I got this as a birthday gift from my cousin after it’s been on my wishlist for years. There are two versions of these Shimmer Strips palettes, one is called Natural Nude and mine is a Warm one, though both look warm to me. It’s a combination of 12 shimmery-satin shades that can be used in many ways making it an all-in-one product.
Texture: These are mostly fairly light shades with a good pigmentation. The deepest shades in the bottom right corner are so dark I can only use as an eyeshadow. It’s meant to be an all-in-one product so most of the shades are so pale that they can be used as a setting/finishing powder, but you have to use a very fluffy blush.
Shade: The three top shades are golden, the next three are rosy, then it’s a mix of taupes and copper and the bottom row are warm browns. This palette can be used:
– as an eyeshadow palette: it works, but it’s subtler than other palettes. I tend to use one of the shades from the third row on the lids and the deepest brown in the outer corner.
– as a highlighter: using 1st and partly 2nd row. It works well with a medium strong glow. This is my favourite way to use this palette.
– as a blush: using partly 2nd row. It gives a peachy flush, but it’s only for pale skin tones as only one shade is a proper blush colour.
– as a bronzer/contour: using the bottom two rows. It’s a glowy bronzer, so not for contouring as they recommend. It’s a warm shade that’s best for pale skin tones with a warm undertone, though the last shade is already quite deep.
– as an all over powder with all shades: using only with a very fluffy brush and avoiding the bottom right shades. It works, but it’s like applying a highlighter in a sheer coat, so not for everyone’s taste. Mixing all shades together makes a pale peachy shade.
Staying power: I noticed nothing exceptional and neither bad when it comes to staying power. These last averagely on me in any way I use these shades. On my eyelids I get no creasing.
Packaging: It comes in a typical big Physicians Formula box packaging that has two sides. In the back there’s an extra compartment with a mirror and two brushes. A bigger thin face brush is surprisingly good because it picks up just enough, the size fits stripes well and it blends ok. The small eyeshadow sponge applicator isn’t all that helpful and these shades work much better with eyeshadow brushes.
Price and availability: It’s sold on iHerb for $10.44.
Overall I’m happy with this. It is very close to a proper all-in-one product. I tend to use it as an eyeshadow palette, a highlighter and occasionally as a blush, but as I said it’s too light for any significant flush. It’s a nice palette especially for carrying in the bag or for traveling because you can get so much from it.
Have a great day!