I recently won a giveaway on the Physicians Formula Facebook page and received a full sized palette. The whole name is quite a mouthful – Physicians Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner Collection in Natural Nude. The claims given for this product are very extravagant. On the back of the package, the product is described as “9 shadows, 3 trios, 3 liners x2 finishes = 18 custom shadows, 6 custom looks, 6 custom liners.” I was REALLY excited when I found out that I had won this palette since Physicians Formula is pretty pricey for drugstore.
In the end, I actually ended up really liking the palette because this palette is like a palette of highlight colors for darker skin. It’s really tough for me to find decent highlighting shades so I’m really happy to have this product. For the majority of people who were hoping for a Naked Palette alternative or even high quality, pigmented nude shadows, you will be disappointed with this product. This will be a great palette for those looking for a very natural everyday look.
If I had to choose between buying it or avoiding it, I would say buy it. However, only buy it if you are specifically looking for very natural colors or for highlight shades. If you’re looking for quality nude shadows, avoid it.
The pros for this product are:
- Packaging – It’s beautiful! It’s very cute with a bow and lace details.
- Pressed tightly – The shadow is packed tightly into the pan which results in little to no fallout.
- The claims – hypoallergenic, paraben free, fragrance free, dermatologist tested, safe for sensitive eyes, and safe for contact lens wearers. I’m a contact lens wearer and never really thought about my eye makeup and how it would affect my contact lenses. I’m only cautious about gel formula liners since they tend to blur my lenses. I’ve never put thought into powders or anything else.
- Most shades are perfect for highlighting the brow bone – Since I’m darker skinned, I can’t use very light shimmer shades or matte shades. I have a really tough time finding shadows that look like a natural highlight on my skin. I use light taupe/tan colors as a brow highlight whereas most people use pearl/cream/champagne colors. These shadows have the perfect amount of shimmer and the perfect blend of sheerness and color.
- Variety – You’re not limited to just the 9 colors of eye shadows. You can mix the colors up to create different shimmer colors, to tone down or add depth to certain colors, etc. You can also use these shadows as highlighters as well.
The cons for this product are:
- The size of the palette – I had only ever seen photos of it online and I was really surprised when I had a tangible product. It’s really small and fits in the palm of my hand. It’s about the size of a 1 ounce EDT from Victoria’s Secret Fantasies Collection. All of the eye shadow strips are pretty small and easily get muddled together.
- Pigmentation – The shadows are more shimmer than anything. The swatches I have posted are over Tarte’s Brightening Primer and I swatched each shadow VERY generously (dry).
- Usability – The shades designed to be liners aren’t really liner colors. The darkest color in this palette could be an eyeliner when used wet, but used dry it looks like it would only be a decent liner on fair skin. If the best way to make the color look like an eyeliner is to use it wet, it seems more practical to just buy a brown eyeliner. For tanned skin or darker, the darkest color would best be used as a crease color or for a smoked out effect on the lower lash line.
- The brush – I understand the concept of an angled sponge applicator and it will work but I think it would have been better to have a dual ended brush. One side with a standard sponge-tip applicator (one side for the highlight, finger for the lid, other side to deepen the crease color) and the other side with a small liner brush. The brush provided is pretty fat and can either apply shadow or create big lines.
- Design flaw – This is just me being nitpicky here but I’m a little offput by the way the product opens. When the product is right-side up, the palette opens from left to right (like how people read books in Japan) instead of right to left (how people read books in America). I would have preferred it to open upwards like most palettes.
- Color selection – A lot of the colors look very similar to one another. Unless you have very fair skin where the colors can easily be distinguished from one another, it won’t really look like your typical 3-color makeup look (pale highlight, lid shade, deepened crease).
Flash (L), Natural Light (R)