Physicians Formula Classic Nude Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

Physicians Formula's Classic Nude Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow Palette is made up of "naked and neutral yet never boring shades" to "create modern nude eyes." This palette is available in four color schemes, I'm reviewing the Classic option. The nine shades in this palette combine to 7.5g (.26oz) and retails for between $9-12, depending on where you buy it. I picked this palette up at Walmart in a value set that included a trio of matching nail polishes. This, and all Physicians Formula products are dermatologist tested and formulated for sensitive skins. Physicians Formula is a cruelty free brand. This eyeshadow palette was made in Taiwan. Physicians Formula products are available at drugstores in America, Canada, Australia, South Africa, and and France. 

Physicians Formula Classic Nude Shimmer Strips come in a compact rectangular cardboard and plastic palette with a black lace overlay. The palette flips open and has a magnetic closure. Inside, you'll find nine eyeshadows in one elongated pan. I don't really like that configuration, as each strip is quite narrow, making it very difficult to access individual shades with even small brushes. On top of that, any powder kick up will quickly infect the surrounding shades, warping their true color. The layout looks pretty though. A strangely shaped, slanted sponge tip applicator was included with this palette and promptly tossed out. Packaging is recyclable. 
Before I get on to the shades, let me make a few general statements about the nonet of eyeshadows that make up the Classic Nude Shimmer Strips. There are two finishes in this palette - metallic and a frosty sheen, none of the shades are explicitly glittery. These are baked eyeshadows and can be used wet or dry. These shadows have a hard texture, which has it's ups and downs. Physicians Formula's Shimmer Strips shadows can be difficult to pick up with a brush. That stiffness is also beneficial, as it prevents excess kick up and fallout during application. These eyeshadows are very lightly pigmented, which I believe is intentional. For the most part, foiling these eyeshadows barely improves color payoff. The Shimmer Strips shadows are easily blended. When worn over a primer, the Classic Nude shades do not crease or fade for 7-9 hours. 
Shade 1: A charcoal with a bit of a brown tinge. A menial amount of silver shimmer is strewn through the shade, giving it a satiny finish. Used wet, this eyeshadow becomes a deeper grey. This is the darkest shade in the Classic Nude palette and makes a nice eyeliner

Shade 2: A true taupe with a frosty finish. This shadow has a gentle mauve reflect which strengthens when used wet. 

Shade 3: A frosty peach, this eyeshadow looks much pinker in the pan then it doesn on the skin. The warmth of this shade comes to light when foiled. 
Shade 4: A warm cocoa brown with a gold sheen. I believe that this is the best pigmented shade in the palette. When used wet, this shade mattifies and deepens, and becomes very difficult to work with. This shadow makes a great liner or crease shade.

Shade 5: This gilded beige is also nicely pigmented. The finish is very metallic, becoming even more bold when foiled. This simple shade looks great all over the lid. I think this is my most used shade in the Classic Nude palette

Shade 6: A pathetically unpigmented off white with gold shimmer. Used dry, almost none of the base color transfers to the skin, just a touch of shimmer comes through. Used wet, you can actually see a hint of the yellow based ivory. This is the weakest link in Physicians Formula's Classic Nude Shimmer Strips palette. To be apparent on the eye it really needs to be packed on.
Shade 7: A light tan with gold micro glitter. This shadow leans more of a frosty taupe when used wet, but it sheers out noticeably. Shade 7 is pretty much a cross between 2 and 5. This is my second favorite color in this neutral palette. This eyeshadow has buildable color payoff and can actually get quite dark if enough layers are applied. Shade 7 is a great one off eyeshadow that can be used on both the lid and crease for a dimensional look.

Shade 8: A metallic dove grey. There's an ever so slight lilac tinge to this shadow that intensifies when used wet. This shade becomes a little more taupe-y whne used wet. In my opinion, this is the prettiest and most unique shade in the Classic Nude palette

Shade 9:  A very frosty, cool white with a weak bluish duochrome. The duochromatic effect becomes stronger when foiled. I tend to ignore this shade, as I don't find it flattering personally. Pigmentation is quite weak when worn dry, but passable when applied with a damp brush.
I'm not a fan of Physicians Formula Classic Nude Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow Palette. I can't deny that the product is appealing - the packaging is adorable and the color scheme is kinda similar to Urban Decay's Naked2 Palette. Those two factors drew me in, and I'm sure it catches the eye of a lot of drugstore shoppers. The texture of these baked eyeshadows is quite stiff, which has it's pros and cons. These eyeshadows, as a whole, do not have very impressive color payoff. The sheer, shimmery effect can be pretty on the eye, but I feel like at least half of these eyeshadows are a little too transparent. Physicians Formula is one of the most expensive drugstore ranges, but I don't feel like the $10 price tag is unreasonable for a cutely packaged nine 'pan' palette. That being said, your $10 can be better spent on a different palette, perhaps 2 or 3 Wet n Wild palettes, as opposed to this pigment-lacking palette. 

Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polybutene, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Lauroyl Lysine, c12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Kaolin, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol,
May Contain:
Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide 


  1. I picked up the smokey palette when they were new (and on a great sale lol) and pretty promptly threw the whole thing away. Very weak pigmentation and I also hate the skinny strips...very hard to work with :( but you did get some nice looks out of this though!

    1. That sucks =( I had really high hopes for this palette, the Shimmer Strips bronzers, which I use as eyeshadows, are beautifully pigmented!

  2. I saw this the other day at the store and am glad I steered clear of it.

  3. my mom loves this palette, but she's not a beauty junkie! I wasn't too impressed with it! I agree that Wet N Wild is a MUCH better deal.

    Great post! :)

    1. Thanks =D. I'm happy that this works for your mom, this isn't terrible per say, I just have high standards for shadows, standards met by Wet n Wild.

  4. Well I won't be getting that. Thanks for the review this was actually on my list of nude palettes to try.

  5. Well the packaging is pretty lol :/