Given the hot summer weather, I thought it would be the perfect time to do a review of the ever-popular products from the Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter collection. I know these products have been out for a long time, but it actually took me quite a while after the release to purchase all of these. I now own one shade from each of the bronzers, blushes, and highlighters and have had a few months to test them out, and will be reviewing all three in this post.
To me, Physician’s Formula products are one of the higher priced drugstore products out there, and I never buy from them unless they’re having a sale. All of these products range from $14.99-$21.00 depending on where you buy it.
The Murumuru powders all smell the same – a fun, tropical scent that reminds me of a pina colada. I can’t detect it when it’s on my skin, but the scent is pretty strong – when I open my makeup drawer, I usually get a whiff of it. I can imagine that it’s strong enough to bother some people.
According to Physician’s Formula, these powders all contain Murumuru Butter, Cupuacu Butter and Tucuma Butter, all of which are from the Amazon. These products are also supposed to contain some great ingredients such as essential fatty acids and pro-vitamins that are supposed to make your skin nourished.
Muruuru Butter Bronzer
The Butter Bronzers are the original product in PH’s Murumuru line, and they caused a big fuss when they first came out. After using them, I can totally understand the hype. They’re supposed to give you a “lit-from-within tropical glow”, and I totally agree with that claim. The shade I own, which is creatively named Bronzer, is not a completely matte bronzer. It has a lovely satin finish without containing any crazy shimmers in it. The slight sheen really helps it look natural yet still glowy.
The texture of this bronzer is like nothing else I’ve ever tried – it’s a really interesting powder-cream hybrid. I would classify the ColourPop Super Shock formula as a cream, and I feel like the Murumuru bronzers are a step down from that in terms of being a cream, yet it’s not quite a powder, either. I really like the formula of this bronzer – it has a soft, silky texture and feels very…well, buttery! Although it feels creamy, this must be applied using a brush. I tend to use a medium dense face brush.
The Butter Bronzers come in a total of 4 shades, and the shade Bronzer is the second lightest in the range. Currently, this shade Bronzer in particular is just a smidge too light for me in the summer, when I’m a little tanned. You can still see it on my skin, but doesn’t show up as well as during the other months. In general, it’s a good shade for those with light to medium skintones, and won’t look muddy. Those with fair skin tones would probably fare better with the Light Bronzer shade instead.
In terms of packaging, the has the cutest tropical-inspired design. I love the bright metallic purple, yellow, and green packaging, which is so eye-catching. It’s also the biggest compact out of the three. The bronzer flips over to reveal a mirror underneath, and it also contains a flat sponge brush, which is…weird. I’m so confused. How are we supposed to use this with a bronzer? The compact is thick because of the mirror and brush, but to me, the packaging is even bulkier than it needs to be.
Murumuru Butter Blush
The shade I own in the blush is Plum Rose, which I would describe as a dusty mauve. As far as I can tell, the blush comes in four shades, but I wasn’t particularly interested in any of them except for Plum Rose. This shade looks very natural and subdued on the skin. Similar to the bronzer, it has lovely a satin finish – no shimmer, just a very subtle, barely-there sheen.
I’ve found that the best way to apply this is by using a blush brush. Even though it kind of feels like a cream, it’s not really a product that can be applied with the fingers at all.
In the pan, the blush has a very similar buttery texture to the bronzer, but it’s very dusty and has a lot of kickup when you dip your brush into it. Out of the three products, it is my least favourite.
The blush also has the same type of packaging as the bronzer, but smaller and in magenta and yellow. It also comes with the silly sponge brush.
Murumuru Butter Highlighter
The highlighters come in five shades, and the shade I bought is Rose Gold. I love how smoothly this applies onto the skin. One of the things I worry about when it comes to cream highlighters is that they can sometimes be hard to work with, but I’m impressed by how well it blends out so that I don’t have a strip of highlight on my face. Rose Gold is really, really pigmented and has almost a metallic finish unlike any highlighter I’ve ever used. Because of the metallic shimmer, it does have more shimmer. Luckily, it doesn’t leave actual glitter particles on the skin, which is my pet peeve, but the shimmers are strong, particularly in the sunlight. It’s definitely not for people who prefer a metallic or wet look.
I’ve noticed that the texture of the highlighter is different from the other two products. While the other two feel like powder-cream hybrids, the highlighters are very much a cream. I’ve found that best way to apply for this is using my fingers, which warms the product up and allows it to easily blend into the skin.
I have a medium skin tone and Rose Gold is borderline too dark for me – right now in the summer, it is passable when sheered out, but I won’t be able to wear it in the winter. I think this shade is definitely too dark for those with a fair or light skintone. You can see how dark it is below compared to some of the other highlighters I have. I compared it to the Becca Parisian Lights highlighter and the Makeup Geek Highlighter in Luster, both of which are are pink, and Physician’s Formula Rose Gold is a lot more golden.
Besides being the smallest of the three powders, the highlighters are the only ones with completely different packaging from the other two. Instead of the usual compact packaging with the lid that flips up, the highlighter has a lid that screws comes on and off. The design is also slightly different – instead of bright, tropical shades of the other two, the highlighters come in a silver holographic design. It also does not come with a mirror or a brush.
Below, you’ll see swatches of all three products. As I said earlier, the bronzer and brush have such a pretty subtle sheen, and the highlighter is metallic!
These are really gorgeous products, and I enjoy using them a lot. Out of the three products, my preferences in order is the bronzer, the highlighter, and the blush. While I love the shade of the blush, I wouldn’t recommend it, as I’m not a huge fan of how dusty the formula is.
Have you used any of Physician’s Formula’s Murumuru Butter products, and if you have, what do you think about them?