Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Universal Looks Smoky Eyes Review, Swatches, Photos

As you know Physicians Formula has two new variations of their Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trios available. We took a look at the Nude variation last week and today I thought I’d swatch up the Smoky Eyes set.

Take a look!

I mentioned it before but these eyeliners aren’t really my cuppa tea. I’m not particularly impressed by them overall and the new Universal Looks Trios are probably the worst offenders.

The Smoky Eye Trio is a selection of silvers and blacks for using to create a traditional smoky look.

The value here is great even though Physicians Formula has raised its prices recently. You get three eyeliners for $9.99-$11.95 depending where you purchase so that breaks things down to around $4 for each eyeliner. That’s a nice little deal as each eyeliner is 0.03 oz in size.

The packaging gets a grade A from me as they have a swivel up design that also includes a sharpener stealthily hidden in the top of each pencil. I love mechanical eyeliners however I don’t love ones that do not include a sharpener so Physicians Formula definitely gets my approval for including one.

The formula for me is the real issue. The liners typically have a fairly creamy texture that smudge easily and wears quite long without any problems. However, I’ve noticed these new Universal Looks Trios have a drier formula and the colors aren’t quite as pigmented and come across a tad dull and uneventful. I thought the texture of the pencils drier than usual so they had a fair bit of tugging involved to apply and were extremely difficult to use on my waterline.

Shades include:

  • Natural (silver)
  • Playful (pewter)
  • Dramatic (black)

Overall, I didn’t feel these were very special. If you liked the originals do be aware as this is my second try with the newer shades and the formula doesn’t seem the same to me. It’s a deal yes but I’m not willing to recommend them just because they are inexpensive.

Anyone try?

Do share!


This product was purchased by the Muse for review purposes.
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  • 12/13/11 15:02 kiwikiwidragon:

    I could eat a whole plateful of tater tots right now…….Yum!! Just saying…

    Seriously, I couldn’t tell a difference in these or the original set, I have the ones for Brown eyes, even though I have green peepers. I liked them about equally, although I wasn’t crazy about the grey one, it looks too blue for me, I prefer a truer grey, less steely-ness to be truly called charcoal.


    • 12/13/11 15:07 the Muse:

      ugh haven’t had brekkie or lunch ;-D don’t talk about food ;-D meh! not really all that great imho!


      • 12/13/11 15:56 kiwikiwidragon:

        Its late you could call it dunch, I cannot go without eating, i get crazy and stabby….


        • 12/13/11 16:01 the Muse:

          i normally don’t do brek or lunch and just head in for dinner ;-D occasionally I grab a snack but can do without until dinner ;-D!


          • 12/13/11 16:45 kiwikiwidragon:

            I wish I could, when i worked retail many moons ago, i could, i had different constitution back then and weighed a lot less, lol!!

          • 12/13/11 16:46 the Muse:

            ha I’m wobbly as hell welcome to my world ;-D even when skipping meals ;-D I just have so much I want to squeeze into my day I don’t wanna stop to eat anything less it interrupts the flow hehe!

  • 12/13/11 21:25 Sara:

    Ugh…I want to love these…but ended up taking the last trio I purchased back. You know the one that has a liner that’s supposedly black with pink sparkles? Yeah, there be no sparkles there. And the liners suck.

    Franks for the swatches and review, I like you telling me what to pass on. :p Otherwise my “well that looks interesting, maybe I’ll try it and see” side gets disappointed with those spontaneous purchases.


    • 12/14/11 10:07 the Muse:

      my pleasure sara! they aren’t all that great imho so you aren’t missing much…! these are actually worst than the originals imho so if you tried those and didn’t likey you def won’t love these!


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