What: Angela gets her glow on with Physicians Formula Organic Wear 2-in-1 Bronzer and Blush
The Lowdown: Let me start by saying that, as a rule, I dislike bronzers. And blush. Intensely. In the past, I attributed my distaste for these particular products down to the possibility that I have just never mastered the fine art of bronzing and blushing—because no matter what brand I tried, what color I selected, I always ended up looking like I just stepped out of a bad 80s music video. So it was with great trepidation that I approached Physicians Formula Organic Wear 2-in-1 Bronzer and Blush. Not only is the name faaar too long for my liking, I’ve had too many bad bronzer experiences to be optimistic.
First, a word about the product. It is, as the cumbersome title points out, organic. The packaging ensures that you will not forget this by splashing “100% FREE …” messages on every square millimeter of free space. For the record, it is free of the following: harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, parabens, GMOs (genetically modified organisms, apparently), synthetic colors, synthetic fragrances, and cruelty. Phew. If that’s not enough, it also boasts that 100% of the ingredients are of natural origin, and that 15% of the total ingredients are produced from organic farming, making it ECOCERT certified organic. It also contains an “EcoBlend” of “Organisoy” and “Eco-Olive”. Which is all well and good, except if I still end up looking like Cyndi Lauper, being environmentally responsible just isn’t going to be enough.
Fortunately—and much to my great surprise and delight—I did not. In fact, I ended up looking pretty darn sun-kissed and fabulous, if I do say so myself. And there’s no special trick—I opened up the eco-conscious compact (93% less plastic than a traditional compact, natch) with its handy all-inclusive brush and mirror, and applied the bronzer first—across my cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, where the sun would naturally “kiss” you, and instead of the usual dark-and-blotchy streaks that I must immediately scrub off before disgustedly tossing the product, I just looked like I had a nice little tan going. Feeling emboldened, I went in for the blush, and again, just soft, warm, glowing color. Nice. I was so excited that I spent the next ten minutes looking in the mirror and babbling to my 13-year-old daughter about how fantastic this product is (she seemed unimpressed, but she wasn’t even alive during the 80s).
The Verdict: An unequivocal Yea. It’s not super cheap at around $14 for a compact, but after wasting 5 bucks here and 8 bucks there on bronzers and blushes that went straight into the wastebasket (and were NOT eco-friendly), it’s totally worth it.
Buy It: At Walgreens.com, $13.99