I’d totally forgotten how great of a highlighter the Physicians Formula Custom Nude Palette is. In my opinion, it’s the best highlighter you can get at the drugstore. The powder is super smooth and buttery; the colors are pigmented to the point you can use them highlighter, bronzer or individually as eye shadows; and the finish beautifully and uniformally metallic with no chunky shimmer or sparkle.
I used to own the darker Warm Nude version of the Custom Nude Palette but sold it off because it was a bit too dark and bronzey to work as a highlighter on my skin tone. That one’s gorgeous but leans slightly darker with more gold and bronze tones. The one I’m showing today is the lighter version called Natural Nude and features a somewhat lighter collection of colors that lean a bit more pink. I love it, I love it, I love it!
Ingredients: Mica, Diisostearyl Malate, Silica, Dimethicone, Dimethicone / Methicone Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Lauroyl Lysine, Methicone, Polybutene, Synthetic Wax, Tin Oxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Carmine, Iron Oxides, Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide
Top row: Physicians Formula Natural Nude (top two rows mixed), Physicians Formula Natural Nude (bottom two rows mixed), Stila All Over Shimmer (left half), Stila All Over Shimmer (right half), Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Duo (highlighter), Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity (bronzer)
Bottom row: Physicians Formula Natural Nude (all mixed), Stila All Over Shimmer (all mixed), Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Duo (all mixed)
One of the main reasons I love the Physicians Formula Nude Palette is because of how versatile it is. As stated earlier, you can totally use the palette as eye shadows but I primarily use it as a highilghter and bronzer duo. I swipe my brush through the top two rows and use that combination as a highlighter and the bottom two rows as a bronzer and find that they work really well on my skin tone.
I’ve mentioned before on this blog that my favorite highlighters tend to be more pink/white versus golden/champagne. The top two rows of the Physicians Formula palette blended together give a beautiful, brightening, pinkish white highlighter that I absolutely adore. The bottom two rows combined create an equally beautiful bronzer shade that isn’t too dark. Swirled all together, the nine blocks of color mixed produce a beautiful pinkish bronze.
Compared to the Physicians Formula palette, the two shades in the Stila duo combined are a bit more peachy and the Sonia Kashuk duo is deeper and more bronze. All of them are beautiful with high shine finishes (that aren’t as OTT intense as theBalm Mary Lou Manizer/Betty Lou Manizer and the BECCA powder highlighters). It just depends on what you’re looking for in a bronzer/highlighter.