I have pale NC5-10ish skin, so this acts as a nice, subtle every day highlighter. NARS Albatross is sublime, but I can't go around pretending I'm a glowing extraterrestrial/supernatural creature on a regular basis or really very often at all, as much as I'd like to.
Physician's Formula is a pricey brand, but their ingredients are good, and this highlighter should last about an eternity. You pay a lot but you get a lot, and if you want a subtle highlight you might end up using this every day.
I picked this highlighter up on a whim- I'm glad I did. It highlights my olive toned skin perfectly- without looking like I am wearing glitter. I was afraid it would come off too pinky- but it is a really sheer, pearly white.
When I look at this in the packaging, it looks like it's going to be a big glitterbomb. Never fear, it's really finely milled and goes on gorgeously. I am very pleased to find a highlighter at the drugstore that is a quality as this one. I am fair and so Translucent is the right color for me. I apply this after my blush and bronzer to the tops of my cheekbones. The compact is cheap and ugly and will probably break. PF powder products are usually very soft and so they can come off dusty in the pan, but this one isn't as dusty as their bronzers or other powders. Overall a good drugstore buy, particularly if there is a good sale.
I got this for about $12-13 at Walmart a little pricey but PF is usually a pretty good brand (with crappy packaging though) I can see why people would have trouble seeing this as it is a very subtle natural glow. I have very pale skin and I think this looks very natural on me. Its just a nice soft shine that I apply on my cheekbones, forehead, bridge of nose, and chin. It's not overdone so it doesn't make me look like I am oily. I like it and plan to repurchase although it's a little expensive for drugstore for me.
I'd been lemming after the super expensive Guerlain highlighter but just couldn't pull the trigger for something that's only supposed to give you a glow. This is a little expensive for drug store make up but I had a coupon for 3.50 off at Ulta and snagged this for around ten bucks - not bad.
The packaging is stupid, and the brush is a waste, depositing a huge gob of glitter in one misshapen sweep. I wish they would have done away with the bottom half and made the whole thing slimmer with a sturdier lid. I would not drop this; it would shatter. The half pearl on the top of the lid looks gimmicky and cheap and foolish. I really don't like it; it's as if they're marketing to someone who's five and likes Barbies. Anyway!
I use this all over, on top of Clinique City Block Sheer and MAC Prep Prime setting powder. In addition I pat a little Benefit Moonbeam on my cheek bones and eyelids. It does not - like I was afraid it might - settle into every crevice and scar and make my face look like the moon. Nor does it look oily, or are there huge chunks of glitter. Everything looks glowy and fresh; especially with Benefit highlighter well blended I feel like I look like I have "good" skin! (Which I normally do not. By far.) There is no color pay off - there's not supposed to be as it's translucent of course. I feel as if you don't actually notice you put it on; there is just an extra glow that you can't put your finger on. It seems to bring out the curves of your face nicely without screaming "I contoured and highlighted just for you." My friends have commented that I look "different" but they're not sure why.
One thing I'm not sure of is how it will photograph, and how it looks in those super bright overhead lights they have in doctor and dentist offices. But for an everyday skin pick me up, this is great!
Ok, so since I was a little tight on money and I couldn't get my MAC hghlighter i decided to go with Physician's since a couple of their products are my staples like the mood blushes!
Anyway, it came in a compact with a mirror on the bottom with the brush. didn't really understand why the mirror was on the bottom when they could've put it on the top like normal compacts. The brush is always useless so of course I chunked it.
If you're anything close to a light-medium skin tone this will not show up. I get in that skin tone spectrum during the spectrum and I left it in the bottom of the drawer.
However, if you're fair like I am in the winter this will show up! I use a slanted foundation brush and apply at the tops of my cheeks, my chin, and my forehead and it looks pretty luminous.
Aside from it being a drugstore brand it's pricey so I suggest you read reviews to filter to your skin type before you spend. They tried but failed on packaging, I wouldn't buy it again in my opinion I kind of miss my luminzer. haha
I love this product. Although the price is quite expensive for drugstore, a little goes a long way and in comparison to department store prices it is doable. I find that the translucent would be best for fair to medium complexions. I do not understand how this does not show up on some folks. The look acheived with this product is more of a glow. It is the kind of glow I see when I look at my two year old daughter and think "dang, I wish I had her complexion." Compare to a MAC MSF it is much more subtle. In pictures this product provides the perfect luminosity (I apply it on my cheekbones, nose, cupids bow, and chin). The packaging should be downsized to a thinner one and the pearl on the front I could do without. I will definitely repurchase this product again.
As a side note to those that want to use this as a highlighter and are having trouble with it showing up, try using something smaller and more dense than a blush or powder brush. I find that a crease brush works pretty well for me.
Like the previous reviewer mentioned, this does not showed up on my NW 30 skin. I find most of the Physician Formula stuff did not work for me; btw who the heck is this physician anyway, does he/she have a name ???
This product did absolutely nothing for me. It didn't show up on my skin. I even applied it to just half my face and tried to compare the two sides but there was no visible difference. I've tried this with different brushes as well, but it didn't make a difference. I expect better from physicians formula. This was a waste of money. So disappointed.
I bought this for 40% off at Ulta. When it's swatched on my skin, it's a perfect dupe for Tarte's Champagne Highlighter, which is why I bought it. I think it's overpriced, but I have to remember that it's almost as big as a MAC MSF. This makes for a great highlighter on my NW15-20 skin. It's shimmery without being glittery on me, which I appreciate. I will probably repurchase this again before the sale ends!