Matte Collection Quad Eye Shadow

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Category:
Makeup > Eyeshadows > Powder Eyeshadow
Last Updated:
11/4/2013
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Tested On Animals:
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Matte Collection Quad Eye Shadow has some of the best neutral color combinations around, with a welcome silky texture and matte finish that applies and blends beautifully. There are only three quads available, but each is excellent, though each one does not have a suitable shade for eyelining.

There aren't really any doctors at Physicians Formula (the founder of the company was an allergist, Dr. Frank Crandell, but that was back in 1937), and no physicians currently sell or endorse it either. The company asserts that "The term hypoallergenic is more than just a cosmetic claim for Physicians Formula. It is the basis for every product that is created. Physicians Formula honors this claim through stringent product testing and quality control. In fact, Physicians Formula products are formulated without 132 known irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today." While the line doesn't list the "132 known irritating ingredients" that they claim not to use, one of their newer products contains menthol, which serves no purpose for skin other than to cause irritation, and other products contain alcohol and witch hazel, which won't make any cosmetic chemist's or dermatologist's list of anti-irritants.

It's good that the skin-care products have been streamlined. There are some excellent makeup removers and a couple of gentle sunscreens whose sole active ingredient is titanium dioxide. Surveying this line in its entirety reveals that makeup is its major focus. However, as you'll see from the Physicians Formula makeup reviews below, things aren't exactly rosy there, either.

For more information about Physicians Formula, call (800) 227-0333 or visit www.physiciansformula.com.

Physicians Formula Makeup

Does this assortment of makeup products have what the doctor ordered? The enormous selection of makeup (no other line at the drugstore sells more individual pressed powders, concealers, or powder bronzers) has seen some noteworthy improvements in recent years, but far too much of it is still built on gimmicky premises or eye-catching graphics while performance and texture are given short shrift. And for a line where just about every product carries on about its goodness for sensitive skin and the non-comedogenic nature of its ingredients, they're not using anything that other companies aren't also using, not to mention that many of the ingredients that show up in these products (such as waxes and occlusive thickening agents) can absolutely clog pores.

Still, for a line with increased retail presence in major drugstores, you may be wondering just what to pay attention to, and the good news is that there are indeed some finds among all the mosaic powders and oddly packaged concealers. Physicians Formula has never done foundations and concealers well, and for the most part that still holds true today. Only one of their concealers is recommended, while the others are best described as dismal. The expansive powder category has several attractive options, including a pressed powder with sun protection and many worthwhile bronzing powders. You'll also find best beauty buys among the blushes and other key products, including the matte eyeshadows, felt-tip eyeliner, brow pencil, and a few of the mascaras. There isn't anything medical or extra-pure about Physicians Formula makeup, but if you know what to look for and are on a budget there are some products that any doctor concerned with the subject of beauty would appreciate!

Note: The shade range of this line does not cater to darker skin tones. In fact, for some products, only those with fair to light skin will find options.

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  1. How would you rate the results? (4 = Best)

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

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  1. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, October 05, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Good for the money!
    • After seeing the review, I decided to give it a whirl. It's inexpensive and I scored 40% off at my local cosmetics store. I purchased "Quartz Quartet" which is a pretty and matte quad of neutral muted pinks/plums/grey. Went on somewhat powdery, which sprinkled down a bit on my cheeks, but seemed velvety on my lids. I have very oily lids and it stayed on great during my night out, with no creasing. Got a compliment from a friend. Overall, a great value for short change.

  2. susan
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 09, 2014
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      2 / 4
    great shades, dusty powder
    • canyon classics, beautiful matte colors.The brown shades are great for blending out the crease, and also excellent when used as brow powder. But the problem is that the powder is so dusty, when applying, it just keeps dropping off onto the under-eye area. Now i just it to shape my brows and highlight under-eye area. Great product when used otherwise, but not so great as eyeshadow.

  3. Jennifer M.
    Reviewed on Friday, June 20, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Nice matte option
    • I like these quads; glad to find matte eyeshadows in the drugstore because they can be hard to find these days. The texture and blendability are nice, but very lightly pigmented. On some days that's ok, but when I want more color in my matte eyeshadow, I reach for my NYX matte singles. I have Canyon Classics and Quartz Quartet.

  4. Peggy F.
    Reviewed on Thursday, January 09, 2014
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    Not for Me
    • I feel like Debbie Downer reading all these glowing reviews but my experience with this eyeshadow was far from stellar. I need to wear matte shadow so was excited that there was a quad set that was all matte. For me - color wasn't intense at all (tried Quartz Quartet) and the amount of shadow that didn't make it onto the brush was a lot (even just taking 1 or 2 swipes). I tried it with eye primer and without - results the same.

  5. SUSAN C W.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    My "desert isle" necessity: "Canyon Classics"
    • If I were stranded on a desert isle with just one eye shadow palette, I'd hope it was PF's Canyon Classics. The four basic matte colours - ivory, dark beige, light brown and dark taupe, can be used to create almost any classic eye look. The shadows go on easily with no fallout, suit fair to medium skin tones, and last all day. The dark taupe is a great brow, crease and even liner colour. This palette is a steal; the quality is excellent. One of the best makeup values ever.

  6. Sandi J.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 27, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    great stuff
    • Goes on and stays on. Great colors. Thanks for your recommendation.

  7. Sandi J.
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 27, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    great eyeshadow
    • It goes on great and stays on until I take it off. Good advice, thanks Paula's team for all the research.

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