Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Review: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiner and a quick EOTD

I know that this is the third product review in a row (I've got a 4th planned LOL) but I LIKE doing reviews! I know that some ladies here don't like to do reviews because it's boring or whatnot, but personally, I LOVE doing reviews. I think that it's fun to experiment and it forces me to test out new products with new combos everyday! But to appease some other ladies, I've included a EOTD using the liners.

What They Say:

Three custom shades provide a glamorous look to define and enhance your eye color.
Unique gel cream formula glides-on effortlessly and smoothly while providing the definition of a liquid eyeliner.
Long-wearing, water-resistant and smudge-resistant formula provides 24-Hour definition.
Includes Pro-Eyeliner Brush for effortless and precise application.
Stackable eyeliner pots can be pulled apart for individual use on-the-go.


First off, I'd like to apologize for the lack of swatches. I've only included one neatly, unsmudged swatch of the Green Eyes Trio becuase well, it's pointless to take pictures of it smudging. It's bascially unbudgeable after like 10 seconds. It sets super quickly and if I try to smudge it, my camera isn't sensitive enough to capture the "smudging" (more like 1 flake comes off with 30 seconds of scrubbing). Also, it's pretty good against water, as with water, it came off, slightly, not really. With eye makeup remover, it stilll was slightly annoying.

What kind of wear does this provide?

  • Waterline- Bascially none. I don't recommend this for the waterline becuase it doesn't go on pigmentedly at all, and the staying power is bascially none.

  • Upper Lash Line- Really great especially for monolids. It resists water and oil pretty well so it doesn't transfer all over the place. It's actually even better than the L'Oreal HIP cream liner for the upper lash line. It really locks itself in place. Usually when I do black liner on the top lid to wing it, it kind of transfers and "dirties" up the eyeshadow resulting in a half muddy, half not (when I close my eye).

  • Lower Lash Line with UDPP- Fantastico. It does fade a bit, especially if you have teary eyes and in the out corners, but it's nothing I can't handle. At least when it does fade, it fades evenly and not like racoon eye-like

  • Lower Lash Line w/o UDPP- Not recommended. For me, I tear a lot and sweat a lot, so the eyeliner faded a lot faster. Maybe...6 hours?

Pigmentation is okay. Nothing to rave about really. The black is pigmented, so are the other colors. I would have liked to see something bolder, but it's alright really. The color selection, however, is great. Although it seems like PF is recycling colors, if you look at swatches in other sites, you can see that actually the colors are all pretty different. The only color that's not different enough for me is the blacks. They're actually blacks with micro shimmer in green, blue, etc. However, the microshimmer isn't really that visible and maybe I can see them if I shove the product 2 millimeters from my eyeball. I'll keep it just if I want to do a black liner on my upper lid, but besides that, at least you can swap it away right? Or "backup" (to your other 10000 black eyeliners. I know you chicks do that too!)

Size of the product is disgustingly small. It's actually smaller than a quarter. Even the Maybelline Studio Gel eyeliner is actually larger than this. However, you do get 3 gels for a price only slightly higher than one Maybelline gel liner and this liner kicks that liners ass.

The feel of this product is more gelly than butter. It's like the L'Oreal HIP cream liner. If you don't have that, then it's like sticking a knife in a cake. It's soft, but not too soft. The applicator is a keeper. It makes good, thin lines and it's cute and actually a good length to use.

Do I recommend this product? Yes, I do! I like it, even though the price is high for a drugstore item. It sells for 10.95 at Physiciansformula.com, CVS, Ulta, etc. Sometimes though, you can get it for 40% off at CVS (that's where I got mine), for BOGOF, BOGO half, etcetcetc. Look out for sales!



Heather / Eyeconic said...

I got this for the 40% off at CVS too, I've only tried the purple though. I was so annoyed a brush came with it, I thought it was going to suck, but it works so well. I wouldn't pay full price for these, but $6 I'd say definitely worth it.

Rainy Days and Lattes said...

Awesome review! I've been eyeing this at my drugstore for awhile. They had the set with the shimmer eye shadow palette and 3 of the gel liners packaged together for $14.99 which is not bad if the gel liners are good :)

I can't wait to go try it now! I am a new follower :D Love the reviews :)

Y said...

@Heather- Hellz yeah! I totally agree. As of most PF products, I try to catch them on sale because I consider PF to be a high end d/s product, if that even makes sense.

@Rainy Days and Lattes- Thanks for following and thanks for loving the reviews! I think that the shimmer strips eyeshadow and the eyeliner is a fantastic deal!

BLIX said...

Ooh pretty! I might have to try one of these.

Y said...

@Blix- Yeah! These are super and they'll probably go well with your looks!

Maui (Suushh) said...

I miss bogo's! gosh, I wish I could go to the US this year, I need to do a massive haul haha

Y said...

Hey suushh! If you need me to pick some stuff up for you, I can do so!