Stargazer is THE alternative cosmetics manufacturer and produces every possible product for individuals to create their own individual look.
Today we review their face powder range. Two formulations are available (loose powder and pressed powder in a mirrored compact), both in the same 5 shades of WHITE, TRANSLUCENT, NATURAL SHIMMER, TAN or BODY GLOW, all of which can be bought from our ebay shop.
First let's describe the formulations.
The Stargazer loose powder comes in a plastic screw top jar with a inner lid that shops the powder from escaping through the threads of the screw top lid. Each jar is boxed.
The powder is a little flour-like, but this means great coverage. It does smell a little. It's a little flowery, but not too heavy or unpleasant but best to be avoided if you really don't like fragranced make-up.
We used both bushes and a puff (both not supplied) to apply the powder. The jar neck is wide enough to fit a medium sized powder brush into. Coverage with a brush was not as good as with a puff, however we find this is the case with most powders using a brush, so nothing new there.
Powder is silky on the skin and does give nice, even coverage which is buildable and comes away easily with a tissue if you have gone a bit "overboard". Nice results.
The Stargazer pressed powder comes is a lovely black compact with a mirror in the lid and a soft puff. Again there is a flowery smell, but not as powerful as the loose powder.
We used the provided puff first. Great coverage, but needed a little "dusting away" of excess with a brush. Then we tried our own brush. This provided a very fine covering, great if you don't want too much. The mirror size is ok for a compact in this kind of price range. Impressive overall.
As we said before, both formulations come in the same 5
shades. We have tried each one for versatility and quality of colour.
Stargazer loose face powder in WHITE & Stargazer pressed face powder compact in WHITE
Matt / Matte powder, made for whole face coverage (which is does very well) but can be used as a highlighter powder for cheeks or eyelids or for under the eye.
Stargazer loose face powder in TRANSLUCENT Loose & Stargazer pressed face powder compact in TRANSLUCENT
Matt / Matte powder, because it's a shade meant for (almost) any shade of skin (except really dark of course) the coverage is quite light. We couldn't find and other suitable uses for it, but it does it's intended job extremely well.
Stargazer loose face powder in NATURAL SHIMMER Loose & Stargazer pressed face powder compact inNATURAL SHIMMER
Slightly Shimmering powder that is slightly lighter than TRANSLUCENT (probably because of the added shimmer particles), and so again gives a light coverage. We used this as a highlighter powder on the cheekbones and eyelids with great effect. Didn't perform too well under the eyes as a skin brightener on it's own, but if you added a sweep of the TRANSLUCENT over then it has a great light diffusing effect.
Stargazer loose face powder in TAN Loose & Stargazer pressed face powder compact in TAN
This shade is quite dark with a Matt / Matte finish. Gives great coverage. We found this an excellent blusher and bronzer when applied sparingly with a brush. Because it's matt / matte is was great for sculpting under the cheek apples and in the temples. Great as an "emergency" matt / matte eyeshadow too.
Stargazer loose face powder in BODY GLOW Loose & Stargazer pressed face powder compact in BODY GLOW
Slightly darker and more "earthy" than TAN, but gives a fantastic pearly sheen finish ideal for bronzing the face AND body. It's a great blusher, eyeshadow powder and highlighter too. We even tried it on lips and added a slick of clear gloss. This was our favourite shade as we could apply it (almost) anywhere and it looked great, even on our really pale guineapigs!