About me: NW13 (neutral-cool toned, very fair), blue eyes, Color season is True Summer, Baumann Skin Type is OSPW.
Riviera is a great "palette" for travel, as it gives you a range of pigmented golden shades for highlighting and for eye shadow. You can do a day look, a night look, and highlighting all from this little package. Very pigmented, long lasting. Foiled when wet.
Generally this bronzer is fine with a touch of shimmer. I can also use it as eyeshadows so overall quite satisfying, except the price.
I am reviewing the Pink Sands - this is a beautiful cheek highlighter and the perfect bronzer for super pale skin like mine. The only thing I would suggest is to stay away from using it on the face at all costs if you have large pores it will only highlight them and make them ten times bigger. I have very small pores but it makes mine look bigger and my whole face look 'dewy and glowy' which I like but wouldnt be good for those who want to avoid this. Otherwise a top notch product a true rosy toned bronzer which is just gorgeous.
I love this product and I have it in "sunset strip". It is an amazing eye shadow and bronzer, but I wouldn't use it as a blush. As an eye shadow it gives you a beautiful shimmery look without it looking to glittery. I also use this as a highlighter and I love it. The texture isn't that smooth, but a little on the drier side. It doesn't bother me since you still get great pigmentation from all of the colors. Overall a really great product that I would buy again even though it's a little pricey.
Physicians Formula's Sunset Strip Shimmer Strips is a multi-use, multi-color bronzer, blush, highlighter, and eyeshadow palette. Like all Physicians Formula products, Shimmer Strips are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and fragrance free. Physicians Formula boasts that this product has a "silky, smooth texture". The brand also calls Shimmer Strips "a brilliant multi-tasker, perfect for adding sheer, sun-kissed highlights to your face." Physician's Formula is one of the pricier brands found in the drugstore, therefore I tend to avoid it and don't have much experience with their products; this is only my second or third one, and the first I've purchased for myself. Rite Aid had a BOGO deal on all Physician's Formula bronzers, so I got two of these, both in Sunset Strip, one for me, one for giveaway. This bronzing product sells for $12.95 for 8.5g of product. Physicians Formula products are not tested on animals, this particular product was made in Italy.
Shimmer Strips come in a clear, square, lucite compact with their silver "P" logo featured on the front. I feel like the packaging is a tad too bulky and excessive. I can only assume you're paying so much for the packaging, which isn't even that attractive. I know for a fact Physician's Formula is capable of way cuter packaging than this. The box offers a very good amount of product information, however the back label offers next to none, which is disappointing considering there was so much space to print it. Idk, I'm just not loving the packaging. It is sturdy though. I can't find a recyclable symbol on the packaging or box, which is never a good thing. And strange, I also assumed Physician's Formula is the kind of brand that would have recyclable packaging.
Shimmer Strips, as the name would imply, comes with 5 thin, horizontal strips. Though the strips are pretty defined now, with enough use I'm sure the colors will start to meld together. Physicians Formula claim that their Shimmer Strips have a silky, smooth texture", but I find them on the drier, harder side. Almost like the texture of baked cosmetic products (I don't think these are baked but I could be wrong). Oddly enough, despite the drier texture, swirling the brush around in the compact will kick up a surprising amount of residual powder. That's never a good thing.
As eyeshadows, Sunset Strip functions extremely well! Way better than I ever would have imagined! Because of the harder texture I expected poor color payoff. No. These deliver very dense, rich, pigmented color that have an amazing, metallic finish with so much depth. I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful these shades are on the eye, my camera can't describe it either, apparently. They blend very easily, but are best patted on, not swept. Sweeping sheers the color out a lot, which isn't bad if that's the look you're going for, but why would you ever want to avoid the beautiful density of these colors. Not all of the shades are perfect, not even close, but the way they look makes up for it. They wear very well, no creasing even during my longest, hottest days at work, with minimal fading.
I suppose I should describe the colors for you, now that I've raved about them.
The first shade is a light, yellow-gold and is the sheerest of the bunch. I use this for highlighting the inner corner and under the brow. It can be built up if need be.
The next shade is a pink tinged bronze, I like to wear this on the inner third of the eye. It has pretty good color pay off and a nice amount of shimmer.
Next up is the richest, brightest, most pigmented shade in Sunset Strip. A bright, very shimmery, nearly metallic orange based bronze. This is definitely the stand out color in the palette, I like to wear it all over the lid.
The fourth color is a bronzed brown that's less shimmery than the previous three. It's a little sheerer than I prefer and has some blending difficulties. I prefer to use this is a crease color.
The final shade is a chocolate brown with just a bit of bronzey glimmer. This shade seems to have a matte base and is the hardest to work with. It's color payoff isn't that great, and it's pretty dry and difficult to blend. I try to avoid using it, and only utilize it to define the crease and outer V.
Shimmer Strips aren't technically an eyeshadow palette. They're really meant to be be a multi-use face product. Honestly I would never, ever even consider using Sunset Strip as a blusher or bronzer. The shades, once swirled together become an incredibly shimmery pink-yellow bronze that's kinda strange looking. The glitter seems to separate from the pigments. It'd look incredibly ridiculous, at least on me. Maybe on someone tan or olive toned it'd look pretty. On me I'd look as dirty and glittery as Ke$ha. That's not really the look I'm going for. I have my doubles about the wear as well, based on the way the shimmer and color separate. It's also be a mess to apply. However, if carefully and lightly applied with a small blush or fan brush, the two top shades create a subtle, pretty, lightly bronzed glow. A very pretty highlight.
Overall, I have semi-mixed emotions about Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips in Sunset Strip. As an eye palette it's beautiful and have the most amazing intensity. But I'd never give this a second look as a blush/bronzer. It's too ridiculously shimmery for the face, or at least my face, except as a highlight. I'm not a fan of the packaging, it's too bulky to me. This isn't a product I'd repurchase at full price, but I don't regret the purchase. Two for $13 wasn't a bad deal, but $13 for one is. I recommend this if you have a coupon, or if there's a sale, but otherwise skip it, unless you want a beautifully foiled, bronze eye look.
This is a HG product for me and it is the key part of my signature look. I use this as a highlighter for my cheekbones and I get tons of compliments all the time. I used to love NARS Albatross as the highlighter, but my skin did not like it and I had a reaction. No such problem with this product. What I do is apply this to my cheekbones then spray some FIx+ on another brush and stipple the moisuture on. I get a dewy look with the shimmer strip highlighter staying put all day. Great product.
Hands down the best bronzer i've ever used and i've definitely tried A TON. Lasts forevvvvver and is beautiful for bronzer, blush, eyeshadow & highlighter. It's very shimmery which some people might not like but i love it. It's a bit pricey for a drugstore product but definitely worth it :) continued >>
I havent really tried this as an eyeshadow, I use it on my cheeks on days when I just want a bit of a glow. I have it in Vegas Strip, and it looks really great once I get it on. Most of the time, I use it as more of a highlighter than anything. Its way too shimmery to use as an all over bronzer. Ive also noticed that when I use it as a cheek glow thing, it doesnt last very long.
The only problems Ive come across is its really hard to get ON my brushes. Maybe its just my brushes, idk. Seems like it would be a great eyeshadow set, but I have yet to put it to use in that way.
I agree with some of the other commenters, PF is pretty pricey for a drugstore brand. I mean, its worth it, I guess...but for some people on a tight budget, I can see where it would really be annoying.
I got this product in Sunset Strip in the clearance section of my local Target for a dollar and some change (woohoo!), not really knowing what to expect. I've tried it once, and absolutely love it!
This works very well as a bronzer and well as eyeshadows. There are a lot of shimmers, but they are very fine, so when worn as a bronzer, the face has a glow. As shadows, the shimmers are a bit more obvious, but that's probably because I packed a good bit on my lids.
The gold strip is my favorite for a shadow, and is actually one of the best I have ever worn. It's easiest to pick up the product with a sponge tip applicator, apply, then buff with a fluffy brush. I used a large fluffy face brush to apply it as bronzer, because I'm pretty fair skinned, and I need to deposit a small amount so my skin looks healthy and not dirty.
I agree with another commenter, I think it would be great for all of these strips to come with a white or peach color to use as a highlighter. That aside, can't complain. No strong smells, no breakouts, no creasing, and it's absolutely beautiful.
i really love this, its one of the very few makeup products that i have bought a few times. i love thats its super shimmery. i have very pale skin and a lot of makeup dosnt even show up on me for some reason. this brings a lttle tan and life to my face. just use a light hand u can always add more, thats better than loading it on lol. give it a go!