Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cosmetics Review: Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips

The Product: Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips

The Review: I think Physician's Formula is one of the most underrated drugstore brands, and I rarely see their products on the make-up blogs I frequent. Personally, I think this is a pity, because they have some really great stuff. Like this bronzer. I think I currently own it in "Sunset Strip," and have used up the "Riviera Strip" and the "Waikiki Strip." I loved all of them and found them versatile and kind of interchangeable.

Long story short, I've used these bronzers for years, and the reason I keep coming back to them is because they're both highly pigmented and highly versatile. You can use them as bronzer, eyeshadow, or for contouring and highlighting. I use them primarily for contouring my cheekbones, because I have had a hard time finding another bronzer that is dark enough. The only problem is that the product formula is very shimmery, so I always apply it under a matte foundation. That way, the shimmer is controlled and adds dimension rather than screaming,"Shimmer party! Wheeee!" Then again, they are "shimmer strips," so I guess it should be expected...

Anyway, other than the tons o' shimmer, the powder is fairly fine, highly pigmented and long-wearing. I don't need very much to get the looks I want, so one compact lasts me around 6 months or more, even though I wear it almost every single day. They also come in both warm and cool swatches for both darker and lighter skintones, which is very convenient. I love that they don't do a "one color fits all" approach.

Another thing I've noticed is that this product looks almost identical to Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Bricks, which I have not yet tried. The Physicians Formula version definitely came first, so I want to see how they compare. I'd assume Bobbi Brown's would be better, but I could be wrong. Check out the similarities:
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze
Physician's Formula Shimmer Strips in Riviera Strip

Rated Beauty Grade: B+

Price: App. $13

Where to Buy: Physician's Formula, Drugstores

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