I recently purchased two new Physicians Formula palettes. The first being the Matte Sculpting palette that I reviewed yesterday and the second being the Shimmer Strobing palette that I’ll swatch and review today. The palettes go for a pricey $16.29 (0.30 oz/9 g) each at CVS.
The Shimmer Strobing palette comes in the same exact packaging as the Matte Sculpting palette: plastic and bulky with a compartment that hides a brush and mirror. Furthermore, the brush that’s included in the Shimmer Strobing palette is also the same brush that’s included in the Matte Sculpting palette: soft, angled, and rather flimsy.
All three powders in the trio are very pigmented with incredibly shimmery, high shine finishes and soft, somewhat powdery textures. If intensity’s what you look for in a highlighter, you won’t be disappointed. The white and copper shades in the palette are especially intense and you’ll probably want to use a light hand with those. I definitely recommend using your own brush to highlight with and not the wimpy brush that comes with the palette for the best effect.
I mainly bought the Shimmer Strobing palette because the white highlighter caught my eye but it ended up being way too intense for my liking. These days I prefer very subtle highlighters (e.g. RMS Living Luminizer, Tata Harper Very Illuminating) rather than super intense highlighters like theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer or the BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powders.
Speaking of the BECCA Shimmer Skin Perfectors, the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strobing palette is supposedly a dupe of the limited edition BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Palette that included the Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powders in Pearl, Champagne Pop and Blushed Copper. So if you missed out on that, you may want to scoop up the Physicians Formula trio.
If you recall, even in the days when I loved theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer, I was never a fan of the BECCA powder highlighters. The two that I owned, Opal and Rose Gold, were far too sparkly for my tastes. The Physicians Formula Shimmer Strobing powders are very similar in that regard. If anyone’s interested I’ve put the palette up for sale on my blog sale page. I’ve only swatched it a couple of times for the blog, so it’s in almost pristine condition.