Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Bronzing Veil Deluxe Edition aka Bronzer With A Seriously Long Name

You know, as pasty as I am, sometimes I want to look like I actually went outside more than once in the past 10 years. In my effort to find a good bronzer for *really* fair skin, I came across Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Bronzing Veil Deluxe Edition [holy smokes, what a name!]. It comes in two shades, and I purchased the lightest one – Light/Medium.

Right off the bat, you can probably tell what made me buy this one. That’s right, it’s that gigantic smoldering sun imprint with beautiful rays swirling around it, like it’s telling me “Hey you, ghostie, if you put me on, you will look like you just returned from a vacay in St. Tropez!” Come on, who would resist that? Sold!
Mirror + brush compartment; the idea is good but neither will get used.

So here I am, home with a pretty box of powder, looking at it like it’s an alien object. When I first took this compact out of the box, my first thought was about how big and clunky it is. As with most Physicians Formula pressed compacts, there was a bottom compartment with a little travel-sized brush, which took most of the space. I could honestly live without it since I prefer to use my own brushes anyway, and the quality of that brush is not that great to begin with.

The packaging looks very fancy, almost high-end.

The powder is not as shimmery below the surface as it is on the top – the pan is actually coated with an extra layer of shimmer so people like me buy it because it looks so pretty and glowy. Physicians Formula says that for this bronzer they utilized some special Italian technology that combines the features of baked, cream, and powder formulas to deliver the most stunning airbrushed glow that looks invisible on the skin. Because this bronzer is quite shimmery, it’s not suitable for contouring, but if you have a medium/deep complexion, it would make a gorgeous highlighter.

Two dry swipes – any more and the formula starts caking.

I love the way this bronzer applies on the skin, it blends really well without leaving sharp edges, and looks very natural. However, it doesn’t layer well at all; it settles into pores and becomes chalky if I try to build up the intensity. The longevity is pretty good: I have combination skin and it lasted well over eight hours on me.

It’s hard to find a bronzer for my ghostly pale skin, but this shade works well.

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Bronzing Veil Deluxe Edition – 89%, B+
This bronzer has a great silky texture that isn’t too disco-ball shimmery. It blends well and provides beautiful natural-looking glow to the skin, that lasts all day on my combination skin. Light/Medium shade is a good bronzer choice for very fair complexions like mine, or as a highlighter for medium/deep skin tones. Noteworthy negatives include clunky packaging and non-buildable formula, that settles into pores if you apply more than two thin layers. Overall, I think it’s an okay bronzer, with undeniably attractive product design, but it’s not something I’d consider repurchasing.

$15.99 USD for 0.42 oz. Available at Ulta,, Walgreens, drugstores.

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