The best drugstore score I’ve made lately is the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes. This eyeshadow palette has 9 strips of shimmery eyeshadow that can be grouped into three separate families (Natural, Playful, and Dramatic) with the darker shadow for lining, the medium shade for the lid, and the lighter shade for highlighting the brow. However, I play around and use any of the shades as they are all complimentary neutrals.
I’ve seen prices for this palette ranging from $5.99 to $10.99. Even the most expensive price is an awesome deal for nine eyeshadows, and there isn’t a dud shade in the bunch.
Such cute packaging, the black lace overlay is adorable.
The eyeshadows are a mix of cool and warm nude shades. I am not sure why, but the size of the strips vary – the skinny strips, which are the darker ‘liner’ shades, are a bit of a challenge for fitting in your makeup brush.
I have found there are two things to do to make this wonderfully affordable palette perform like a high-end palette:
1. Use an eyeshadow primer. My all time favorite is Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy ($7) but this can only be found online.
I also really like Kryolan Eyeshadow Primer ($17.30).
Without a primer, the colors are all very, very soft – far too subtle for any look. But with a primer, the colors come to life and are truly gorgeous.
2. Use a sponge tip eyeshadow brush for application. Blend the eyeshadow out with any brush you’d like, but to initially pack on the color a sponge tip is by far the best way to go. My favorite is the Make Up For Ever 222 brush ($13).
With a primer and a sponge tip applicator, the Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes performs just as well as my Urban Decay Naked2 Palette.
The next time you are at the drugstore looking for a quality, inexpensive cosmetic pick-me-up, keep this fantastic palette in mind. You won’t find a better score than this! – Lisa