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So Halloween was last week, and my husband and I are obsessed with the Walking Dead and decided we wanted to go as zombies. After watching some Youtube videos that taught us how to create wounds with realistic looking skin ripped from our faces, we needed to stock up on supplies! One of the things I needed was a pale liquid foundation, and I came across Stargazer on Amazon.
I paid £3.99 for a 30g bottle. The bottle is nothing overly fancy, a long black lid the bottom half clear so you can see the thick white foundation inside, and some black writing. Unscrew the bottle and the bottle lid almost looks like a nail varnish brush, with a long stick and instead of a brush this has something similar to a spatula on the end.
The foundation itself is nice and thick - and very white! For what I desired for our Halloween costumes, I had some liquid latex wounds on my face and I had to blend the latex into my normal skin colour using my regular foundation. Then I used the spatula to apply some foundation to a wedge sponge and dabbed big blobs of the white foundation across areas of my face before blending it in. I quickly realised that the foundation was a lot thicker than I assumed and I probably needed to start off with less and build up the layers until I had the desired effect, but after some good work with the sponge I managed to work it in for a good coverage.
Thankfully the foundation did not look as white on my skin as it did through the bottle. It worked really well to make my skin look very pale though, and I had compliments all night as it worked so much better than some face paints would have done. Once I applied some shading to eye sockets and cheek bones it really gave a greying look to my face.
I used this on both myself and my husband, yet I barely took any of the bottle, so even though it is not a huge bottle, I still have plenty left. I'm not quite sure what I'll do with it yet as its way too pale for my skin tone.
I know this is a make up so its not necessarily meant to be used for fancy dress, so I think if you have very pale skin and want a foundation, this would be good, but don't make the mistake I did and slap it on, use small amounts and build it up.
The coverage is really good and it lasts for hours, my own normal foundation doesn't like to be worn for long hours and I need to reapply my powder after a few hours or I look patchy, but this foundation held its own all night long and even by 2am still looked great!
I have very, very pale skin so it's really hard for me to find a foundation that suits my skintone. When I saw this I thought it may look a little bit too Gothic but I chanced it and it was a great find.
It comes in a pretty plain bottle, with the Stargazer logo on. It's not very exciting or pretty but it's fairly standard and looks acceptable. I wouldn't have it as pride of place on my dressing table, but I guess that's not important compared to how the product works.
I got mine for around £4 on a website I have totally forgotten the name of. I think this is a very good price, especially for foundation.
This suits my pale skin PERFECTLY. It might be a little too pale for girls who are more olive skinned or tanned but for me it was the perfect shade. It gives good coverage and hides my bad skin and spots fairly well. I have had better coverage from other foundations but I think it's worth it for the fact that I no longer look orange.
I will continue to use this product and recommend it to anyone I know who has trouble finding make up to suit their skin tone. It's also a very good price. 8/10
I recently read a review that made a product really appeal to me. It was a review written by Huomenna who reviewed this (her review is below mine) and on her review I wrote I was going to order it immediately which I did from Amazon. I am a pale skinned lass and this sounding not fake sounded perfect for me as I often struggle to get a shade of foundation that suits my skin tone yet I don't want to look like a poirot missing a tear or anything like that!
This cost me £2.99 and under a couple of quid postage and packaging which I felt was a great buy as I have spent alot more than that on foundations in the past and ended up throwing them away!
The bottle is simple. Glass see- through square chunky bottle with a black screw on/off plastic lid to the top of it and within that a small plastic clear spatula is attached to that. On the front of the bottle and in black writing we are told that it is Stargazer Foundation and the weight is stated which is 30g and we are also told to shake it well. On the back of the bottle other information given includes ingredients being listed and contact details for the manufacturer is also stated. It's a very plain bottle in appearance, I do like being able to see the white foundation through it though my one small niggle about it is the writing comes off with ease making the bottle look a bit messy really.
The Foundation Itself:
Well it is white and fairly thick and it doesn't pour out of the bottle you do need to scrape it out of the bottle with the spatula and it comes out quite thick. You don't need much of it however at all and it has no fragrance really.
I find this a bit difficult to blend onto my face but I have got a better system for using it now. The first time I used it I blobbed some on to my face and then rubbed it in and I found it really hard then to blend all over my face as it sort of dried as I went so what I do now is paint certain areas of my face in sections. Using a moisturiser or something as a base doesn't really help with application either so it isn't the easiest of products to use however.....
The results are fabulous. I was slightly worried I would look washed out or look like I had put talcum powder on my face but no I really don't. I am pale and it adjusts to my natural skin tone really well. It doesn't feel greasy or heavy on my skin, it doesn't show up imperfections on my skin either and you can't see it at all. It stays put all day, hasn't caused me any extra spots and removes just with your usual make-up removing routine.
If your really pale then this is great stuff. Forget the fact its hard to apply, sometimes things are but the results are brilliant and a bottle lasts ages to so for the price its economical!
Look online on sites like Amazon for this product!
Foundation comes in so many colours these days to suit as many different natural skin colours as possible (with of course the idea being that you pick a colour which is close to your natural skin tone), however this particular foundation is pure white and with the exception of albino people this isn't going to be a very close match foundation! That said, this is one foundation that's not really indended to make you look natural - not that it's going to make you look like a ghost (unless you don't apply it right) but it will be obvious that you are wearing foundation.
I bought my pot of foundation off ebay. Why? Well although Stargazer is quite a well known brand of alternative makeup, it's not the easiest to get hold of and there are no shops near me that sell it. Back when I lived in London I could buy it from Camden, but now I have to resort to online purchases. Anyway the point is that I bought it because halloween was coming up and I wanted to make my skin as pale as possible, without looking like I'd slapped on a load of facepaint.
The pot this comes in is a simple glass one with black plastic lid that looks quite stylish. When unscrewing the lid you find that attached to it is a little spatula like applicator. The foundation itself is a very thick liquid and as such is stupidly hard to get out of the bottle - the applicator doesn't reach far enough into the bottle to be of much use for this and I found myself having to resort to screwing the lid back, turning the bottle upside down and whacking it on the floor a few times. This is by no means ideal!
Application is easy - I used my fingers as I don't have an applicator sponge, but I found it glided across my skin well and a small amount went a long way. It's best to give your skin a good scrub before hand though, otherwise the foundation will cling to and enhance any areas of rough or dry skin. Also if you put to much on it will leave big streaks on your face.
If applied properly your face should look very pale but, as mentioned above, not like you've gone crazy with facepaint - it's far more subtle than this but still gives a striking look. The natural tonal variations of your skin will still be apparent, but much subdued.
On the occassion that I purchased this foundation for I also teemed it with some huge fake eyelashes and red eyeshadow. I then spent two hours standing in a car park (classic mini meet up) in the cold and drizzle, followed by another couple of hours in a pub. When I got home I was impressed to see that the foundation hadn't done a disappearing act on me - in fact it looked essentially as good as when first applied which I was very impressed with.
Overall I think this is an excellent white foundation, but don't buy it with the intention of turning your face pure white - it won't happen. Furthermore it won't suit people with natural darker skin tones - it really only works with people who are relatively pale to begin with.
Let me just start off by saying - I do not wear this foundation on its own! However it is perfect for mixing into a foundation to change the consistancy or the colour.
The price of the foundation is great, £3.99 for a average sized bottle. The bottle comes with a plastic spatula style applicator which is great for scooping out the product as it is a thick gloopy consistancy. The actual packaging is average looking as expected from Stargazer, however once the product starts to run out, there is lots of product left in the bottle which is impossible to get! Therefore alot of product is wasted as you cannot reach it properly.
Next, onto the actual foundation. Applied on its own this foundation was horrendous for me, it was chalky and powdery and obviousely the wrong colour. It also highlights all your pores, wrinkles and spots which is never a good thing! However if you mix the foundation into your regular foundation it can help give your skin a healthy glow and also thicken up a runny foundation. Also, if you have a foundation that is too dark for your skin tone, mixing this in will lighten it up and create a perfect colour for your skin.
This is also a great product for creating theatrical make up looks for halloween or fancy dress parties. Its a good little product for make-up artists to have in thier kit.
Overall, its worth buying and keeping in your make up kit as you will never know when you might need a product like this.
Stargazer White Foundation
I have heard about Stargazer in the past but I thought it was a cheap and tacky brand and stayed away even though reviews have been generally good about them. Me being me though I stayed away, that was until recently.
Since moving from my mineral foundation to liquid that I used to use in the past and loving again now, I have been having difficulty in finding the correct shade for my oh so English pale skin, even the palest shades that I have tried from MAC, Maybelline and Revlon just don't seem right and my face and neck don't match at all making me paranoid throughout the day and I look like I haven't a clue about makeup. I was near to the end of giving up my liquid foundation and moving back to my mineral makeup that seems lighter for me. I didn't want to do this as I have fallen back in love with my liquids and was determined there was something out there for me to use and work with.
I have been searching the Internet for ages on makeup sites, professional makeup sites and makeup forums for something that I can mix with my usual liquid foundation to make it lighter. A lot of the forums came back with pale foundations but for high end brands that I can't afford and don't want to pay that much every time I ran out so I dismissed that option. On a professional website I came across a concept I loved the sound of although it was expensive, I came across a foundation called Face Atelier that has a pure white foundation in there called Zero Minus (which makes the foundation lighter) and Zero Plus (that makes the foundation darker for darker skin tones). I searched for Zero Minus and found this product is an American product only and costs $37.80 which was in the sale at the time, it normally retails at $42 (£25) that is around £23 pounds for 1oz bottle.
Again I loved the idea but not the price of the product so I went searching for something similar but cheaper.
On a forum someone said why don't you try a product called Stargazer's White Foundation and mix it in with your usual foundation at a very decent price? My prayers had been answered as this is what I was looking for, although it was Stargazer and I was dubious in trying it I thought why not? What do I have to lose? I couldn't believe when I went on their site http://www.stargazer-products.com where I bought it from I could get it for £3.50 for 30g, now we're talking my language. So I ordered it there and then along with some nail polishes! Again this is something I wouldn't have normally done but I got carried away. Stargazer said this foundation won't dry out your face and won't look chalky when applied alone. It's used for gothic themes and Halloween etc. Stargazer boasts colourful and daring cosmetics cheaply for every occasion.
It didn't take long for it to arrive; the foundation literally is pure white and comes in a 30g glass square bottle with a black shiny screw lid. It wasn't the consistency I was expecting of a foundation where it is a little runny and easy to get out of the bottle, instead this foundation is more like a paste and not runny at all. When you take the lid off there is a spatula in the lid to help you get some of the product out. When I applied some to the back of my hand the product is actually rather light, lighter than I anticipated. This foundation doesn't smell of anything at all and you get great colour coverage out of it when worn alone, or like I did swatching it on the back of my hand. It dries quickly and has good staying power, without being drying and chalky like the site states. All ready I was impressed by Stargazer; at the back of the bottle it says expiry is 12 months.
I then started playing around with it and used it the way I intended to, which was to mix with my usual foundation to make it lighter.
I got a flat surface and poured some of my liquid foundation on it and then applied some of the white foundation to see how it would look. While mixing straight away I can see the colour difference and I am very surprised at how well it is working, although not at my exact colour yet I worked a bit more of the white foundation into the mixture. I swatched a bit on my clean face to see how it looked and wella, it was lighter and more me and not my foundation. It worked!! I have to say though the first swatch was a bit lighter than my skin tone so I added a bit more foundation and worked it in; finally I got my colour match! My face looked more of me with better skin than my neck, my face and my foundation that doesn't match. Since buying this product I have been using it all the time with my usual foundation and I love it. I am no longer feeling paranoid when I go out that I don't look right or my skin doesn't match my neck or rest of my body. Also I don't' feel like the coverage has been compromised while using this.
While using it I haven't got any irritation, dry skin nor is it chalky. I am very impressed with this product that I can see me using it every single time I use my liquid foundation, which will properly be for the rest of my life.
So if you're pale like me and can't find a liquid foundation so suit you, then you need this little beauty in your life.
I have now looked at Stargazer in a new light and I like it.
The search for the perfect liquid foundation is one that most make up wearers can probably identify with. It should not feel or look heavy, give good coverage, not irritate your skin, be easy to apply, and above all, look natural.
~~~Look natural? Hey babes, this stuff is WHITE! You sure it ain't Copydex?~~~
Yeah, it is white. This is one of those products you have probably seen people wearing, and not really known what it was. Usually when you notice it, it is due to the, well, almost geisha like paleness of their face compared to the rest of them. This means it has been either over applied, or used to "Goth up" sun kissed or naturally "tan" skin. When worn with thought, however, the effect is of a lovely translucent paleness with just a hint of a shimmer. If you prefer a more matte look, Stargazer also do a pressed white powder. For the best effect, as this stuff is purest white, the skin should be very fair, either a bisque type porcelain or palest peach in complexion. This is not to say those with a less undead natural complexion cannot use it; it just means you might need to be a little bit more skilled in the art of blending with another base in a tint closer to your own natural colour.
~~~Won't I look like Marcel Marceau?~~~
Don't worry, you don't need to go off somewhere and practice climbing imaginary ladders or ropes while wearing a striped jersey just yet. This is NOT greasepaint; it is a normal cosmetic foundation with the difference being that the colour is dead white and not some warm brownish colour. It does have a strange applicator which is rather like an applicator for paste. It seems its sole use is to dab a bit on each part of the face, and then you use your hand or a make up sponge to carefully blend it onto the skin. It does not cover any flaws on its own, so you will need to find and cover any imperfect skin first with a good concealer which is preferably very light, but the foundation itself blends well with the applied concealer to add a nice smooth appearance. When applied to freshly cleansed and moisturised skin, it smooths on effortlessly and evenly, though do make sure your pores have settled after cleansing and that the moisturiser has properly soaked in first, or you will get a blotchy slightly wet effect that simply looks terrible. Also, don't be tempted to glob it on, a little bit goes along way.
~~~Will it rub off on clothes?~~~
Well, this is aimed primarily at the gothic end of the cosmetic buying public, so it would not be a good idea to make a product that smears white all over your dark clothing, now would it? So once dry, it stays put against light brushing type contact, but not against a good scrubbing swipe against. If you have gotten dressed first and accidentally drop some on your clothes, it will rinse out with very little effort, even a wet flannel without soap will do if attended to promptly. Once dried, it is a slightly different proposition, however. Once it dries, it takes warm water, some soap, and a nice bit of rubbing and some full on under the tap rinsing at the very least to remove it (or you can change into something else and toss this in the wash ASAP).
~~~How is it on sensitive skin?~~~
My skin is fairly sensitive. The least bit of pore blocking heaviness or other skin irritant makes my skin blotch up without delay. I personally have not had any reactions to this, but everyone's skin is different, so it is probably best to try this out far enough in advance that if you have a disaster, you can remedy it before being seen anywhere special. It says it is hypoallergenic, so that is a comfort, but even that is no guarantee, as my previous reactions to hypoallergenic soaps can attest. I think we have all had brushes with issues like that, so as always, approach with a bit of common sense!
~~~Where can I buy this?~~~
You certainly cannot trot off to your local chemists or supermarket and pick this up, nor will you find it at department store cosmetics counters. If you want to get a bottle, the best places to find Stargazer is at gothic and alternative clothing shops and websites, the Stargazer website, and eBay. Being a high quality "specialty" product, it does not come overly cheap, but it is not super expensive either. A bottle will run you about £3-5 depending on where you get it, though some dealers who move a lot of the stuff will often do special offers. I recently picked up 2 bottles for £5 including postage via eBay, so shop around.