Price: $10.95 (0.21oz/ 6g)
Overall Grade: B+
I picked up a "Blue Eyes" version of the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel CreamLiner after buying the "Hazel Eyes" and "Brown Eyes" sets. I've been needing a dark blue liner for awhile now (I really want the Eyeko Graffiti Pen liner since I prefer liquid liners over creams and gels) but since I didn't want to spend too much, I settled for this. I really liked the Hazel Eyes set and these are a pretty sweet value at 3 colors for just below 11 bucks.
The Packaging: Ok, I must be a huge dork for this but I never knew that you could take these apart and "stack" them. I couldn’t pull them apart from one another. I of course knew they “stacked together” but I thought that the “bottom” of one liner was the “cap” for another and therefore if you wanted one of them, you had to take all of them with you or one of the liners would be left with no “cap” therefore causing it to dry out. However, these are definitely stackable and if you’re going on a trip, you can take just 1, 2, or all 3 if you want. They’re exactly like Lego pieces.
Some of the pots close unevenly. When I close the lid so that it's evenly aligned with the pot, it's not closed tight enough -which will definitely cause the liners to dry out sooner. However, if I pull the lid all the way so that it's very tightly closed, the lid and pot aren't aligned (I don't like that it looks uneven.)
This also comes with a brush that is pretty decent for lining the eyes but I personally prefer something thinner. It does get the job done though and is a nice little addition to the set.
Note: I've noticed from reading other reviews that people have had a hard time pulling the pots apart. I have a difficult time with the "Brown Eyes" set I own and it's really stiff so I can't pull it apart to carry them individually -it stays stacked. The "Blue Eyes" and "Hazel Eyes" set are fine so I guess some sets are just "stiffer" than others.
These are stackable so you can either rock them:
The Product: Since I've already written a review for these liners, I'll keep it short. These liners:
- Are smudgeproof and waterproof (stay put when I have watery eyes due to allergies.)
- Are difficult to remove. Make sure you have a good makeup remover (the liners come of easily with my favorite drugstore makeup remover.)
- Are mostly pigmented. Some colors (from different sets) have been streaky. Most colors only require 1 layer while others require 2-3 layers because they're a bit streaky.
- Have a creamy texture.
- Go on smoothly without flaking.
- Come in a great variety of colors.
The Color: I love the colors of the "Blue Eyes" set. Even though it's marketed towards those with blue eyes, I feel that this set could work for anybody.
1. Blue- Indigo, but more towards the blue than violent, with shimmer and a nice sheen to it. This is the most streaky of the 3 and you'll need at least 2 layers of this to get a good, solid line.
2. Brown- Medium-dark taupey brown with a bit of a frost to it. This is the most pigmented of the 3.
3. Black- Black with brilliant blue glitter. Like the blue, this is also a bit streaky and may require 1-2 layers to achieve decent color payoff.
Above: Physicians Formula Gel CreamLiner in Blue.
Above: Physicians Formula Gel CreamLiner in Brown.
Above: Physicians Formula Gel CreamLiner in Black. See the blue glitter??
Swatches.. (The Blue is actually darker and less blue than the non-flashy picture and the flash pic more accurately resembles it. The Brown is darker and slightly browner than the non-flash picture but isn't as brown as the flash picture. It's inbetween the 2. The black is pretty straight forward -flash version shows the rich color.)
Above (no flash) from left: Physicians Formula Gel CreamLiner in Blue, Brown, Black.