Physician’s Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette Review… This ain’t it

Hey everyone! I picked up the new Sultry Nights Physician’s Formula Butter Eyeshadow palette soon after it was released and let me tell you… It was not what I expected. I was expecting greatness given how much the Physician’s Formula butter bronzer is raved about on social media, and all the influencers who received it in PR talking it up didn’t help. This palette is far from magical. There is some good but the bad outweighs it by a long shot. If you want to know why I wish I could return my Physician’s Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette keep reading… I also have my first impressions youtube video of this palette embedded below.

Physician's Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette Review | Sultry Nights

Physician’s Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette Review
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The Physician’s Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palettes retail for $16.95USD (~$22CAD) and contain 12 eyeshadows. The Sultry Nights palette contains four matte shades, two satin finishes and six shimmers. The palette is technically called a “Murumuru Butter Eyeshadow palette” but Murumuru has been dropped from the label on the packaging. This formula is offered in two different colour stories: Tropical Days or Sultry Nights. I’m thanking my lucky stars that I only picked up one of these… If you’re still interested in buying them after reading my review you can do so on PF’s website Here.

Physician's Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette Review Sultry Nights

Physician's Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette Packaging | Sultry Nights


The packaging of the Sultry Nights Physician’s Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette is actually pretty nice. I like the effect of the raised eyeshadows, it looks just like the PF butter bronzer. I immediately liked how the inside of the packaging was reflective like a prism and it contained a little spot for a brush. Each shade has a name printed on the back.

Unfortunately the included “brush” as Physician’s Formula called it isn’t a brush at all. It’s a dreaded dual ended foam applicator. WHY is this in here!? Foam applicators are AWFUL. I was would much rather have no brush at all than have one of these useless foam things. It cheapens the packaging of an already expensive palette for the drugstore ($22CAD) and doesn’t add any real value.

The Sultry Nights Butter Eyeshadow Palette is plastic and doesn’t come with a mirror which is standard for a drugstore palette. Instead there’s a window through the lid of the palette to show the shadows. I like the way the shadows are laid out in the palette. They’re organized in a way that makes sense with the more everyday neutral shades at one end, the smokey shades on the far side and the fun golds, oranges and purples in the centre.

Physician's Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette Review | Sultry Nights

Matte Formula

Instead of my usual categories for eyeshadow palette reviews I’m going to break down this Physician’s Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette by finish. The quality is all over the place and I don’t know how else to convey to you my disappointment. Most of the mattes and shimmers had a ton of fallout.

First we’re going to talk about the Mattes. The mattes are really the best thing about the Sultry Nights palette. They blend well for the most part and build well aside from the purple shade which was patchy and not very pigmented. If you work in small sections the purple can be built up and blended out. The darkest shade of the palette is a Navy Blue that borders on black. It’s pigmented but has some of the worst fall out I’ve ever seen. Even when I tap out my brush my face still gets dusted in powder flecks.

Satin Formula

Next are the satin shades. It gets worse from here. These shades swatch okay on the arms, and I’ve even managed to get good pigmentation on my eyes when I use a brush but they fade in the most infuriating way. They lift of the eyes leaving a patch of bare skin within a few hours. I’ve never had this happen before with eyeshadow, it’s very odd. The lightest shade on the top left hand side of the palette is the absolute worst for fading. The other satin on the top right hand corner is a bit better. I can actually blend it with other shades without fading.

Sultry Nights Physician's Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

Top to Bottom: Bae-Cation, Coconut Kiss, Beach Beige, Off The Coast, Sun Down, Sunset Vista, Rainforest Queen, Below the Horizon, Moonlight Beige, Reservation for Two, Midnight Stroll, After Dark.

Shimmer Formula

These PF butter shadow palettes contain some of the worst shimmer eyeshadows I’ve ever used. There’s something very strange and grainy to the shadows, especially the shimmers in the center of the palette. They’re gritty and chunky when I swatch them on my arms. They don’t stick to my makeup brushes, my fingers, or by extension my eyes. I have to press them on my eyelids several times to build any sort of depth, and even then I’m working in very small sections of my eyelids. These aren’t shadows that you can swipe across your lid or make pop with concealer. Trust me, I’ve tried all application methods and they don’t do jack. I tried applying them dry, wet, over concealer, over primer, etc. and nothing made these shades pop properly or do what I wanted them too.

Many shades looked nothing on the eyes or arms like they did in the palette. The two lightest shimmer shades were incredibly hard to build up, especially the lightest one, Coconut Kiss. The blue shade Midnight Stroll has next to no pigmentation. I was able to build it up it when I really dug my brush in to scrape off the hard outer layer but when I tried to blend it with the lighter shades it looked awful! I could see the lighter shimmers just sitting on top of the gritty blue and I eventually gave up with this shade altogether.

The Gold and Orange shimmers Sun Down and Sunset Vista left patches of bare skin all over my eyelids while coating them in texturized shimmer. I want my hair to be textured, not my eyelids. The only shimmer that I remotely enjoyed was the olive green Rainforest Queen and it didn’t apply easily either. If I spend an agonizing amount of time building up these shades they do last on my eyes (aside from the satin shades) so the Sultry Nights palette wasn’t a total waste of money.

Physician's Formula Sultry Nights Butter Eyeshadow Palette Looks

Sultry Nights Butter Eyeshadow Palette
Makeup Look

I still wanted to share a makeup look to show that you can work with these shades, even though it’s so not worth your time. For the price point of the Physician’s Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palettes you shouldn’t be having as hard of a time as I did building and blending your eyeshadow. You can check out my First Impressions Video below for a wearable daytime makeup look using the Sultry Nights Palette.

Physician's Formula Sultry Nights Butter Eyeshadow Palette Looks


To start off my Nightingale eyeshadow look I took the shade Beach Beige as my matte transition shade. Then I placed the Navy matte shade After Dark in the outer V of my eyes. I built up some of the blue shimmer Midnight Stroll on the outer 1/3 of my eyes as well as in the inner corners. Next I took some of the silver-ivory shimmer Reservation for Two and placed it in the centre of my eyelids. On my lower lash line I smoked out some more Midnight Stroll. I don’t hate this look but it’s not my favourite either. It took me quite a while to build up the intensity that I wanted from the dark shimmer shade. On the bright side the mattes applied beautifully.

Physician's Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette Review

In Conclusion

The only thing that I really liked about the Physician’s formula Sultry Nights Butter Eyeshadow Palette was the matte shades. If Physician’s Formula had released a butter eyeshadow palette that was all mattes I think I could have made it work and even recommended it. Instead I got the Sultry Nights palette with shimmers that are the bane of my existence.

I try to be diplomatic when I review products but honestly this palette is my first experience with Physician’s formula and I don’t know that I ever want to try anything remotely shimmery from them again. My ColourPop eyeshadow palettes retail at around the same price point and easily outperform these butter eyeshadow palettes. I’m actually angry at myself for wasting my money on a palette that I will get little use out of. On the bright side most of the shades do last once you spend a ridiculous amount of time building the shimmers.

I feel so disappointed in my favourite influencers who partnered with Physician’s Formula for the launch and raved about the Butter Eyeshadow Palettes. Obviously they’re under pressure to say good things about them when their videos and posts are sponsored. And we’re all different so you know, maybe they really did love it. But I kind of feel cheated by those rave reviews y’know? Physician’s Formula… this ain’t it.

Did you pick up a Physician’s Formula Butter Eyeshadow Palette?

Thank you for reading! I’m sorry that I’ve been so negative but I have to tell it like it is. As with any review, use your discretion and make sure to at least get some swatches in before buying. Just because I don’t love these doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to make them work for you. Thanks for reading loves! xx



  1. January 4, 2019 / 6:05 pm

    Even though you didn’t like this palette, the makeup look you created still looks gorgeous! Did you hear that Casey Holmes just came out with a collaboration with Physicians Formula? Will you be trying that?

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 6, 2019 / 1:35 am

      Thanks Linda! I liked the way the look turned out but I’m glad that I was able to return it this week. I’d rather get another Colourpop palette!
      I saw the announcement on trendmood about the Casey collab, I don’t think I’ll be picking it up though. I’d like to try the butter bronzer at some point but I already have a full face palette that I love!

  2. January 1, 2019 / 11:54 pm

    Omg that sucks I can already see it in the swatches and I never thought that would be possible lol. Obviously swatches don’t do the formulas justice but I feel like this is one of those exceptions. Wow, some of those look really patchy. It’s a lot of money for a palette that didn’t work. And sponsored posts are one of the reasons I don’t jump on buying anything, you can never tell if they truly love it or if they’re just saying things to get compensated.
    Well I at least won’t be buying their eyeshadows lol. Shame because you’d expect the shadows to be the same as the bronzer because the bronzer is ridiculously good.

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 2, 2019 / 9:44 pm

      I thought so too! These swatches took multiple swipes and still weren’t super pigmented.
      I feel like everything sponsored is biased! Unless an influencer has been saying great things about a brand for a long time before being sponsored I don’t trust it…
      I did enjoy the mattes in the palette. I think that PF just doesn’t do anything with shimmer well :S But I haven’t tried their highlighters so it’s hard to say. I would buy their butter bronzer, just not anything shimmery again!

      • January 3, 2019 / 3:19 pm

        That’s very true. I always do a ton of research before buying anything especially palettes. I just have to be sure that its good lol

  3. December 31, 2018 / 10:33 am

    I saw your youtube video on the shadows, so i knew for a fact that you weren’t a fan. I’m sorry to hear you spent your money on this! xxx

    Melina |

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 2, 2019 / 9:27 pm

      I decided to try my luck at returning it yesterday and surprisingly they accepted it! I didn’t think that a drugstore would take back used makeup. I’m so happy this is out of my makeup collection! Thanks for reading!

      • January 12, 2019 / 2:48 pm

        I’m so glad they took it back! It was pretty expensive for drugstore makeup! Now you can spend your money elsewhere !

        • AlwaysCleia
          January 16, 2019 / 8:02 pm

          My thoughts exactly!

  4. December 31, 2018 / 5:13 am

    Looks like a great palette but it’s such a shame that it didn’t work out! I love the look you did, it’s soo beautiful. Great review as always x

    • AlwaysCleia
      January 2, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      The mattes were good, I wish they had come out with an all matte palette. I think I would have really enjoyed that. Thanks lovely! x

  5. December 30, 2018 / 2:53 am

    I’m so happy I read this before purchasing it myself. Yikes!

    • AlwaysCleia
      December 31, 2018 / 3:13 am

      Yes it’s best to avoid this one if you can!

  6. December 29, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    LOL a foam applicator?! Those should only ever be used on nails these days… Wow, just wow..
    Shimmers and metallics are supposed to be some of the easiest finishes to formulate so how they messed them up…. no one knows. I wonder how these eyeshadow palettes made it past testing.. sad.. I do however love the look you created on you. There’s just something about how those shades look on you!
    I also don’t like how only some of the pans are pressed with the imprint. It just looks weird and unfinished to me. You should take this back to Shopper’s and just say the formula irritated your eyes. You don’t need your receipt (if you don’t have it) if you used your PC Optimum card when purchasing. Don’t keep this crap and waste your money, especially since PF is not cheap!

    • AlwaysCleia
      December 31, 2018 / 3:17 am

      RIGHT!? I was like wtf. Especially when the back of the palette describes it as a brush. That’s false advertising right there!
      I was really surprised at the shimmer quality, I was expecting it to be so much better. Thanks! I like the way the look turned out too, I guess it’s kind of misleading because it actually looked pretty nice in the end lol
      What really? I misplaced my receipt so I didn’t think I would be able to return it. I definitely need to try! I’d love to get some money back for this…

  7. December 29, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    Girl, I love how even in your facing-forward shot with the look on your face, I can FEEL the annoyance through the screen. Good on you for this, I have had BAD BAD experiences with a lot of Physicians Formula products, but I feel like because their Butter Bronzer is so beloved, people are willing to forgive SO many other bad products from them.

    • AlwaysCleia
      December 31, 2018 / 3:24 am

      haha so much sass!
      The ONLY product that I have ever really heard much hype about is the Butter Bronzer and I made the mistake of assuming everything else would be good. I won’t make that assumption again! I’m sorry their products haven’t worked very well for you either 🙁

  8. December 28, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    I’m so sad to hear this palette didn’t work out for you! The colours look really nice in the pan but I guess that’s deceiving to how they actually perform. I do love the look your created for this post!

    • AlwaysCleia
      December 28, 2018 / 9:04 pm

      The shades looks so rich in the palette, I’m so disappointed! When I filmed my first impressions video I started out so hopeful but by the end of it was shaking my head.
      The look turned out nicely at least. Thanks for reading!

  9. December 28, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    Wow, I’ll make sure to stay away from these! I actually hadn’t heard of these eyeshadow palettes before your post. The swatches don’t look half bad, but it’s all about the application isn’t it. I finally picked up the Butter Bronzer this year from PF, and while I do like it, I don’t think it’s the greatest thing ever like a lot of other people do. Some of the PF eyeliners are quite good, but other than that I haven’t really tried many of their eye products before. So sorry this didn’t work out for you!

    • AlwaysCleia
      December 28, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      It’s a pretty new release, I haven’t really seen many posts about it yet! I guess I should have waited to hear if it was good or not before purchasing it immediately lol
      It does swatch okay, but unfortunately arm swatches can be misleading =/
      I still would like to try the Butter Bronzer, I think that since it’s matte it would give a nice glow. I’m not interested in trying their butter highlighters after using this palette! Thank you for reading!

      • December 29, 2018 / 8:24 pm

        I heard the Butter Highlighers were OK, but nothing special. But then again, I never tried them myself. Honestly I probably would have picked this up eventually if I hadn’t read your post, since I am curious to try more eye products from PF. So thank you for saving me some green 😉.

        • AlwaysCleia
          December 31, 2018 / 3:14 am

          Happy to help! I do actually want to try that butter bronzer one day 🙂

  10. mylilsliceoflife
    December 28, 2018 / 10:39 am

    So sorry this didn’t work out for you and especially for that kind of price too. The look you did is very lovely, but I could never spend sooo much time doing my makeup in the morning for work…I just don’t have that kind of time. It’s a beautiful palette just too bad. I can also see where you really had to dig your brush into the colors…that’s never good.

    • AlwaysCleia
      December 28, 2018 / 12:54 pm

      Me too! I wish that shoppers drug mart had a better return policy, at least when I buy palettes at Sephora I know they’ll take them back if I don’t like them.
      I enjoy sitting down & doing my makeup in the morning but I also don’t have that kind of time for this butter palette.
      I’ve already started to ruin the design in the shades from how hard I need to press my brush in! This palette was such a disappointment. Thank you for reading!

      • December 28, 2018 / 1:03 pm

        That is a bummer that the drugstore won’t take it back, but I guess at least now we know and you are welcome 😘

  11. December 28, 2018 / 11:06 am

    So sad this didn’t work for you, because I was going to say that the swatches actually look really nice (except that purple one…yikes). The look you did with it is really pretty, even though the shades were a struggle to work with haha. I can’t believe this is $22, although I guess the Butter Bronzers are pretty expensive so the price makes sense…

    Also, I pretty much never trust reviews from bigger YouTubers anymore. It’s sad because something that I used to use to get honest reviews 8-10 years ago, I have completely stopped trusting 🙁

    • AlwaysCleia
      December 28, 2018 / 1:13 pm

      Yeah it’s definitely not the best purple I’ve seen. It’s ok but Colourpop has much nicer purples!

      I’m baffled as to why Physicians Formula has such ostentatious prices for a drugstore brand. The butter bronzer is soo expensive! They do have sales quite often and I was able to get this palette on sale for $17CAD but I still think that’s high.

      It’s rare to find someone who gives completely honest reviews on youtube these days. I still really like Thatgirlshae & Emily Noel, I think they do a good job of staying unbiased. But I guess with any source of information we have to think critically about if the post is sponsored, etc. It’s a shame!

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