Last week CVS ran a $6 off promotion on all Physicians Formula cosmetics. I, of course, took advantage of the deal and snagged an item that had been on my shopping list for the longest time: the Physicians Formula Matte Collection Quad in Canyon Classics. The quad is normally $7.49 but with the discount I only paid $1.49 plus tax.
Canyon Classics is one of the few completely matte palettes that can be found at the drugstore and as such it’s frequently recommended to people who are looking for cheap, non-shimmery eye shadows. I’ve got to say that based on all of the raves it gets, I was pretty disappointed with it and I don’t think it’s worthy of such high praises.
The quad consists of four neutral shades: two browns, a gray, and a creamy white.
The top left shade in the quad has very mediocre pigmentation. I had to layer it in order for it to show up in my swatches.
The two brown shades look almost identical on my skin. The only difference is the bottom right brown is slightly darker.
The creamy white, gray, and bottom right brown shades are all nicely pigmented but all of the shadows have a very chalky/powdery texture. I noticed a lot of dust and fallout in the pan just from the quick swatches I did.
Canyon Classics isn’t terrible — it’s actually a very nice palette — but if you’re on the hunt for a drugstore matte eye shadow palette I would recommend saving your pennies and getting the more expensive Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral palette from Target. Yes, it’s $19.99 but the quality’s better, its 12 matte neutral shades offer much more color variety, and Target often has some sort of coupon or discount on beauty products. In fact, right now the promo code BEAUTYBOX should give you $3 off any $15 beauty purchase on Target.com and if you have a Target Red Card that’ll give you an additional 5% off + free shipping. And don’t forget to use Ebates (or a similar cash back program) for even more savings.