Nail Polish in 315, £2.50 *
Nail Polish in 307, £2.50*
Eyedust in 49, £4.00*
Pearl Eyeshadow in Copper Fire, £4.00*
Matt Lipstick in 205, £3.50*
In my goth girl days, Stargazer were my go to brand. When I opened this package, I was hit with a little pang of nostalgia for when I first discovered make up. It brought back the Nag Champa smell of the local alternative store and the excitement of buying black nail varnish for the first time. I remember painting it on as a 12 year old, heading to school with my new goth identity and consequently getting put in detention (thanks, Stargazer).
Anyway, for a budget brand, you really can’t argue with these products. Although the eye shadows aren’t necessarily shades that I would pick out for myself (I would’ve loved them back in the day), the quality of the products has convinced me to have a look at the other shades available.
The Eyedust is very much like the Barry M Dazzledusts. They’re extremely pigmented, glide on very easily, but on the downside get EVERYWHERE. Unless you apply this with a piece of tissue underneath your eye to catch the fall out, it will get all over your face. For anybody looking for a dramatic eyeshadow look, this probably would be something they are used to, but personally I don’t have the patience. At first this looks more like a black eyeshadow, but if you apply it with a slightly damp brush you really get to see the purple glitter, which looks amazing. This looks lovely dabbed in the creases to accentuate a smokey eye, but it’s not something I would apply all over the lid. For someone looking for a budget product that really does its job, I would definitely recommend.
As you can see in the swatch, Copper Fire is an incredibly vibrant metallic shade. Stargazer offer various different types of eyeshadows, this is from the Starpearl range which is intended to give a high shimmer finish, which it definitely does. Glided on gently, you can lose a lot of the red pigment to give more of a shimmery brown shade which looks lovely as a contour to a brown eyeshadow look. The range of colours that Stargazer offer is HUGE, so if these colours aren’t to your preference, check out the others.
This lipstick is in shade “205” which is a vibrant red shade with a matte finish. As for the matte finish, it obviously doesn’t compare to to MAC lipsticks, but I would put it on par with the Kate Moss lipsticks from Rimmel. This does need a lot of build up, and straight from the bullet it is difficult to apply. When built up with a lip brush you get a gorgeous bright red result.
Now, on to what Stargazer is really famous for, it’s nail polishes. In terms of staying power, no drug store brand rivals them. The red in 315 is a lovely glittery red shade which paints on extremely thick in one coat, so great value for its price tag. 317 is a glittery mixture of turquoise, purple and silver, this is much more watery so can be used as a top coat over a base shade, or built up to give a glittery cosmic finish.
Have you ever tried Stargazer? Would you wear any of these?