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The Nude Wear collection from Physicians Formula is out now and while I wasn't planning on picking up anything, it all changed as soon as I saw the rose gold packaging. And those little bows! I literally wanted to grab everything on the display but I practiced self-control and limited myself to only two items that I'll actually use and today I have a review of one of them to share with you – the concealer/highlighter pen!
I know I tend to go overboard with packaging details and lately I've been trying to limit the description to only one or two sentences but for this review, I may have to make an exception! This highlighter pen comes in a rose-gold theme and on the cap has this cute shiny little bow on it that just screams feminine.
The pen itself has a clear window to show the color of the product inside, and is wrapped around by a stingray patterned faux leather in pale pink (for a grip). I mean, it can't get any more gorgeous than this, right?! Especially for a drugstore product! :) It has a brush tip applicator and while the bristles are not the softest, they are not scratchy or feel rough on the skin at all. To use, simply twist the bottom part to release the product onto the bristles, apply on the skin, and blend with a ring finger or a brush.
OK, now that we have got the superficial out of the way, let's talk about the product itself. This pen is formulated to be a liquid concealer/highlighter/touch-up tool. The shade that I have is called Nude Glow 6264 (not sure if there are more shades, I only saw this one on the display) which blends seamlessly with my NC30 with yellow undertone skin. The liquid has 100% Nude Pigments and light-reflecting particles in it to give skin a soft radiance while remaining natural-looking and allowing the skin's natural glow to shine through.
The consistency is neither thick or thin, I'd say it's slightly less dry and more creamy than the YSL Touche Éclat but the coverage is not quite as full. It is rather lightweight and spreads really easily on moisturized skin. I find it to settle into fine lines just a little bit after blending (or patting) but it's barely noticeable.
I mainly use it as a highlighter pen to brighten up the under eye area making it look more awake and lifted. It's also worth mentioning that I am testing this product on the basis that my dark circles are not prominent and therefore I can't confirm if this is going to work on people with serious dark circles. Judging from the coverage, though, I have a feeling it will at least soften them up, if not completely covering them.
I have also had great results using it to conceal the redness around my nose and highlight the “shadowy” areas of my face for a lifting effect! Besides the under eye and inner cheek areas, I also swipe the applicator across the center of my forehead, above my eyebrows, inner corners of the eyes, down the nose, on the Cupid's Bow, on my chin, and a little bit on the cheekbones to brighten up my whole face. The brightening/highlighting effect is very subtle but you can definitely see a difference.
I get an all-day wear, too! And without creasing! Granted, my face doesn't get oily in the cold weather so I'm anxious to try it in the Summer to see if creases or fades at all.
Overall, this is a decent and versatile highlighter pen. It's low-maintenance, easy to use, and convenient carry with you. It does a good job for what it's made for, sold at a reasonable price, and did I mention comes with a cute packaging (hah! I knew I had to throw it in again somewhere!), you really can't go wrong with it. I will be reviewing the other product that I also purchased from the Nude Wear collection too very soon so stay tuned for that! :)