Physician's Formula Product Reviews The Highlighter Chronicles

the highlighter chronicles: drugstore picks (do-over)

March 25, 2015

Never one to leave well enough alone, I thought I would try yesterday’s drugstore products again – this time with a different application technique to see if I could coax more drama out of them.


I started by drawing on thick stripes of highlighter on my cheekbones and nose with Sonia Kashuk’s Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in Sparkling Sands. Then I applied my BB cream with a damp Beauty Blender, blending it gently into the highlighted areas.

Still not entirely satisfied, I topped it off with more heavy-handed highlighter swabbing before setting it with a liberal coating of Physician’s Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Light Bronze Pearl. This time I used it all over my face rather than just on my cheeks, which is why I look so tanned!


I don’t want to be the kind of blogger who only raves about high end products, but in this case I have to admit that I’ve seen better results with far less effort from my more expensive highlighters. I’m all for a natural look, but I prefer products that can also be built up for more bling when you want it.


As far as luminous finishing powders go however, the Physician’s Formula in Light Bronze Pearl is still a winner in my books. I was asked about how it compared to MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle, so here are some swatches for comparison. I think it’s actually a cross between Soft and Gentle and Cheeky Bronze.

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I also swatched Becca pressed Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Moonstone vs. MAC Lightscapade for bonus points, and found that they are very similar. Moonstone had a touch more sheen and was slightly warmer/yellow in tone whereas Lightscapade was fairly neutral with a somewhat powdery finish to it.

In any case, I’m not quite ready to give up on drugstore highlighters just yet. I’ve got my eye on some E.L.F highlighters, and am crossing my fingers that it works out better than this one did!