Last year I bought 6 of these Star Gazer Florescent pressed powders in all 6 colours available; red, yellow, green, blue, pink and orange.
I bought them online as I had a Halloween party coming up and thought these looked fun.
Star Gazer is a brand that was established back in 1978. They produce a wide range of brightly coloured cosmetics (not just florescent coloured products), wacky and wonderful hair dyes, hair mascaras and even brightly coloured wigs.
~ Price and availability ~
It is not the easiest to get hold of and although you can view their products online at www.stargazer-products.com they are not available to buy from there. You do see them now and then in drug stores, but they aren't regularly stocked in any local shops that I know of.
They are available on Amazon and ebay. I bought my eyeshadows from ebay as that's where they were cheapest at the time.
You can currently buy all 6 of them on ebay for £11.99 or individually for around £2.50 each.
They are priced similarly on Amazon, but just 5 eyeshadows (all but the blue one) cost £12.99. There are also palettes of 10 colours for around £15.00.
~ Packaging ~
Each eyeshadow is just over an inch in diameter and is round and set in a thin black plastic backing. There is a clear lid on a hinge which covers the eyeshadow to protect it and this has 'Star Gazer' on it in black lettering. There is a sticker on the bottom of each eyeshadow with a long list of the ingredients, the name of the shade and it also tells you that this product was made in the UK.
The shade names are quite funny. The neon green one is called 'forest' and the yellow is called 'lemon yellow'. Usually forest would represent a much darker green and lemon yellow a much lighter less bold yellow.
The packaging seems fairly cheap, thin and flimsy, but none of mine have broken.
~ Use ~
The eyeshadows are neon colours which doesn't always show on internet pictures of them.
The lighter colours such as the green, orange and yellow are difficult to transfer and look transparent on application so require quite a lot of building up. I wouldn't say the eyeshadow looks neon on your skin, but notably bright.
The neon red eyeshadow is more of a pinky red colour, but it is still neon bright and it can be applied easily without needing to be built up and I find the same with the blue and pink eyeshadows.
The eyeshadow is long lasting and it really draws attention to your eyes.
The eyeshadow is also supposed to glow on your skin under UV light, but I have not tried this under UV light so am unable to comment on whether this works.
Overall I think these eyeshadows aren't bad for a bit of fun. They're never going to be part of the every day routine so I don't think they are bad for what they are. They are cheap and cheerful. Not all of the colours transfer very easily, but the colours can be built up and it looks bold and effective on.
I was looking for some UV reactive eyeshadows for clubbing when I bought them. I've had the orange, pink, yellow and green.
They are realativly easy to apply and have relativly good staying power as long as they are applied over a base. the main issues I had with them were coverage and fading. A good coverage takes a bit of time and several layers. I had major problems with them fading over the course of a night, especialy the pink. I got better coverage with them using a stiff brush to apply thin layers.
They are very reactive under UV light, and they stay realtivly true to colour. There is the risk with them glowing is that mistakes are obvious, so is stray powder across your face.
The Powder itself did not survive very long in its solid state, and unfortunatly after a couple of outings where I had it in my bag, it cracked, and went everywhere;
The packaging on the other hand survived well, but did not hold the powder after it had begun to break up. Oddly, the orange gave me better coverage broken and the pink/yellow/green when solid.
I first found stargazer in a fancy dress store near me, and I thought the colors looked pretty cool, so I bought a couple of them for when I go to raves and parties.
They come in quite a large array of colors now, but the main UV ones are Forest (Green) Sea (Blue) Orange, Red, Yellow and Pink. These come in the form of small, pressed powder clip lid trays, and usually cost around £4, but they can be found for less if you look in the right places. For non UV colors, there is a massive range and these can be bought in New Look or on the stargazer website.
I love the fact that these colors are so vibrant, especially if you put them on with a wet applicator, and I find they last longer when used in this way. You hardly need to use any of the eye shadow, as a little really does go a long way, and because of this, they last ages, although do not keep them in your bag, they will break quite easuly and a powder explosion will occur, not the easiest thing to clean up!
This eye shadow lasted me all night at a rave, and still looked perfect even after hours of dancing and sweating, and yet it came off easily with a make up wipe when I wanted to take it off. Wish all make up was like this!
I recommend these eye shadows to everyone, as you really can not ask for much more from an eye shadow, these are great.
I love bright colours and really wanted some eye shadows that would make me stand out from the crowd in my favourite colours. It is very hard to come across super bright neon eye shadows so when I stumbled upon stargazer products I stocked up on a few colours.
I find you only need a small amount of powder to get a rich, bright colour. The powder blends well which is good if you want to blend two different colours together. You have to be careful when applying though because sometimes you can get some of the dust falling off on to your face and with it being so bright it is very obvious! The colour lasts a long time, although if you have been quite active out clubbing it is worth reapplying through the night. The eye shadows come in small flat circle pots so are handy for popping into your handbag no matter how small for when you go out.
The eyeshadows are great for nights out or just in general when you want to look different and be noticed. There is a large range of colours so you can always find a colour you like. The colours are all very attractive and even the neon green looks lovely when applied. They are quite cheap (I can't remember how much exactly) so you can afford to get a few colours. I would definitely recommend if you want to create a unique look that will last.
After using the Stargazer nail varnish for years I finally cracked the other day in New Look and bought myself some of their Stargazer Powders which are actually eye shadows. They all looked such bright, eye-catching colours so it was hard to pick just one. So I picked up two. I was going for a 60's themed night out for a friends birthday that night so I picked the brightest colours I possible could to try and match my outfit.
I personally picked up the bright pink shade and the bright blue one also but I think there is another 15 or 16 colours to choose from ranging green to white from black to yellow. If you like bright, somewhat obscure colours then this might be just the place to look.
And all the shades glow in UV lights so they are perfect for a night out in town, I got loads of nice comments when I wore this powder out.
For a full range of shades: http://www.kinkyangel.co.uk/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=149 is the place to go.
I first thought that you could only apply this as a normal eyeshadow, like all over your eyelid in one solid block of colour and I have done it like that and it does look very nice but apparently this "powder" has a few other uses.
The Eyeliner: I have used it this way and it does turn out really well if you do it right. You simply wet a eyeshadow brush just a little and dab it into the powder of the wet edge. Then just draw a line as thick or as thin as you like exactly where you would apply your normal liquid liner. This powder because it is such a bright colour makes a nice change from the usual black and looks really different but nice.
Now I only own the blue and pink powders so I have never tried it on my cheeks because I dont want to end up looking like an Eskimo or a pantomime dame but I guess that the red shade if applied sparingly could work really well.
I have tried out the pink one on my lips and trust me a little goes a really long way because the colour is so bright. If you are using it on your lips just wet your brush slightly before you apply because otherwise you will end up looking pretty silly and powdery. It does look nice on lips but it is certainly better for a night out and not everyday wear.
It lasts ages on eyes without flaking or fading so great value for money in my eyes.
Price & Availability:
I think you can buy these on online sites such as the one I posted earlier in this review but I think your best bet is having a look in New Look because that is the only shop I have ever seen them sold in. They cost around £2.50 each which is great considering how versatile they are but trust me you wont be able to just have one!
Overall I would say these powders are a great addition to any girls make-up bag. They are a lot like the Barry M Dazzle Dust Pots in colour and versatility but they are nearly half the price so you can go wrong. I highly recommend these to every woman because I think there is a shade for everyone and I will be certainly going to buy a few more shades of this when I get paid.
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Once only found online and in little independent stores, this brand of cosmetics is now available in branches of New Look at reasonable prices. It was nice to see these in a high street store as it used to be hard to track these down.
Stargazer eyeshadows are minimally packaged, highly pigmented eyecolours that you can use for more than just your eyes. The eyeshadow comes in a simple black bottomed compact style casing with a clear top so that you can see the colour at a glance. Inside is a pan of eyeshadow that is almost as big as the packaging itself.
The shade that I use most is a bright red shade. A little certainly goes a long way with this one so don't apply it like you would a usual eyeshadow, it will be far too much. You can also wet a liner brush and use this as a funky colour liner for your eyes. I've take this multi-tasking further and have since used it as blusher - please only use the teeniest amount for this or you will look like a rag-doll, and also as a lip colour - a dab of this with some balm over and you get a really nice red gloss shade.
This costs £3 a pot, but look out for reductions in New Look as I've been able to pick up this and other shades for 50p a pop. It's a bargain at £3 already though, as it's comparably to Barry M and Mac eyeshadows is you are looking for the bright colours. It's long lasting, hard wearing and worth a lot more than the price you'll pay.
Stargazer Neon Pressed Powder:
On Saturday I had a bit of a premonition that I should check the bank balance, normally this means I have forgotten about something and nasty charges are on the way; luckily in this case it was good news, the other half's wages had cleared early, (they weren't due to Tuesday), deciding it was fate telling us to have a night out we headed into town to get some supplies.
Having some New Look vouchers I decided to get a new top and some new make-up too! One of the goodies I treated myself to was some Stargazer neon pressed powder in a seriously bright green! I have to admit I LOVE stargazer stuff so I was chuffed when I realised New Look stock them and have such a good range.
The packaging of these powders is awesome. It isn't flashy but it works! A thick black plastic bottom holds a decent portion, (3.5g), of the powder and a clear plastic lid let's you see the colour at a glance. The catch is great and very strong while still being easy to open; I can do it with one hand which is great as sometimes when I put make-up on I feel like I need extra hands!
I have to admit that I didn't expect these powders to be as bright on my skin as they are in the pack but believe me they are BRIGHT. I was really chuffed when I applied some to my eyes and saw the gorgeous neon green colour. The colour is curiously called forest but it isn't remotely forest green, (well unless the forest they are referring to was one of Pink Floyd's acid induced trips)! On the Stargazer website the colour looks very subdued and isn't anything like the colour you will get. I also got an eyeliner pencil in the same colour and they worked really well together.
The powder goes on really easily without caking or getting dust all over your face. They blend easily, (I only ever use my fingers), and you can create some great effects with ease. If you a sharp pointed brush you can get a great eyeliner effect too. You can build up the colour if you want but to be honest these are so bright that you don't really need to.
In terms of lasting power I went out at 8.00pm to see a band, (they were called Hundred Days and awesome), and then went on to a rock and metal club and moshed and rocked out until 3.00am and when I got home I still needed to spend a bit of time with some make-up remover to get this off!
I had quite a few compliments, (okay from my friends and family but they still count), when wearing this and I felt great too, it really made my eyes which are my favourite feature stand out and the colour re-acts with the UV light in the club too which is awesome!
Like I said earlier I got this from New Look and it cost £3.00, they are £3.00 on the Stargazer website too, (www.stargazer-products.com). The colour on the New Look site is much more like the colour of the powder.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a really bright pressed powder, (you can use it as blusher too but I'm not sure Neon Green cheeks would look good), for a great price. You would have to look hard to get a better product and it would probably cost a small fortune.
(The picture above shows the full range but the colours aren't too close to the actual product).
Before i start this review, i feel the need to give you a heads up. I am a dirty little grunger. I love anything outlandish and loud, and i do tend to make myself look as eye catching as possible. ;) I must ask you to keep this in mind when pondering whether or not to invest in some Stargazer pressed powder. These are louder than an loud man, with a neon hat and a megaphone, standing on a massive tower of 70s sweatsuits. They are certainly not for the fainthearted and are guarenteed to make a statement!
Now we have that out the way, let me tell you a little bit about these Stargazer florescent pressed powders... :)
Honestly, the packing is very simple and clean. Black thick plastic compact with a clear front so you can see the colour of the pressed powder through. The cover is hinged with a strong solid clip to prevent any broken powder to new bag catastrophes, as well as having a rippled and raised edge. The traditional black stargazer logo is printed across the cover.
You get a good amount of product with this eyeshadow, with a weight of 3.5g. For those with allergies, the ingredients is listed across the back of the compact. I don't think its a magic idea to list it here, but if anyone wants me to email it i would be happy to.
Currently, i have the sea blue and rose pink colours. These are fantastic and very bright neon shade. According to the stargazer website, they also have the shades;
- forest (neon green)
- Lemon yellow (neon yellow)
- Orange (can you guess it?! neon orange)
- Rouge (neon red)
The colours are amazing, and certainly a change from the norm. The UV shades are eyecatching and fantastic, and very easy to apply. Within the compact no brush is supplied, but the thick powder makes it fairly easily to apply with a finger, or invest in a set of brushes. However, the colour can be a little clumpy, and does tend to crinkle after a few hours if applied too thick.
However, the colours last brilliantly, sometimes a little too good! You need a good strong make up remover to get these to come off after, especially with the rose pink which tends to stain a little if not removed properly.
You get a good amount of powder with these, and i have had mine over 6 months and still have plenty left. Although the worst thing with these is that thy always seem to break! I had only had mine a few days before the powders smashed and balled inside the containers. This isn't a problem for me as i find them easier to apply like this and the catches are strong which keep the powder from spilling everywhere, though you do need to be careful when you open them.
Where to buy?
I buy my stargazer shadows from a small local retailer for £2.50, but if you don't have a local stockist you can buy them online from www.stargazer-products.com for £3 in the 'neon girl' section. Many 'alternative' shopping areas such as Camden, London or the Covent Garden markets all sell these but be careful not to pay over the odds, some places overinflate the prices to £5 or £6. Also, ebay is a good place for these eyeshadows.
Stargazer are one of my favourite companies for any kind of make-up, as they are different, alternative and reasonably cheap. £3 for an eyeshadow which lasts this well is excellent value, and very fashionable, especially for the nu-rave scenesters! Excellent for every single florescent adolescent, but not for those who like their make-up gentle or natural.
I can't praise these eyeshadows enough, i find them just so versatile. I work in a shop that sells these and the go out like hot cakes!
These eyeshadows are so cheap pricing between just £2.75 and £3.50 in most shops and on the internet.
The eyeshadow is contained in an easy to open and what seems like completely unbreakable plastic pot!.
The eyeshadow itself:
This is where a lot of people get put off with Stargazer and that is the finish of the eyeshadow, when you run your finger over it to test it , it seems to have an extremely chalky texture and once rubbed onto another surface looks like it will completely rub away and this is true IF it is applied dry as it is.
This is the fun bit and also what I explain to all the customers in my shop when they are interested in the powders. On first impressions, yes, the eyeshadow does appear chalky, HOWEVER if you use a good base, my favorite being the collection 2000 highlighter in"1 Maldives" (see my review on it) and then use a fluffy eyeshadow brush, load it up with the powder then dab it onto your eyes you get a flawless and extremely shockingly bright finish, you can also use vaseline as a base for these powders.
Alternatively if you scrape off however much you need and mix is with vaseline on your hand then apply with a precision eyeliner brush you have an instant neon eyeliner at no extra cost!
The third and final use is to do as above only paint it onto your face in patterns , which a lot of my customers have had success with and it really goes with the look as often they buy it for raves or for clubbing on holiday etc
a great product which can be used in a variety of ways, bright and even glows in UV!
Now a few months back we were on a night out and throughout the course of the night every single person in the club had at least two stripes of UV paint on their face. Many had painted several more bits in different colours, one person had painted their entire face. Where were we? A rave? No, an indie club! It seems UV has no boundaries, and ever since that first time, the UV face paint seems to be a permanent fixture even in our favourite little dingy student (although we're not students, we're just young at heart and skint!) indie club.
On the trowl for some to take myself, so that this time I could spread the UV love, I came across Stargazer products. I purchased a tube of UV paint but was also delighted to see they had the funkiest range of cosmetics that I instantly fell in love with and they were all so cheap!!
To make the postage worthwhile (there's that woman logic for you!) I ordered some black glitter, a neon green glitter, the paint and three UV eyeshadows. Yes, that's right UV eye shadows! Excellent!
After buying them I couldn't wait to try them out, but then we happened to be completely and utterly skint (that'll be my Lush/make up habit then...) and unable to go out for roughly around forever (we haven't infact actually been out in this country since then and this was months ago!).
The eye shadows themselves were very very bright! Certainly very neon! I ordered orange, yellow and green. They are also available in pink, red and blue. I was at this point wondering if their "UV" advertising simply meant neon. I would have still wanted them either way as I love bright funky eye shadows and these are certainly the brightest out there. However, I was intrigued to see if they did glow under the UV lights, and hoped they did.
Un able to wait till my next night out I decided to have a play around, although obviously I wouldn't be able to tell how they would be under UV lights.
Firstly I tried applying these dry and my advice is don't. The colours were so weak and patchy and just looked terrible and not even bright as it was barely showing up. Disappointed but not defeated I continued to play around.
Next I made sure I applied Urban Decay's Primer Potion, which not only makes eye colour last and not crease but makes the colours appear much more vibrant. I also this time applied the eye shadow wet using my home made mixing medium (1 part glycerine, 3 parts water). This makes colours so much more vibrant and also apply better, in a paint like form.
Applying like this I did manage to get a fairly good level of cover. It wasn't perfect and I did have to pile the stuff on, putting on thickly mixed wet eye shadow and then putting it on dry over the top, layer after layer.
It didn't apply easily, it didn't go on well, it was patchy, it was hard work but if you really worked at it was possible to get a fairly even and certainly vibrant covering. I was still a little let down but figured for a night out I would put the effort into the hassle of getting it to look okay and see how it reacted under the UV light.
Before I ever got around to going on said night out to try it out I came across a brand called Sleek cosmetics. They make a product called Ink Pots, which are a coloured gel like consistency supposedly for use as an eyeliner but with no reason not to use over the entire eye as a colour. Their will be a separate review of this product but I found that alone they weren't anything special, a little disappointing, much like my Stargazer eye shadows. Conveniently I had purchased the Ink Pots in orange and yellow so I used these as a base for my Stargazer, and what were two average products alone, suddenly came to life together.
On a base of a matching colour, still applied over Urban Decay Primer Portion, and then the Ink Pot, the Stargazer (applied with mixing medium still) went on evenly, and strongly giving a vivid smooth finish with minimum fuss and effort, it was suddenly not difficult to get it to look half decent, it now looked great, without any messing about! (Well if you don't class using an Ink Pot under it messing about but it didn't take long!)
It wasn't until recently that I actually put the UV part to test. On a night out on holiday I did rainbow stripes on my eyes, with the orange and yellow closest to my lash line (I've lost my green one before ever trying it) incase they did glow up as it would then look like UV eyeliner, not random UV with other non UV colours. During the course of the night we ended up in a nightclub with UV lights and sure enough they colours lit up! I myself, couldn't see this, and it wouldn't show up on my camera but I was assured it looked very cool and I got stopped so many times for people to look at my eye shadow (that may have had something to do with the rainbow though!) If you created a rainbow out of all the UV shades it would look fantastic although it would need to be done with the corresponding colours in the Ink Pot range for maximum vibrancy and they can look a bit of a mess without this.
Obviously these aren't a look for the daytime, even not under UV these are very bright neon shades. Even for nights out these most certainly won't be for everyone, it's a very bold look and it's not so much a pretty looks enhancing look but more just a fun party look.
These stayed put throughout the whole night out and didn't smudge despite my fears that with the heat and humidity my rainbow would smudge and end up looking like two bruised eyes, by 7am the next morning when we were getting in and waiting up for breakfast to start the rainbows were still as perfectly intact as when I first applied them.
That said they come off really easily with a wet wipe. When you remove them you really do notice exactly how bright they are as your wet wipe looks like you've been drawing on it with highlighters!!
These eye shadows are far from perfect, the quality in all honesty is one of the poorest I've seen in the many millions of eye shadows I have tried but they are unique. If you can be bothered with what it takes to create a good look with them then it can be done and when you get it right they do look amazing but it does take a little work.
These definitely aren't for everyone and aren't great quality but I do love them due to their originality and the looks I can now create with them but it did take a bit of trial and error. On the Stargazer website these are £3 each but I got mine for £2 each from www.bodyjewelleryshop.com who I had no problem ordering off. Do bear in mind for optimum effect you would also need to purchase corresponding Ink Pots which I can't remember exactly but I think are around £2-£3 also.
If you want UV eyes for in the clubs then go for it but be prepared to find a way of making them work for you as it's not just a case of brushing them onto your eyelids.