Product Review: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips

So once upon a time, in a land far, far away called Lower Slower Delaware, I was a teenager with a nasty makeup habit. My father realized when I was young that I had been effected by my grandmother’s influence and this was a lost battle for him.

Of course I was also a teenager bussing tables for money so I wasn’t exactly rolling in cash. Sure, my grandmother would buy me makeup at the nearest department store because, after all, Barbizon was kinda her idea, but it was always Clinique and it was always brown 😕

Off to the drug store I went! And low and behold, trapped in pretty little crystal cases, I discovered Physicians Formula shimmer strips. I got the one for brown eyes. I loved that thing. I wore it, quite literally, to death.

Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner for Brown Eyes

Imagine my particular surprise to see these little strips, mentioned some twenty-plus years later, in one of my favorite blogs. Shut the front door, they still make these things? TO THE DRUG STORE!

Of course what fun would it be if I didn’t play around a bit, right? Riiight SO I cackle my way home with my stash:

Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner for Brown Eyes
Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for Brown Eyes
Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio for Brown Eyes

First thing to note about the Shimmer Strips line is they come in four color sets: Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes, Hazel Eyes, and Green Eyes. They also have Nude and Smokey sets. The colors are rich but not so shocking that they can’t easily be worn to work. The eye shadow strips can be used with the included sponge tipped applicator or, if you are a brush fan like me, a small eye shadow brush.

The results of this test were 2 for 3. In the grand scheme of things that’s pretty awesome.

The Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner for Brown Eyes was everything I remembered it to be, if not more awesome now as an adult and having a better understanding of what good makeup is. The color applied smoothly. The strip is laid out in three sets of three colors, lined up from darker to lighter. The darker shades can easily be worn for more pop, perhaps on stage, and the lighter shades are certainly work wearable, even for we office dwellers. I suffered zero fallout from the shadow without having applied primer. Twenty-plus years later this strip still passes the test!

On to the Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio for Brown Eyes. This was a new product for me and I can tell you I am a TOUGH judge when it comes to eyeliner. The biggest sin for me is eyeliner that not only smudges, but leaves “clown-face” half-circles on my eyelids after a short time. This is why I stick only to waterproof eyeliners, and even some of those don’t pass muster. Now these little sticks were lightweight and applied smoothly. No clumpies! Even being waterproof I was able to use a flat angled eye liner brush to smudge the line in to my lashes before it set. It is also waterline safe and applied easily with no burning. Now for the real test and I can say that, after two solid and HUMID days at work, this eyeliner did NOT budge. SCORE!

Lastly we have the loser for this round: Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Trio for Brown Eyes. Now these are a GREAT idea. Most major brands have a crayon type line. They’re great when they work. These… do not work. This even started out badly. I was trying to carefully wiggle the rather tight and somewhat awkward cap off of the first one and when it popped off the whole head of the crayon popped off too. So I stood in the bathroom trying to warm this thing with my fingers and crush it back onto it’s seating. Not the best start. It did not apply smoothly. At all. I got chunky bits up top and below. Smudging them with the brush to try to smooth them out was a no go as well. Instead of smoothing out the line it just rubbed it off. These little weird pens don’t retract either, so I was worried the whole time if I bumped it the wrong way the whole head would come off again. It also occurs to me that if you used it, as you used it you’d be getting a wider and wider head with no way to sharpen the thing. But I pressed on and once I had what I thought was a passable, albeit thick, line, I headed downstairs. It wasn’t more than 20 minutes and most of it had smudged off. I regret that these are now back in their packaging and will be returning from whence they came.

Maybe I’ll use the money to buy another Shadow Strip 😉

Enough typing for one night. Work comes early!

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