Does mood boosting blush really make you happy?

August 10, 2011

There’s a reason why the Big Man calls me Jane Q. Public. My purchase of Physician’s Formula Happy Booster Glow and Mood Boosting Blush is a prime example.

How was I supposed to resist the utterly-too-cute look and its claims to promote a feeling of happiness? Bring it on!

This blush, with its embossed heart shapes, was too cute to resist.

The pressed powder blush comes in two color combinations—rose and natural. The rose is a combination of several shades of pink while the shades in the natural combo are peachy. I chose the rose.

According to what it says on the packaging, the blush is infused with “Happy Boost Blend featuring Happy Skin and euphoryl, natural plant extracts which have been shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of endorphins.”

Say whaaaat?! Happy Skin and euphoryl?

Happy Skin is actually a registered trademark of some company in Spain. I guess we should all move to Spain as they apparently have a preponderance of happy people. Euphoryl is something that stimulates dopamine in the skin. I have no idea what that means, but it must be a good thing or they wouldn’t be advertising it.

But wait! There’s more. The “sweet scent of violet provides a feeling of joy each time you apply.”

I applied the blush for the first time on a Saturday as the Big Man and I were getting ready to head out somewhere. Since he was in the vicinity, I asked him to stand by while I applied the blush. I figured he could hold me back in case I was so overwhelmed with joy that I was tempted to run out the door screaming my happiness to the neighborhood. We wouldn’t want the neighbors to think I was weird (or, at least, no weirder than they probably already think I am).

The first swipe of blush yielded no results, so I swiped the other cheek.


Then I swiped some more.


The Big Man fell asleep waiting for the happiness to take over.

I swirled and swiped and brushed and applied and repeated and still nothing.

This brush is locked and loaded for battle.

Well, that’s not entirely correct. It actually did change my mood, but not in the way the package promised.

I hear clown makeup is all the rage this year.

Though the happy boosting blush did not “boost” my mood in a good way, it does seem to be fairly heavily pigmented and a little bit goes a long way. As an all-purpose blush, minus the overwhelming happiness or mood benefits, it did a good job.

The only problem was that the Big Man didn’t want to go out in public with me in my clown makeup.

Chickaliciousness: 0 for the happy boost; 4 for cuteness, color and blushiness


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