If you are anything like me, the first place you go in a drugstore is the cosmetic section. I don’t buy a lot there but I always like to see what’s new. Recently I was at CVS and went to the coupon kiosk to swipe my card. Out popped a $4 off any Physicians Formula product. So off I sauntered (aka ran) to the PF section and to my delight found that if you spent $10 on their items you got back $5 in CVS bucks. So that’s $9 basically free. Of course I wasn’t letting that go. Happily I found that they had a new selection in their gel liners. My purchase – Shimmer Strips Gel/Cream Liner in Glam Brown Eyes($2.49 after these discounts!!!).
I think that Physicians Formula stands out high above all the drugstore gel liners. The others don’t come close in my book. They are the creamiest and the longest lasting of any gel liner in the mass market category as well as having the best colors. Plus they constantly are on sale in one form or another. For under $12 you get 3 shades of liner plus a decent brush and that’s if you pay full price.
Glam Brown Eyes contains three shades: gold, bronze and black. (The only complaint I have about these liners is that black is in absolutely every one of their sets. How many blacks do I need?) I did a little switcheroo though and took the brown liner from my original Brown Eye set and put it in place of the black. I now have what is close to the perfect set of “browns” available.
Physicians Formula tells me that the set I bought has three unique metallic eye colors but I didn’t notice the black to be metallic. They also say that they have an easy & precise gel formula which I totally agree with. In addition they say that these give 24 Hour Wear. Now I’m no spring chick and I don’t care about 24 hour wear but at one point in my life I might have. Unfortunately though as eyeliners these don’t give that long wear but I’ll never miss that.
The gold shade is a beautiful yellow gold. I can’t wear it alone as an eyeliner – or let’s say I don’t like to wear it alone as an eyeliner. It’s too light for my taste. But it looks beautiful on the eye paired with the bronze or brown. It also makes a nice cream eyeshadow that lasts well.
The bronze is just beautiful. It gives a softer focus than a typical brown shade. I wear this shade often. I’ll wear brown on the top with the bronze on my bottom lashline or the bronze on both lashlines. It’s not brassy. The texture isn’t quite as smooth as the black though and I do have to work a little harder to make it show up the way I like.
Swatched with my original brown
With these liners you can easily smudge them if you like since they give you enough time to play. But once they are set, they last well. I can almost always get through a day and evening without touching up.
Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel/Cream Liner, Glam Collection (say that 3 times quickly!!!) also comes in Green Eyes, Hazel Eyes and Blue Eyes. Next time I find a deal on these I plan on buying the one in Green Eyes. I love a good bargain but even more than that I love a good gel eyeliner and with Physician’s Formula I have them both. — Marcia