Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Blush Review
Thursday, 17 July 2014
I was sent a box of Physicians Formula products a while ago and I decided to give them all away (join the first giveaway here!) except for 2 products which I am going to review. The first is the pH Matchmaker pH Powered Blush.
The blush only comes in one shade, 'Natural' because the idea is that the blush automatically adjusts to any skin tone. Interesting eh?
I'm not sure about the whole 'adjusting to your skin tone' idea, but the blush actually suits my skin tone very well. Photo evidence ahead!
The packaging is black and pink and looks very chic! The pink circles remind me of dressing room mirrors backstage at a burlesque show.
As with the other PF products I've reviewed, the compact is quite chunky because it has a bottom container which holds a brush. Again, I'd prefer for the compact to be slimmer and not include a brush because I never use them!
Inside there is a generous mirror. Note the light switch on the right side? When you switch this on, bright lights come on either side of the mirror. When I say bright, I mean bright! I switched this on for the first time in the day and my eyes started watering as I tried to apply my blush using the mirror. Perhaps this would come in handy if you want to touch up your blush (I personally never do) at an event where there is err... No light I suppose. Personally, I think this feature is unnecessary. Tell me- do you touch up your blush?
As you can see, the bulk of the compact comes from the brush container! The blush pan itself is very shallow in comparison. Again, I wish they would ditch the brush!
No matter how or where I photographed the blush, I couldn't capture how vibrant the colour is! I would describe it as a slightly cool toned hot pink. It looks washed out in every photo and the colour you see on the website (included below) is a lot more accurate. I apologise for this- I have yet to come up with a way to photograph blush colours more accurately!
The blush came with white shimmery glitter pearls around the outside, which rub away very easily. What you see above is the result of a week's worth of use.
The blush itself is extremely pigmented and powdery. It kicks up a lot of powder when you use a brush and transfers from the pan to your tool VERY easily. I touched, not rubbed, two fingers to the blush and this is how much product transferred to my fingers!
Due to the texture, it is very easy to go overboard with this product just as I did on my first use. That being said, the blush is surprisingly easy to work with once you get used to it. Just touch your brush to the pan, make sure to tap off the excess and the result is beautiful!
This is how much product the brush picks up when I press it once into the pan.
Because the blush was so pigmented, I was worried that it would look patchy on my cheeks, a problem I've experienced with some highly pigmented blushes I've tried before. I was wrong! It blends really well providing an even wash of colour and a rosy silky smooth finish with some shimmer. I like to pat it on my cheek bones and then blend it out with a circular motion. It gives me that rosy-cheeked glow similar to how my face blushes when I'm out in the cold, but a touch brighter. It looks surprisingly natural.
This photo was taken with diffused window light.
This one was taken with more direct sunlight.
I think this blush would match most skin tones, depending on the amount you use. At the moment, I have pale Winter skin so I only need a touch of this colour, otherwise it would be overwhelming. Generally, I don't like my blushes too pigmented but I have to make an exception for this one- I absolutely love the result and have been quite obsessed with it!
It's my favourite blush at the moment, despite the bulky packaging and unnecessary features. I would be very interested to see how it looks on different skin tones!
You can buy the pH Matchmaker Blush from Priceline for $21.95, which is fairly standard for Australia. I think it's worth it!