“ Brand: Stargazer / Type: Styling Products „
Stargazer produce a wide range of makeup, often in colours that mainstream brands tend to avoid (blue lipstick for instance). As well as makeup they also make hairdyes and other styling products. I shall base my review on the products of theirs that I personally own, which have all been purchased from stalls in Camden (although I believe some of their stuff is sold in New Look and you can buy it online). 1) Red Mascara: It doesn't have a specific product name, just 'MASCARA' printed on the side of the tube, it doesn't even seem to have a colour code or name - I can tell it's red because the tube is see through. I bought this as I always use black mascara and wanted something bright and different that would stand out so I thought this red would do the trick. To be honest the results were disappointing - although the brush has a nice covering of mascara on it, very little of the seems to transfer to my eyelashes and what does transfer isn't nearly as bright as I'd hoped. This isn't something I'll be buying again. 2) Lipstick I own: 130 (bright purple) and somewhere I also have a blue and a black. The lipstick somes in a little black tube so it's not immediately obvious what the cover is - you have to take off the lid to find out. Upon opening you are greeted with a smell that reminds me of face paint and the lipstick itself is very thick and slightly greasy to the touch. When applying to the lips you have to use a bit of force to get it to transfer onto your skin and you'll need to sweep it over your lips a couple of times to get full coverage although the colour is true to appearances. Once on it feels quite heavy on the lips, but on the plus side it has real staying power - more so than any other lipstick I've tried, so you won't have to worry about reapplying after you've eaten. In the past I also had a red eyeshadow from stargazer than came in a little plastic pot with a flip lid - I was quite happy with this product as it was easy to apply, good strong colour and good lasting power. Unfortunately I seem to have lost it. Overall I can't say I've been that impressed with the makeup offered by Stargazer - it's alright, but nothing amazing. That said they're one of the few companies that offer makeup in startling colours and for a half decent price. If they had something I wanted in a colour that I couldn't get from another brand then I would buy again, otherwise probably not. As of this moment in time, I haven't tried any of their hairdyes, but would be willing to in the hope that they are as good as or better than Manic Panic.
I am a big fan of Stargazer products, especially for raves as the colors are bright, the products are great value for money and they always have some thing for me. I have used Stargazer eyeshadows, false eyelashes, hair extensions, UV paints and Lipsticks. They also do hair dye, Glitter spray, hair color sprays, bleach kits, glitter shakers, make up, nail varnish, make up tools and wigs. They have a large range of these things and the full range can be seen at www.stargazer-products.com. Some items can be bought in fancy dress stores, New Look Stores and Alternative shops. There is a store locator on their site if you wish to see where the nearest stockist is to you. I think you can buy direct from their website, but I am not 100% sure of this. I have never had a problem with any stargazer product, everything I have used has been perfect, and their make up really does stay put all night, very impressive. The prices are pretty good too, with most prices being below £5 for the make up and hair clip ins, with the most amazing colors you could think of, perfect for raving, or just looking awesome. I have known some of my friends to use stargazer products for things like theatre productions and dance shows, as well as raves and parties, so it has a bit of a wide use spectrum, the limit is your imagination I guess. I really do recommend stargazer products as I can not fault them in anyway, and everything of theirs I have used has been brilliant
*BACKGROUND* Stargazer is a cosmetic company that produces cruelty free, highly pigmented cosmetics. It began as a stall in a London market and has become a staple in the make-up bags of goths, punks, emos, alternatives, clubbers, and more recently in mainstream fashion, being sold in New Look stores. They do not have a shop, choosing to operate as an online retailer only at http://www.stargazer-products.com where you can purchase as an individual customer or enquire about wholesale. Prices range from £2 to £6 for cosmetics, maximum of £7 for make-up brushes and around £20 for wigs. I have been using stargazer as the bulk of my make-up bag for many years now, and regularly use most of their products (with the exception of hair dye and wigs). *PRODUCTS* It is my intention to write in-depth reviews of individual products so I will keep this section brief. Foundation: the pro-foundation comes in 8 shades ranging from translucent (my shade, far paler than the palest of most mainstream brands) to dark. The foundation comes in a pump tube, it is creamy and goes on flawlessly without sinking into pores. I rarely use any other foundation. The pro-stick also comes in 8 shades from light flesh (my choice) to soft copper. I tend to use this as a concealer and to cover red cheeks on hot days. It is buildable from light to heavy coverage. There is a pure white foundation also which comes in a glass bottle. This is used for a white face but can also function to tone down other make-up and as a base for customisation. Powder: all the foundation needs to be set with powder for a long lasting finish. The face powder comes in five shades in both pressed and loose. The powder is very fine and easy to use. Some shades are matte and some are shimmer, I use all shades for contouring and highlighting. The white powder is highly versatile, don't be afraid to try it because it won't make your face chalk white unless used with the white foundation. Coloured products: there are several types of coloured product, ranging from powder to cream to stick, shimmer and matte, loose and pressed, you really need to experiment with all types to find what you like. There are natural, bright and even neon shades for use anywhere you wish. All are highly pigmented. My personal favourite is the velvet eye shadow in 12 shades, it is fine powder which goes on even and can be a hint of colour or really bright. Pencils: the pencils are for use both on eyes and lips. I like this, the only differences in lip and eye pencils are the colour for most brands, and stargazer do not dictate what colours you should use where, they leave that up to you. They are glide on smooth and can be sharp or smudged. highly versatile. Liquid liner: this is the only product I have issues with. I find that the liner goes on thin and patchy, however I have discovered that the built in brush is the problem, not the liquid, since using a different brush I have had no problems with this. Lashes: I LOVE the mascara. There is only one type in multiple colours, it doesn't claim to volumise/lengthen/curl, simply colour your lashes, and it does that well with all shades. Since the range is originally targeted at the "alternative" community, they have a wide and varied range of false lashes. When wearing false lashes you want your natural lashes to blend into the base, and allow the false ones to shine through. The mascara is perfect for this, and without false lashes your lashes will be coloured individually, no clumping or alteration, and they are left soft, not stiff. Lips: there are countless colours of lipstick, like the eye-shadow there are many finishes, glitter, shimmer, matte, glossy. It goes on smooth, doesn't dry your lips or need re-applying every hour. The lip gloss is thick and conditioning without being sticky. My personal favourite is candy! Brushes: The brushes are synthetic due to their animal friendly policy, but don't let that put you off. They bristles are soft and fine and apply makeup evenly. I have the brush roll set (with all the brushes) and it is absolutely a brilliant investment. Others: there a many other products, none of which I have found fault with. I do not want to make this too long so I will cover them (and the products above) in their own reviews at a later date. *WEBSITE, ORDERING AND CUSTOMER SERVICE* The website is attractive and easy to navigate, purchasing is easy (as well as cost friendly!) and delivery is cheap and quick-UK £2, Europe £4.69, Rest £5.08-no matter how may items you buy. Delivery is quick, I have always received my order within 2 days. My only problem with the site is that it is irregularly updated, so while everything is there,there are remnants of discontinued products. You can't order them but the listing is still half there. Also when you add something to the basket it takes you to your purchases, it can be irritating when ordering multiple items. *WARNING* Many eBay sellers offer stargazer buy it now listings, but in many cases they are far up to 50% more expensive than the stargazer site, and that's before postage costs. I would strongly advise if you are interested in stargazer to purchase at http://www.stargazer-products.com and never on eBay. I hope this has been informative and useful, feel free to comment! © L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
This review is about the Stargazer Liquid Eyeliner (Black). I love Stargazer products because they come in so many great colours, they aren't expensive and they're not tested on animals. I use the liquid eyeliner everyday on my bottom lids and it's never caused any irritation to my lids or my eyes. Once you wipe the excess from the brush it goes on smoothly (as long as you don't have shaky hands!) and I found it so much easier to use this eyeliner than a pencil. The little brush also makes doing designs by the sides of your eyes effortless (you can create a great Egyptian look!) You can apply it heavily or lightly but either way it really makes your eyes stand out and seem larger than they are. I find it lasts well and doesn't run easily but can be removed without difficulty using a wet wipe or make-up remover at the end of the day. It comes in various striking shades including white, red, blue, violet, turquoise, pink as well as classic brown or black. It costs £3 from their website and it usually costs around the same in shops. Stargazer products can usually be found in stores that sell alternative clothing or independent cosmetics. Considering I use this everyday, and sometimes re-apply, just one can last me a few months so it's excellent value for money.
During my goth days as a teen I was a faithful Stargazer user, I used to love their white foundation and black lipstick and was forever stocking up on their fabulous eye dusts. Unfortunately I can't seem to find any Stargazer products around my home town anymore, but if I could - no doubt I'd be buying everything they sold again!. Stargazer also do a great hair colour range, they have a huge selection of beautiful, bright, vibrant hues (ranging from lime green and hot pink through to more natural colours such as burgundy and mahogany). These hair colours have great staying power and won't wash out or fade as easily as some brands. The eye dusts are also fabulous and there is such a vast range of colours you'll find yourself wanting to buy them all. The staying power is great for the cheap price you pay and they're all highly pigmented and bright. All in all Stargazer do a fantastic range of cosmetics, their colours are truly creative and beautiful and the price is unbelievabley cheap for the quality you're getting!.
The Stargazer brand is one of my favorite make up brands if not only for the fact thta it is always so cheap! But it is also really unique too. Some of the products thats stargzaer makes, I am yet to find in other brands such as their UV face and body paint and UV eyeliners. All the products they produce are of a very high quality and a lot of the time in really bright and/or different colours than you are used to seeing in other high street brands. Stargazer do a really good range of hair colours too which rival the market leader "directions". A few other products I would reccomend from Stargazers vast range are: The pressed powders The white pressed face powder (for fancy dress, very handy) The nail varnishes The eye dusts Stargazer also do the biggest range of coloured false eyelashes I have ever encountered from any make up brand, their range runs into over a hundred styles ranging from small cute ones to full blown drag queen style lashes, these are brilliant for fancy dress or just for fun. Much reccomended brand!