Tuesday, November 8, 2011

It was love at first swipe! Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Natural!

Natalie Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush

-Ultra-soft and blendable blushing powder features a fresh and vibrant mix of blushing tones infused with a pop of color to create a healthy glow.
-Multi-reflective pearls provide a soft iridescence to highlight contour and add radiance to cheeks.
-Infused with our Happy Boost Blend, featuring Happy Skin and Euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress.
-The sweet scent of Violet provides a feeling of joy each time you apply.

Hypoallergenic. Non-comedogenic. Paraben-free. Dermatologist approved.


At the start of 2011, Physician's Formula released the "Happy Booster" line of blushes, bronzers and face powders. It's not really a large line; there are two shades in each category. They seemed to take off really well in the online makeup community, but I held off as I figured I didn't really need them, plus Physician Formula's products tend to be a little pricey.

Well, my blog bestie Cheryl was extra sweet and sent me this blush a couple weeks ago to cheer me up during all what I've been going through lately. How sweet was that? It really does make me smile every time I use it because I think of her - I can't exactly say it's a cause of the "happy boost infused blend" haha!

There are two blush shades to choose from; Rose and Natural. Both are pretty similar, but Rose is a brighter pink, whereas Natural is more of a muted, warm pink. I have Natural, and although I own several blushes, I don't own any that closely compare. There are a handful of different color hearts - a raspberry pink, baby pink, tawny/brown pink, nude pink, etc and when all the shades are swirled together, a luminous warm pink with subtle shimmer is created. I wouldn't say it's overly shimmery or frosty. I'd compare it to a MAC Sheertone Shimmer finish. It's a color that would look great on any skin tone - especially for those of you that have trouble finding a pink blush that isn't too neutral, blue or purple.

Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush in Natural
The blush itself is silky soft and applies sheer with one thin layer, but can be easily built up. I always apply it a little heavy and go back with my setting powder and kabuki brush to soften the edges and tone it down if necessary. The color looks really natural and adds such a healthy color to my face. It's a great color for every day, that doesn't seem to clash with any of my other makeup.

I usually end up disappointed with the staying power of drugstore line blush, but this blush seems to last all day.

Also, like mentioned in the product description, it has a slight (violet) fragrance that I really enjoy. It's no where near as potent as Chanel Joues Contraste Blushes or other scented cosmetics I've used. I can only really smell it when I put my nose up to the pan.

The only bad thing that can really be said is that the packaging stinks. All of Physician's Formula products have bulky, plain packaging with a clear lid that gets scuffed up like crazy when tossed in my cosmetic bag. Also, the brush is too scratchy to be usable. To the PF PR: If you're reading this, I think it's about time to re-vamp your packaging. Just a thought. Love yours truly, Natty.
Here is is swatched heavily on my hand. So gorgeous!

PROS: Great blendability, soft texture, buildable coverage, natural finish, beautiful color
CONS: None for the actual product! Unless you strongly dislike fragrance in your makeup - I know many out there despise it, and it may cause irritations for others.
PACKAGING: A little bulky, Not very appealing (but what drugstore product does have nice packaging anyway..) The design is cute though, and I like that the compact is pink and that the pan flips upward, exposing a mirror and compartment for the brush that's included.
OVERALL: This blush has quickly become one of my top choices as my go-to blushes for daily wear. It's definitely a new favorite of mine and I highly recommend it!


  1. Thanks for the review. I been wanting to try it so I'm thinking next time I'm at the store I'm going to pick it up.

  2. It looks so pretty!!!! <3


  3. That looks like a really pretty pink I might have to try it


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  5. It really is natural looking and I have been debating whether or not to pick one up after looking at it several times at Target, thanks for the review ;-)

  6. Yayy! I'm so glad you like it :) I never tried it myself, but by the swatch, it looks gorgeous! It's gotta be that "happy boost blend" that puts a smile on your face, come on lol I knew the idea was far fetched, but I thought you'd appreciate the humour behind it! Glad it did just that, made you smile :D

  7. ooh looks very pigmented. totally agree and lol @ the classification of drugstore packaging haha

  8. I've passed this up in the drugstore so many times. I'm blush obsessed and seeing this swatch makes me wanna take a run to the store right now haha! Super pretty :)


  9. Looks gorgeous, might have to pop to the shops in my lunch break!

  10. I have the bronzer of this and i love it! I think i will have to get the blush now =P

  11. thanks for the review! I have the face powder and the bronzer and I really like it!

  12. I would get it just for the hearts! LOL Thanks for the review, I will be giving this one a try.

  13. Great Review!!! I got mine on V-Day and I like it very much. Have you tryed the bronzer?

  14. I would buy this just because of the hearts! haha. Such a pretty color!


  15. I always wanted to get this cause of the pretty hearts!

  16. I want to go out and buy this now after reading your great review! :)
    It's really pretty!

  17. Really pretty - and cute packaging!

  18. This looks so pretty and shimery perfect for this fall

  19. Physicians Formula is not available in The Netherlands, it looks cute though

  20. I was absolutely had a crush with that.but now legally it is forbidden to shop online from abroad to my country and the distibutor had a price tag of approximately 40 bucks for this.Nooo it doesn't worth that price isin't it...Btw, enjoy this lovely stuff:)

  21. I don't own any PF makeup... but that design and your favorable review has me tempted :)

  22. It looks amazing, so pitty it´s not avalible in Spain Physicians formula! un beso

  23. Looks beautiful! Think I'm going to get this :D

    I also want to tell you that I'm sorry for your loss, and I can feel you pain. You must go through a difficult time, and I give you all my blessing. You seem strong!

  24. This is one thing that i've been meaning to pick up for a long time! Everytime I read about it it looks gorgeous!

  25. we have this as a bronzer too, and since I stumbled upon a 50% off sale in one of our stores, I had to try something out by PF - but I got swayed towards their Satin bronzer instead

    I read a lot of good reviews about this cutsy product :) and welcome back Natty!! :D <3

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