Makeup Review: Barry M Dazzle Dusts for Spring 2009

by PJ on Sunday, April 12, 2009

in 2009 Spring, makeup, makeup - eyeshadow

Dazzle Dusts are probably the most popular products from Barry M Cosmetics, and, for spring 2009, six new shades have joined the lineup. Today I am reviewing three of the six additions.

The most interesting shade among the three is 93 Block Blue (bottom left in the photo), as it is the first ever matte Dazzle Dust. It is a matte aqua blue that looks quite vibrant and dramatic. 96 Gold is a rich molten gold with very fine multi-colored shimmer, and 98 Petrol Black is a dark cool-grey with cool-toned shimmer (blue, turquoise, and purple). All the shades are very pigmented.

The powder has a good adherence to the skin, but this means blending has to be very swift. (Among the three, Block Blue has the least movement during application and blending can be rather difficult.) Once set, the color and finish of these shades are very long-lasting and don’t fade overtime.

Dazzle Dusts are known for their intensity, and each shade here certainly looks intense in its own way. The matte Block Blue is opaque and creates a bold (and somewhat retro) look for the eyes. Gold imparts a dazzling shimmer that doesn’t look frosty or flat, and I think it should really suit those with a darker skin tone. Petrol Black combines rich pigment and sparkling shimmer. It works well as an eyelining shade, and, with its cool-toned shimmer, it goes well with blue, purple and cool-green eyeshadows.

Overall, these are very good shades to go for if you would like to create a dramatic makeup look for the evening. Also, if you want very pigmented eyeshadows, you will probably be quite happy with Dazzle Dusts.

The other three new shades for spring 2009 are 94 Teal, 95 Parrot Green, and 97 Dark Chocolate.

Barry M is available in Superdrug, Boots, and the Barry M website.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

BritishBeautyBlogger Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hi PJ: I also got a couple of samples of the matte dazzle but I didn’t love them; the whole point of ‘dazzle’ dust is that the sparkle is phenonemenal….so a matte one surely is a contradiction…..or maybe I should just get out more!


PJ Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hi BritishBeautyBlogger,

I think the matte Dazzle Dust is certainly another interpretation of the idea of “dazzle”. It is obviously a less literal interpretation, but I think it works well in the case of Block Blue. The opaque pigment absorbs light (rather than reflects it) and what we see is the rich color and nothing else. I think this makes the warm-blue quite bold and vibrant.

Thank you very much for your comment again! :)


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