Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Eyeliner Trio - Nude Eyes

10:42:00 PM mandy 13 Comments

Perhaps this is HG?

I tried a bunch of eyeliners that many on the blogging and Youtube community raved about. Sadly none really gave me the same great results that everyone else had. I got this trio on a whim a LONG time ago and actually forgot about them! At the time and for a period after, I did not bother with eye makeup of any sort. But after realizing how much I had been neglecting my eye makeup collection and finally paid some attention to these guys, I found that I was completely missing out on a good product the whole time.

This set that I got is from a couple of years ago. I know that Physician's Formula recently just promoted the Nude Eyes line, but I am not sure if these eyeliner colors are the still the same or not. Comparing from the photo on their website it looks to be about the same. Don't fret if you're looking for something more smokey or a variety of colors. Although it isn't much they do offer gray, blue, purple, and green. The common themes with these Physician's Formula eyeliners seem to be they target eye colors & there is a black liner in all the trios.

Cyclopentasiloxane. Trimethylsiloxysilicate. Polyethylene. Ozokerite. Lauroyl Lysine. Synthetic Beeswax. Octyldodecanol. Disteardimonium Hectorite. Propylene Carbonate. Lecithin. Ascorbyl Palmitate. Citric Acid. Tocopherol. May Contain: Iron Oxides. Titanium Dioxide. Mica. Aluminum Powder. Bismuth Oxychloride. Black 2. Blue 1 Lake. Carmine. Chromium Hydroxide Green. Chromium Oxide Greens. Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide. Ferric Ferrocyanide. Manganese Violet. Silica. Tin Oxide. Ultramarines. Yellow 5 Lake.

The ingredients list is relatively short. Most of these aren't ones that I understand. Some that I remember reading/hearing are Bismuth Oxychloride, Mica, and Silica. If anyone is allergic to these, be careful! As far as fragrance and parabens go, this product is free of them (as the company claims).


I absolutely love that this is a retractable eyeliner. I wouldn't mind sharpening a pencil liner if it worked well for me. But having something that I don't need to sharpen at all is great! This product actually comes with a built in sharpener that I rarely use. I don't go for a defined eyeliner look anyway so a short stubby eyeliner is fine by me! The downside to having a retractable liner is the plastic packaging. It isn't the most eco-friendly but there doesn't seem to be a way around it while still being retractable.

Champagne (top row), Pewter (middle row), Black (bottom row)
left column: Swatched 2-3 times, about how I would apply on my eye normally
middle column: Swatched heavily to show the colors
right column: Swatched once

There is sparklies/glitter in all 3 eyeliner colors in this trio. I actually don't mind the glitter because it isn't too apparent. It shows more in Pewter and Champagne than in Black. I tend to reach for Pewter most often. I barely even use Champagne because it doesn't show up well when I apply it on my upper lashes. It's probably best to use this on the lower lash/water line. (That is something I have yet to steps!)

Smudging, transferring, panda eyes, name it, that's how the other eyeliners (pencil, gel, & liquid) worked for me! I thought it was just that my eyes were too watery for eyeliner altogether. But come to find it was just the formula of a product that made the world's difference!

The formula of these is drier than other eyeliners I have tried. I think it is also waxier? After seeing the ingredients list I think this may be because of the synthetic beeswax in it. I think this is the main reason why I didn't experience smudging with this. I know...But creamy eyeliners are the best! There's no tugging when you apply it. The only problem for me is, I don't think creamy eyeliners & my eye shape works well. Usually, with the others, they smudge from the upper to lower lashes within the hour of applying. I don't usually set my eyeliner. Thinking back, I assume that would have helped a lot. But...FUSS FREE IS KEY! Despite the drier product, these eyeliners were actually not that difficult to apply. It kind of warms up a bit and glides pretty smoothly onto my lids.

After rubbing a bit with some cleansing oil and rinsing, there is still some eyeliner stubbornly stuck on there. If I remember correctly, that actually stayed on my arms for another day or two. Why I'm not sure myself. I would think a shower should have cleaned it off but apparently, I didn't scrub enough that day. I think this is sufficient enough to show how well it could last on my eyes. Again, I don't set the product and I can easily wear this pretty much all day with only some fading. If I had really watery eyes or blinked more than what I normally do (which is already quite a lot) then there may sometimes be some transferring of it onto my lower lash line.

My biggest gripe is this product ONLY comes in a set of three. Even with the other sets, I think I would only regularly use one (two depending on the set) of the three colors at most. If I wanted all the other colors, I would end up with way too many black colored eyeliners (even with daily usage one of these can last a while). Other than that, I think Physician's Formula did something very right with these liners. This is definitely a product I would repurchase. Anytime soon...I'm not too sure yet because I still have a lot of the product left in one eyeliner x3! Perhaps if there was a very good sale/promotion happening?

What is your favorite/HG eyeliner? What makes it THE best for you?


  1. I have this set and I dont reach for it much. It wished it was just a little more creamier. I'm so picky, lol.

  2. I'm glad you found one that works for you! I tend to have the same problem with pencil liners. It looks very neat and sharp in your photo. I recently found one that works quite well also, although it's liquid - stila 'stay all day' liquid eye liner. *Loving* it. :)

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  4. You have lovely eyes and love the way you line it! Glad to know that these works for you! I had a hard time finding the right pencil liner too and I found that the Sephora brand pencil liner works really well for me :) I must try these Physician Formula soon! :)

  5. Glad you found this to be your possible HG! I may have to look into it. Does it work for the waterline? I currently love Dollywink for my upperlid and I only somewhat like my Milani LiquifEye for my waterline. Alone, the Milani doesn't quite stay on my waterline. I have to set it with some black eyeshadow for it to last longer, but even then it fades or smudges =/ I was hoping this eyeliner you have right here could do the trick. Thanks for sharing! And it is quite a shame it only comes in a pack of 3. I probably would only use the black, and at most that gray ish color on a regular basis

  6. I like the 'fussfree is key' phrase! Also, a eyeliner that doesn't break the bank and is easily available helps. I think it creates a beautiful line at your eyes.

  7. I'm not a huge fan of pencil, but I love the champagne colour!

    ps... tagged you in the Confessions of a Blogger tag. :)

  8. hmmm i don't think i could use this i need super creamy my eyes are so dry! i love the milani liquify love love it so creamy and smooth!

  9. I'm so glad that you found an eyeliner that worked for you! :) I love how natural it looks.

    My HG eyeliner right now is Dolly Wink's liquid eyeliner. The way the tip is constructed makes it easy for me to apply.

  10. Chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it!

  11. I really do like using eyeliner, but it sucks because a lot of the times it smudges for me. So I always have to buy waterproof formulas. Which I don't mind. I think my favorite eyeliner right now is the Wet N Wild waterproof eyeliner. :)

  12. I wear eyeliner minimally, but when I do, I like it to look natural! I like how this looks on you, a natural vibe, I'll have to give it a try.
    Isn’t That Charming.

  13. why haven't your updates showed up on my dashboard O_o blogger always does this. Even though I haven't been blogging I was still checking out other blogs but yours never showed up =/

    maybe you can even use the champagne one on your inner corners? =) if I ever do decide to get pencil eyeliners this will definitely be on my radar! for now it's MAC all the wayyy XD