Saturday, August 31, 2013

BA Star mineral eyeshadow review

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Recently I got the opportunity to review some mineral eyeshadow from the brand BA Star. You may be familiar with this brand if you do competitive cheerleading, dance, or other performing arts.

I received both the loose mineral shadow and the glue base that is required to set the makeup.

Right out of the box I was already into the color I received - deep plum star dust. It wasn't a bland or boring color so I was already a fan of that. It is a plum shade with shimmer. 

The glue base perplexed me a little. I always apply my eyeshadow, especially lose pigments, over primer. But I had never used a glue base. I expected it to be like primer but it's not. It is much more of a liquid. It doesn't exactly 'rub in' to your skin like primers do. The instructions said "let dry" after it said to apply the shadow so that's exactly what I did.

I swiped some on my hand and eyelid, and then used my finger to pack on the color. I'm not sure if it would have been better to use a brush or sponge applicator to get a more precise look, but I wasn't sure how any of my tools would react with the glue base so I stuck with my trusty hands.

One thing I was pleased with was the lack of fall out. I am used to a lot of fallout with loose pigments but the glue really prevented that!

Out of curiosity I swatched the shadow both with and without the glue base on my hand to see the difference it made.

ba star eyeshadow swatch
with glue base on left/top, without base or primer on right/bottom

Right away it was obvious that the glue base made a world of difference, as you can see. It makes it more pigmented, and has better hold on the product to get more product to stay put. I mean, duh! It's glue. ;)

I wore the eyeshadow on my eye for about 6 hours. Then, N*SYNC showed up on the VMAs. Needless to say, I cried. And then I wiped my tears and rubbed my eye.

I expected some color to stay through that, honestly. When I heard that BA*star was a company used for sports, I thought that it would be sweat resistant. But when I ran my hand under water the swatch washed away without any effort. 

Of course, the product doesn't claim to be waterproof. And for it's part it definitely stays put for 6 or more hours. 

My overall thought is that while this may not be a brand you immediately think of to use for makeup unless you are performing. However, it's not a bad choice at all.

The stardust loose mineral shadows retail for $8.75 and you can find it here 
By looking at the website I can't tell for sure if the glue base is included. If it's not, that also retails for $8.75

But here's the cool part! As a reader of mine you can use the code BBDUST for 50% off their website until Sept 30th! 

Everyone knows I can't say no to such a great discount so I'll probably pick up another star dust, especially since I already have the base!

Let me know if you end up buying this product and loving it! I can pretty much guarantee you won't hate it. It may not be a standout product but I have absolutely no complaints about it. The glue base may seem like a weird added step to some of you but it does help it stay on. 

Follow your bliss,
Ember Darling

*This sample was provided by brandbacker in exchange for an honest review. All opinionss expressed here are my own!


  1. Very interesting. I'm not sure how I feel about putting a glue type product on my eyelid, but it looks nice.

    1. Lol it's a little alarming that I didn't even think anything of it as I did it. I guess I just figured since they were a reputable brand with competitions, that it probably was safe. I didn't experience any sort of irritation at all. didn't even realize it was there. It was very thin. And when I rub/cried it all off, I didn't notice any irritation at all either. Thanks for stopping by and commenting xox

  2. It looks nice! I love wine/plum colors :)

    1. I love wine and plum colors too! admittedly I have way too many of them haha. Thanks for commenting xo

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    1. yeah I liked the color a lot! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, I love your blog so much! xo

  4. Looks like it has great pigmentation! Great post, thanks for sharing! :)

    1. Yeah with the glue it is great! Thanks so much for reading and commenting xox


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