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I've been on a make-up buying spurge recently after having discovered some fantastic beauty blogs and getting loads of new ideas, especially for eye make-up looks. I found this eye shadow dust through Fragrance Direct, which is an online retailer that can be accessed here http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/ I paid just 99p for one pot of W7's Carnival Dust, but they are a bargain range as the RRP is only £2.99 anyway.
You get one small pot of loose eye shadow dust, which is intended for use as eye make-up as you would use an eye shadow. The pot is small, but for the type of product it is actually bigger than other comparable items. They cram a lot of product into these little pots and you certainly get your money's worth! The tub is made of plastic with a screw-top lid, and there is no sifter barrier, so be careful when opening so that it doesn't spill out all over the place. I think it's definitely best to keep these stored upright otherwise you will risk spills happening every time you use it.
I picked a bright, tropical green colour called Glamorous Lime (shade 09). It is a bright lime colour as the name suggests, and the powder is nice and loose in the tub without clumps forming. There is no make-up applicator included, but you can use an ordinary eye shadow brush to apply and this gives the best results. Alternatively you can just spread on with your fingertip but I find this way far too messy.
I used one of my eye shadow brushes to apply and smoothed over the whole of my eyelid. It needed a couple of dabs to get an even coverage but I prefer to do it this way and build up a level of colour that I am happy with. The dust gives a really beautiful colour and has a pretty shimmery look that really draws attention to your eyes. There is a slight hint of glitter that gives you a fabulous sparkle without being too OTT. I have mainly been blending this with other eye shadows to give a more dramatic look with some depth, and I have found this looks gorgeous when blended. It can be worked gently to get a subtle wash of colour, or built up for a bright flash of colour.
One problem that usually occurs with similar products is that the dust goes everywhere! Well, not in this case it doesn't. The dust adheres incredibly well to the eyelids and I did not have any loose dust falling down onto my under-eye area or cheeks. It stayed exactly where it was put from the moment I applied it and had real staying power. I have been wearing the green one loads through summer, it was my main festival look this year! It has lasted me for hours and hours after first applying, even in bad weather conditions, or after a long day. The best thing however, is that I have not noticed any creasing along the line of my eye socket, which seems to be a problem with other powder eye shadows that I have tried before.
I have only used a small amount on each application and the pot contains a lot of make-up, so I can see this lasting for ages even though I like to wear it a lot. This is really good value for money, and in my opinion is just as good as some of the more popular and expensive versions of this type of make-up. Why spend more when this does the job perfectly well? I would definitely purchase more of these eye shadows in different colours, and I love the Lime a lot so I would go back for more once it's run out.
I know what you are all waiting to hear... how does it perform compared to Barry M's amazing Dazzle Dust? I love Dazzle Dust and it is one of the best quality loose eye shadow powders out there. W7's Carnival Dust does a stunning job and provides a lovely amount of colour and shimmer, with just a dash of glitter. The W7 Carnival Dust is not as sparkly as Barry M Dazzle Dust, nor is it quite as densely pigmented. Barry M has a more vibrant colour and overall effect, but W7 really does look gorgeous and has amazing staying power. It's only slightly behind Dazzle Dust in my opinion, and is perfect in its own right.
This product has really impressed me - it performs well throughout the day, gives good colour and coverage, and was a complete and utter bargain. I would certainly recommend these to anyone and for just 99p you can afford to buy a whole rainbow of shades!