Review: Physicians Formula "NUDE" Shimmer Strips Eyeshadow Palette

Admit it, you’ve probably walked down the makeup aisle at your local drugstore and have at some point picked up and looked at this pretty little lace number. With it’s classic good looks and seductive negligee packaging, you might have even taken her home.

Brand: Physicians Formula
Product: Shimmer Strips Nude Eyeshadow Palette
Size: 7.5g
Price: $15-20CAD ($11 USD)
Availability: Drugstore, Ulta, iHerb
Would I repurchase:  Possibly Yes.
Details: Hypoallergenic, Fragrance Free, Paraben Free, Gluten Free, Sensitive Eyes approved

There’s no denying this Nude shadow palette by Physicians Formula is a looker and with that alone has probably charmed its way into many a shopping baskets, mine included. In the recently few years the brand, mainly known for it’s skin friendly formulations, have taken a rigorous approach to re-branding their products with a more popular and modern aesthetic.

Their “Nude” Collection which now not only includes 4 palette variations (not available in all locations but Ulta seems to have a full selection) but also liquid shimmer liners, kohl kajal liners, powders, bronzer and blush.
The palette itself is slim, lightweight (especially compared to their regular Shimmer Strips packaging) and very portable. Containing a triple trio collection of shadows, each grouping of three is meant to offer you a different finished look be it natural, playful or dramatic.

In lieu of an eyeshadow brush or even a traditional rounded sponge applicator, this palette is paired with a slant tip foam “brush” with an emphasis on the sharp edge, that is meant to allow you to pick up the darker colours and use it as liner to complete your look. While this sounded like an innovative idea, this only seems to work if you prefer a thicker smokier “line” if I can even call it a line at all as the tip is neither firm nor slim enough to create a decent smooth result.

Being part of the Shimmer Strips line or products, the finishes of 8 of these shades are a soft foiled satin with only the black being a matte with miniscule silver shimmer. Pigmentation is light for the paler half of the palette and reasonably good for the darker half, soft and creamy to the touch though again the black colour felt strangely chalkier and drier than the rest. Unfortunately these pretty colours have a hard time staying put, a primer may help but overall I wouldn’t depend on these for a long day.
Because of it’s texture and consistency, I found my regular eyeshadow brushes to be mostly pathetically useless when trying to pickup the powder as it just doesn’t hold. A sponge tipped applicator (like the one included) or your fingers actually produces the best and most saturated results with this formulation though a fluffy blending brush can help soften the edges. It did seem that it was very easy to over blend this soft formulation, causing all the colours to get very muddy so try using a smaller brush when doing so or just stick to a sponge applicator which is what I preferred to do.

For something quick and pretty to keep in your makeup bag, the Nude Palette from Physicians Formula is still a good pick. While the formulation isn’t the most versatile to work with (and I still rarely touch that chalky black shade) I do find myself frequently reaching for this palette when I need a subtle neutral eye on days when I don’t require my makeup to be life proof. This would also make a useful starter palette for those who are on a budget or just beginning to experiment with makeup. However if you are an Urban Decay Naked or Lorac Pro devotee then this little thing wouldn’t be missed in your drawers.

Mica, Polybutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Synthetic Wax, Silica, Dimethicone, Lauroyl Lysine, Beeswax, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Kaolin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol May Contain: Carmine, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Blue 1 Lake, Red 40, Yellow 5 Lake

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