Tuesday, September 3, 2013

REVIEW / FOTD -- BA STAR StarDust Mineral Shadow in Deep Plum

Hey everyone! Today I have a review of BA STAR's StarDust Mineral Shadow in Deep Plum! BA STAR is a brand marketed for performers: cheerleaders, gymnasts, and dancers. They have great kits for teams, fundraising options, and will even create custom face charts for you. Plus they have their own makeup tutorial videos on their site! How awesome is that!

In case you don't know, I have a very strong background in dance: 22 years of dance training and experience, B.A. in Dance, and I've also worked in several dancewear stores, stage managed, taught dance at multiple studios, and even spent some time as a dance photographer. If anyone knows what it takes to have makeup stand up to prolonged wear at performance level standards, it's gonna be me! I was really excited to put the BA STAR Stardust shadow that I received to the test!

The Stardust Mineral Shadows retail for $8.75 a piece, and I also received the BA STAR Glue Base to keep my shadow intact. It is sweatproof and also retails for $8.75. After photographing the swatch below, I decided to do a mini-wear test and see how well it would hold up. Since the swatch was on the inside of my arm, it definitely rubbed up against my clothes a decent amount. After 3 hours, I had a little bit of loose shimmer on my clothes, but no color transfer at all. The shadow even stayed put in the shower that night until I finally washed it off with my loofah!

For my actual FOTD using the BA STAR StarDust shadow in Deep Plum, I combined the loose shadow with my Sigma Paris palette since it's been forever since I used that thing. I was curious to see how well the Glue Base would work with pressed shadows. Actually, it worked really well! I had no problems blending the shadows together at all! Color me impressed!

TARTE Clean Slate Flawless 12-Hour Brightening Primer
MAYBELLINE Dream Fresh BB Cream (Light/Medium)
MAYBELLINE Cover Stick (Ivory)
NYC Loose Powder (Naturally Beige)
NYC Sun 'n' Bronze (Fire Island Tan)
SIGMA Paris Palette (Rouge) for blush
NYX Loose Shadow Single (Iced Mocha) for brows

BA STAR Glue Base
SIGMA Paris Palette (Notre Dame on inner third of lid, Elsyees on outer third, crease, and lower lash line)
BA STAR StarDust Mineral Shadow (Deep Plum) on center of lid and lower lash line
ULTA Shadow Single (Naked) on brow bone and inner corner
URBAN DECAY 24/7 Pencil (Perversion) on top water line
BENEFIT Bad Gal Mascara
MAYBELLINE Volum' Express Mascara (Blackest Black)

REVLON Kissable Balm Stain (Honey)

For a wear test this time, over a 16 hour period I: took a 2 hour nap, sweated outside at the dog park with out pups (in the 90 degree heat and humidity of Georgia in late August), came home and showered to freshen up, and finally took a very hot bubble bath that night (where I also sweated). The shadow held up great! It faded just a smidge over 16 hours, and some of the pigment had settled into the creases on my lid, but from a distance you would never have been able to tell it at all.

The BA STAR Stardust Mineral Shadow I received is pretty awesome! Application was great. I used the patting method, and I only had one tiny little bit of fallout that was easily brushed away.

I really put this shadow through the ringer to see how it would hold up over the course of a hectic day. When you're at competitions, recitals, games, or performances you really don't have time to check your makeup frequently or reapply and you're often in it for HOURS. I think the BA STAR Glue Base does a fantastic job of adhering the shadow to my lid and I would certainly agree that it is sweatproof, which is super important under those hot stage lights!

I'm very excited to give the BA STAR Stardust Mineral Shadow and Glue Base a PERFECT SCORE! There's not one thing I dislike about either product!

RATING: 5 out of 5 STARS

If you're thinking about trying any of the BA STAR StarDusts, you're in luck! I have a special promo code for you to take 50% off ALL StarDusts through 09/30/13! Use the promo code BBDUST during checkout to take advantage of this fantastic deal!

I know there are definitely some other things on their site that have piqued my interest, starting with this 2 piece glitter lip kit! Hot pink glittery lips?! HECK YES! I can't wait to give those a try. :)

The samples in this post were provided as compensation in exchange for my honest reviews of the products. This post was powered by Brand Backer.

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