Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette ($14.99) in Shimmer Strobing is one of two new highlighting and/or contouring palettes that released a few months ago for Spring 2017. If you’re glancing at my photo of the palette and have a tiny case of deja vu that would be because this palette resembles Becca x Jaclyn Hill Highlighting Palette that came with three shades of Shimmering Skin Perfector. Mmm, Physicians Formula does so take a nod from that palette with the shades in this palette that resemble Becca’s Blushed Copper, Pearl, and Champagne Pop Shimmering Skin Perfectors.
There’s also another version of this palette available which contains all matte shades so, buying both isn’t entirely a waste as one you can use to highlighter with and the other you can use the contour with. I only picked up the shimmering highlighter trio though as I’m not much of a contouring girl.
I think Physicians Formula has improved on their packaging considerably with their newest Spring launches. We seen some of it in the new #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eyeshadow and it becomes even more obvious in the Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette. This comes housed in a gold double compartment palette which features the highlighters on one level and a generously sized mirror and slanted brush on the lower level. I think the packaging is excellent although I wouldn’t mind having the lid open a little wider as it seems stuck in a single position when I open it and it makes getting at the highlighter a little bit of a pain. I’ve spoken time and time again about the brushes included in many of the brand’s compacts and blushes and most times it’s me ranting how bad they are. You’ll see a vast improvement with the brush included with this trio. It has a light handle but the bristles are soft and shed-free. Not to mention you can actually use it for applying the highlighters! The total palette size is 0.30 oz each making each powder 0.10 oz.
The palette contains three shades all of which veer towards the warmer side of the fence although the blinding white shade seems slightly out of place here for me especially when paired up with the gold and cooper shade. Each powder has a lovely starburst embossment that doesn’t completely disappear after a few uses.
I felt like the powders had a very soft, thin texture and in someways they felt like the texture of Becca’s own Shimmering Skin Perfector especially when taking the shimmer factor into consideration. Although silky the thinner consistency means that there’s a good deal of fine, shimmery fall out and that gives the final look a very shimmer appearance versus the more perfected, metallic one you’d get from Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector’s formula. But none the less if you can’t afford Becca’s version, these sure do fit the bill as a dupe of sorts. I do think you have to have a good knowledge of highlighter applicator to get these perfect. I felt I was a little too heavy handed with them and ended up looking a little too shimmery. Buff, buff, buff and don’t forget your makeup setting spray for the best finish.
All in all, Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette is worth a haul if you’re obsessed with highlighters! The formula is soft, silky, and applied correctly the effect is rather stunning. Just beware of being too heavy handed! A little goes a long way with this formula!