I’m a sucker for products with luxury ingredients, so it was a given that I’d fall for Belmacz Stardust eye shadow with 24 carat gold leaf, just launched as I type. The creation of jewellery designer, Julia Muggenburg, this copper cream eye shadow is a sophisticated nod to this year’s obsession with orange and metallic tones - a quick slick on the eyelid will immediately modernise your make-up look. It also works as liner, blended out on cheekbones or mixed with body moisturiser to accentuate shoulders or décolleté and elongate shins.
I normally steer clear of orange tones anywhere other than lips or nails, so was surprised at how flattering this is - and to discover that orange/copper tones really do make blue eyes pop! (For anyone else who, like me, didn’t understand the ‘pop’ expression for years, it just means these tones draw attention to the colour of the eyes and make them look more dramatic - not bulbous or like they’re literally popping out of your head!).
I struggle with shimmery products as they often irritate my sensitive eyes, so cream shadow is a great way to wear them. This one stays creamy and doesn’t set as powder like some do… the downside of this is that lasting power isn’t brilliant and it does crease a bit on me, but a primer should address both of these issues (I like to test products ‘as is’). As you can see from the swatches, the colour is buildable and the texture more sheen and shimmer, coming to life with finely milled twinkle in direct light or sunlight.
I think the packaging is quite beautiful and love little touches like this message inside the box.Belmacz beauty cosmetics are cruelty free and handmade in London. Stardust rrp £29. Get a free Moonstone Glow lipgloss (rrp £26) with every purchase of Stardust until 25th April 2013 here. (The lipgloss looks even more exciting than the eye shadow to me!)