Physicians Formula – Makeup and Beauty Blog | Makeup Reviews, Swatches and How-To Makeup http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com A beauty blog blooming with fresh makeup reviews, swatches and beauty tips from your friendly neighborhood beauty addict Sat, 30 Apr 2016 00:00:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Can Physicians Formula Really Make You #InstaReady? http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/can-physicians-formula-really-make-instaready/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/can-physicians-formula-really-make-instaready/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:46:56 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=193623 When I first saw Physicians Formula’s new line, #InstaReady, I thought, “Genius marketing! But there’s no way makeup can really make you more Instagram ready.” After I tried the products, I realized that InstaReady doesn’t really mean anything, aside from having a really good makeup day, and that’s exactly what happened when I tried it. […]


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Physicians Formula InstaReady

When I first saw Physicians Formula’s new line, #InstaReady, I thought, “Genius marketing! But there’s no way makeup can really make you more Instagram ready.” After I tried the products, I realized that InstaReady doesn’t really mean anything, aside from having a really good makeup day, and that’s exactly what happened when I tried it.

There’s plenty behind these products that I think deserves mentioning, like how almost all of them contain SPF 30. They also have InstaFilter Technology, which is basically a clever way of saying that they’ll mattify your skin while leaving behind lots of valuable moisture. The InstaFilter Technology also uses high-tech, light-reflecting polymers to blur imperfections and re-texturize the skin.

Now, these are HUGE claims for a product to make, and while I did have a great skin day while using #InstaReady, I didn’t look like I had an Instagram filter over my face… Obviously. But let’s talk a little more about a few of my favorite products from the line, shall we?

To start, I applied the Super BB #InstaReady Beauty Balm BB Cream. Most of the BB creams I’ve used have been light to medium coverage and applied almost like tinted moisturizers, but not this one. This bad boy is full coverage.

In the pro column, and this one’s big, I didn’t need to use any concealer on my blemishes, because they were already covered so well! This has a beautiful semi-matte finish and lasts throughout the day; however, it’s not without a few cons. Like, it’s extremely thick and feels uncomfortable on my skin. You can definitely feel that it’s there, and while the uncomfortable, constricted feeling fades the longer I wear it, I wouldn’t wear this again unless I were wearing full-on makeup that day. It can also look a little cakey, so this isn’t something I’d want to wear if I were going for a no-makeup makeup look.

Overall, though, I really like it, and I’ll wear it the next time I want a flawless complexion! You can see the coverage is bomb here in these before and after pics…

Physicians Formula InstaReady

The next stand-out InstaReady product for me is the Super BB #InstaReady Contour Trio BB Stick in Bronze Trio. This little deodorant stick o’ bronzer is truly a dream. Literally, I’ve dreamed of a product that could make contouring a breeze, and here it is in my hot little hand! This guy is definitely going in my everyday makeup drawer and will live there until I die.

It contains the same InstaFilter Technology as the BB cream, so again it’s going to help blur and perfect the skin. It’s also made to be super blendable, which I can attest to. It has a deep contouring shade on the far end, a slightly shimmery bronzing shade in the middle, and a nice highlight on top. All you need to do is paint a cute tiger stripe on each cheek with the deepest shade in the hollow of your cheek, then tap away with your fingers or Beauty Blender. My contour was blended and looking fly in 0.73 seconds.

I recommend it for anyone who loves a good contour, and it would also be stellar for anyone just starting out in the world of faking perfect bone structure, because it’s so fast and easy to use.

Physicians Formula InstaReady

Physicians Formula InstaReady

Physicians Formula InstaReady

Lastly, the magical contouring stick’s sister product, the magical blush stick, also known as the Super BB InstaReady Contour Trio BB Stick in Blush Trio. It’s the exact same product as the contouring stick, just in blush form.

I’m in love with this peachy coral shade, and it should look amazing on any skin tone. I didn’t go to town and draw a huge stripe with this one because of how pigmented it is, but I tapped it on the apples of my cheeks and pulled it back toward my hair line before blending it in with a Beauty Blender. Again, it gave me the most beautiful flush in no time at all!

While I do really like the blush, too, I’m not sure I’d splash out the $12.95 for it, just because it doesn’t seem all that much more exciting than any other blush I own.

Physicians Formula InstaReady

Physicians Formula InstaReady

Overall, well done, Physicians Formula! You’ve turned an #InstaReady skeptic into a true believer. 

What do you think about the Physicians Formula Super BB #InstaReady line? Have you tried it yet, or do you think you will?


Jen Clark


Hi, beautiful! I’m Jen from Jen Leigh Beauty. Now, rather than just talking to myself about makeup, I write it down in a blog. Besides being madly in love with anything I can smear on my face (and sharing pics on Instagram), I’m more in love with my hunky husband, my sweet 2-year-old, and my fluffy fur baby. Thank goodness they put up with the madness, because I love chatting about my favorite things with people who understand the addiction.

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Unsung Makeup Heroes: Physicians Formula Powder Palette in Blushing Berry http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/face/physicians-formula-powder-palette-in-blushing-berry/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/face/physicians-formula-powder-palette-in-blushing-berry/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 00:00:22 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=145324 About the Author The following guest post was written by Jenn Coyle of hellobrio.com. You can also find Jenn on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Etsy and Society6. This is a story about love… It begins with a young girl who learned early on that blush was a staple in her regime; a driving force […]


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Physicians Formula Powder Palette in Blushing Berry

Jenn Coyle of Hello BrioAbout the Author
The following guest post was written by Jenn Coyle of hellobrio.com. You can also find Jenn on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Etsy and Society6.

This is a story about love…

It begins with a young girl who learned early on that blush was a staple in her regime; a driving force in her life. She started off slowly, using whatever her mom helped her choose.

One day, she graduated from Cover Girl Cheekers to Physicians Formula blushes. That big step marked the beginning of her blush addiction — choosing to spend upwards of $10 on a blush when there were perfectly good blushes for $3 or $4. At that point, there was no going back. This girl was hopelessly in love with loving blushes.

Years later, said girl had been ’round the proverbial blush block. Now a connoisseur, purchasing in ranges from cheap-cheap to drugstore to high-end, she had a sizable number of blush compacts in her collection.

I apologize for getting philosophical with you, but here goes: they say once a person has too many options, the person can begin to feel paralyzed when forced to make a decision.

During this type of inner turmoil, it’s common to see a person revert back to what feels most comfortable to her. Some outsiders label this phenomenon, “getting stuck in a rut”. Others recognize this as an allegiance of true love and devotion.

These times of abundance can bring out the deep connection between a woman and her absolute favorite makeup products.

See where I’m going with this?

Confession: blush girl = me.

Overwhelmed, I picked up my tried-and-true Physicians Formula Powder Palette blush in Blushing Berry (about $10) and began to use it every day. We had a torrid rekindling of our romance, and I hit pan quickly. I knew I had to repurchase. Again.

The long-running Makeup and Beauty Blog Unsung Heroes series features much-loved permanent collection products from a variety of bodacious beauty brands.

In my twenty-some years, I’ve committed to Blushing Berry Multi-Colored Blush because the color is always right for my skintone and doesn’t get lost on my golden complexion. I always look instantly healthy and awake with B.B., and it’s forgiving when I accidentally have a heavy hand.

Blushing Berry is a diamond in the drugstore rough and isn’t overly complicated. It understands me and I understand it.

I’m happy to announce that Blushing Berry and I are going steady now. We’re about to take it to the next level and make it Facebook-official soon.

Have you ever rekindled a past makeup love?

Jenn Coyle of Hello BrioAbout the Author
The following guest post was written by Jenn Coyle of hellobrio.com. You can also find Jenn on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Etsy and Society6.

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Charming Their Way Into Makeup Bags and Hearts, the New Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stains Deliver an Yves Saint Laurent Look at a Drugstore Price http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/physicians-formula-sexy-booster-sexy-glow-glossy-stain-review-swatches-picture/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/product-reviews/physicians-formula-sexy-booster-sexy-glow-glossy-stain-review-swatches-picture/#comments Sat, 09 Mar 2013 01:33:16 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=133312 Why do I find little dangling charms so irresistible? Charms on just about anything, like phones, bracelets, the ends of pens and pencils, tubes of Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain… Charmed, I’m sure. Maybe it’s the way they sparkle when I wiggle them around. It triggers some kind of primitive cave girl […]


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Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain

That’s the new Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain in Hot Pink ($9.95) on my lips, available now at drugstores and online

Why do I find little dangling charms so irresistible? Charms on just about anything, like phones, bracelets, the ends of pens and pencils, tubes of Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain…

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stains Red and Hot Pink

The Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stains in Red and Hot Pink

Charmed, I’m sure. :)

Maybe it’s the way they sparkle when I wiggle them around. It triggers some kind of primitive cave girl thing… Whatever it is, those silvery high-heel charms are charming the heck out of me.

And speaking of charming, that’s actually their schtick — except with regard to pants, as in “charming the pants off you.” These two new pigmented, $9.95 gloss/stain hybrids in Red and Hot Pink, like the Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush in Rose we looked at before, are designed to do just that.

With ingredients like horny goat weed and a musky vanilla scent, they’re supposed to evoke a sultry state of mind while tinting lips with a long-lasting lip stain and a satiny finish.

Truth be told, I haven’t yet felt the urge to bump Barry White and crawl all over a rotating heart-shaped bed while wearing either of these shades…but I do feel like raising my hands in the air and waving them around like I just don’t care, which is something I normally do for drugstore versions of high-end makeup products.

These remind me of those $32 Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stains

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain applicators in Hot Pink on the left and Red on the right


Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain swatches in Hot Pink on the left and red on the right



Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain

Wearing the Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain in Red

Mind you, they’re not exact dupes. The Sexy Boosters feel heavier and thicker to me, and I think the ones from YSL last longer (I get from 5-6 hours out of these, versus 6-8 hours from the YSLs) and shine brighter.

Um…and I prefer the YSL version’s understated cherry blossom flavor and scent to the stronger musky vanilla these have going on (lingers for about two hours, egad), but nothing’s perfect, I guess.

You know what, though? Even with a couple quibbles, I still think these are great. What a value for the price.

For less than 10 bucks, Physicians Formula delivers a pigmented, moisturizing gloss stain in ultra cute packaging. Great job, PF. :)

PRICE: $9.95 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Does Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush Have the Juice to Seduce? http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/drugstore-beauty-finds/thursday-post-1-physicians-formula-sexy-booster-sexy-glow-blush/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/drugstore-beauty-finds/thursday-post-1-physicians-formula-sexy-booster-sexy-glow-blush/#comments Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:59:26 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=133192 Being named Sexiest Cat Alive by People magazine, not once, but twice, makes Tabs something of an authority on sexy. What can you say, really? He’s the Channing Tatum/Bradley Cooper combo of the cat supermodel world. Lucky… I guess some cats are just born with it, ya know? That certain something. That “it” factor. Most […]


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Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush in Rose

Wearing Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush in Rose ($11.95), one of two new shades available now at drugstores and online

World's sexiest catBeing named Sexiest Cat Alive by People magazine, not once, but twice, makes Tabs something of an authority on sexy.

What can you say, really? He’s the Channing Tatum/Bradley Cooper combo of the cat supermodel world.

Lucky… I guess some cats are just born with it, ya know? That certain something. That “it” factor.

Most of us, on the other hand, have to work for it. I’ve always seen myself as more of a girl next door — not a bada-boom bombshell — but I’m hoping Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush in Rose can fire up my fabulous side.

The blend of shimmery pink tones gives cheeks a seductive glow, and according to Physicians Formula, Sexy Booster was designed from the bottom up to inspire sexy self-confidence. Everything from the packaging (that shoe!) to the scent (a musky vanilla that’s supposed to make women feel more sensual) to the ingredients, which are supposed to have a pheromone-like effect.

Cocoa extract to enhance feelings of attraction, excitement and euphoria, and horny goat weed, an aphrodisiac said to help you get in the mood to boom-chica-wah-wah! :)

I can’t say that I feel particularly mrrrooowww when I wear Sexy Booster, but I do quite like the soft pink color and silvery shine.

I think the grains of powder could stand to be a little smaller, too; they’re pretty obvious until I buff the blush down.

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush in Rose Small
Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Blush in Rose Closeup

All told, a solid shimmery pink drugstore blush wrapped up in cute packaging, but whether and to what degree it makes me lustful remains to be seen. I’ll leave that determination to the experts…like Tabs, hahaha! :)

PRICE: $11.98
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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Aw, Snap! These New Physicians Formula Endless Color Custom Nail Trios Snap Together http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/physicians-formula-endless-color-custom-nail-trios/ http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/nails/physicians-formula-endless-color-custom-nail-trios/#comments Tue, 05 Mar 2013 05:00:09 +0000 http://www.makeupandbeautyblog.com/?p=133015 Two things I could do all day, every day… 1. Window shop for cute spring bags Window shopping in person and online. Just point me toward a window, and I’m there. Right now I’ve got my eye on a few things, like… 2. Paint my nails I don’t know when it happened, but I turned […]


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Physicians Formula Endless Color Custom Nail Trios

The new Physicians Formula Endless Color Custom Nail Trios ($10.95 each; eight trios available) from the left: In the Nude, Trendsetter Chic, Smokin’ Haute and Fashion Icon

Two things I could do all day, every day…

1. Window shop for cute spring bags

Window shopping in person and online. Just point me toward a window, and I’m there. :) Right now I’ve got my eye on a few things, like…




2. Paint my nails

I don’t know when it happened, but I turned into one of those gals who paints her nails a different color every single day.

Maybe it’s a phase. :)

Who knows? But if you also like to change things up often on your claws, these new Endless Color Custom Nail Trios from Physicians Formula ($10.95 per trio of 0.45-ounce bottles; eight trios to choose from) make that quite fun and easy.

Each of the stackable bottles in these trios snaps together (like Lego) to form a sort of nail polish wand.

When you feel like wearing a different color, SNAP!

No, I mean the bottles snap together. :) Just break apart the wand.

The colors in the trios can be worn alone or layered together to create your own nail art.

So far I’ve gotten my finger into four of the eight trios…

Physicians Formula Endless Color Custom Nail Trio in Fashion Icon

Physicians Formula Endless Color Custom Nail Trio in Fashion Icon: sky blue (three coats), dark green (two coats) and yellow (three coats)



Physicians Formula Endless Color Custom Nail Trio in Trendsetter Chic

Physicians Formula Endless Color Custom Nail Trio in Trendsetter Chic: dark blue (three coats), purple (two coats) and light blue (two coats)


Physicians Formula Endless Color Custom Nail Trio in Smokin' Haute

Physicians Formula Endless Color Custom Nail Trio in Smokin’ Haute: black (two coats), dark red (three coats) and red (three coats)


Physicians Formula Endless Color Custom Nail Trio in In the Nude

Physicians Formula Endless Color Custom Nail Trio in In the Nude: light beige (three coats), rose nude (three coats) and taupe (three coats)

And, first things first, I love a lot about these polishes, like the price, the medium-weight texture (DBP free), quick 5-minute drying time, the high-shine finish and the brush, which lays down smooth, even color.

These are also free of camphor, toluene, formaldehyde, parabens, gluten, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, petrochemicals, pthalates, GMOs and triclosan.

Unfortunately, I also find myself having to do a lot of layering with these polishes — three to reach full opacity, and even then, some of them still look streaky.

Hmm…

I guess I could apply a fourth or even fifth layer, but dang! — who has patience for that?

Cute idea here with the Lego-like wand, but I wish the formula cooperated a bit better.

PRICE: $10.95 for a trio of three 0.45-ounce polishes
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B-

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen


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