I’m not really a huge makeup wearer. My daily routine consists of moisturizer, BB cream, smudged eyeliner, maybe a sweep of shadow if I have time, mascara, blush, and chapstick. But I do enjoy dolling it up for special occasions, and nothing bugs me more than makeup that doesn’t stay where I put it. So when BA Star asked me to review one of their new eye shadow palettes, I figured I’d give it a shot. After all, BA Star makeup is designed for girls competing in cheer and dance, which means it’s both high-pigment and long-lasting. For that kind of demand, it has to be!
I was sent the Midnight Smoky Eye Shadow Palette and the Eye Shadow & Glitter Base, which both retail for $8.75 each. The eye shadow palette has 5 shadows–shimmer white, shimmer silver, shimmer steel blue-grey, matte black, and shimmer light blue. They are all colors that work for me, so right off the bat, I was pretty excited to try this set out. In fact, the day after I got it I put it right into my makeup kit and started putting it through the rotation. Here are swatches of each color, without flash and with.
As you can see, the pigmentation is pretty good, especially on the silver, the steel blue-grey, and the light blue shimmer colors. The only color that I wish were a little higher pigment is the black. I like that the pigment on the shimmer white isn’t too strong, because it makes for a great highlight color this way.
The first day I used the Midnight Smoky Eye Shadow Palette, I used the Eye Shadow & Glitter Base as a lid primer (which I don’t usually do, especially for a workday, but I figured I’d give it a shot). While it went on smoothly and wasn’t goopy or obvious, it’s definitely not a lid primer like the E.L.F. or Urban Decay ones. I suppose I can see it doing a good job of keeping body glitter on, but it did cause some creasing on my lids after a full 10 hour day (though I admit, I was too busy throughout the day to check to see when the creasing happened). I’m going to hang onto it, but it’s not really something I foresee myself using often.
I decided to show you a look that’s super easy to create with this palette. I used my normal makeup for this along with the BA Star Midnight Smoky Eye Shadow Palette, starting with Jordana Blackest Black pencil eye liner, L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara and Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion, and finishing up with the Revlon ColorStay Brow Enhancer (though I didn’t use the highlighing side).
I started with my liner, smudging it around both lids as I normally do with a smudge tool, like this one. Then, I laid on a layer of the silver color all over my lid, from the lashline to a little past the crease using my own eyeshadow brush (I can’t stand sponge applicators). Then, I used the same brush to apply the matte black shadow at the outer corners of my eyes, which I blended with the steel blue-grey color, creating a beautiful smoked look. I used the light blue shimmer color right in the center of my eyelid, blending it towards the inside corners, to really make the blue in my eyes pop. Finally I took the white and blended it in the corners of my eyes and along my browbone to highlight and open things up. When I was done with the shadown, I filled in my brows and applied one coat of the Voluminous mascara to my top lashes, followed by a coat of Lash Blast Fusion on both top and bottom lashes.
As you can see, the blues in the BA Star Midnight Smoky Eye Shadow Palette really make my eyes look blue! It’s for sure a good set of shades for me. This set is definitely one I’d travel with, since it allows for creating a more dramatic look, as above, or wearing in a more simple, everyday look. I’m actually a huge fan of the shimmery steel blue-grey color for everyday wear, since it is neutral, but still gives my eyes a little bit of pop. It makes my makeup look like I put more effort in than I do on a day-to-day basis.
The only issue I had with the BA Star eye shadows was the fallout. You do have to really make sure that loose product is off your brush before you apply, and also be sure to brush your under eye area off (gently, of course) after you’re done doing your eyes with this stuff. But I’m pretty happy with it and it will remain in my kit for both everyday wear and special occasions.
Overall, I recommend checking out BA Star if you’re in the market for some new eye shadow colors. What’s really cool is you can actually create your own makeup kit using their Kit Builder. Now, I haven’t tried any of their glitters or lip products, but I imagine the lip products are pretty pigmented and long-wearing as well, so they might be worth a shot. Regardless, if you’re looking for an easy-to-wear eye shadow that’s pigmented and comes with colors that blend with each other well, check out BA Star.
This post was written as part of the Brand Backer program. I received a sample as compensation for my post/review, but the opinions above are my own and were not influenced by compensation received. For my full disclosure policy, go here.
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