Glossier Lidstar Eyeshadow Herb Review:
When I think of Glossier, I think natural, effortless, and enhance-yourself beauty. It’s definitely an extremely popular brand, with a select range of skincare and makeup. They don’t have too many options – for example, Lidstar is their only proper eyeshadow-type product, but the products that they do release are very well-thought out and well-loved.
I really enjoy using their Boy Brow eyebrow gel, and so was excited to try out Lidstar, which is a long-wearing eyeglow is supposed to be enhancing, long-lasting, and easy to wear. I have pretty oily eyelids, so I am always a little wary of any eyeshadow that is not in powder form. How does it hold up?
Claims :(taken from the Glossier website)
+ Lidstar lights up eyes with a wash of soft, glistening color that lasts all day.
+ The effect comes from a delicate proportion of ultrafine multicolor pearls suspended with coated pigments in a buttery base for the silkiest, most blendable formula.
+ To apply, dab doe foot applicator onto clean lids and use fingertips to shape.
+ The cream dries down to a sheer veil, locking onto lids with no creasing (no need for primer). It’s one-step eye enhancement you can do every day.
Floating Multicolor Pearls: Ultrafine reflective pearls, in colorways custom-balanced for each shade.
Softlock Technology: Coating on each pigment allows the formula to lock onto lids for 12 hours without creasing, fading, or smudging.
Angled Doe Foot Applicator: The long edge allows even distribution across the lid, with a precision tip for detailing.
Cruelty free, paraben free, fragrance free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested, non-irritating, safe for the eye area, suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
Isododecane, Mica, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polyethylene, Trihydroxystearin, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Silica, Propylene Carbonate, Lauroyl Lysine, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate.
May Contain/Peut Contenir (±): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77000 (Aluminum Powder), CI 77400 (Bronze Powder), CI 77400 (Copper Powder), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide).
Volume: 0.15 oz / 4.5 ml
How to use:
Dab onto lid and blend with fingertip.
My Skin Type:
Oily, dehydrated, acne-prone, sensitive
Glossier Lidstar Eyeshadow Herb Review:
Lidstar is packaged in a sleek tube (almost like a lab test tube), made with transparent plastic so that you can see the exact color of the product. It’s pretty handy for travel considering how compact the tube is and how it does not necessarily require a brush to use. The top screws off to reveal a slim angled doe-foot applicator, which makes application very easy.
The product itself is almost like a velvety mousse that is on the thicker side. There are six available shades; Herb is a deep and smoky moss green with gold specks of glitter. Because the product is so creamy, it does not really dry down quickly like a normal non-powder eyeshadow.
The obvious thing to do is to blend it out until you get a thin, even layer, but doing so causes the pigment to basically disappear. It swatches very true to color with great pigment, but once you start blending it out, you disappointingly get an extremely sheer, barely-there wash of color.
In this regard, pigment is definitely not one of this product’s strong suits – I would go so far as to say that this is more of a light lid tint than a proper eyeshadow.
In the swatch photos, it seems like there is still color on the blended side, but keep in mind that I used a ton of product to achieve this level of color – probably at least three to four times the normal amount that I would actually use for the surface area of my lids.
To be fair, it is supposed to be just a wash of color, but I expected that there would be at least a bit more color left after blending.
Also, the more you layer it, the “wetter” the finishing consistency is – as you would expect. On me, Lidstar kind of just sits heavily on top of my lids, which is not something I particularly enjoy especially considering how oily my eyelids are.
When applied, Herb becomes a gray-green hue with a lot of gold glitter. I have tried it using it by itself (although it’s personally not a color that I would use alone), and with other powder shadows, and have found that the glitter especially is definitely not transfer-proof – it gets pretty much everywhere.
It works alright as a sheer base under powder shadows, but is not something to write home about. In terms of longevity, I was extremely disappointed – it kind of just disappeared after six hours of wear when used alone without primer, and left just a bit of sparkle of my eyelids.
For me, Lidstar was simply underwhelming, especially considering that it doesn’t come cheap. There are definitely better liquid/cream shadows out there; if you are into the sheer, barely-there look, you can always achieve that even with a pigmented product just by using less product and blending it out more.
Where to buy:
Have you tried Glossier Lidstar Eyeshadow Herb?
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