Monday, 29 October 2007

Stargazer Eye Dust

RRP: £3
no. of shades available: 44
available from - they deliver all over the world. You will be charged in £ sterling.

--What does the promo say?--
"Coloured loose powder available in a mix of vibrant colours for application around the eyes. The colours are dense and give a very good strong finish on the skin. All the eye dust colours give you a fine shimmered effect which can be applied by hand or make up brush. Some of the colours have a slight metallic sheen on the skin while other colours are a little more subtle."

--About the brand--
Stargazer was established in 1978 with the opening of a stall in the Great Gear Market in the Kings Road, London. Kings Road was the centre of the punk fashion in London at the time and it was this attitude towards colour and the outrages that moulded many of the company’s ideas behind the ranges that they produce. They still are based in the UK as their base is in Croydon on the outskirts of London. In the 1980s Stargazer began to expand into the department stores trying to bring the colours we produced to a wider audience. Then in the late 1980s they started to slowly produce the products themselves. Now they produce the majority of the products in-house. Stargazer not only sells cosmetics but also sells hair and nail products, face paint, wigs, and face and body jewellery. None of the products are tested on animals, and all of the products are vegan except for the bleach kits and eye shadow/blusher colours.

A small screw-top plastic black pot with a clear window in the lid so that the eye dust colour can be easily seen, and the brand name written on the side of the pot itself in a gold cursive script. If I were designing it I would perhaps change the font so that it better reflects the brand's punk roots. Tiny amounts of the powder leak out of the crease where the lid and pot meet, but this really is only a tiny amount. The pot is easy to open and close and I like how you can see the colour easily through the lid.

On the site they say you can apply this with your fingers but I don't think I'd recommend it as I expect it would be messy and wouldn't allow for precise application. So get a brush, apply a primer to your eyelid, and then carefully dip the brush in the pot and apply it to the eyelids a small amount at a time.

Very fine and glittery. The particles aren't too big at all and spread over the eyelid very smoothly.

Successfully glittery without looking overdone. Subtle shades are available alongside the wackier shades. While the range of available colours on the website is mind-boggling, some of them look pretty similar on the website, so choose carefully.

Easily a threat to its more expensive competitor, the MAC pigments.

--Value for money--
At a mere £3 a pot you really cannot lose.

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