Thursday, January 23, 2014

Review: By Terry Ombre Blackstar "Color Fix" Cream Eyeshadow Review


(L-R: BT Blonde Opal, M Barely Branded, BT Bronze Moon, M Bad to the Bronze)  
(Left: Sephora Collection "Taupe",  Right: BT "Bronze Moon")
Overview
Cream shadows are some of my favorite makeup items to buy. There are so many options out there, but none of which were able to tame my wandering eye until By Terry Ombre Blackstar "Color Fix" Cream Eyeshadows ($43 from BeautyBar). Are there more cost-effective alternatives? Yes, but I truly believe that in this case, you get what you pay for. My only complaint would be the limited shade selection but they seem to be expanding the range seasonally.

There are two things I love about this line; the wear and the texture. I've used this without an eye primer for 14 hours without any creasing or fading... which is unheard of for me. As for the texture, it almost "melts" into the skin and once it sets, it won't budge. It's like butter, but with more slip initially. You can apply these with even the lightest touch... and feel so light, I can't even feel that I'm wearing anything. The biggest complaint I've seen, is that these are too shimmery/glittery. All the shades I own are quite shimmery (borderline sparkly) but not at all gritty.

Shade Reviews
Blonde Opal: This is a metallic-looking champagne color and isn't glittery/shimmery like the two shades mentioned above. This reminds me so much of Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in "Barely Branded" or Est√©e Lauder's Shadow Paint in "Halo" (which I hated).  Unfortunately, I've found that the Color Tattoo's and Shadow Paints all crease on my lid at some point while the Ombre Blackstars do not. Also, the two alternatives also give my eyelid a weird uneven, almost bumpy texture. "Blonde Opal" is more opaque than "Frozen Quartz, but not as much as "Misty Rock" or "Bronze Moon".
Frozen Quartz: This shade is the most sheer of the bunch. I still really love it, but it isn't opaque enough to cover eyelid discoloration, so I prefer this overtop of MAC's "Painterly" Paint Pot.
Misty Rock: My favorite cream shadow shade, ever. It's more purple than I was expecting, nearly opaque, borderline sparkly and gorgeous. I use this as an all over lid color and if I'm feeling fancy I'll add something matte in the crease. This is definitely the most "shimmery" of the lot, but I don't experience any flaking, creasing, or fall-out. The Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color in "Amethyst" ($26) is almost identical in color. Unfortuantely, the Caviar Sticks are quite heavy/thick and they crease halfway through the day.
Bronze Moon: The closest "dupe" is definitely the Maybelline Color Tattoo in "On and On Bronze"/"Bad to the Bronze". In rub and water tests, "Bad to the Bronze" actually held up better but again, it inevitably will start to crease after 6 hours while "Bronze Moon" stays put until I take it off... even in the waterline. Another "dupe" could be the Sephora Collection Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof  Shadow in "04 Taupe" ($14). This is slightly lighter and (without a primer) creases after a few hours.
Summary
If the price point doesn't deter you, I think you would be better off passing on the cheaper alternatives and diving right in to the Ombre Blackstars. The texture and wear-time are unparalleled to other options I've tried and I've since given some of my Color Tattoo's and Caviar Sticks away, as I didn't see the need to have both.