Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Gel Cream Shadow - Extreme Shimmer (Nude Eyes)

Physicians Formula has released their new line-up and it consists of some brand new goodies. I'm excited to show you these gel shimmer pots which have flashy new packaging and a different consistency. I'm so happy to see glitter and shimmer come back with a bang for Spring 2015. These are a little pricey, retailing for $14.99 at my local CVS, but you are getting 3 pots which makes them roughly $5.00 each.

The outer packaging is a rose gold shade with a glittery cap, which couldn't possibly appeal to me more than it does. At first glance the shade on the left and the one in the middle looked awfully similar, but under studio lighting I could tell that the nude shade in the middle was more pinkish and beige, with the leftmost one clearly being more of a highlighting shade.

The shades have names on the exterior product packaging but it is not printed anywhere on the gel shadow pots. The consistency of these Extreme Shimmer gels is almost like a cross between a gel and mousse but they don't "sink in" when you dip your finger in but they do seem to have some bounce.

For full opacity, I ran my fingers through the gel shadow pots and swirled them around about 3 times to get the most full coverage swatches. These are packed with shimmer (just as the packaging states) but it is in the way of a mostly metallic base and chunks of glitter throughout the product. The worst color payoff came from the lightest shade "Champagne" which was more predominantly glittery and the base shade didn't show through as well as the others.

I wouldn't suggest this product for those with oily eyelids as it is a gel product which makes them stay rather creamy and it can cause creasing and slippage. You can use a thicker eyeshadow primer to help increase the staying power and minimize the creasing of these.

My favorite way to use these Extreme Shimmer Gel Cream Shadows is by using regular powder eye shadows as my transition and crease shades and then accenting my eyelids with a pop of glitter by using 1 or 2 of the Extreme Shimmer Gel Cream Shadows.

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