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Happy Wednesday! Today, I want to talk about a product that’s been a core part of my eye makeup lately. This is the Barry M Dazzle Dust, in the shade ‘105 Athena‘. This has been in my makeup collection for years. It’s one of my oldest makeup products in my collection, and I’ve been debating over reviewing it for quite a long time.
The line seemed to be discontinued for quite a long time, but I recently saw these come up again in my local Superdrug store, so I wanted to review it. I’m not sure if the ones on the shelves are the same formulation, so this is worth bearing in mind. Superdrug’s site only lists 3 shades so far, but I think there may have been more in-store. However I could be mistaken.
So this is a shade I use exclusively as an inner corner highlight, so this is something to bear in mind as I review this product. It has been included in my monthly favourites before, so if you recognise it already, that is likely why.
The tub itself is teeny tiny, about 1/6th the size of the palm of my petite hands. These are very travel-friendly in terms of size, and I’ve yet to have issues with the lid breaking open or popping off. The only reason I don’t consider this truly ‘travel-friendly’ is because there’s no separation between the lid and the product in the tub. For me, that’s a feature for the packaging I’d love to see included, and it’s possible the new versions of these Dazzle Dusts has them. As I mentioned earlier, this is many years old, so the packaging may be outdated.
One of my minor issues with the packaging that you may be able to pick up on my photo above, is that because of the lack of a divider, the powder does get on the sides of the tub where the lid twists on, and everywhere in between. I don’t see this migrates out the tub, which is a relief, but I find myself compelled to clean this up a lot, and that’s something I’d prefer to not worry about. I don’t think a divider would prevent this issue entirely, but it would make it less common.
In terms of application, I exclusively use a small shading brush from an EcoTools travel set, which has a petite brush head that picks up the eyeshadow really nicely, and places it in a very deliberate and precise manner.
So I typically dip my makeup brush very softly into the powder and then tap off any excess into the lid. I find this let’s me control the amount of powder is on the brush and that also means more control of the pigmentation on the eyes. I then dip into the excess I tapped off into the lid if I need more product. I find this method works well for me, and I don’t find the powder ‘leaks’ or escapes from the tub when I turn the lid over to pour the powder back in.
I dipped the brush into the powder and swatched at full intensity in case you want to see how it would look across the eyes. It’s a bit too shimmery for my tastes, but I love it as an inner corner highlight. I typically don’t apply it with this much pigmentation, as it would be too intense for me, but for the other shades in the range, I think it would work great all over the eyes.
The shade itself is a pink-toned white, so it definitely leans more cool-toned. As I typically do neutral eyeshadow looks, I find this works with all of my eyeshadow looks regardless of whether I pick a warm or cool based look. If I were to use more colour, I think it would be best for cool toned looks, but it’s what I use daily.
On the eyes, I find they really help give some life back to my eyes. You can really see the pigmentation on the lower lash line, but when the light hits the eyelids at the right angle, it also creates nice dimension on the inner upper eyelid as well.
I’ve been reaching for this loose eyeshadow for every eye makeup look the past several months. I’ve barely made a dent in the eyeshadow even though I use it almost daily and have owned it for years.
I find this eyeshadow lasts all day easily even on my oily eyelids, so in terms of staying power, it’s quite impressive. I don’t know that I’ll ever use this little pot up, but I’m definitely going to give it my best shot.
You can find this little eyeshadow pot in this exact shade on Amazon, which I am going to include an *affiliate link* for. For £3.66, this is a great price, especially it takes a very long time to work through them. You’re under no obligation to use my affiliate link though, but it will support me if you do purchase using that link. If you want to buy the product but not use my affiliate link, that’s also 100% understandable, but I wanted to provide the option.
While I’m not likely to ever use it up, it is definitely one I will repurchase, as Barry M are also cruelty-free. This has been a go-to eyeshadow for me even though I prefer pressed powders, and it really surprised me how much I love this eyeshadow. While I don’t need more eyeshadows in my collection, I am intrigued to check out the other shades in-person in the future.
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