Laura Geller’s Beauty Baked Eyeshadow in Starburst has veins of chocolate, gold and fuschia all swirled together. It’s designed to be swept over the entire eye, or you can aim your brush at different veins of color to get slightly different tones from it for different parts of your eye. Sort of.
This is a very richly pigmented shadow that goes on smooth and creamy and lasts very well – not unlike Laura Geller’s Vanilla eyeshadow that I reviewed recently. The shimmer in it is moderate – enough to catch flattering light without highlighting the natural wrinkles that some of us have even as youngsters. If you’ve been frustrated with dry, unyielding baked eyeshadows, this one will come as a wonderful surprise: working with it feels a lot like working with a pressed shadow, and it performs as well as any of them.
If you sweep your brush all over it, the color you will get is a plummy brownish pink that’s pretty neutral if your skin is cool toned. This color will also work well on warmer skin tones, and has enough pigment to work on dark ones too, but I can imagine it looking a little ashy on some complexions (and recommend Vanilla as an alternative).
As Geller claims, you can also pick out certain veins of pigment to get some mild variation in the colors and turn it into a sort of mini-palette. However, one good sweep with a wet brush and this becomes more difficult. But you could just, you know, not do that because you really don’t need to apply them wet as shadows – they’re intense enough dry. Save the wet use for eyeliner and just use a thin brush, carefully poked into the darker pigments.
These are the variations I was able to pick out using the shadows dry. The first color is a medium pink shimmer with a slight cool undertone that gives it an almost silvery quality. The second is a pinkish caramel shimmer. The fourth is a deeper chocolate shimmer.
The first swatch there is what you get if you swirl all the colors together – the plummy brownish pink shimmer I mentioned earlier. The second swatch (on the right) is how it looks wet – it picks up more of the silvery pigments and looks more metallic and a little bit lighter in shade.