4 March 2013

Product Review: Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer

As we all know, the sun rays in Australia is amongst the strongest in the world, and consequently Australia sadly also have one of the highest (if not the highest!) rates of skin cancer in the world. So while most of us probably think that we look a lot healthier with a touch of a tan, I for one do what I can not to spend too much time outside tanning, and consequently rely on a good bronzer to give my cheeks sun-kissed glow. Here are my thoughts on the *Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer.

What They Say:
"Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra Smoothing Bronzer is a luxurious powder that leaves skin feeling smooth, soft, and nourished. The pearlescent bronze and gold are combined to give skin a rich, warm glow that lasts all day. Available in the colour Bronzer".

RRP: $29.95 – Available from Priceline

What I Say:
I really like the Physicians Formula Physicians Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder, (if you’ve missed my review, you can see it here), so I was very excited to be trying the Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Ultra-Smoothing Bronzer.

I was instantly impressed with look of the Cashmere Wear Bronzer – it is hard not to be! The actual powder and packaging is just so cute.

The actual powder opens up like a mini storey book which is covered in brown velvet material. On the front, there is a clear, plastic window displaying the bronzer inside and a golden tassel. Unfortunately the clear plastic window on the front and back are made of very thin plastic, and even just a light press and you will rub against the bronzer, which does make me wary of putting this in my makeup bag or throwing it into a drawer with my other makeup, in fear that it may get damaged.

The compact opens from both sides - the front opens to reveal the bronzer and the back opens to reveal a mirror and brush. Both sides contain magnetic closures.


The actual bronzer has a very adorable cable-knit design, with various knit textures, and each of the four shades featuring a different design, with the exception of the first and last shades which are the same.


The shades combine to create a warm medium golden bronze with a touch of peach golden shimmer. The shades have various amounts of shimmer, and the outer shades have next to no shimmer, while the middle, and lighter colours are the ones containing a little more shimmer. But still, the shimmer particles are very subtle, so you will not end up looking like a glitter ball.

The combination of colours also means that the powder doubles as a highlighter as well as it is fantastic for contouring. The colours blend together easily to help even out the skin tone, and the lighter more shimmery colour adds a touch of glow and radiance to the skin.

The Cashmere Wear Bronzer is ultra-smooth and light weight, and the pigments are so finely milled that it blends easily, and feels comfortable to wear, as well as it looks natural on the skin.

The bronzer only comes in one colour, and I’d say that it is suitable for medium to dark skin tones. The bronzer has a good staying powder, and using it on top of my normal foundation, it also worked as a setting powder, with little touch ups required during the day to keep my face shine free.

The Cashmere Wear Bronzer is hypo-allergenic, dermatologist approved, oil-free non-comedogenic as well as paraben free. The bronzer is also fragrance free, which although my skin is not particularly sensitive, I personally prefer.

As mentioned above, the bronzer comes with a little brush, and while this is handy, and makes it possible to do touch-ups on the go, the brush is a tad stiff, but at least it still feels softer than the brush included in the Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder. The slightly stiff brush will quickly scrape and ruin the pretty design of the bronzer, as well as it is so small that it allow you sweep it over all the colours in the palette, making it more difficult to achieve an even look – and consequently I found I had much better results using one of my own larger and softer brushes (and not to mention keeps the design of the powder looking pretty for longer!).

The bronzer contains 100% pure extract, which claims to be skin softening and conditioning. It also contains sodium hyaluronate for moisturising and smoothing benefits, and soft-focus pearls to instantly and visible help diffuse fine lines and wrinkles.

The Cashmere Wear Bronzer is very comfortable to wear all day, but I have to say that I have not seen a difference in my skin after several weeks of use. As for "helping to diffuse fine lines and wrinkles" – my skin did have a nice and even radiant glow, but I did not notice that my lines and wrinkles were minimised, although a good thing is that the bronzer does not settle into the fine lines and wrinkles, so thereby at least not making them look worse!

All in all, I continue to be impressed with the products in the Physicians Formula makeup range, and the Cashmere Wear Bronzer is no exception, so I will definitely continue to use it and consider repurchasing in the future.
*This product was kindly provided for consideration, and it has been reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.

Have you ever tried any of the products in the Physicians Formula makeup range? What is your favourite bronzer?



  1. It's a shame that it only comes in the one colour. Being pale means I won't be able to get this :( It looks so great!

    1. I agree, that is a shame....hopefully they will add it later, as I do believe that there are two colours available in the US!

  2. I really like the packaging to this with the two side, it's a shame that we can't get the brand in the UK xxx


    1. That is strange, maybe you can find it somewhere online..?

  3. I wish they had this in a shade better for pale ladies, the design is too cute!

    1. Yeah, again it is a little strange. But maybe they will add it later..


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