I first posted this on my last Wishlist Wednesday, wondering when it would be out. Well, it's out~! At the time, my local CVS. Instead, I found it at another one that I happened to stop at this past week (although I have been to my local CVS again, and they do have it now). Of course, I had to pick it up. It was the last one too!
My first impression was that the packaging was super cute! I love lace, and the black and pink look really pretty together. Plus it has that cute little bow. Unfortunately, the little bow fell off of my palette as I took it out of the packaging. So, be careful when you take it out of the box! That bow is truly dainty/fragile...
next to the wet n wild vanity palette for size comparison
My next thought was that it was smaller than I was expecting. This is my first Physicians Formula shimmer strips palette, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Actually, it's my first time using a Physicians Formula product ever! I hardly buy Physicians Formula products because they are quite pricey, compared to the other drugstore brands. I usually hold off until a good sale before purchasing! (Unfortunately, this sale was only Buy One, Get One 50% off, and I don't think that's a very good sale...) That's not to say I don't own any other Physicians Formula products. I do have other Physicians Formula products, like the Happy Booster Blush that I hauled earlier, but I haven't used it yet, lol. Anyway, enough rambling about that! The size of each color is pretty small, and it may be a bit hard to get your brush in without picking up some of another color.
w/ a q-tip for comparison...the shadows are very thin/tiny!
These didn't have the greatest color payoff when I swatched them on my arm. It took me several swipes to get what's in the picture:
swatches on nc-25 skin (I think, since haven't been color-matched in a while)
However, even though they come off as sheer, the colors are buildable, as you can see. Also, it applies much better on the eyelid (with a brush), more pigmented. All shades are shimmer shades (since they are shimmer strips) except the black, which is kind of matte. It does still have a bit of shimmer in it in the pan, but the shimmer doesn't transfer when applied to the eye.
And here's a look I did, using the 3 colors at the left-most side of the palette + the other PF item I got, the Nude eyeliners from this collection (I used the Pewter shade and will review it next!) :
Would I recommend this? If you asked me this right after I swatched it, I would straight up say no because at $10.99, it's at the higher end of the drugstore spectrum and I would expect it to have better color payoff. However, after using it on my eyes several times, I do find that I really like it. It applies much better when applying to the eye, especially if you are using primer. If you're a nude lover, I think you'd like this, especially if you love taupe-y colors. This palette has some really nice looking taupe shades! But if you're looking for a good, cheap first-time nude palette, I don't think this is it. (Again, the price!) Try the Wet N Wild Vanity palette instead. You get 6 shades for half of the price of this one (which has 9 shades). If you want a palette with a black shadow, you could get the Wet N Wild Greed palette, which has a matte black. Both of the Wet N Wild palettes are $4.99, so it'll still be cheaper to get both the WnW than just this one! And actually, they're on sale at CVS for 50% off right now! If it's a taupe-based nude palette you're looking for, try Maybelline's Natural Smokes quad, which is around $5. And if you're wondering if this is a good cheaper alternative to the Naked palette...? I don't think so.
Limited Edition? not sure if it's limited edition or not
Have you spotted this palette at your drugstore? What do you think?