As you know, sometimes we try drugstore items as part of the Dollar Menu here at the cafe. As any sane person would, we sometimes wonder if paying $40 or more for a blush, bronzer, or eyeshadow palette makes sense. There are makeup treasures everywhere, certainly there are excellent lower priced mascaras, nail polish, and eyeliners. In this spirit, I explored the “new on the pegboard” Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster (Deluxe Edition) ($15.95) (Light-Medium) (0.42 oz). In the pan, you could even say that it glows:
According to Physicians Formula:
Revolutionary Italian technology combines the best features of powder, baked and cream bronzers for the most stunning bronze glow. Delivers a skin-perfecting finish unlike any other bronzer, we had to call it “Deluxe”!
Luxurious, light bronze veil melts into skin providing an airbrushed lit-from-within glow that looks so natural it is virtually undetectable on the skin.
Glow Activator Technology provides Triple-Action Bronze Boosting that helps to enhance and extend the life of your tan glow and improve skin’s clarity and radiance.
So far, so good. The bronzer is pretty, but I had to wonder–is this baked-in glow, or overspray that called to me from behind its clear lid?
I dug at the top with a brush, and found that although there does seem to be some surface treatment, the bronzer below has a fair amount of shimmer embedded into the formula.
As you can see, Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster Deluxe in Light-Medium is far lighter and more shimmery than the others. One more:
Overall, if you are looking for a glowy, shimmer bronzer that is light and warm in tone for a good price, Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Deluxe Edition delivers. As a baked product, I found that applying the color in layers did cause it to frost up. Also, more than a soft application seemed to emphasize pores. I suppose there’s a lesson that I keep having to learn–although you might tire of hearing me say that most of the higher end products are “finely milled” and “buildable,” those are attributes that really make the difference in quality (and, let’s face it, price).
In other words, being able to build adds to the product’s versatility because I can decide how deeply I apply the color. Also, powder products that adhere well to the skin without emphasizing (or creating) imperfections is worth more dollars to me. As I use my bronzers all the way up, I’m living with a bronzer for quite a long time. Overall, I have to say that this bronzer is a fun, shimmery, glowy confection but not one that I’ll be reaching for often.