Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Gel Creamliner (US$10.95)
I am trying to stop buying drugstore makeup. *crickets chirping*
Nothing wrong with them but my stash is getting to the point where I need to purge & show my mid end, high end & pro-line makeup some love. However, these gel liner sets will definitely stay in my stash because I love, love, love them & they can compete with any of my mid end gel liners! 😀
I got the set in green eyes & brown eyes. They come in blue eyes & hazel eyes as well. Each set is a set of three gel liners which are supposed to include a dramatic, a natural & a complementary look.
Each liner pot seems a smaller (.07oz each) when you compare it to gel liners like Bobbi Brown (.1oz), Shu Uemura (.098oz) or Clinique (.17 oz) but I actually like it that way. I have never finished a gel liner in my life so smaller is fine with me. Plus you get three colors for the price of $10.95 pre tax which comes up to $3.65 per color. That’s an amazing deal!
The texture is soft. Not too moist nor too dry. It goes on smoothly without any tugging (I use a fine point brush). I really like the design too! It stacks like lego blocks & reminds me of my childhood. The container is made of acrylic plastic instead of glass (Bobbi Brown & Shu Uemura) but that is okay with me since I drop my makeup items! In fact I just accidentally swept the brown eyes set off to the ground & they’re all fine! 😀
I feel that the texture is very similar to Bobbi Brown & Clinique’s gel liners. They are a little more moist compared to Shu Uemura painting liners. If you give me a blinded test between this & my Bobbi Brown/Clinique gel liners, I don’t think I can tell the difference! This is how good I think they are!
These swatches are done with one to two swipes. As you can see, it’s a very rich & pigmented liner. The black in each set comes with colored sparkles. The green eyes set has a black with green sparkles, the brown set (purple casing/why not brown? I don’t know) had a black with burple sparkles (blue/purple). However the sparkles are so fine that it’s not very obvious even when I swatched it on my arm. On your lids, it’s probably going to be non-existent.
Note: I normally only line my upper lash line (not tightlining) & almost never line my lower lash line. No waterlining for me.
Cons: Some smudging experienced at the end of the night. However in the hot summer months, almost everything smudges on me. It might be a tad hard to remove as well. I had to scrub a little to get the swatches off my arm (used oil cleanser too!).
Conclusion: A must have! It’s amazing for the price & after this post, I think I will go out & get the other two sets!
* Purchased by yours truly. These can be found at any drugstore that sells Physicians Formula as well as Ulta. I didn’t find these at my local Target even though they do sell Physicians Formula.
** MAC NC25 Asian for reference. See my other foundation shades in my profile.
Ingredients: Isododecane, Polyethylene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, PVP, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Water, BHT, Phenoxyehanol. May Contain: Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Carmine, Chromium Oxide Greens, Black 2, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Iron oxides, Manganese Violet, Mica, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogophite, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Yellow 5 Lake
Hypoallergenic. Dermatologist Approved. Fragrance Free. Paraben Free. Safe for Sensitive Eyes and Contact Lens Wearers.
Total net weight: .21 oz/6g