Do you remember A Night at the Roxbury with Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan? Gawd, that movie, as dumb as it is, still cracks me up.
It occurred to me this morning while I was playing with the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner in Nude ($10.95), a new 9-pan palette from Physicians Formula.
What if Nude was a woman at the Roxbury sandwiched between those two goofballs as they did their rapid-fire dry-hump schtick? I wonder how long it would take before she slapped them both.
Dressed in pinkish beige and black lace, Nude doesn’t just look like a lady. She expects to be treated like one, too.
You can’t just walk up to her and expect her to give up the goods. Not a chance. She’ll respond to a gentleman’s advances, sure, but she has to be approached in a certain way.
One of four new $10.95 palettes in the new Physicians Formula Universal Looks collection (remember Smoky, Fashionista and Casual from earlier this week?), Nude bares all with nine shimmery neutral shadows in shades of beige, brown, taupe and black.
Applying the shadows with a dry brush lends a softer look, while a wet brush intensifies the pigments, shimmer and overall glam.
Mix and match the shadows to create your own look, or follow the three-step tutorials on the box for natural, playful or dramatic eyes.
First things first, I love Nude’s packaging, colors and price, but after spending some time with the palette, I’m not completely sold…
Maybe it’s a matter of how my skin responds to these pigments, but I feel like I have to do a lot to help them be their best.
It’s not that they exhibit any fallout, because they don’t — like nada, zip, zero. The formula’s kind of amazing in that respect, but after trying a bunch of different brushes and application methods, the two techniques that delivered the best, most consistent results were 1) to apply a single shade on my lids with a wet brush head (basically, not having to blend them), and 2) using them along my lash lines.
When I try to apply these shadows dry, and/or when I attempt a look incorporating multiple shades, I often end up with patchy pigments and stark lines between the colors.
For the pics in this post, I followed the Dramatic eye tutorial on the back of the package, which calls for using three of the shades; the shadows took about 15 minutes to blend.
Really, I love the idea, colors and price of this palette, and for quick eye looks using one of the shadows, or when used as eyeliner, I think it’s great. I just wish I could wear these shadows dry and that they were a little easier to blend.
I still think Nude has plenty of potential, and if Physicians Formula could perhaps refine the formula, I think they’d have a new drugstore beauty classic on their hands.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
A movie that gives new meaning to the phrase, “being thrown to the wolves…”
Oh, boy. Guess who watched Liam Neeson’s new movie last weekend? The Grey is about a group hard-edged, tough-willed oil men who survive a plane crash in a remote part of Alaska only to be hunted by a pack of wolves.
It was El Hub’s idea… I like Liam Neeson, but I wasn’t expecting — I don’t know — so many wolves.
I don’t want to give away too much in case you’re planning to see it, but I didn’t think it was bad at all. Just very long, brutal, and I was stressed out the entire time.
Oh, and if you’re afraid of flying, you might want to skip it. Just take my word on that.
On to happier subjects! — like what’s for lunch? I’m starved. I’m about to go to town on this bowl of pea soup…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,