Friday, June 15, 2012

Review: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip Smoky

I won a Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip from @PricelineAU on the 4th (yay lucky June) and I received the parcel on the 7th! I believe this is the first time I've won anything from a giveaway so I'm pretty ecstatic. Thank you thank you thank you Priceline for hosting a giveaway! :) I was aiming for the nude palette because I don't own any nudes but then again, I only wear makeup for occasions so I think having a nude palette is kinda redundant because I won't use it. I only wanted it because its packaging was more appealing to me - it had a bow! And fine... It's pink with lace details. HAH. Here's the whole collection:

Source: Google Images
Isn't the Nude super cute and chic? I'm a sucker for aesthetics. Ugh. Anyway, the Smokey casing is actually quite flimsy, it felt like it was made out of shiny cardboard and the shadow holder was made of plastic? I might be wrong but that's how it felt like to me. Overall, its attempt at being glam was a complete failure, complete with a cheap plastic crystal, especially if you compare it with the packaging of the Nude shimmer strip which totally worked the cardboard! Tip: Matte finishes are way classier than glossy when it comes to cardboard or paper.

Anyway! I'm going to be reviewing the Smoky palette but be kind because this is the first time I'm reviewing makeup and I may not know what I'm talking about because I do not know much about makeup nor am I a professional makeup reviewer in any way so take whatever I say with a grain of salt!

Applied with a cotton bud on bare skin. 
See my totally n00b attempt at swatching? There are a total of 9 cool shades which may not be the most pigmented but be warned! They are very shimmery which is great for me because I love glitter. The texture varies between pasty to powdery. They don't glide on as well as the Maybelline eye shadow palettes I thought to bring with me to Melb. However, they are versatile which Maybelline isn't. They can be applied both wet and dry, as a shadow, as a liner or as a finish. I'm assuming the smaller strips are liner and the rest are shadows and the white is a finish.

I am a big fan of using my fingers to apply my makeup but using the windshield wiper motion with the glitters is not the smartest thing to do because for some reason they emphasize wrinkles I didn't know I had! I would suggest patting them on instead or using an eye shadow brush.

I went out for a friend's birthday last Friday, using the 1st, 6th, 8th and 9th colors (from the left, in the last picture above) to create my party look. Their staying power was not the best. By the time we were through with dinner, it has smudged all over my lower lid! I took a few pictures of the look but honestly, the colors don't show up very well (if at all)... So I'm not putting any of the pictures up because what's the point if you can't see the makeup I've applied, right?!

The verdict is.... *drum rolls please* I probably wouldn't purchase this because it's so shimmery I'd only use it for clubbing or partying and when I party, I want to take lotsa pictures and since it doesn't show up (well) on camera, it kinda defeats the whole purpose. So no, this is one makeup palette you could skip.

Anway, let me know what you thought of my first review! Or if you've tried them out, I'd love to hear what you have to say. Link me in the comments if you've reviewed them as well. :)

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