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 Ulta.com 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!
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.