Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss Swatches, Photos & Review

Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Lip Gloss

The other day I was at CVS trying to pick up a prescription, but alas, the pharmacy had closed. Of course I had to check out the makeup aisle, even though this particular CVS has an abysmal one. Lo and behold I saw these new glosses!

Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss sounds all science-y doesn’t it? Normally that completely turns me off, but since it’s related to makeup I decided to give them a whirl!

As far as I can tell these glosses only come in two shades: Light Pink and Pink.

What the heck are they though? Basically they have a dye in them called Fluorescien Based Dye which senses the pH levels in your lips and adjusts the color to your perfect shade within 60 seconds. They also have Photocromic Powders which help keep the shade the same color whether indoors or outside.

But wait, there’s more!

Also included in these fancy-schmancy lip gloss tubes are a mirror on the backside (super handy) and an LED-powered light in the applicator!

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Click and you shall receive…

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Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Lip Gloss Swatches
Light Pink, Pink

Ok so here’s the deal. This is what the colors look like on my hand after fully developing.

Light Pink is a pale pink with silver shimmer.

Pink is a deeper pink with silver shimmer.

Then I decided to re-swatch them as fast as I could snapping photos as the color develops.

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Right after applying

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A few seconds later

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A few seconds later

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Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Lip Gloss Light Pink
Light Pink (sloppy application, sorry!)

Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Lip Gloss Pink

As you can see these are super shiny glosses. Very wet looking, and pretty non-sticky to boot. While Light Pink was pretty sheer I really liked the way Pink looked on me.

They claim 10 hours of wear “under controlled conditions” but I have yet to wear them for that long to see. I have my doubts…


Fun! I like that these self-adjust, I think it’s kind of cool. The colors are pretty, they are very glossy, and I love having a mirror built into the tube.

Availability: CVS, Physicians Formula, Ulta.

Pricing: $9.99.

Would you check these out for the price?


Do you like this product?

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  • February 15, 2012

    These are kind of crazy- the fact that the wand lights up amazes me. Actually, I might pick one up for the novelty of it. It’s a bit of a conversation piece. I do really love the addition of a mirror on the tube- sometimes I hate having to go find a mirror so I can re-apply my lipgloss/stick. Good idea!
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    • February 15, 2012

      Hi The Lacquer Tracker,

      Yes, I love the mirror also, so convenient and much less obvious than a compact.

      • February 16, 2012

        I wanted to add that I was just at the drugstore and saw advertisements for Lise Watier brand lip gloss and nail lacquer that features light up caps for improved application. Kind of interesting that I came across this right after seeing this post. Heh. I’m less sure about the utility of a light in the nail polish applicator (I usually apply my lacquer in an area that is already well lit!). Who knows? Maybe it will be a new trend.
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  • February 15, 2012

    wow that really works? I never believe that kind of statements, but now that you tried it, it makes me curious! The mirror and the light are great ideas too!!
    Do they have any scent/flavour?

    • February 15, 2012

      Hi Mara,

      It worked! There isn’t a HUGE change in color for me, but it’s definitely there.

  • February 15, 2012

    This looks super high-tech and gadget-y, though the “controlled conditions” probably mean you have to sit somewhere without talking and eating lol

    I wonder how these will look on someone else!
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    • February 15, 2012

      Hi Sunny,

      Totally right, you have to sit in perfect weather and lighting and not move your lips for 10 hours, haha.

  • February 15, 2012

    The little mirror in the back is a brilliant idea. I like the colors too. You are right. They are fun.

  • February 15, 2012

    I have a lipgloss from a HongKong brand my mom in law gave me as a present that has a mirror on the side and LED lights on the cap. I’ve had it for over a year now and I was wondering when the other brands on our side of the world was going to take notice. Hurrah for these little details! I’ve found it very handy for on-to-go (re)application. Color sensing is a bonus. Will definitely want to try the darker pink one! :)

    PS. Thanks for channeling The Flash so you could show us the colors as they develop! Awesome!
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  • February 15, 2012

    This totally reminds me of Model Co. (an Australian brand) lipglosses with the light-up lid. I got one of theirs a few years back and it was a major conversation starter, as well as being handy! These PF are a lot cheaper, but the colors seem a little ‘meh.’ I’ll have to think about it before I buy.

    PS: Here’s a link to the Model Co. ones for comparison:

  • February 15, 2012

    The packaging on these look really cheap. I don’t like mirrors on my products (what if it breaks in my purse O.O) plus it looks very cheap to me. And the color just isn’t there. Still want some of their blushes though and maybe eyeliner.

  • February 15, 2012

    Hey kelly! Did you notice a difference and the gloss changing when you first put it on your lips and minutes after?

    • February 16, 2012

      Hi Anita,

      Yep, it did the same thing as on my hand.

  • February 15, 2012

    Okay, I was dying to see your review on these, because I picked one up and wanted to know if you’re result was the same. That “light pink” shade? It turns BERRY on me – darker than the “pink” shade on your lips. It’s almost unwearable (I like lighter shades). And the 10 hour claim I might almost believe, too. When I swatched mine on my bare hands and lips, it had stained like crazy after fully developing the color. I bought mine mostly for the LED and mirror (too cool), but the color effect is so bizarre. I wish they would have just left that part out!

  • February 15, 2012

    That is so totally cool! It sounds more like it kinda oxidizes but either way that looks pretty snazzy. I wonder how the color would look on me since I’m a deep brown…Hmmm… off to CVS!
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  • February 15, 2012

    Wow, they look so subtle on you! CVS sent me a $3 birthday coupon, and I had $5 in beauty bucks, so I went in on Sunday–these were the only remotely new product they had. I already knew they had brush applicators, which I love, so I got one. I had some crummy selection: pink or pink. 😀

    Anyway, I like the feel of it, but mine ends up turning quite a bright pink on me. Perhaps the pH magic within it knows I have very pigmented lips and it would not have been seen otherwise?

  • February 16, 2012

    Rimmel had a gloss a few years ago with a light in the cap, can’t remember the name just remember that I wanted it so bad! Never did get one 😛

  • February 16, 2012

    Not much color to them. I don’t think I’ll be buying them.

  • February 16, 2012

    Do they have a fragrance? The last time I bought a gloss from PF I ended up tossing it since the fragrance bothered me.

  • February 17, 2012

    My friend bought the Pink one after I showed her this review and it darkened to a rich magenta/hot pink color on her so much that she had to return the gloss. It was much too bold and weird looking. She bought the Light Pink thinking it would end up being more sheer and it did the same thing to her. She has dark hair/eyes olive complexion. I tried light pink because I’m blonde/blue eyed and really really fair and I wanted to see the difference. It’s a rich deep pink on me. It’s flattering but much much bolder than I anticipated. It isn’t sheer at all! Very similar in color to Stila Dazzling sparkle gloss.

  • February 17, 2012
    Blair Anna

    This is so interesting! Thanks for showing them as they changed, I think I’ll be trying these out.

  • February 19, 2012

    I love these! I got the pink first and blogged about it, that was before I realized there was a light pink too. I just picked that one up but haven’t tried it yet.

  • February 21, 2012

    It sounds fun and I love the idea of the mirror on the tube, so practical

  • February 21, 2012

    I bought the pink a few weeks ago, and while it is a MAJOR hot pink on me (a neutral lippie girl) it’s a welcome change. It’s also more staining on me than ANY of my lip stains, and lasts all day. ALL day. Serious staying power here. Maybe that’s Ph dependent…

  • March 2, 2012

    I just picked these up today and love them. I bought one at CVS and it spit out a $7.00 coupon on my next purchase so I bought the other color.

    I am floored how long this formula stays on my lips. I fund if you layer it the pink gets darker and brighter.

    The mirror and light is pure genius! I will be trying more items from this line. I never tried their stuff, but I am super impressed with this gloss.

    Thanks for this find VV :)