I have no clue when these veined baked eye shadows were launched by Colorbar and I should say their website terribly lacks the updated information regarding their launches! So while strolling through Colorbar counter few weeks back I spotted many new launches like their Makeup palettes with blush eye shadow combination and a palette with all shimmery eye shadow shades, their makeup pigments in new revamped packaging….. I really hope that the brand atleast start updating the website regarding same and the lack of Colorbar counters in my city makes it more difficult to keep updated with same! Today I am going to review the newly launched Baked Eye Shadow. I picked up shade Windstar from the collection.
Colorbar Emphaseyes Baked Eye Shadow comes in a sleek round silver case with see through lid. The baked eye shadow is placed in the centre of case as a dome without the inclusion of applicator brush & mirror. Simple, elegant & no fuss packaging!
WINDSTAR is a pretty super shimmery Lavender-Pink shade with slight earthy hues. These eye shadows are high on shimmer content which stands out very easily. They give considerable amount of fallout during application. Windstar is sprinkled with liberal dose of silver shimmers which are chunky, one poof! & you can see shimmers flying up & settling down everywhere possible. I dusted the top layer of shade before using it just to find my hand shinning like a disco ball with all settled shimmer chunks. This is because the shimmers are not well blended here which gives a slight grittiness to the texture. Fortunately they don’t feel chunky on lids but gets displaced easily all over face when used dry.
Formulawise Windstar has got slightly* stiff, powdery & gritty texture. Otherwise it feels smooth enough for an even & seamless application. It blends well without any issues. The segment where shade lose marks heavily is the pigmentation which is kind of below average when used dry (you can make out from the swatches)! I had to layer it heavily to make the colour show up on lids when used dry & not to forget with all flying shimmers. However it makes up for that quiet well when used wet where shimmers adhere better without getting displaced with good intensity colour pay off. I have slightly pigmented lids & the shade doesn’t show up in any way when used dry with the chunky shimmers pronounced rather. The shade doesn’t get loaded well onto brush when used dry. Windstar weared for good 5-7 hours on my dry lids before starting to fade when used wet. Weared with a primer it stays for whole day easily. The shade is quiet understated & might not show up on pigmented lids. I have moderately pigmented lids which I even out with a primer & the shade just shows up even when used wet & layered. In the EOTD below I have patted it twice all over lid using damp brush & blended slightly towards crease! You can see how subdued the shade looks.
Baked formulas usually have that slight stiffness in the texture naturally but I have seen & used way better baked eye shadow formulas than this. DOL Shimmer Touch Milange Eyeshadows falls in same category as these and perform exceptionally well in any way with much smoother formula. I am not sure how other shades from the new Colorbar range performs but this one being such a pretty shade was a total disappointment. I might pick few more shades to test out but if you detest high shimmers in your eye makeup can easily skip this shade from the range atleast. For such a heavy price the product is meh for me.
And here it is swatched heavily…
- Sleek, elegant & easy to locate packaging.
- Smooth formula which applies evenly & blends in well.
- Good colour pay off and longevity when used wet.
- Over dose of shimmers!
- The shimmers are chunky without being blended well into the texture.
- The texture feels slightly gritty due to unblended chunky shimmers.
- The shimmers get dislodged easily settling onto edges of the pan making packaging messy.
- The pigmentation is very poor when used dry & the shade don’t show up.
- Considerable fall out during application.
- The shade will not show up aptly on pigmented lids.
- Heavy price tag for the quality.
It’s a pretty shimmery Lavender-Pink shade but the unblended gritty chunky shimmers & poor pigmentation are a big setback. Though it performs well when used wet the formula is not at par and I have seen way better baked formulas in the same pricing category.