I wouldn’t go so far as to say Physicians Formula makes the best eyeshadows you can find in the drugstore, but I can tell you that if I could only purchase from one brand for the rest of my life, Physicians Formula would be it. In high school and college, their Shimmer Strips palette for Smokey Hazel eyes was my go-to. In fact, I lost count after re-purchasing it for the 7th time… yup, I said 7th!
More recently I discovered their Matte Collection and it does not disappoint. Their Canyon Classics quad has been a work-appropriate staple of mine for about two years now and I don’t ever see myself living without it.
You can find PF in most drugstores like Target, Walgreens and CVS but if you want the best selection you have to order online at Amazon or shop in stores at Ulta, which is where I recently picked up the Quartz Quartet quad that I’ll be reviewing for you today.
If I had to pick a high-end brand to compare the formula of the PF Matte Collection to, it would be Lorac. The shadows are very soft and will crumble if you are not careful. They are also a bit powdery, and fallout is to be expected. In fact, ome shades are so soft that they will crumble too if you are not careful. But, at just $6.99 for .22 oz of product, these shadows are super affordable (for reference, one Urban Decay shadow is $19 and comes with .05 oz so you are essentially getting 400% more product for about 33% less money).
They’re also silky smooth and easy to blend, but I think my favorite thing about the PF matte collection is how muted they are. This means that you can get a very soft and natural look with little to no effort. You can also build these shadows a bit and get a very pretty, very gentle daytime appropriate smokey effect.
That having been said, there were a few things about Quartz Quartet that did not meet my expectations in comparison to their Canyon Classics quad. For one, there is no brow-bone highlight (or at least nothing that I would use for a brow-bone highlight). And for two, the muted auburn shade in the lower left corner was extremely crumbly when swatched. I did get a little fallout form the plum shade in the lower right corner, but again I’ve come to expect that so it’s not upsetting.
Otherwise, I find that all of the shadows (including the crumbly-when-swatched-auburn-shade) performed just as well as the Canyon Classics quad that I know and love 🙂 And I’m happy to have it in my collection!
What are your thoughts? Have you tried any of the Physicians Formula shadows before!? What are your holy-grail shadows from the drugstore!?