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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What it is: The Body Shop Baked Eye Colour in Moonstone

The shade: Moonstone is a pretty combination of a creamy off-white and a silvery dark grey. Both sides are flecked with plenty of shimmer and subtle veining, and are just a delight to look at in the pan! The darker hue is more ashen then I’d usually work with, but I can definitely see it working well in a sexy, smokey silver eye, especially (but not only) for cool toned gals. As for the lighter shade, it’s neutral (and sheer) enough to act as a shimmery wash for pretty much any skintone.

The formula: Ick, ick, ick! Moonstone has a ton of fallout, and unless you foil the living daylights out of your shadows, you’re really not going to get much pigmentation. What looks like innocent shimmer in the pan practically turns out to be a full-on glitter assult, complete with agressive particle size! That said, though, the pigmentation does really perk up with primer and foiling (sorry I don’t have swatches for you ladies,) but you’ll still really have to clean up that fallout.

swatched dry

The ingredients:

Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Tin Oxide, Phenoxyethanol, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Silica, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Water, Isohexadecane, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 80, Sorbitan Oleate. 
[May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens].

The verdict? Okay, so Moonstone is obscenely gorgeous in the pan pretty — but with the amount of fallout and the level of pigmentation, I wouldn’t recommend this particular shade! I’ve read a few other reviews for these shadows, though, and Moonstone does sound like it’s the most sheer out of the three shades currently offered in North America.

Try it if…

  • You’re obsessed with how pretty the shades look in the pan!
  • You’ll be buying one of the other two shades instead (it also comes in Copper and Jade.)
  • You catch them on a great sale (like those awesome 3 for $10 sales they sometimes have!)

Pass on it if…

  • You want something smooth, pigmented, and easy to apply,
  • You balk at the $16 price tag,
  • You already have something similar, like a baked eyeshadow by a company like MAC or Maybelline.
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