“A Skin Perfecting Glow with a Mood Boosting Effect.” – Physician’s Formula
PRODUCT RATING: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)
PRICE DETAILS: 11g/.4 oz. $13.99 (Pink metallic compact w/ brush in bottom)
RECOMMENDED SKIN TYPES: All except those who are sensitive to strong scents.
SHADE: Bronzer TEXTURE: Pressed Powder
QUICK REVIEW: A novel bronzer that gives skin a nice warm, golden glow without being overly orange/red or shiny. Best for medium to tan skin tones.
NOTE: Discontinued and replaced with Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer & Blush.
the REVIEW (1/3/2011): I’ll readily admit that I purchased this because its so darn cute. The equally melodious blend of golden tan tones (void of any orange or red) in my chosen shade, Bronzer, was also a selling point. Happy Booster™ also has a bright pink heart that can be used as a pop of color, a very old-school Bobbi Brown technique.
Now, aside from the adorable but chunky packaging and novel marketing approach of selling happiness in a powder, Happy Booster™ is a good, inexpensive bronzer. It looks very natural on my skin tone (medium/tan with warm undertones) and isn’t overly shiny or too matte. No dirty, orange or flat look here. Texture wise, its smooth (due to the corn starch) and applies evenly – if you use your own bronzing brush. The dinky little brush it comes with is totally useless – I wish they would stop putting cheap brushes in with products.
There are two downsides to this product. One is the scent. Its very strong, even for someone like me that doesn’t normally mind a little fragrance. It has a Violet scent that is supposed to invoke a sense of joy, but it almost prevents me from using the product at all. The second downside is the cute pink heart. It just gets in the way. I put my finger over it while “swirling” the bronzing shades together, then use a smaller blush brush over the heart to pick up the pop color. Its like a Hello Kitty steering wheel cover – cute, gets the job done, but ultimately, a bit silly.
Happy Booster ™ Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer may not do much to actually “boost” your mood, but the extra glow it adds to your complexion is a little extra happy anyone could use.
PHYSICIAN’S FORMULA HAPPY BOOSTER™ GLOW & MOOD BOOSTING BRONZER DETAILS:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “Ultra-smooth, perfecting powder in a complementary palette of color blends together to even out skin tone with a flawless radiance. Vibrant pink heart gives cheeks a healthy pop of color. 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.”
RECOMMENDED APPLICATION (on box): May be worn alone or over makeup. Blend all shades together and brush on powder evenly over face and neck to even out skin tone with a happy glow. For an extra pop of color, sweep brush over the pink heart and apply on cheeks. For best results on dry to very dry skin, apply moisturizer prior to using powder.
PHYSICIAN’S FORMULA HAPPY BOOSTER™ GLOW & MOOD BOOSTING BRONZER INGREDIENTS:
Talc, Zea Mays (Corn Starch), Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Steroyl Stearate*, Zinc Sterate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisosterate, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Phytosteryl Canolate, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Rosamarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Schinus Terebinthifolius Seed Extract, Palm Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance. May Contain: Carmine, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Mica, Red 6, Red 7 Lake, Red 28 Lake, Red 30 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Yellow 5 Lake.
Source: Product packaging.
*Octyldodecyl Steroyl Stearate is a amber yellow liquid that is made from stearic acid (naturally occurring fatty acid). Its main purpose in cosmetics is to slow water loss by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface and to increase the thickness of the lipid (oil) portion of cosmetics. (Information from http://www.cosmeticsinfo.org).
Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Bronzer is available at select drugstores and at Drugstore.com.