One thing you can say about me is that I have an extensive eyeshadow collection. Some people collect dolls, some collect ornaments, some collect key chains – I collect eyeshadow. But as many eyeshadows as I have they are mostly neutrals. I love my neutrals and that’s what I wear most of the time. This month when my STARBOX from Starlooks arrived I realized that I was going to be veering away from neutrals with the contents of the December subscription box.
For the last two months I’ve encouraged you to subscribe to Starbox especially so you could get the steal of the year – $15 for a full size eyeshadow palette with 15 shades. This sells for $99 on Starlooks site but the December box with one of their palettes was just $15.
The Starbox palette I received (i10A) is pretty amazing and fills in all the gaps in my extensive eyeshadow collection. It contains colors I’ve never had before but have wondered about so this is a thrill. The palettes are all slightly different and mine is described below.
Row 1: this is a favorite row since the two base/highlighter shades are in it. The top two are lightly shimmered and slightly frosty while the violet is a matte shade. In my arm swatch you can barely see the top two which actually is a plus – I like a highlighter shade that just evens out the tone of my brow area yet surprises you with some light color. I also mixed the violet with the middle shade to achieve a great color to wear on my lid with the violet which is why there are 4 swatches on my arm instead of 3.
Row 2: this is the scary row yet I know I’ll find use for it. Top is a coral red that is just so pretty, what a fabulous lipstick shade this would be. It too has the light shimmer that many of the eyeshadows have. Next is a matte orange shade that applies with ease and can be used lightly for just a hint of the color or build up. The red is at the bottom and it’s a beautiful cherry red.
Row 3: the blue row. Top is a teal that has the best texture in the palette. It’s so silky smooth. I’ve found that I can wear teal smudged just above my eyelashes for an unusual take on a smoky eye. The middle shade is another shimmered shade, also a great texture. This has an iridescence to it that gives it more pizzazz than the matte teal. The bottom is a satin navy but it’s not especially dark once on.
Row 4: this row is more like what I already own so I know these will get the most use. Top is a matte yellow that looks darker in the palette than it applies, middle is a striking shimmered gold. It’s not brassy at all and blends easily. The bottom shade is a terrific golden bronze that is close to perfection.
Row 5: the greens. The top is an iridescent light green that reminds me of a mermaid’s tail. The middle shade surprised me the most since it appears to be a silvery green but it’s brighter than that, it’s a terrific match for the iridescent green. The bottom is more of a forest green which has a similar feel to it as the navy but in the green family.
What I love about Starbox by Starlooks is that you are getting cosmetics – I’m getting tired of the oodles of small little samples of haircare, skincare and silly things I’ll never use. I’m a cosmetic person and this is the subscription that promises me cosmetics that are full size. There is a surprise element each month since you never quite know what you’ll get but that’s what these boxes are all about. You may have missed out on the $15 special if you didn’t take my advice, but you can still get a very similar palette in their “Past Starboxes” section for just $25. While $15 was a steal, $25 is a bargain for 15 amazingly pigmented eyeshadows in a sturdy see through palette. It will be so interesting to see what 2013 brings from Starlooks. — Marcia
For fabulous pictures and swatches of a similar Starlooks palette please check out The Unknown Beauty Blog.