Nov 22 2017

Physician’s Formula Butter Highlighter in Pearl

I bought this.

Physician's Formula Butter Highlighter in Pearl review on BeautyJudy

I saw a display of Physician’s Formula Butter Highlighters in Ulta, and having heard great things about them, I picked up the one I liked best, Pearl.

I love the packaging of this highlighter. The container is a pearly holographic hue, and it fits in the palm of my hand.

Physician's Formula Butter Highlighter in Pearl review on BeautyJudy

When you open the highlighter, the coconut-y scent of the butters is so nice. This highlighter contains a mix of Murumuru Butter, Cupuacu Butter and Tucuma Butter, all harvested from the Amazon, according to the brand.

The brand recommends that you apply Butter Highlighter to your face with your fingertip over your cheekbones, brow bones, upper lip (cupid’s bow) and/or bridge of the nose to give you a glow where the light hits your face. I have much success using a brush to apply ColourPop’s highlighters, and the consistency is somewhat similar – the Butter Highlighter seems softer. So I confess, I tried applying it with a brush first.

Physician's Formula Butter Highlighter in Pearl review on BeautyJudy

Here it is with a brush application:

Physician's Formula Butter Highlighter in Pearl review on BeautyJudy

The brush unfortunately deposited some of my pink blush color onto the Butter Highlighter as I dipped back in a couple times going about my face. The application was not smooth, as you can see at my cupid’s bow here, where I also applied it – the brush picked up small “chunks” of highlighter and deposited them as well as the color. (I did not apply it to my brow bone in this picture, that’s my eye shadow).

The highlighter itself did alright in terms of wear, except on the bridge of my nose. I messed up the application of my foundation and for someone with redness underneath, it was a bit of a patchy mess after several hours; It didn’t wear nicely but just in that spot. But again, I applied it in a method NOT recommended by the brand.

I decided that using a brush is not the most effective way to apply this and tried the recommendation of the brand: I used my fingertip!

I gently put some of the highlighter on the tip and bridge of my nose, along the top of my cheekbone, in my cupid’s bow, and on my forehead. I tried to pat and lightly place it vs. swiping it on, because I didn’t want to have the same problem with patchy, interrupted foundation that I had with the brush.

Applied with my finger tips, this highlighter looked best on my forehead, but here is a couple cheek shots:

Physician's Formula Butter Highlighter in Pearl review on BeautyJudy

On my cheek, and along my nose, even with a gentle touch, my application of the highlighter messed with the cream foundation below it, which meant that more of my redness came through and my face makeup wore a bit more patchy/unevenly throughout the day.

This could have multiple factors involved, and here are a couple benefits of the doubt I gave this highlighter:

  • My skin underneath may be patchy/dry/combo making foundation application already tentative; I should test this out with multiple types of foundation – perhaps a more “liquidy” foundation, for example.
  • A wet sponge or sponge to blend out the highlighter might eliminate some of the “mess up” of my application.

So, given my experience with this over my foundation, I decided to try it on my bare face. Having been sick so much, I’ve been going without makeup more often than with it.  I just applied it to my cheeks.

Physician's Formula Butter Highlighter in Pearl review on BeautyJudy

It’s kinda hard to see in my pic, but it didn’t look that different from when I applied it over my makeup, but it was just odd to have highlighted, imperfect skin in my opinion – so no fault of the highlighter, I just don’t think it makes sense for me to wear with a naked face!

Overall, I wanted to love PF Pearl Butter Highlighter, but I don’t. I much, much prefer a powder highlighter for my needs because it’s quick and easy. Someone on IG suggested I “set” the Butter Highlighter with a powder highlighter but I do not wish to add to my routine. I don’t want to have to use two products for one step that can be done with one product.

You can find this highlighter wherever Physician’s Formula is sold.

Have you tried the new Physician’s Formula Butter Highlighters? Did you love it?! I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

  • loveforlacquer

    So sad you didn’t love these! Try the one in Chamlagne!

  • Nik

    I’ve looked into these a couple of times but I have the Colourpop highlighters and I’ve heard they’re similar. I rarely reach for those so I couldn’t justify these.

  • Painted Fingertips

    Yeah I’d say meh on this one.

  • Alv Bee

    Thanks for the info! Been curious about it as I use othe PF products too.

  • Emily Draher • Casual Contrast

    I’ve been curious about these, but I feel like a powder highlight is probably better for my skin type anyway!

  • My Nail Polish Obsession

    I have really started to love highlighters. I need more of them!


    I like PF bronzers, but haven’t tried their highlighters. I usually stick to powder highlighters because oily skin and cream products = a very bad idea LOL.

  • Anastasia

    I agree, the highlighter might not work for certain skin types, especially if you rely on your color-correcting foundation to stay put. I am loving these though, since I mostly use sheer foundation with luminous finish.

  • polarbelle

    Thats a shame!

  • 25 Sweetpeas

    It looks really nice!

  • marciaf

    I saw these at CVS but I knew that they weren’t for me because of the fragrance. Now I know for sure that this wouldn’t work on my skin either.

  • Kathryne

    Good to read a different take on this. I have read raving reviews so far

  • Ehmkay Nails

    I really never use highlighter but sounds like this isn’t the one that will get me to start.

  • Kristi Vasquez

    I haven’t tried this brand, but sounds like it’s a little complicated to get it to show.

  • Courtney B

    What a bummer. No need to spend extra time on steps.

  • Deest

    That is disappointing, the color looks nice on you. I prefer powder highlighter with a brush also. The cream stuff is difficult to apply evenly and can pull away the other makeup.

  • Megan

    Thanks for the review! I was considering giving these a try since I liked the Butter Bronzer, but I might just pass this time.

    • BeautyJudy

      If the formula is similar and the bronzer works for you, this might work for you as well! I haven’t tried the Butter Blush but I won’t now if it’s the same formula.