggestions for use on the eyes.

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rows 1 and 2

I haven’t really tried to use this product as a bronzer but the top two rows really does make a stunning highlighter which can shift more champagne or pink depending on where you direct your brush.  I have tried to use the pinks as blush but they aren’t really pigmented enough to work that way for me.

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rows 3 and 4

The powders are so soft, finely milled and easy to blend.  They do make a lovely subtle eye look and I have used them that way often on quick makeup days where I put some matte bronzer in the crease and then a selections of these shades on the lid and outer V.  For this reason I do think the palette is very versatile.

If you are looking for a truly beautiful highlighter which has the flexibility to take on many tones depending on your mood and enough pigmentation variation to make a pretty eye look too – then I can totally recommend the Shimmer Strips – Warm Nude palette.

Have a fantastic day 🙂