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Physicians Formula Nude Palette Review + Valentines Day Look

  • Hey all! Today I’ve decided to bring you a review along with a Valentine’s day look all in one handy post. First I’ll show you the look and how I achieved it, then I’ll do the review, so let’s get to it!

Above is a photo of the look I created. For Valentine’s Day I want to be a little bit festive but at the same time be true to my style. I prefer a pop of colour on the lips rather than on the eye, although I do know that isn’t the best option for Valentine’s Day as there may be some kissing going on! But, none-the-less the boyfriend will just have to suck it up and have a partially pink pout for most of the night!

Here are a list of products that I used and things you will need if you want to recreate this look:


  • Eyeshadow Primer
  • Physicians Formula Nude Palette
  • A dark brown/black shadow
  • Mascara
  • Foundation or Tinted Moisturizer
  • Concealer
  • Cream Blush
  • Translucent Powder
  • Highlighter
  • Bright Lipstick


  • All over shadow brush
  • Pencil Brush
  • “C” Brush
  • Face Powder Brush
  • Eyeliner Brush
  • Lip Brush

First I applied my foundation, I chose more of a tinted moisturizer – Missha Perfect Colour BB Cream in No.21. I just used my fingers to do this step and made sure everything was well-blended and applied a thin layer to my eye lids and neck as well. Next, I dotted on concealer to the areas that needed more coverage (blemishes, under eye circles, capillaries), I chose Hard Candy Glamoflauge in Light. I then added a small amount of cream blush to the apples of my cheeks and blended upwards towards the hair line. For this I chose Maybelline Bouncy Blush in Hot Tamale. I topped everything off with a light dusting of powder, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light Plus.

For my eyes I started out with a eyeshadow primer all over the lid and along the lower lash line with my finger, for this I chose NYX Eyeshadow Base in Skin Tone. Next I used my Physicians Formula nude palette (Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Nude) and an all over shadow brush to apply the lightest shade (5.), all over my lids and up to the brow. Next I applied a medium brown (3.) into the crease and on my lids with the “c” brush and then worked a deeper brown (2.) into the outer corner/crease with a pencil brush. I blended them all together using a light pink shade (4.) and my all over shadow brush again. I then used my eyeliner brush to line the top and bottom of my eyes with the deepest shade (1.). I swept on some black mascara by Covergirl (LashBlast Volume) and was done with my eyes.

To finish off the look I applied a bright pink lip to add a pop of colour and a festive twist. And when I say bright, I mean bright! I used Make Up For Ever Rouge Intense in 36, which is (what I would call) a true blue-based fuchsia. I applied this first from the tube then evened it out and traced my lip line with a lip brush.

That was all for this look, fairly simple but still packs a bit of a punch, especially if you apply the lip colour intensely.

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips NUDE 

Not long ago I went out in search of the Wet N’ Wild Trios or 8-pan palettes but in my journeys I got side tracked by this little beauty. Being one who does not own either of the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, I’m constantly on the lookout for something that will compare without the $60+ price tag. I saw this palette featured on Emilynoel83’s YouTube video of “Best Drugstore Nude Palettes” and decided I was much happier spending $10+ than $60+ to have a nude palette.

I actually almost returned this after talking to a few other Beauty Bloggers and them reminding me that Physicians Formulas shadows (especially shimmer strips) can be hit and miss, but in the end decided to keep it because number one, the packaging is so darn cute, and number two I really just wanted to try it out and see.

So, as aforementioned this palette was both a hit and a miss. The darker shades are nicely pigmented and not intensely shimmery. You can see a difference in each colour and they blend together beautifully. As for the lighter shades, they are a bit chalky, hard to get any colour out of and usually end up being only shimmer. So, the mid to dark shades are great and the lighter shades generally all look the same.

Another little annoying thing about this palette is the size of the pans. They go “large, large, small” and are supposed to be used in trios to create 3 different looks. The problem is with the “small” pans, they are so small you can hardly fit any size brush into them unless you are lining. I do make it work, but it can be a hassle.

Overall, you can probably find a better nude or neutral palette for your money. I will definitely get use out of this palette as I do love quite a few of the shades and you can make a few different neutral looks but if you’re looking to pick up a neutral palette I’m sure you can find a better choice, especially if you can find one with mattes and shimmers.