This beauty certainly isn’t new to the makeup world and I am sure you have seen it plenty of times on social media. I bought the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer while on holiday last year in the US and have been testing thoroughly for the last few months. It has since become available in SA at selected Dischem Pharmacies which is really great news. So, does this bronzer live up to the massive hype?
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
Product: The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer is a beautiful bronzer designed to brighten your skintone and bronze up the skin to a give you a healthy Brazilian Goddess glow. The formula is enriched with Murumuru Butter,Capuacu- and Tacuma Butters to condition and soften the skin while looking pretty at the same time. Win-Win!
Packaging: I think the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer has glorious packaging and the product itself is simply beautiful. The compact is quite bulky though and maybe not the most travel-friendly item. There is a handy mirror and a sponge applicator in the bottom compartment of the unit.
Formula: I was majorly impressed by the velvety smooth, ultra soft texture of the bronzer and it is hard to believe a product of this quality is readily available at the drugstore.
Fragrance: The Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer has quite a strong coconut scent. I am not too crazy about the fragrance but it doesn’t linger too long on the skin once applied. If you are sensitive to fragrances though, this might be something to take into consideration before you purchase.
Pigmentation: The pigmentation was surprisingly subtle, but I am of the opinion that that is the whole point of the product. To create a natural-looking gorgeous bronze glow that is subtle, understated and more sunkissed. The bronzer can be successfully build up if you prefer a more tanned look though.
Finish: In the packaging the product has a pearlescent glow, but once blended on the skin it has a more semi-matte finish.
Wear: The bronzer doesn’t wear quite as well as something like Benefit’s Hoola bronzer for example. On my skin it definitely fades throughout the day and I cannot really go 8-hours without having to touch it up. There seems to be mixed reviews on the internet regarding the wearing time of these bronzers: on some people it lasts all day and others, like me, have a reduced wearing time.
Shades: There are two shades available: Light bronze and Bronze. Both these shades have a warm undertone. The shade ‘Bronze’ is a more subtle medium-level bronzer whereas ‘Light Bronze’ will be suitable for readers with very fair skin as it shows up quite light on the skin. I have the shade ‘Bronze’ and have no problems with it looking muddy or dirty on my fair skin despite the warmer yellowish undertone.
Stockist: Selected Dischem branches stock these bronzers, however, from my understanding it is often not on the display due to the bulky packaging. So just ask an assistant before assuming there is no stock if there are none on the shelf.
What did I think? Look, I liked the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer. I loved the subtle, natural bronze and I think especially for more inexperienced bronzer users you cannot go wrong with this product. That being said, I would have ideally liked better wear and not for it to fade as much as it does on my skin. As mentioned above this is not necessarily the case for everyone, so you might very well be able to get a full day of bronzy goodness when using this product. So in summary: I do like it, but not quite rave-level if that makes sense.
Will I buy this product again? I am in two minds about the Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in terms of repurchasing. It definitely is a lovely product and I am definitely in favour of more natural-looking makeup. But will I replace my Benefit Hoola bronzer with this one? Probably not.