Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Lipstick gets my vote for cute. Being a collector of Japanese and other Asian cosmetics for many years definitely influenced my taste in makeup. I love packaging that’s sweet and cute. Sadly, we don’t get a ton of cute makeup products in the US, not nearly as much as you’d be able to purchase if you lived in Korea or Japan but occasionally the odd piece pops up and in turn many of us get rather excited about it.
In the case of these new lipsticks from Physicians Formula I think they most definitely fit into the realms of cute and I immediately needed to own them. Heck, the formula could have been downright terrible but the packaging was so amazing I was easily blinded.
But did the quality of the lipstick live up to all that foo-foo packaging?
Take a look!
Most of what you’ve read on the Interwebz about how bad these are, well, it’s pretty true.
Last year, Physicians Formula released their Happy Booster Blush and Powder into the beauty world to a great rave. With a cute heart design and Valentine’s Day around the corner we all pretty much drooled ourselves to the drugstore. This year is no different. The excitement and hype over these new lipsticks isn’t any different.
Housed in a metallic fuchsia tube with three layers of color and an ickle heart dotted right in the center of the lipstick, well, needless to say it was love. The packaging is a bit lightweight and some might deem it childish and yes, on a few aspects it might be a tad immature but I love it. Visually, Physicians Formula scored! This is just a winning combination for folks that love really cute makeup pieces. I wasn’t disappointed with the packaging or presentation in the least. I absolutely adored it! This was love…!
(Pictured from Top to Bottom: I Heart Rose and I Heart Nude)
And than I tried the lipsticks and actually they aren’t too, too bad a formula. They have a hydrating feel, color glides on nicely, and they leave behind a bit of shine. I wasn’t keen on the violet scent or flavor but I could cope.
Sadly, Physicians Formula screwed up with the color selection. It’s awful. I dunno how many people can pull off mod shades of coral nude and pink but may the makeup gods bless your little soul if you can. The shades are terribly unflattering. The bubblegum pink of I Heart Rose looks cute in the tube but on lips, well, its not so pretty to say the least. And the I Heart Nude shade is equally bad coming across as a nude coral which is a tad garish.
(Swatched Left to Right: I Heart Nude and I Heart Rose)
The texture of the lipsticks are actually decent enough but the colors make lips looks cracked, dry, and less than smooth even if they are! And do beware if your lips are chapped. You want a relatively smooth lip area for application as on dry, cracked lips the colors will emphasize problems to the max and basically you’ll end up with “I just applied a ten year old lipstick to my mouth” look.
I think if they went with a sheerer formula they would probably have had a really winner of a lippie on their hands but sadly, for some odd reason or another they thought that mod shades of coral and pink were what we’d love.
Props for trying guys but these shades just aren’t suitable for most skin tones in my opinion unless someone wants to relive the roaring 60’s and have a Twiggy moment.