Name: Eyeshadow Luminous Powder
From Collistar’s website:
Characterized by a luminous, silky and airy texture, this eyeshadow merges instantly on contact with the skin, adhering perfectly to the eyelids. Enriched with pearly pigments, it is ideal as an ultra-luminous eye make-up with record wear. The innovative “inkwell” bottle and special latex applicator ensure a rapid and even application.
What I liked:
– beautiful, shimmery shade
– light texture
– lasts long without creasing
What I didn’t like:
– hard to blend
– the packaging
– the price
Collistar Eyeshadow Luminous Powder is available in 10 shades, all enriched with pearlized pigments for a very sparkling effect. The shade I have is called Glitter Black and is a greyish black with multicoloured shimmers.
Although they look like huge glitters in the swatch, the pearlized pigments are actually very small in real life and very very shimmery, which may put some people off. But I love the effect very much and I feel like I have a starry night sky on my lids whenever I wear this!
The eyeshadow has medium pigmentation and a very light and airy texture. The bottle needs to be shaken before application and when you do so, you can hear the sound made by the small balls present inside, which I believe are there to keep the consistency fluid.
I was also impressed with the staying power. If I don’t use a primer, Glitter Black lasts about 10 hours without creasing on my not-oily lids. But you can make the color last all day by applying it over a base.
While I like the formula, I won’t purchase this in other colors because I hate the packaging and the applicator. The shadow comes in a bottle that resemble that of nail polish, only smaller. It is quite light and it doesn’t report how much product it contains so I have no way of knowing how much is left in it and how long it will last.
In addition, it comes with a sponge-tip applicator and I’m worried it won’t manage to get all the product out and there will still be loads left when I think it has all run out. But that is not the only problem I have with the applicator.
Collistar says it is supposed to make application easier, but it actually makes it harder! It is difficult to reach small areas like the inner part of your eye and it is almost impossible to blend the shadow using this applicator. Every time I tried, I always ended up making a huge mess!
And you can’t apply the product straight from the bottle with a normal eyeshadow brush as they are too big to fit in the small opening. So, I have to apply with the sponge applicator and blend with an eyeshadow brush which defeats the purpose of the sponge tip (why having it in the first place if I have to use another brush anyway?).
And because it takes a while to apply, it’s not a shadow I use if I don’t have much time to get ready. It’s a shame cos I love the texture, the color and how shimmery it is and I would have purchased more shades if the packaging had been more practical. But as it is, it’s not worth the hassle imo.
Collistar Luminous Powder eyeshadow is a pigmented, very shimmery shadow with an airy texture that lasts long without creasing. But the sponge applicator makes blending difficult and you can’t see how much product is still left in the bottle.