This product has a REALLY long name: Physicans Formula Bronze Booster Shimmer Strobing Highlight & Contour Palette ($15). This is a newer product from Physicans Formula and there is a coordinating matte palette. All of the shades in this palette are VERY shimmery, so if that’s your thing, this might be right up your alley.
There are three colors in this palette: a reddish copper, golden beige, and flat out white. There is a contouring/highlight brush housed in the lower compartment of the palette. Aren’t the colors gorgeous?
All three shades in this palette are highly pigmented. I had to laugh when I first applied the white shade as a highlighter, because it was so pigmented before I blended that it looked like I painted two huge stripes on my face. Applier be warned! After I blended it out, it definitely looked a lot better, but you certainly can achieve a major highlight with this little trio!
One of the big reasons I purchased this palette is that I wanted to use the shades as eyeshadows, especially that gorgeous copper color. I was impressed right away when I used it, as it performed well and stayed on my lids just like any other shadow would with a primer. Eight hours after application, it still looked fresh.
When using the shades as a highlight, you do need to be careful, as they are super pigmented, but they do give a lovely sheen. They are slightly dusty because they’re so soft, but that doesn’t mean they are hard to control. The brush in the palette is okay. It will do the job in a pinch, but I don’t feel that it lends itself to very good control, although the bristles are very soft. I actually think the shape is much better suited for contouring, as I prefer a fluffier brush to diffuse highlight shades.
While this is expensive for the drugstore, as someone who has been wearing Physicians Formula for 20 years now (since high school) their prices have remained pretty steady since then, and the quality is consistent and good. Personally, I find it to be the best brand in the drugstore, so it is worth the extra money to me. 🙂