Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer

I've been a little bronzer obsessed for quite some time. I'm extremely picky about bronzer, and while I have a few that I like, the...

I've been a little bronzer obsessed for quite some time. I'm extremely picky about bronzer, and while I have a few that I like, there aren't many I love. My HG is Nars Laguna, followed by IT Cosmetics Ombre Bronzer. The problem is, I keep going through Laguna way too fast and it is NOT cheap to replace. So, I keep buying and trying new bronzers and I almost always instantly regret it.
Bronzer Review
The Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer is the latest addition to my never ending bronzer collection. This comes in two shades, Bronzer and Light Bronzer. I chose the darker of the two, Bronzer.
The task of hunting this bronzer down was nearly impossible. Walgreens, CVS, 3 Walmarts and an UIta later, and I finally randomly stumbled across it at the Walmart by my house. I should have expected the price to be high because Physician's Formula is typically more expensive, but I wasn't prepared to pay $15 for it. But I sucked it up and paid for it. I grumbled about it the whole time. Funny, since I spend $40 on Laguna every few months.
Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer
So let's get into the actual review.
The packaging is cute. I love the colors, very summer themed. There's really no need for the little brush that comes in the bottom half of the packaging, so it's much more bulky than it needs to be.
There's 0.38 oz of product in the pan. For comparison, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil holds 0.35 oz and Nars Laguna holds 0.28 oz. So in that respect, you're getting much more for your money.
Bronzer review and swatches
I swatched this and realized as soon as I touched it just how creamy it is. It feels more like a cream bronzer than a powder, but it's a powder. It's also very glow-y, so it'll be gorgeous for spring and summer but don't try to "contour" with it. 
The color looks warmer in the swatch than it does on the face, but it is a warm bronzer shade. I was hoping it would be a little more neutral toned, but it's still pretty. I have to use a really light hand at the moment, because I'm super pale and if I go overboard I quickly go from lightly bronzed to Oompa Loompa. If your skin is a darker shade than Caspers, you should be okay and not have to be so careful for fear of becoming Donald Trump. 
Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer review and swatches
The pigmentation is nice and it's very blendable. It doesn't go patchy on me and it doesn't fade weirdly, it actually lasts all day.
I do have one issue with this product and only one. The scent is nausea inducing, at least to me. From the other reviews I've seen, most people love it. It smells like butter and sunscreen and every time I smell it, my stomach rolls. It's pretty obnoxious, because it hits you as soon as you open the container. I have a ridiculous sense of smell so maybe it's not so strong to the average person. You can't smell it anymore once it's on your face so that's good. I've still been using it daily, I just try to avoid smelling it because I absolutely despise the smell of sunscreen.
My recommendation? Try it! Maybe don't smell it. Or smell it before you buy it. I seem to be in the minority as far as hating the scent, so maybe you'll like it and the product is really good!
Thanks for reading!
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17 comments

  1. smelly products on my face. No. Thanks.

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    1. Hahaha, right? It really doesn't smell once it's applied. I couldn't smell it on my hand when I swatched it. I just have a very strong aversion to that sunscreen smell.

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  2. I saw this product at Rite Aid, and because I generally love Physicians Formula bronzers, I almost got it...but the price and the fragrance stopped me. It looks really pretty, but I'm sensitive with smells, so i think I'll be skipping this one!

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    1. If you're sensitive to scents, you'll definitely want to skip it!

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  3. Why do brands feel the need to make facial products scented? I love scents just as much as the next person but on the face can be a bit overwhelming! Thanks for the heads up. <3

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    1. I've never understood why they make them scented. I'm so sensitive to smells, I just can't deal with it, haha.

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  4. It looks pretty good, but I usually prefer matte bronzers. Nice to see that it has good pigmentation though, some of Physicians Formula other face products have disappointed me in that regard.
    Beaumiroir

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    1. It's definitely pigmented. It's beautiful if you're ever looking for a glowy bronzer.

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  5. I'm very cautious with Physician's Formula because I've had fragrance issues with the brand too. I do love their liquid eyeliner though so I keep my eyes open for a good special at CVS on the line.

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    1. I've never tried the liquid liner, but I want to! I'm really sensitive to fragrance and I was surprised by how scented this is.

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  6. I'm a bronzer junkie during the spring and summer, and this looks like one I'd try. Sorry to hear about the gross smell though.

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    1. It's a beautiful bronzer if you can get past the scent!

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  7. Hahaha that bit about Donald Trump cracked me up!! I actually love the smell of sunscreen (crazy, right?), so this sounds like the perfect bronzer for me! :)

    www.makeupisdelish.com

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    1. Haha! It'll be the perfect bronzer for you then!

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  8. How crazy on the smell! Great review.

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