Last week, I purchased the Physician’s Formula Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stain in Hot Pink. You can read my full review here, but the short version is that despite the tacky packaging, the fact that it isn’t very glossy, and doesn’t stain – I really liked it!
If you haven’t spotted these in your area yet, they’re available to buy online now at Drugstore.com.
So, a few days ago, I bought the red version too. For a full review of the PF Glossy Stains, please see my earlier review – this post is just swatches of the red.
I am enamored of gloss / stain hybrids lately – I love both YSL Glossy Stains and the L’oreal Shine Caresse gloss stains. So, when I saw a new Physician’s Formula product that claimed to be a glossy stain (and on sale for $3!), I knew I had to give it a try. The Sexy Booster Sexy Glow Glossy Stains come in only two colors – Red and Hot Pink, and I bought Hot Pink.
First off, I hate the name of the “Sexy Booster” line of products, and the Sexy Glow name as well. Second, I hate the packaging with the little charm attached to the gloss. I’m sure some will like it, but it is just not my style at all – I like sleek, minimalist packaging, and this is just the opposite (the charm and ribbon are not easily removable, by the way).
The packaging is functional – the charm is securely attached, the wand is a good shape to apply the gloss, and the package is sealed — very important for drugstore products! Here’s a close-up of the wand; it’s a similar shape to the other gloss stains I’ve tried.
And, here’s the package – as you can see, PF claims that this product has intense color, high shine, and kiss proof wear. It is also supposed to stain.
Here’s a short version of my review: the glossy stain is not glossy, is not kiss proof, barely stains, and basically does nothing that it is advertised to do. However, as a long wearing liquid lipstick, it’s fantastic, and it’s a beautiful color – so despite the packaging, I really like it!
To expand: the glossy stain does absolutely have intense color. It does not, however, have high shine. If I apply a normal amount, it has a low shine finish – just slightly glossy, more glossy than a satin, but not what I think of as a high shine finish. If I apply an extra layer, it takes to to actually glossy, but it’s still not high shine, and with the extra layer it is quite messy and transfers on to absolutely everything.
I haven’t done an actual kiss test, but I assure you that this is not kiss proof. If I wear a normal amount without blotting, it transfers on to my coffee cup significantly – just as much as any non-matte lipstick, and more than a matte lipstick. Of course, if I blot it enough, it will transfer less, but that’s true of any lip product.
It also doesn’t stain very well – it’s nothing like the YSL Glossy Stains or L’oreal Shine Caresse stains. In the swatch below, I left it on my arm for several minutes, then wiped it off. There is a faint stain, but nothing more than a reasonably pigmented lipstick would leave. Compare to the L’oreal stains in this post.
When worn, the Glossy Stain does wear down to a kind of a stain over several hours, but it’s not the type of stain left by a true lip stain; it’s the type of stain left by any pigmented lipstick. Does that make sense? The product isn’t actually a lip stain – it’s a pigmented liquid lipstick, that leaves a bit of a stain as it wears off.
Here’s my lip swatch. And for a full face photo of me wearing this product, see this post.
Overall, I would definitely recommend the Physician’s Formula Glossy Stains – I’m planning to buy the red one too! It’s a really nice product – as long as you are looking for a liquid lipstick, and not a glossy stain.
If you haven’t seen this at a local drugstore yet, it’s online at Drugstore.com.
Physician’s Formula has put out several new products for 2013, and I purchased the Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream, which comes in two shades, Light/Medium and Medium/Deep. Usually, when there are two shades labeled like that, Light/Medium is a relatively good match for me.
The PF BB Cream is packaged in a tube with silver holo decorations. I like the packaging, though I would prefer a nozzle rather than a flat applicator. It comes well sealed – both in a box and with a silver seal under the cap / over the tip of the tube.
Like many BB creams, PF makes many ambitious claims. The package claims that the BB cream is:
- priming & filling
- line softening
- long wearing
I can’t really evaluate all of these claims (what does perfecting even mean in this context?); I just see it as marketing hype.
In terms of texture, the PF BB cream feels like a cross between a foundation, a silicone-y primer, and a dry oil. I wouldn’t call it moisturizing, but it spreads easily and is comfortable to wear. I think the texture would work well on most skin types, from slightly dry to slightly oily. I don’t think it would be moisturizing enough for very dry skin, and I have never had very oily skin, so I just don’t know what types of products work well for that skin type.
The one problem with the texture is that it has a tendency to separate – a little bit of clear fluid will come out along with the BB cream. The clear fluid is easily mixed back in, but I find it quite annoying; I want my foundation mixed. Because of the tube packaging, there’s no easy way for me to mix it up before use. The tube does say (on the back) “Shake Before Use” – but shaking a full tube of cream does absolutely nothing to mix it up!
In terms of color, you can see that Light/Medium – the lighter of the two shades – is far too dark for my inner arm and appears somewhat orange, which is not promising. The coverage is medium – I blended it over a light brown freckle, and it significantly reduced the visibility of the freckle.
Here I am without any product on my face and wearing the BB cream:
|Looking grumpy because I know it doesn’t match!|
It looks better on my face than it does on my arm – perhaps because it’s blended in better, but it’s still too dark and too orange — and I would not classify myself as fair skinned. If you are lighter than about a MAC NC/NW20, this BB cream is not going to work for you at all.
I have some significant breakouts on my chin at the moment, and the BB cream did a very nice job covering them (and blurring my imperfections generally), so if you are a match, I can see this working well.
So: to sum up, the texture feels nice when applied, but it has a tendency to separate (which may or may not bother you). The coverage is good, but with only two shades, most people will not be able to find a match. But, if you think you might be one of the few who this matches, it may be worth a try!
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