Name: Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner in Smoky Green Eyes
Brand: Physicians Formula
From Physicians Formula’s website:
A hip new twist on the classic smoky eye look! Sultry smoky shades give your eyes drama while enhancing their natural beauty. Three blendable trios perfectly paired to color, contour and line your eyes for illuminating, high impact.
What I liked:
– beautiful shades
– easy to blend
– nicely pigmented
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– the shades aren’t divided so they mix and match
– the packaging
I got the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner in Smoky Green Eyes (wow, what a mouthful! We’ll call it PF Smokey Green Eyes from now on) palette in a swap with my good friend and beauty blogger Dao (thanks hun, I love it). This was my first time trying something from Physicians Formula, as sadly the brand’s not available here, and I wasn’t disappointed.
PF Smokey Green Eyes contains nine stripes of colors in greens, purples and gray shades that compliment each other very well and are perfect to create both soft and dramatic smokey eyes look, depending on whether you use them dry or wet (or with a good primer that improves the color payoff).
All the shades are soft and have good color payoff. They’re not too intense but not sheer either, yet they can be easily built-up to get the intensity you want. Also, the palette is called Shimmer Strips for a reason. The shimmers are fine but obvious, not chunky and they won’t make you look like a disco ball. But if matte or really subtle shimmer is what you are looking for, then this palette isn’t for you.
The texture is quit soft to the touch and easy to blend. The fall out is really minimal, esp if you use a good base and pat the colors on with a dense brush. And I was pretty impressed with the staying power cos, without a base, they last about 8 hours before creasing and fading.
If I have to find a gripe with this palette is that the shades aren’t separated so after a while they tend to mix with one another. I’m not too keen on the clear plastic case, which opens along the long side, either as it looks cheap but at least it is sturdy and travel-friendly.
Overall, I love Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner in Smoky Green Eyes. The nine shades are nicely-pigmented, shimmery and last for hours even without a base. However, some may find them too shimmery and not like that the shades are too close together.