Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush Review, Swatches, Photos

Got an ear worm…! Be running up that hill…love the emo Ten video don’t you? Kills my childhood though as I grew up with Tom Baker and he was far from the emo mush that Ten was and not nearly as silly as 11. Plus it ruins the geek/sci-fi factor of it all, gag! But hey ear worm…! For serious!


Physicians Formula has released brand new bits and bobs to their Happy Booster Collection including a new Bronzer & Blusher. I find bronzer every so easier to wear when I can top it my mix in a little blush or use it over a cheek stain.

The new Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush features a core bronzer that dominates the powder and sweetly colored graduating hearts as the blush part.

Take a peek!

This is a pretty sheer bronzer so it does prove completely easy to use. The shade is a golden shade of tan bronzer with a little subtle hint of gold shimmer, nothing dramatic but simply a golden glow. The powder is dominated by the bronzer shade and towards the right hand side you’ll find three intertwining hearts that graduate in color from pale baby pink to berry rose and finally a deeper shade of berry pink.

The powder is cute to say the least. I like the packaging and I love the hearts. It’s just really pretty and girlish. This has a dual compartment so the powder is housed on top and a stealthy little well on the bottom holds a brush and a full size mirror. The brush is a bit useless as it sheds a fair bit and has scratchy bristles but at the very least it is there if you’d like to travel with the powder.

I think the formula is a little disappointing in terms of pigment. The bronzer is fairly sheer and the blusher proves equally subtle. I find the best application technique is to swirl in all the shades and dust onto cheeks but you can easily apply the bronzer first and swipe your brush over the blush portion of the powder and apply it after the bronzer. The effect is a soft golden bronze with a touch of pink.

I do think the benefit of the sheerer formula is the fact that you can’t over do the bronzer. I’m pretty heavy handed and bronzer can go terribly wrong for me plus I don’t generally like bronzer and this makes it rather easy to get a sunkissed glow without looking to Snooki-ish while doing it. Last year they released a similiar product but the main difference this year is they added considerably more rose/pink to the mix versus the single pink heart in last year’s bronzer.

This is available in two shades selections the one I swatched below is Bronze/Rose.

Probably wouldn’t recommend a purchase unless you’re a lover of bronzing and bronzer powders. I probably wouldn’t buy it again if I ran out but the formula is decent enough particularly if you want something light and nothing too dramatic in terms of how dark you want to go plus the rosy shades of pink in the mix helps makes the bronzer part of the powder very easy to wear!

Available now at drugstores.

Anyone grab this one?

Love it?

Do share!


This product was purchased by the Muse for review purposes.
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  • 1/19/12 21:10 S:

    That’s really pretty, Muse! I just saw all of the new PF products at Rite-Aid yesterday. I might try this but I’m going to wait for a sale :)


  • 1/20/12 9:40 kiwikiwidragon:

    I was totally tempted but my storage for cheek items is at the MAX!! I do prefer the hearts on the side so you can get some of each or only one at a time. I am in love with PF’s powders, they are such good quality. The Cover FX is still a huge fav of mine.


  • 1/20/12 10:19 LaurieS:

    This looks adorable but I wish they’ do away with their crappy brushes. I always throw them away. I bought the lighter of the two shades (natural? I think it’s called) because I was sucked in by the packaging, sale and Rite Aid rewards. You’re right it’s very lightly pigmented. I’ll probably give this to my daughter because she’s even paler than me and tends to get too heavy handed with the bronzers.


  • 1/20/12 12:21 telle:

    I picked this up esp since it had a $9 rebate (YAY)! I think it’s really cute too so props for PF! I like that this is a light bronzer and blush! I like that it is sheer and a bit shimmery (but not overly so) bc I can use it all over for a hint of glow without accentuating my pores. I never bother with the brushes bc of your review of them Muse, so thanks for that!! :)


  • 1/20/12 13:21 peri:

    i LOVE that song!


    • 1/20/12 13:25 the Muse:



  • 1/20/12 14:00 Juicygirl:

    I got this and like it! It’s great for my lighter toned winter skin as it doesn’t have too much pigment


  • 1/20/12 16:16 Marina:

    Dammit, Muse! I tried not to cry at the video, but couldn’t help it! Ugh!


  • 1/20/12 17:53 Gabrielle:

    21.99 in Canada, no thanks!


    • 1/22/12 23:37 Ruthless:

      Isn’t PF a rip off in Canada? It’s why I never ever buy it


  • 1/21/12 0:46 Susie:

    I thought I was seeing things when I saw the Doctor Who video on this post. I didn’t realize you were a Who fan!


    • 2/3/12 16:54 the Muse:

      yup ;-D since childhood ;-D I write about the series alot on the site surprised you didn’t see it before Susie :D!


  • 1/22/12 0:32 Karla:

    a) I love ten/rose
    b) I love that song
    c) As much as the packaging is cute, I won’t get this item!

    Thank you!


    • 1/26/12 15:01 the Muse:

      ;-D karla!


  • 3/14/13 14:13 Anna:

    I’m like a vampire naturally, so I found that this worked fine for me. Besides being super pale, I’ve always had a bit of a problem being heavy handed with bronzer! I agree, it is quite sheer, but it works for me :)


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