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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sultry Nights Butter Eyeshadow Palette
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.
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.
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