January 25, 2012

Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Blush Review, Swatches, Photos

Ahhh the perfect shade of pink. It adds a youthful, innocent glow to cheeks and makes us look oh so fresh and natural doesn’t it?

Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Blush supposedly reacts to light and your pH to create a perfect shade of glowing pink on cheeks. I don’t really buy into the “perfect shade of blush” gimmick on some of these products but I do believe in the power of undertones and that’s the best shot at how a shade of pink will appear on your face.

Let’s take a look and see if this will instantly match my skin tone!

One of the first things you’ll notice about Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Blush is the packaging. This comes in a large. chunky square compact. Like most Physicians Formula it has a dual compartment compact that features the blush on top and a stealthy little well on the bottom for the brush. It’s a little bulky for travel but I think it’s a rather nice little compact overall. It has a rather large mirror which has a tiny button on the left hand side that allows you to flick on two small little lights on either side of the compact. The lights don’t come on automatically when you open the compact and you don’t want to leave them on as they won’t shut off when you close the compact, just a warning so you don’t waste the batteries. Outside of the cute factor I’m unsure if anyone really needs a lit mirror but props for very cute packaging and I appreciate the lights as I’m a sucker for little extras in my beauty packaging.

I’ve been known to rant Physicians Formula brushes but they are improving a little bit. I had little issues with shedding on this brush and it was usable if not a bit on the scratchy side so they are showing overall improvement on their brushes.

Now the part you really want to hear about, the blush!

This a rosy shade of bright pink. The color will flatter medium, tan, and olive complexions but may prove too much for fairer skin or those with red undertones and it may prove too little for those with darker skin as it might not show up. It boasts a very nice color pay off with a formula that proves easy enough to blend although it can easily be over done so start lightly and slowly build up as you go. It has fine little shimmer particles that seem to blend out easily enough and a silky soft finish that brightens up the complexion and imparts a youthful glow on cheeks that mimics that of a natural blush or a just stepped out of the cold look. I liked the color alot but I can see how easily it can be overdone so I do have to practice some precaution during application less I get a little clown cheek action going on. The wear time will vary from skin type to skin type but on my dry skin, prepped with primer I found it wore straight through an eight hour period without fading.

Overall, I liked this one alot and think it deserves a Muse Approval. The shade won’t be for everyone as it is pretty loud and can get out of hand quickly enough if you rush application or you’re a bit heavier with your hand but with a little TLC you can get a fresh glow of pinks on cheeks. I’m not sure the entire pH level, perfect shade of me blush is working here as the color you see in the pan seemed true to the color on my cheeks but of course, realistically, it depends on your undertones to see how it will end up looking on you.

I liked it!

It’s a little pricey at $12.99 but with so many BOGO offers at the drugstore it might be worthy of a pick up particularly if you simply love cool shades of pink if not you can always go for the Natural shade they have available.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Cj

    Wow Muse it looks really good on you! Drugstore prices have gotten kinda crazy lately, You can barely find anything under $10 now

    • the Muse

      AGREED! CVS is particularly costly lately! aw thanks ;-D it’s a cute shade!

  • Sara

    Oooh, fancy schmancy! I can’t do that shade of pink, and also have a crazy heavy blush hand, but it’s very pretty! Looks good on you! Thanks for the swatches and review. 😀

  • Sarah S.

    Looks lovely on you, Muse 🙂 But I think on me it would skew too cool-toned

      • JoElla

        I remember those wonderful sales! They got me back into the drugstore game.

        PH Currenlty has a ‘spend 10 get 7 extracare bucks’ going on right now.

        This color wouldn’t work well for me, but it would make a fantab lip color!

  • Kim

    Thanks for the review, Muse. It looks great on you. I may be a little too fair for this blush (at least right now) but I may check it out. I love their Happy Booster blushes so I’m willing to give this a shot if they have a sale at CVS or Ulta the next time I shop.

  • Lauren

    It looks a lot like the other PH blush you posted yesterday! I think I’ll go for the less expensive one… Cool packaging tho. I’d depot that blush and put something else in there!

  • Quinctia

    I was very pleasantly surprised when I picked up a pressed powder of theirs and the brush wasn’t scratchy at all. Completely amazed, because I’m a fan of PF and willing to admit that every single applicator included in a product of theirs I’ve bought in the past has been useless. I have a special hatred for the gel eyeliner and mineral foundation kabuki brushes.

    • the Muse

      was it the new youth one as I love the brush on that powder! I don’t like the gel eyeliner either, everyone raves but no idea why.

      • Quinctia

        It’s actually the swirled (supposedly “color correcting”) mineral powder in translucent. I like Palladio rice powder, but the messiness was getting to me, so I grabbed a PF because I like their powders in general. They may be upping brush production all around–I don’t think it was necessarily the design that was an issue before, just the bristle quality.

        Haha, I actually kind of like the gel eyeliners–I hate the brush and immediately toss it though! The formula seems no better/worse than other brands and getting three smaller pots instead of one huge is nice with the fact that gel eyeliner dries out a lot. I think the high shimmer might turn a lot of people off, nonshimmer ones tend to be a little creamier, but I migrate towards shimmer eyeliner regardless of type.

        • the Muse

          agreed, the bristles were harsh! 🙁 I know the one you mean! 🙂 I like that I can use them as a base or all over wash but can’t really line so well with them, they skip a bit :-/ for me!

  • Sara

    I’m prettyy sure it was right around $9 at my Walmart tonight. Then again, I was looking at so many new products (and drolling) that I could be wrong.

  • lola

    Anyone know if this is limited edition or not? I really want to try it, but I have so many blushes that I wanna hold off on getting this (well, I guess only the rose shade & might pick up the natural lol) until I use up at least one blush ie the Stila Ph custom pink blush or whatever its called.

    Ps. I saw this at my local California walmart for
    Pss. I also want to try the ph bronzer one lol

  • lucky

    Hi. I’m in love with this blush but I unfortunately ran the battery out lol do you know how to change the battery?

    • Isabella Muse

      no a clue! Maybe lift the mirror? I still have mine and the lights still work but not sure how to get to the batteries. Try tweeting the brand, they might be able to help 🙂