When I was last in America, I was really interested to pick up some beauty products that aren't currently available to buy back in the UK.
One brand that I had heard a lot about was Physicians Formula which are an affordable, drugstore make. Apparently, they are going to come to the UK at some point but for the last year that I've been using some of their products, they've only been available in the USA.
One of the first things that I spotted was the Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow and Liner Nude Collection. I picked up two, one of which was the Natural Nude colour way and I wanted to share my thoughts on it with you today. These palettes have been created to compliment different eye colours but the Natural Nude shade selection is suggested as being suitable for any eye colour.
This is small eye shadow palette with nine different shades in it. Theres also an applicator that is more or less useless but some may find it handy if they're not into their makeup brushes like I am or if they're travelling and want to save on space.
The shadows are grouped together, sort of in threes. There are two larger sized shades followed by a slimmer one. The first shade out of the three is designed to be a highlight shade, the second an all over lid colour and the third an eyeliner and crease contour shade. All of the shades can be used wet for a more intense look or dry for a more subtle look.
I first started using this palette while on honeymoon and I liked it, I wouldn't say that I loved it. The colours felt quite similar and using the darker shades as an eyeliner didn't really work as they didn't make the line stand out enough.
However this summer I have gone back to this palette and I've actually really enjoyed using it. The trick, I find, is to disregard the idea of using the strips as a highlight, lid and eyeliner colour and sticking to just that. Instead, I pick and choose which colours I want to use where and find that mixing up the looks works really well.
The lighter, more highlight shades are fantastic for illuminating the brow bone and inner corner, all of the other shades are great on the lid (I usually take a couple and blend one through the crease and pack one onto the lid) and I like to use the darkest brown from over on the far left of the palette to define my crease and pull the whole look together.
The Natural Nude shades are buttery soft, finely milled and have a pretty good colour pay off when used as eyeshadow rather than as liner. I especially like the gold colour from the palette as I find that it has a gorgeous warm tone to it without being brassy. Theres a great mix of warm and cooler colours in this little palette which makes it a great option if you're going to be travelling and want to create lots of different looks without taking up too much space in your makeup bag. They blend really easily together which makes them so easy to work with.
This palette is hypoallergenic, fragrance, paraben and gluten free, dermatologist approved and safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
I think that this little palette would be ideal for someone who is just getting into make up, is on a budget or for someone who only wears eyeshadow on the odd occasion as at $11.95, it is really affordable and offers lots of different looks without breaking the bank.
I got mine from CVS but it is also available direct from the Physicians Formula website.
What Physicians Formula products would you recommend to me?