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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Casual Eye Palette

Due to some serious steals going on at CVS this week, I was compelled to try one of their new shimmer strips palettes in order to get 7 Extra Bucks. While I was eyeing the neutral palette up and down, in its sexy little lace packaging, I forced myself to go outside the neutral box and get a little more...casual.

From the outside, the Casual Palette is seductive in its own right. Equipped with both neutrals and some practical colors, this palette could, ideally, help a girl pull off both natural looks as well as fun, more colorful looks. Ideally.

Trio 1

Trio 2

Trio 3

I grouped these swatches together because the palette is packaged as a set of trios. There are two swatches of each because they claim to have "two finishes" due to the ability to be used wet or dry. The dry swatch is on the left, the wet on the right. Overall there wasn't much of a difference between the two, and both were shimmery so two different "finishes" probably wasn't an accurate way to describe the difference between wet and dry.

Unfortunately, while they may have swatched well, that quality didn't translate to wear. I was going for a day look, so I thought using them dry would ensure they weren't to bold. I didn't need to take that precaution. I used 4 colors for look and all of them applied unevenly with splotches of weak color everywhere. When I tried to apply them wet, the splotches of color got bolder...but they were still splotches.

As far as packaging goes, everything is neat and organized, but the compact is a little too - well - compact. The strips of shimmer are so close together that it's hard to get a finger, and a brush, in. The evidence is in the odd trail of differing color beside some of the swatches above.

Overall, this might be a good palette for makeup beginners looking for subtle, shimmery shades. But, don't buy this thinking it's going to be vivid-colorsville. And, regardless of the kind of color payoff you are looking for, the splotchiness and packaging still stands.

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