There are few products that I spend money on and feel aggrieved to have done so - as a beauty fiend, I really do my research when it comes to buying cosmetics, and spend a good few hours reading other reviews, checking out swatches and having a good think before parting with my pounds... which is probably the reason you rarely see a negative review on Bombay Rose.
Unfortunately, my latest makeup purchase, the ByTerry Ombre Blackstar has left me feeling somewhat underwhelmed... and here's why.
At £29.00, this is hardly the cheapest cream eyeshadow in the world... but after months of seeing everyone and their aunt raving about it (along with a cheeky Space NK free delivery offer), I purchased the shade Beyond Gold whilst sat in the Caribbean... yes, really.
I was super excited to try the bright gold eyeshadow out when I came home with a glorious tan, and even had it in mind to wear to it as part of my graduation day makeup look.
Let's start out with the packaging - it is pretty damn luxe. The eyeshadow comes in a gorgeous dull gold case, and is presented in the form of a twist-up stick. The product is infused with Tahitian pearl extracts, to give the shadow a luminescent finish and a "smoothing, reshaping action." It's also billed as smudge-proof... hmm, let's come back to this... shall we?
Beyond Gold is described as warm, metallic hue, designed to illuminate the eyes.
Top: unblended, bottom: blended
The shade certainly is pretty; a yellow-toned gold which compliments my brown eyes and tan beautifully... but here's my main issue: the pigmentation leaves a lot to be desired, and a single swipe (which the product claims is enough) looks virtually undetectable on my skin, especially once it's blended. At £29.00 a pop, I don't particularly want to be layering this product up as it's ruddy expensive... but to get the colour pay-off I'd like (and, frankly, would expect with a pricey eyeshadow), I don't really have much of a choice.
As for the smudge-proof claim, I completely disagree and actually find it to smudge and gather up within my eyelid creases after a mere few hours of wear... it's nothing an eyeshadow primer (like this one) doesn't solve, but I wasn't really expecting to have to use it given the Ombre Blackstar is not meant to smudge or crease.
I'm not sure if perhaps the pigmentation issue is purely down to my skintone, but I'm so very disappointed in this product and I just don't think it's worth the hefty price-tag. If you're after a cream eyeshadow, the Maybelline Color Tattoo is, in my humble opinion, a far superior product, and nearly a sixth of the price of the By Terry equivalent.
When I was deciding whether or not to buy this product, I was actually trying to choose between the By Terry Ombre Blackstar and the Charlotte Tilbury Cream Eyeshadow, and to be honest with you, I really wish I'd gone for the latter.
Oh well, an excuse to buy more makeup (... like I need one).
The By Terry Ombre Blackstar is priced at £29.00, and available at Space NK.