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~Dazzling little pots of colour from 2true!~
I have bought a few of these little pots of dazzle dust from the 2true range after having found them on sale in Superdrug sometime ago. At the time I was looking for a small pot of slightly shimmery highlighter powder to replace one that had recently run out and after having had no luck finding the same product I was directed towards the 2true range by a helpful sales assistant. I hadn't tried anything from this product range before, so I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of performance. As the dazzle dusts offered good value for money, due to that fact that certain colours in the range were reduced to 99p each I felt they were worth considering, so I bought 3 Dazzler pots to see how each performed.
The range of colours offered in the Dazzlers range is fairly good in my opinion as there are a total of 14 colours to choose from to suit a range of moods and make up looks. I recall seeing blue, green, silver, purple, grey and pink amongst the colours available as well as a number of other paler colour options. Considering that the price per Dazzler pot is often just £1.99, I feel that the range on offer is rather good. In my opinion prices are very reasonable and the colour options on offer appear attractive and highly usable. I have bought and used 2 of the paler off white/ creamy coloured shimmer effect Dazzler pots, as well as a light bronze metallic coloured version of the product and found them to be rather good.
~How I used the product~
I bought the paler coloured Dazzler shadows to use instead of a shimmer effect highlighter product, as I couldn't find a highlighter product in the shade I wanted at the time. I have often purchased these types of mini shimmer dusts from other brands to use instead of a highlighter, as I find that they generally work rather well when used with care. I would say that this particular dazzle dust is of a fair quality, is easy to apply where required and stays put for a good length of time when applied over foundation. I have used my Dazzler colours as eye shadows at times too and found that they work equally well.
~Product design/ ease of use~
I have one of the little pots of dazzle dust with me whilst writing this and can say that the product container appears simple and sleek, with a plain black screw top lid and a clear plastic storage base that holds the eye shadow safely and securely within, prior to being opened for the first time. The 2true brand name is highlighted in a bold purple/ pink colour that stands out well on the plain coloured product lid. There is no description about how to use the product, as the only label of any sort is so small that there is barely any room on it for anything other than a barcode and list of ingredients underneath that on a second layer of sticky paper label. In this case I don't feel that instructions for use were overly important, as most make up buyers and wearers (including myself) are familiar with the concept of dazzle dust in my opinion.
The colour name used for the pale creamy/ silver white dazzle dust I use as a highlighter is merely written as being shade 2. I have used another shade from the range as a highlighter product, although I slightly prefer this one as I feel it looks better when applied over foundation if applied with care and attention. When I use my Dazzler pots I find that the compact container lids are easy to twist on and off, revealing the dazzle dust within. In my experience these simple lids make a reasonable seal that keeps most, if not all of the remaining dazzle dust in its container ready for future use. There are no rough edges to the lids or bases of these containers and the compact size of them makes them easy to store when not in use in my opinion.
When these storage pots are new and unopened they look fresh and neat in my opinion, as they have an inner clear plastic seal across the top of the salt and pepper style shaker that is fitted to the inside of each container. Once you peel the seal away and begin to shake the little containers to release some of the dazzle dust, the top of the shaker, the product lid and sides of these screw top containers can become coated in some of the dazzle dust. This means the dazzle pots can be a little messy to handle, as with with continued usage the storage pots become quite dusty over time. I find that I need to wipe my dazzle pots over from time to time to ensure that they aren't too coated with dazzle dust, otherwise my make up bag ends up coated in a thin layer of shimmery powder.
~Using the dazzle dust~
When I use my dazzle dust I like to apply some of it across my brow bones and cheek bones as well as a little tiny swish of shimmer dust across the middle of the chin area. I find that this gives a very lightly dewy and appealingly highlighted look to those areas of the face that require a little extra definition. In summer time when I wear far less make up and often have a light tan, I tend to simply swish a little of the dazzle dust across the chin, cheek and brow bones and then apply some of the same shade to the eye area very lightly to give a subtle summer time look that appears fresh and attractive.
I find that I only need to use a tiny amount of dazzle dust each time in order to get good results as a lighter layer of shimmer powder works better than a claggy heavier one in my experience. I tend to pick up some of the dust with a small blusher brush and then tap away any excess before swirling the remaining dazzle dust over the areas of the face that require a nice little boost of light shimmery highlighter. I feel that I get the best from my dazzle pots when I use the product sparingly as I can more easily control where the dust ends up.
If using the dazzle dust as a blended eye shadow along with other colours, I make sure that I pick up a small amount of shimmer powder and apply it with a sponge style eye shadow applicator to the areas that I feel will suit the colour I am using. In the case of the bronze colour I have, I find that it works well when used towards the outer area of the eye lid and also as a light liner effect under the lower lash line, again at the outer edges. I then apply a complimentary colour to the rest of the eye lid, with a little highlighter towards the area just under the brow line. I find that this looks very attractive and works well to enhance my eyes once I follow up with a little mascara to highlight my eye lashes.
~My top tip for a tip top finish!~
When using these dazzle dusts I would recommend the less is more ethos, as using too much shimmer powder can mean that you end up with glittery particles on areas of the skin where they are not required. Shaking or tapping away any excess powder from the applicator brush on the back of the hand when using the lighter colours as a highlighter product ensures that I get the best results, with no unwanted mess. I find that a little dazzle dust goes a long way and once in place on the skin it fixes well if applied over a good foundation base. Over time the shimmer effect does fade a little, although in my experience the dazzle dust will generally last for most of the day.
~Ways 2true say you can use the product~
The makers of the dazzle dusts say that they are 'Ideal as a highlighter under eyebrows or across cheeks, for colouring above or below lashes or for sweeping right into the corner of the eye for extra sparkle'. I have used the lighter coloured creamy silver/ white shimmer colours in this way and found them to be very reliable with no adverse reactions to the skin, so feel that I can agree with the suggested ways to use these little pots of shimmer powder. The darker and more colourful blends are mostly suited for use as an eye shadow product, except perhaps for the pink shades, which could perhaps be used in summer over a tan instead of a more traditional blusher product.
~Product rating/ price~
I have been pleased with the quality of the 2true dazzle dusts I have used and have found them to offer good value for money. Most often the cost of a single pot of dazzle dust is £1.99, although there are sometimes 3 for £5 offers on the 2true range. I feel this is very good value as you are able to mix and match products from across the range. My rating for 2true eye shadow Dazzlers is 4 stars as I find them to be of a reliable quality. I have deducted a star due to the fact that the applicator pots can become dusty and messy over time, although this is not a fault with this particular product over other similar dazzle dusts I have bought and used, as I find that they all end up coated in dust over time.
I bet most of you have heard of Natural Collection for its 3 for £5 deal but have you heard of 2True for its 3 for £4.99?
Each item in the 2True individually retails for £1.99 and unlike Boots Natural Collection consists of less 'natural' and neutral products and more daring colours.
I bought these as a slightly cheaper alternative to the Barry M Dazzle Dusts, which are higly raved about. I find that due to the colours of these and the fall out of these during application, I do not use these very often.
Unlike the Barry M dazzle dusts, which are very soft in texture , colours in this range, namely shade 6, aren't as soft and instead is made up from glitter which can be a lot harder to apply to your eyes without fallout.
Of course with all pigments there is fallout,but because these Eyeshadow dazzlers are glitter, fallout can be extremely messy and hard to clean up.
When using these I have to do more eye make-up first as a precaution from the fall out and eye shadow primer is definately an essential to ensure that the glitter stays on your eyes and doesn't transfer to your face,hands and area around you.
These are great for a party or a fancy dress outfit but can be a faff for everyday wear as the product gets everywhere.
Unfortunately not a product I would recommend or repurchase.
I like to experiment with products by 2True because some of them are really good, and they're so cheap that I can afford to.
I quite like this eyeshadow, but it does have its good and bad points.
I like the colours which are available and because they are so cheap I like to play around with different looks using multiple colours, and the appearance of the product once applied is generally good.
The pot of eyeshadow does not come with an applicator brush, so you have to use your own, but because its so cheap this doesn't matter too much. Another negative point though, is that once applied the eyeshadow tends to come off very quickly. On a night out I found that this eyeshadow only lasted an hour or so before it had come off. On the plus side to this point, it did just fade, it didn't smudge all across my face making it obvious! However on the go application with this product is pretty hard, so I wouldn't expect to have it on all night if you decide to wear it out!
Cheap cheap cheap!
The 2true range is exclusive to Superdrug and is what you would call very cheap. The range includes all the usual items - lipglosses, powders, and so on, and everything costs a mere £1.99 or you can buy any three products in the range for £4.99.
The Dazzlers are loose sparkly eye powders that come in little pots. There are 14 shades in the range, and the shade I have is No.3 which is a dark purply-silver colour. It looks quite dramatic and definitely one for nights out!
Living the high life
I bought this item a long time ago and I have never used it much. In fact it lives in the bottom of the make-up bag which I keep stashed in my drawer at work, for all those times I get unexpected invites to glamorous places and need to add some sparkle to my outfit (i.e. never). But I recently stumbled across it and decided to give it a go as in fact I do have a glamorous evening out after work coming up very shortly.
The product comes in a small plastic pot - it's nothing special to look at really. It has a plain black lid and a clear plastic bottom so you can just about see the product inside. With the packaging of this product, you definitely get what you pay for - it is completely unspectacular, but it's what's inside that counts, right? One thing in its favour - it is very small so would fit into any tiny bag or purse - or even a pocket.
When you unscrew the top the product has one of those plastic covers with holes on the top that I never quite see the point of. Are you supposed to dig your brush through the holes in the pot? Or give it a shake so just a little sits on the top? Either way, once it's been chucked about in my makeup bag, a load of the dust has come out through the holes anyway.
A handy test
To test this for the purposes of this review, I first swept a good bit of dust on the back of my hand so I could really look at the colour. The dust itself looks lovely when you first get a dab on the tip of your finger (as I do) - it's a nice purply-silver colour with hints of silver and a nice bit of shimmer and sparkle to it. It is quite a dramatic looking shade and looks as if it would make quite an impact once applied to the eyelids. The dust itself is very fine and goes on smoothly and easily ... but loses a lot of its intensity as you apply it. In fact I was soon left with what looked like a very pale but slightly shimmery bruise on the back of my hand!
But on to the real test - after all this is eyeshadow and not backofhandshadow. It goes on very easily to the eyelids - again I use my fingertips as this for me is my fave way of applying loose powder eyeshadows. You have to be quite careful applying this as obviously little bits of the powder can go everywhere, so less is more and of course you can also build up the colour - it's easier to add than take away! A little dab on the lids leaves them with a very subtle, light purply colour which is quite pretty and not as dramatic as you would think it's going to be. But then you can add more - perhaps to the lashline and outer corners of the eye - to make the look more dramatic. This looks pretty good, I must say, but isn't very sparkly or dramatic. I used a primer before applying this as I was sure it would crease, and I think this definitely helped the staying power - because this did stay put all night when I applied it.
Not bad, not great
Overall this is a perfectly decent eyeshadow for the price but it isn't as dramatic or exciting as you may think looking at it in the pot. To really vamp it up, you'd need to use other eye products that would help give the look some oomph. And it certainly lacks the impact and sparkle of my favourite "dazzler" eyeshadows which are the Barry M Dazzle Dusts. These to me are a bit of a poor (wo)man's version!
For under £2 I guess it's hard to complain too much about this product! But I think I'd rather save up a few pounds more and go for the Barry M version which, I think , delivers a bit more on the dazzle and drama front.
The other night I had a night out. I've never really been much of a make up wearer, usually just slicking on some lip balm and a little mascara, but as my confidence has grown due to weight loss, I decided to buy some make up and tart myself up a little .
Not really having the first clue what I was looking for when I went into Superdrug, I gasped in horror at the prices of some of the make up ranges, and then I spotted a carousel for the 2true range, offering items at 1.95, or £5 for three. I swept a large selection into my basket, proudly paid at the till, and went home to get ready .
Three of the items I picked up were these little Dazzler Eyeshadow Pots - little glass pots with black lids containing loose powder eyeshadow. There were a wide variety to choose from, in lots of different colours, I opted for a pale shimmery blue, a darker shimmery purple, and a small pot of pearly white glitter.
There is one immediate disadvantage to these pots - they don't include brushes, so you will need to pick some up . Making do with a cotton bud, I set to work.The first thing I had to do was remove the small piece of clear plastic keeping these sealed, and then tap a little powder into the lid, before using the cotton bud to apply it .
As I applied, I noticed some of the powder falling onto my cheeks - a quick wipe off soon got rid of that though. What actually made it to my eyes spread well, giving me a nice bright colour result with just a hint of sexy shimmer.
A single application lasted all night, which I'm glad about, as I suspect these pots have the potential to make a fair bit of mess in a handbag.
Overall, I'm very impressed with this eyeshadow - at just 1.95 a pot, it is significantly cheaper than many other brands, yet delivers results just as colourful . 5 stars .
At £1.95 a time or as part of the 3 for £5 offer from Superdrug or Superdrug.com these little pots o' fun are a half price alternative to Barry M Dazzle Dust.
They are packaged in teeny clear pots with black lids sporting the pink 2true branding. They take up barely any room in your makeup bag and contain enough of the finely milled mixture to last a few months of regular wear.
I would definitely recommend wearing a base under this eyeshadow as it is very fine and requires something to stick to. My personal favorite is Benefits Lemon Aid - check out my review of this product to see how much I love it. I would say that the 2True product is less pigmented than it's Barry M rival but it blends well with other colours and gives a nice effect.
Colour fall out is to be expected with loose powder shadows and this one is no different. The glitter from some of the shades seems to get everywhere so I tend to do my eye makeup first, that way you can wipe away any stray shadow without ruining your foundation.
Overall I think this is a really good product. As long as you use a good base this shadow should stay put for hours without too much creasing and there are some really lovely colours in the range. The price makes them perfect for someone starting out with makeup and experiementing with different looks and the quality is good enough to grant them a place in the most accomplished makeup collection.
Reading the other reviews I can see that opinion is definitely divided on this product. I would say though, that at this price, it is worth trying for yourself. Let us know how it goes!
When I last when to a friend's house I instantly fell in love with the Barry M eye shadow dust that I borrowed and next day went to buy some because it lasted all day and the colour was really awesome. But deciding that maybe they weren't the money I decided to look for cheaper versions and found the 2True makeup stand in Superdrug. I was quite ecstatic because the offer was three items for a fiver and they had practically the same stuff as Barry M. So I bought two pots in blue and purple and an eye definer pencil in black. Excited to try my new stuff out I went home and decided to try a new makeup look out and suffice to say I was disappointed. The black and the blue looked grey and didn't seem to have any colour, also after foundation and powder, so not unusual from a normal make up routine it all wore of and went into my eyelid creases ion a matter of half an hour. This is one of those products that would pay more for to have a better effect. And the colour range wasn't even that wide anyways.
A cheap and not great standard glistening and dramatic coloured eyeshadow, but needs a base for it to stick to the eyelid sufficiently.
Im a fan of dramatic eyeshadows and generally strong colours which 2True dazzlers are presumed to create but are not long wearing and are so loose in powder they have no substance which the particles connect themselves to on the eyelid so once applied it generally falls straight off usually on top of the cheeks and nose where you have just applied your foundation and powder.
A cheap alternative to barry m products however barry m far outweigh this product in my opinion and the colours of 2True are not vast enough to compete.
A cheap product which if a splash of colour is needed urgently, a colour requires top up or if money is seriously short but make up is needed for a night out then go for it, but budget wise its generally a waste of money.
Okay, I have absolutely no idea where I got this item from...must of nicked from my sisters room and used it without her permission...Ah well.
So anyways, this is the 2True Dazzlers Eyeshadow, which is probably their equivalent of BarryM's Dazzle Dust - Only cheaper and not as good-looking.
It's of the same consistancy and quality because you can blend it or just apply it with difficulty, just as you do with the BarryM version.
It comes in a diddy transparent tub, with a black lid and it's a screw on one (not sure why I'm explaining this as you can see perfectly clearly what it looks like in the picture. oops.).
Using this product:
Once you have taken the little lid off, you will probably need a little brush to apply the eyeshadow to your eyelid, but never put much on because you'll get a load of fall-out all over your nice clean face. This will lead to you having to start again.
In my experience with this nasty product, I've found it terribly difficult to apply it because it goes EVERYWHERE. Even if you breathe gently near it, it has a mind of it's own.
Oh, and I've found that it divides itself into clumps, and you don't get much for your money.
Don't buy it!
After trawling around Superdrug on a "need new stuff but dunno what" hunt, I came across the 2 True make up range. They were displayed on their own turning stand, and I must admit that my first impression was that they looked like an awful cheap brand that was aimed at young girls just starting out on their "need make up to look beautiful" journey. Then I noticed the price and in these budget conscious times, I got drawn into taking a closer look.
Everything that I saw on the display stand was less than £2.00! To make things even sweeter, it appears that 2 True run a long standing offer of 3 products for £5.00 - wow, it seemed like a real bargain...but what are the products like?
Well, for my fivers worth I chose 2 of the Dazzlers Eyeshadow pots, and a bottle of nail varnish basecoat (to be reviewed at a later date).
The pots containing the eyeshadow are very small and dinky in size - rather cute actually (yes I know, I'm 33 years old, I shouldn't be using cute in such context, but I'm still a young 'un at heart!) There are lots of colours to choose from, including pinks, purples, silver, and gold. The base of the pot is clear plastic which gives a great view of the product you are buying. The black plastic lid twists off with ease, to reveal a plastic cap with holes in it, covering the powder. These 6 holes allow a generous amount of the product through them ready for use.
On first use, you twist off the lid and then have to remove a clear plastic sticker that covers the holes. This is easier said than done - I don't think I have ever had such a problem removing a sticker before! Once removed, just replace the lid and tip the pot upside down and back again to get the powder through the holes.
When I use these eyeshadows, I don't use the powder directly from the holed cap. Instead I take it from the inside of the black lid where just enough powder seems to form. I apply the powder with a thick bristle eyeshadow brush - tapping or blowing the excess powder off the brush before applying to my eyes. I find doing it this way minimises the powder fall-out on my cheeks.
I bought two of the dazzle eyeshadows in co-ordinating colour tones so I could blend them together. Both are purple, one light (shade no.3) and one darker (shade no.12). I was immediately more than impressed. The strength of colour that can be achieved is brilliant for such a cheap product. It goes on extremely well - smoothly, and blends superbly. A little powder goes a long way. I found that when wearing it, it lasted surpringly well - easily good enough for a night out. The powders have a real shimmery sheen to them - but the colours I have are not too glittery - I find that they can be toned down for daytime wear too.
I was really amazed by how good these actually were for the price, and they make the perfect addition to my make up bag. I fully intend to treat myself to a few more of the colours, as well as try the other products in the 2 True range.
Barry M may be the most popular brand of glitter eyeshadows owing to their bright and long lasting products. However, having given this product a go, i would now opt for 2 True every single time. Not only due to the low prices (they offer 3 products for £5) but as this provides as good a sparkle as its competition.
With Barry M, i found that the glitter could be a bit too chunky leading to sparkly bits locking themselves onto your mascara. But with 2True, the glitter is relatively fine allowing you to decide whether you just want to add a bit of sparkle to your peepers or become a fully fledged disco diva.
I have bought both the gold and silver glitters but there are several colours out there and the prices mean you can buy in bulk (unlike the Barry M products). They stay on for a night out and are easy to remove using eye make up remover.
Just be careful of who you get close to as an indiscrimating amount of this product will attach itself to any interested party...
Usually I use the Barry M version of these but when I saw 3 for £5 in Superdrug I thought I would try these instead. They have a wide range of colours I have tried gold, dark silver, blue, pink and silver ones. They all have little bits of glitter in them so are very shimmery.
The pot is round with little holes in the lid this makes thier application easy just tip the pot upside down and some will come out. They are best applied using an eyeshadow brush not the sponge eyeshadow applicators.
They can be quite messy to apply as they go all over your cheek I solved this by putting a tissue under my eye whilst I was applying it. Although once they are on your eye they stay well and can also be blended with other colours from the range easily to give a multicoloured effect.
They can also be used by mixing them with a bit of vaseline this makes them more like a cream and are much easier to apply and don't have so much of a glitter look but more of a shimmer.
Also a random discovery of mine if you mix it with clear nail varnish it gives a lovely shimmery colour or a darker colour depending on the amount you use. It doesn't go flakey as you might expect it lasts for a few days without chipping.
When you come to take it off this can be quite awkward as bits of glitter are always left so you need to have a good makeup remover.
I would recommend this product it is cheap has a good range of colours, looks good and lasts well.
I tend not to wear make up every day, mainly because I am just at home with Harry and he doesn't really appreciate it, but when I go out at weekends or with daddy2harry, I like to make the effort to put on a bit of slap. It makes me feel a bit better too! However, I am not one to spend a fortune on something I seldom use, so when I saw these 2True eyeshadow dazzler dusts on offer for 3 for £5, I couldn't resist.
2True are a company which I believe are only sold in Superdrug stores, and are at a much lower price than more well known cosmetic brands such as Barry M and Urban Decay. However, I thought it was worth a try for that price, and I was quite impressed at the selection of products and colours available in the shop. Among the products I saw lip glosses, eyeshadow dazzlers, eye liners and mascaras, so something to suit everyone.
As I like to add a bit of colour when I choose to wear make-up, I decided to take 3 of the dazzler eyeshadow pots. From what I remember, there was 12 different colours to choose from, ranging from white through to dark blues and greys, so a nice range of colours were available. The eyeshadows come in little plastic pots with black lids. The pots were obviously see-through so you could see the colour inside, and each pot holds 11 grams of eyeshadow. They aren't named colours, instead they are just numbered 1-12.
When I got the eyeshadows home, I wanted to try one out straight away to see what the quality was like, and whether or not I'd wasted my money! I'd chosen a bright purple, a green and a silvery sparkle one, and I thought I'd try the silver sparkle first as this was the most subtle for daywear. When you unscrew the black lid, there is a clear plastic sticker covering the holes of the pot. Now, I am not at all stupid but I could not remove this sticker for the life of me. I had to resort to getting a sharp kitchen knife and literally digging under it before it peeled off, and this was the case for all 3 pots which I found to be a right pain.
After I'd (eventually) got the pot open, there was a circle of holes where the eyeshadow was to be dispensed. I tilted the pot slowly to the side and tapped on the base gently to encourage the eyeshadow out. It came out very slowly, so I put the lid back on, gave it a shake and reopened it. This worked much better and there was a good sprinkling of eyeshadow over the lid and the pot. I got my eyeshadow brush and gently scooped up a bit from the lid onto the brush. This was easy to do and it stayed on the brush quite well and didn't make a mess.
I then slowly spread the eyeshadow across my eyelid, gently because I didn't want it to go all over my face and the sink! I found that most of the eyeshadow did indeed stay on my eyelids, but a lot of glitter still fell onto my cheeks and underneath my eyes which was a tad ridiculous, I couldn't move without sparkling like a glittered up person! I tried just brushing it away with my hands but that just spread it and also covered my fingers so I ended up with a baby wipe, rubbing it from my face. It took quite a few wipes to get it off my face which was annoying, but I soon realised it might be because of the glittery texture of this shadow.
I then decided to try the purple one to see if I had the same problem. This one seemed more powdery than the silver one which was almost pieces of glitter so I was a bit more hopeful about this. Again I popped it onto my brush and application was much more successful this time. It didn't fall onto my face as much and the small amount that did was easy to remove with a wipe. The colour was good, nice and rich and deep and a tad sparkly too, so I was really impressed with that! I found putting it on was much easier with my finger as I could much more easily control the amount and colour depth and I didn't make as much of a mess! At the end of the night, they came off easily with a make-up remover wipe and didn't leave any staining or residue either.
For the money, I think these eyeshadows are great value and a good product as well. I would definitely recommend putting these on before you apply any other make up as otherwise you'll just have to take it all off and reapply because of the mess, especially if you use the silvery sparkle one I did! There is a nice variety of colours available, and at £1.99 each or 3 for £5, they're a bargain and definitely something I'll being buying again. Available in Superdrug stores, and a small selection of colours is also available on the website www.superdrug.co.uk.
Thank you for reading.
Create a dazzling look!