A sort of combination blush, light bronzer, and highlighter, the product came in a Barbie-pink compact. The powder itself was pressed into embossed heart shapes in shades of pink, brown, and bone. It smelled sweet, and sparkled faintly in the compact and later, on my skin.
Does It Work?
First of all, there's Physicians Formula's own claims. The feelings of happiness are supposed to come from two ingredients called Happy Skin and Euphoryl: "natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of Endorphins and helping protect the skin from environmental stress." Try as I might, I couldn't find any information on either one of these ingredients, except a few dodgy looking sites that mentioned Euphoryl as a lab-engineered extract that was supposed to boost mood ... in high doses. Even if this works, it seems unlikely that there's enough product in this product, if you get my drift.
But what about from a purely cosmetic perspective? There, we have a winner. I loved how this looked on my face. It has a mild shimmer, which I generally avoid, because shimmery powders can be aging on folks who are older than about 16. But this produced a nice soft glow that distracted the eye from fine lines and made my skin look healthier.
Texture, Feel, and Smell:
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As a highlighter/blush, though, this is a great little product. I bought mine for $13 at the drugstore, but it's even cheaper online.
Price: $10 or under.
Is It Worth It?
Oh sure, why not. As long as you don't fool yourself into thinking this will be a drug-free alternative to antidepressants, you could do a lot worse. It's cheap, it works, it has a nice smell -- who cares if it won't solve all your problems? As much as it saddens me to admit it, no beauty product will.
Man, now I'm bummed out. Time to go apply more Happy Booster.