Nude shadow palettes are a dime a dozen, right? Not really. A good one has shades that subtley enhance your eyes; a bad one can make them look flat and blah. Here’s a drugstore palette that boasts a whopping nine shades, from bone to black, for creating a variety of nude eye looks.
Product: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow in Nude; $11 at drugstores
Claim: Naked and neutral, yet “never boring”.
|How cute is that black and pink lace packaging?!
I tried it: I love nude eye palettes and natural shades in general; you can mix up a variety of eye looks, from subtle to smoky, and it’s hard to look overdone. This one caught my eye for the wide range of shades, including multiple nudes, light taupes, brown and black for lining, and a peachy pink for highlighting the browbone.
As you can see, in the sunlight, all of the shadows in this palette are pretty shimmery, which I don’t mind; I prefer subtle shimmer over matte for most of my shadow looks anyway. Most shimmery shadows leave residue on your face, but these seem to stay put much better than other formulas I’ve tried in the past.
The palette comes with a single sponge applicator, albeit one with a nice long handle and an angled tip for lining the eyes (a vast improvement over most palettes, which feature small, unassuming sponge applicators).
The shades are really sheer and buildable–I think it would be almost impossible to overdo the shadow with this palette. I personally love this buildable coverage, but if you prefer really intense color, you can also apply the shadow with a wet brush.
The shadows are divided into three groups; one, two, and three form a highlighter, base, and liner trio for a natural look; four, five, and six form the same for a “playful” look; and seven, eight, and nine form a trio for a dramatic look. Mixing the shadows lets you create multiple nude eye looks, from very subtle to a little dark and smoky for nighttime.
Lots of nude palettes contain a “wild card” color–something that’s bright and you won’t use much, or one that’s so flat and dull you neglect it altogether. However, I don’t think there’s a single color in this palette that I don’t love. I would use the first three as base colors; #4 (pink) for a highlighter; five, six, and seven as crease shadows; and eight and nine as liners.
My vote: A winner! This is by far the best nude palette I’ve found at the drugstore in a long time. It makes me eager to try some of Physicians Formula’s other shadow palettes (they have tons to suit different eye colors and makeup styles).
Want to see these shadows in action? Head over to my YouTube page for a nude smoky eye tutorial using this palette.