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ByTerry Ombre Blackstar Review | Product Rave

ByTerry Ombre Blackstar Review

If you're a fan of the eyeshadow base and you prefer creamy pencils to potted creams or whipped mousses (think Tom Ford & Charlotte Tilbury), look no further than the By Terry Ombre Blackstars. These don't come cheap ($44...yikes), but I have some recommendations on how to save $$$ at the end of this post.


These are the end-all, be all cream eyeshadows in my opinion. I do hope she expands the range because the formula is superb. One of my biggest issue about most cream shadow ranges (esp. in stick form) is that certain ranges are not consistent. The MJB Twinkle Pops, the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks...some of the shades are gorgeous and others apply patchy and refuse to blend. The OBs never do that. They're just general blendable perfection from the get-go.

One of my favorite things about the formula is that you don't have to use them as a base. In fact, I'm usually hesitant to top them with a powder shadow because the shimmer/sparkle is so gorgeous and looks crazy expensive. They're stunning and do actually loose some of their sparkle if you top them with a shimmer shadow. You can always pat a bit of reflects on top, but it's much easier just to whack one of the sticks on by themselves and call it a day.

I also love wearing these alone as a liner - just a quick swipe across the top & bottom lashline, blended out, and then topped with a bit more product for definition.

ByTerry Ombre Blackstar Swatches

These blend out gorgeously with a finger or synthetic brush. They never look patchy or "clump" in certain areas like other formulas (*cough* MJB). You 100% get what you pay for, which is absolutely necessary considering how much you're shelling out for these.

Now, a few tips on purchasing. I would recommend picking these up from either B-Glowing or Space NK when either retailer holds a 20% off sale. Space NK is more likely to have a $ off promotion with a threshold involved (e.g., spend $125 and get $25 off = 20% off) but B-Glowing often does these 20% off sitewide "Happy Hour" sales for a few hours about 1x per quarter (if not more) so I'd sign up for their emails and wait for a sale. If you're a Saks cardholder and you get the semi-regular 20% off one-time use codes, those are also (usually) applicable.

BUT. In what's probably the smartest move in the company's history, they're offering their four most popular shades in a bundled discount (all full size) for holiday, which you can purchase from a few different retailers (links to B-GlowingSpace NK, Beautylish and Dermstore here). This set is a fantastic deal at just $155 and a big discount compared to what you'd be paying ($220) if you bought them all separately.

ByTerry Ombre Blackstar Holiday 2016 Set
I'm torn on adding anymore of the shades to my collection because I don't feel like I'd get much use out of them, but we'll see.

Do you own any Ombre Blackstars? Would love to know your favorite color, or how you use the shades in your collection :)


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