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Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter: Review & Swatches

They’ve done it again! Physicians Formula has managed to keep the butter train going by releasing highlighters to complement their existing butter range. The butter range consists of the two bronzers, four blushes and now four highlighters. I kid you not, I was so excited for these that I didn’t even wait for them to be released at the drugstores, I bought them straight off of the Physician’s Formula website. So, if you’d like to read up on the new Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter(s), then here we go.

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Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter – Shades

I have always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Physicians Formula. As a medium/tan/olive skin toned woman, Physicians Formula has been one of those frustrating brands that blatantly turn a blind eye to catering to anyone except white people. And I think even in the category of ‘white people’, a lot of skin tones are missed out on by PF. So, when I saw that they released the butter highlighters in 4 different shades all catering to a wide variety of skin tones – I gave them a virtual pat on the back. I hope this means that they are finally listening. There are 4 shades of this highlighter : Pearl, Champagne, Pink and Rose Gold. These names are exactly descriptive of what the shades look like.

Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter – Swatches
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Finger swatches of all four shades. From left to right: Pearl, Champagne, Pink, Rose Gold. Taken in direct sunlight

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Swatches on my medium-tan complexion. Top to bottom: Rose Gold, Pink, Pearl, Champagne

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Same photo showing the tiny specks of glitter in the highlighters

Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter – Price and Packaging

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The Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter packaging theme is similar to their previous butter products – the same tropical vibe is on the packaging and the inner embossing. Unlike the other butter products, these highlighters have screw on/off lids (as opposed to the hinged lids on the others). These retail for $10.95 and are available at quite a few stores like Bed Bath and Beyond, Harmon’s, CVS, Ulta and the Physicians Formula website

Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter – Formula

“Ultra-luxurious and multi-dimensional cream-to-powder highlighter for a radiant Brazilian goddess glow! Lightweight, one-swipe, blendable coverage features ultra-refined pearls and soft-focus pigments that smooth skin texture, brighten skin tone and deliver a gorgeous highlighted finish.”- Physicians Formula

The butter highlighters have a strong cream to powder formula. By that I mean that when you touch the product, it feels so creamy, truly wet to the touch. Yet when it is applied on the face, it goes on and looks like a powder. Albeit a lovely creamy one.

My preferred method of application is with my fingers. I tried using a brush for this, and somehow it just didn’t give the same lovely effect as the fingers do. Once you’ve patted the product in with your fingers, you can take your damp beauty blender and give it the finishing touches you please.

As far as pigmentation goes, this is a very versatile formula. You can just tap your finger into the product lightly and apply it on the face and you’ll get a very light sheeny application. If you want to go for gold, you can always build it up. The pigmentation of these is top notch.

Here comes the con part. When freshly applied to the face, these are not glittery at all. They do have shimmer particles in them which you can see in one of the swatches above. So every time you swatch or look at these in direct sunlight they have tiny tiny glitter. But again, on the face that’s not noticeable. HOWEVER. I wore these for about 8 hours one day and by the end of the day, I had glitter all over my face. ALL OVER. And I had set my makeup with a setting spray. This points to the fact that these are not some of the most longest lasting highlighters and start to break down and rub off after a few hours. I think the concoction of butters in here makes these very creamy, but it may also be the reason that these don’t have the strongest lasting power. My face was a mess at the end of that day. I looked like a kid who had gone to town playing with her glitter pens.

So I would say these are the kind of highlighters you want to wear for about 5-7 hours tops for the freshest look. Then you can top these off again and reapply (I’m way too lazy for that. I never reapply my makeup).

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Yours truly glowing to the Gods in a gorgeous Utah sunset wearing the Physicians Formula Butter Highlighter in Champagne

Alrighty loves! Those are my thoughts on the new Physicians Formula Butter Highlighters. I love that the drugstore came out with these beautiful unique highlighters that are pretty affordable. By the way, if you’d like to know how to get these highlighters half off, DM me on Instagram (@neighha) and I’ll fill you in 😉

Have you guys tried or planning to try these?

Stay beautiful,


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Neha • November 21, 2017

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  1. izza November 21, 2017 - 6:39 pm Reply

    You look so cute in the selfie! Love content from a fellow medium/olive skinned girl haha 😀

    • Neha December 12, 2017 - 6:06 pm Reply

      Aww that’s so sweet of you haha. Thank you xx
      I am also alwaysss looking out for more swatches and things from us olive toned girls 🙂

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