While I do have a lot of drugstore beauty favorites, I tend to shop the same brands over and over again. As a result, there are a few brands like Physicians Formula that I don’t know much about. This summer, I decided to concentrate more on the under-researched brands and test all the new launches from the drugstore brands. The first line that caught my attention is the #InstaReady line of face products by Physicians Formula.
Advertised as a makeup line that helps to create a “selfie-ready complexion,” the #InstaReady collection contains twelve products that go under $15 each and feature such new for the brand products like setting spray, primer, and eye primer. After carefully studying the entire line, I selected five products that caught my attention. In this post, I share my review on these #InstaReady items that I wrote after testing for a few weeks each product from the Physicians Formula #InstaReady Line.
The consistency of this primer is pleasant (easy to absorb and non-oily; it reminded me of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, but less condensed) so is its almost undetectable scent. The product features a lightweight, almost whipped formula that helps to blur the complexion in general, but not necessarily fill in the pores. I would call the finish of this primer smoothing rather than mattifying and recommend using it for the days when you are trying to achieve a dewy look.
The good thing about this product is that it works with many different foundations, including my all times favorite Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Foundation. Since this primer features a silicone formula, it will not work in combination with Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation though. Another positive moment is that the primer contains sunscreen. Personally, I feel that SPF 18 is not enough to protect you throughout the day, but if you use it in combination with a foundation that also contains sunscreen, this extra sun protection is actually worth it.
I saw some people complaining about the packaging, but it didn’t bother me at all. In fact, I felt that the pump tube was quite cool for a drugstore brand. Overall, it’s your typical silicon primer that performs well but did not knock me out of my socks for it’s blurring abilities. Just your typical drugstore primer; not a gem, but good enough to try.
At first I was satisfied with the finish of this BB Cream. I used the shade Light and, as expected, it was too dark for my complexion, but somehow a few moments after application it started oxidizing and it somewhat matched my skin tone. The problem occurred later on when I realized that it doesn’t blend well on my neck so I had a yellowish-brown mask effect when my face stopped matching my neck. I also didn’t really enjoy the coverage: at first, it looked so dewy and pretty, but it started breaking up around my nose area very quickly and it transferred on my clothes. I believe these facts are enough to conclude that I didn’t quite like this product.
However, to be fair I have to mention that I rarely enjoy BB Creams in general. The only one that I loved so far is IT Cosmetics CC Cream (well now when I’m writing it I realize that it’s actually CC cream so I don’t have any BB Cream favorites at all) so it’s not my preferred formula to start with. I saw a lot of people on Ulta actually enjoyed this product so perhaps it’s all about personal preferences in terms of the finish you are trying to achieve. Again, that BB Cream was not my cup of tea, but it could be one for some people.
That one is my absolute favorite from the line. In fact, I love this dewy but full-coverage concealer so much that I currently prefer it over Tarte Shape Tape (yep, the Shape Tape, the king of all concealers out there!). The thing is that my under eye area is getting even drier in summer and full-coverage concealers start looking patchy, while the Physicians Formula one provides beautiful, non-patchy correction of the dark circles.
Overall, I’m very satisfied with the quality of this hygienically packaged concealer and I recommend checking it out. However, there is one thing to keep in mind while using it. You have to set it with powder almost immediately after application as it starts creasing very fast due to its dewy finish formula. I recommend using a damp beauty blender covered into your favorite translucent loose powder (my current favorite is IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder). Combined together, these products provide the silkiest most beautiful coverage.
Without exaggeration, it was the weirdest blush I’ve ever tried — and I’m not saying it in a negative way. The stick contains three products in one (highlighter and two shades of a blush) which allows saving time by applying all three at once. The reason why I call this product a weird one is that after applying it on your cheeks it looks like one of those flags that soccer fans paint on their faces to support their favorite team. While I personally don’t believe that such application technique makes it easier to distribute the product, it’s a fun and Instagrammable experience that you might enjoy.
As I mentioned before, you are limited by the width of each product in this stick so you can’t really use the middle shade only (well, you could but you’ll need a brush to do so). However, even though the design should not technically work, in practice it’s actually a very beautiful looking blush. It’s blendable, comes in a universal shade of apricot pink and looks so gorgeous on the skin. I’m not a fan of cream blushes in general, but this affordable product is an exception: I quite like the finish it provides and I continue using it when I’m trying to achieve an all over dewy look.
Well, I kind of knew that this product would be too dark for my skin tone, but I decided to go with it anyways. As expected, it didn’t match me at all so I didn’t use it as a powder at all. However, it turned out to be a great contouring palette. As you all know, I’m a super pale girl and it’s close to impossible to find the right shade of a contouring powder. The darkest shade from this Physicians Formula product turned out to be a great option for pale girls like me — I use it to contour my cheeks and it works just fine. It would be unfair to judge the product when I didn’t wear it as a powder at all so I could say so far is that it’s a long-lasting product when applied as a contouring powder.
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Have you tried any of the products from the Physicians Formula #InstaReady Line? Do you believe that these products really change your selfie game for better? What are some of your favorite products from the line (or from the brand in general)? Let’s discuss in the comments area below!