March 16, 2017

Physicians Formula #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

Physicians Formula #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette ($11.95) are a new eyeshadow palette hitting the drugstores for Spring 2017. These are a retake of sorts on Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeshadow Palettes. They actually did this sort of Too Faced deal where they eliminated their old cardboard packaging and replaced it with a new plastic compact (Too Faced replaced their eyeshadow palettes with tins now). I dunno why, but this excited me for some reason.

Another reason, you might feel compelled to get on board is the fact these palettes contain a good deal of mattes. Sue, there’s shimmer here but not nearly the amount we’re used to from Physicians Formula Eyeshadow Palettes.

Physicians Formula #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eyeshadow comes housed in a black plastic compact that has a pull our eyeshadow application located on the side. Props for the slick packaging but the eyeshadow brush is a little impractical for applying these or any eyeshadow. The pointed design makes it look more like a lip brush in all honesty.

The palette is broken down into three different trios or at least this is how I look at it. You can create three looks with three shades starting from left to right. There’s a highbrow shade, a lid shade, and a contrasting crease shade. You can create a very nice ombre look using this method. I will say a lot of the shades do look a lot like though. For example, the creamy beige they include is quite similar across the board just with a different finish that ranges from matte to satin to shimmer. The colors are very subtly different which makes it easy to create a gradient look but might disappoint you if you’re expecting to create a variety of looks using these nine shades as the variety factor simply isn’t here. The finish of each shade is either matte, satin, or shimmer. Although you’ll notice the shimmer is a lot more refined compared to some of Physicians Formula’s past palettes! It isn’t a chunky, shimmery mess that’s for sure. Although, that isn’t to say you won’t experience fall out. The shades all have a very powdery almost chalky texture that toes that line at being silky. This powdery consistency makes for messy application as there’s a good deal of fall out. I actually liked the texture. The shades are soft, they blend easily, and they have a certain silkiness to them. Although a good cream base and a primer are necessary to prevent them fading and to give them an intenser look since the shades tend fade fast and blend away as you build.

I’d probably recommend purchasing this palette and trying it out for yourself if it went on sale (all Physicians Formula is on sale at so, you can snag this for $7 bucks!) but the color range disappointed. The creams and the whites in the palette are too glaringly pale. They make me look ghostly when I try using them. On the upside, the browns are gorgeous but you have to remember that’s four shades out of five that I’m unable to use. So, nearly half a palette’s worth of eyeshadows that don’t really work well for me. Sad sigh!

Oh well!

Physicians Formula #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette is a step in a good direction for the brand. The concept, packaging, and formula isn’t half bad. However, the paler shades need to be a little more subtle. If they tone those down and possibly introduce other shade arrangements (at the moment there’s only one other shade assortment in navy blues) like say a rose ombre palette I might just tempted to re-purchase.

Physicians Formula #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palettes are available now at drugstores or get them at (on sale for $7.19) or


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  • Isa

    I like the way they fitted in the brush, but I don’t find this palette exciting. At this point I literally have 50 shades (and finishes) of brown in my stash, and these browns I don’t find particularly unique or pretty. I only really like the shimmery olivey one. Also, why so many white/off-white in 1 palette?

  • Lauren

    The smoky version of the palette looks a little more differentiated – were ou able to take a look at that one? do miss some of the older shimmer strips that were designed for certain eye color. I loved the one for green eyes, which had some beautiful purples and greens in it. I hope they bring back that concept with this mix of finishes. PF does go overboard with the shimmer sometimes.

    • Isabella Muse

      It looked blue to me, I didn’t get that one but did see it 🙂

  • Randi MacDonald

    They used to make these amazing mineral eye duos( I still have one called Taupe minerals). they were so great, I don’t know why they discontinued them.

    • Isabella Muse

      I remember those! the baked ones right? I still see them sometimes, actually I think Ulta has them!

  • Silvia

    I have held these babies in my hands so tempted to buy but don’t find the brown or the blues too exciting although the blue looks pretty. The other palettes are way too shimmery. Talk about disco! What I do love from P.F. are the bronzers, the blushes and shimmering highlighters dual functioning strips thosezare gorgeouz. I have the happy hearts natural blush and recently got the pink in swirl colors. Would like to try the Berry and the peach as well these are both beautiful soft shades the happy hearts and the swirled ones!