I was ready to spring for Urban Decay’s renowned Naked palette, I really was; I’m a sucker for anything shimmery. I don’t normally spend exorbitant sums of money on makeup, but $52 for a variety of gorgeous shades seemed less outrageous around the holidays… at least until I read the ingredient list and noticed that about half the shadows included parabens (hormone disruptors). Yuck.
Fast forward to the present, when I’m at Target with a friend in the cosmetic aisles, bebooping my Skindeep app over every barcode I could find. Much to my delight, the Physician’s Formula nude palettes rang in with a score of 2/10**. Here’s the proof:
As a bonus, the casing is boudoir themed, with black, floral lace and an adorable bow. What’s not to love?
The shadow itself takes many layers to see much pigment, but the shimmer is subtly gorgeous at the first swipe. For $11, it’s worth the 9 hues. I would recommend using your own shadow brush, though, as the one provided is just a few layers of foam over what feels like a dull, Barbie-sized X-Acto knife.
Every third strip is technically intended as an eyeliner, but I’ll get more use out of them as shadows. However, any of the shades in the entire palette would look gorgeous as a liner if you wet the brush first.
All in all, I say hellooooo new favorite daily shimmer, and goodbye hormone funkeruppers! From inner eye and under brow highlights to an evening smoky eye, I’m going to have fun with this one.
**Please note that the box says this palette might include Carmine. Although Carmine has not been shown to have adverse effects on humans, it may be derived from animals (insects?), according to PETA. Thus, this palette might not be the most animal-friendly option.