the highlighter chronicles: physician’s formula

Yup, the highlighter chronicles continue. I just couldn’t quit!

It seemed fitting to pick the series back up with a highlighter range I keep coming back to: Physician’s Formula Mineral Glow Pearls. Despite already owning the Translucent and Bronze Pearls, I recently picked up Beige Pearl as well.

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Heavily swatched, Beige is the teensiest bit warmer than my NC15-ish skin tone but on my face all that shows up is a nice gentle glow. It’s not shimmery or reflective at all, which also makes it a good finishing powder if you’re looking for all-over luminosity.

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Personally, I prefer it as subtle everyday highlight rather than finishing powder, though I do use a fluffy powder brush to disperse it more widely along the sides of my face. Coupled with a hint of contour, it really gives my face an enhanced but still natural-looking dimension.

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Speaking of awesome drugstore deals, I also repurchased Wet n Wild’s Reserve Your Cabana (which I reviewed here) since my first pan is in Singapore. For less than $4, it’s a highlighting staple I just couldn’t bear to be without!

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the prettiest drugstore blush

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I actually had a review request for this a couple weeks back – sorry it’s taken me so long to get around to it! This is Physician’s Formula Ultra Nourishing Argan Wear Blush in Natural, which I’ll shamelessly admit to buying purely for the pretty.

As it is with most Physican’s Formula products, the packaging is super chunky because it also contains a brush and a mirror beneath the blush pan. I personally don’t love this, but I suppose it could be convenient if you like to take your blush with you for touch-ups.

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The gold glitter areas are what’s known as “overspray” – a top coat that will come right off with a good swish of a brush. This is a good thing because as pretty as that glitter looks in the pan, it’s quite chunky and not very flattering on skin.

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Underneath the glitter, is a beautiful trio of dusty rose, soft pink and bright coral.

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Colour-wise, it’s neutral pink with a bit of a luminous finish that kind of reminds me of my Hourglass Ambient Light blush (though this has less of a sheen). On my face, it lived up to its name and gave my cheeks a very natural-looking rosiness, which is exactly what I look for in an everyday blush. If you prefer something cooler, it also comes in Rose Rush which has more of a lavender undertone.

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In terms of quality, I’d say it meets my expectations of a drugstore blush and is neither phenomenal nor terrible. It’s not super pigmented or smooth, but it’s also not disappointingly chalky – if you’re on a budget it’ll more than do the trick, especially since its so cute. One last thing to note however is that it’s quite heavily perfumed for some reason, so be warned if you’re sensitive to scents.

Face: Innisfree Anti-Trouble BB Cream, Almay Clear Complexion Concealer, Bare Minerals Mineral Veil
Cheeks: Physician’s Formula Ultra Nourishing Argan Wear Blush in Natural, Physician’s Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl
Lips: Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Tulip // Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Palette, Majolica Majorca Lash King Mascara
Brows: Etude House Colour My Brows in #01

the highlighter chronicles: drugstore picks (do-over)

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!