Happy Spring everyone! Can you believe it’s already September? How time flies. How time flies indeed. At this rate it’ll be December in a blink of an eye. I for one am really excited for this month. Besides it being my birthday month it is also the month I will launch my new website and I might have a sneaky little somin’ somin’ planned for you guys shrill fangirl screaming. Keep a lookout on my Instagram page if you wanna find out what the surprise is going to be…
Anyway, onto today’s review. I recently got to meet the owner of Pink Cosmetics – Janet – at an event where she had a pop-up shop. She had launched her mineral makeup line at said event and I was super excited to try everything. There were testers of everything so I, of course, went on a swatching spree… Everything was so beautiful and I had a really hard time deciding what I wanted to purchase. I finally settled on some items, one being the Glitter Glaze in Rose Quartz. What is a glitter glaze you ask? According to Pink Cosmetics website, it is a glitter topper to use on your eyes or face. I adore the Stila Magnificent Metals (featured in my 2017 favourites) and this product reminded me of it so adding it to my collection was a no-brainer.
It comes packaged in a 10ml squeeze tube and I think the packaging is really great as it’s not messy. Even though it’s not the most luxe packaging it is practical. I squeeze some product onto my mixing plate and apply it from there. Easy. Mess free.The color I chose is Rose Quartz – a beautiful pink shade that suits my skin tone really well. On the website it is stated that the product doesn’t blend (because it’s a glitter) and should therefore be used as the last step to your eyeshadow, like an eyeshadow topper to add some “pizzaz”.
The first time I tried it I went for a simple look. Some light peachy toned eyeshadows in my crease, a light champagne shimmer on my lid and to finish off I added some of this over top. I applied a very light layer so it was a little sheer but looked amazing. I added a small wing and applied some mascara to complete the look. This product made my eyes look so awake, like I get enough sleep, run marathons and drink 18 glasses of water per day. It really made my brown eyes pop. It was so pretty when the sun hit my eyes, I got quite a bit of compliments shy giggles.
On the swatch the glitter looks thick, chunky and patchy and yes, it swatches that way on your hand but on the eyes it is absolutely beautiful. I did notice though that instead of dragging the product on your lid, patting motions works much better. I apply it with a stiff flat synthetic brush that’s small enough to allow a precise application. The product does dry relatively quickly but not so quick that you don’t have time to make it look even on your lids/face. It dries completely and though when I rub my eye (I know I know it’s bad but I’m an eye-rubber don’t judge me) there were a few glitters on my finger as well as a few on my lower lash line. The eye I didn’t rub didn’t have any glitter on the lower lash line so that means it doesn’t transfer much, like a kajal pencil would.
I wanted to be a little extra and did a dark halo smokey eye and applied this in the centre of the halo for that little “pop”. Because my eyeshadow was really dark and dramatic I applied a pretty generous amount of this so it could be more intense. And intense it was. I was a bit skeptical and thought it would feel sticky when I blink because of the amount I applied as it did feel tacky immediately after application, but once it dried completely it was really comfortable and didn’t feel like a thick blob on my eye. Removing the product wasn’t too bad. With an oil based makeup remover/micellar water/cleansing balm it comes off well. It does depend on how potent your makeup remover is though. I use my trusty Clinique Take The Day Off makeup remover liquid and 2 gentle swipes had it all removed. Whichever makeup remover you use though, don’t tug or pull at your eyes as the skin on and around your eyes are extremely sensitive and any excess pulling/tugging could cause droopy/saggy skin or fine lines on that area. So just remember to be gentle.
I know these pictures are blurry but do you see that sparkle?! I love it! Having a bad day? Glitter. Feeling sad? Glitter. Missed an epic makeup sale? Glitter. Late for work? Glitter. Glitter glitter glitter, it really does make the world prettier.
While I didn’t try this on my face the staying power on my eyes was impressive. It lasts really well throughout the day. On my sister (who has hooded eyes) it did transfer just a little but it didn’t end up looking messy or uneven. By the time she removed her makeup her eyeshadow still looked put together, regardless of the bits of transfer. So if you have hooded eyes fear not! This product could definitely work for you.
I really wanted to show you guys what this product looked like on the eye so I asked my beautiful friend, Debbie, if I could use her pictures. She graciously agreed and just look how stunning it looks! She is wearing the shade Rose Quartz (the shade I have) over some purple shadows. Isn’t she a total babe!? She is a makeup artist based in Cape Town and her work is incredible. You can check her out on Instagram at Lentelief Makeup
While this product reminds me of the Stila Magnificent Metals, it isn’t an exact dupe as the formula’s and textures differ. The concept is similar though and personally I think this is a great, affordable alternative to the Stila. There are 4 difference shades:
- Artemis – silver
- Pegasus – rose gold
- Rose Quartz – pink
- Cassiopeia – purple
Above picture taken from Pink Cosmetics Facebook.
These retail for R145 each and the amount of product you get is insane! If you want, you can use my code ‘stardust’ for a discount. These are currently sold out but are available for pre-order here. They’re all paraben free, cruelty free, vegan and halaal friendly.
Some relevant information I found on the Pink Cosmetics website:
The glitter used in our Glitter Glaze is smaller and finer than the glitter used in our Body Glaze. Like ALL cosmetics glitter products this is not approved by the FDA for use on the eyes. However caution may be exercised and applied to eyes at your own discretion. By purchasing our products you are accepting responsibility for any irritation or accidents.”
So while this might not be FDA approved to use on the eyes, I’ve used it countless times and have not had any irritations/negative reactions. Of course, everyone is different and while I may not have had a reaction to this product, others might. Because of this I need to disclose that all the opinions on this blog post is based of off my own personal experience. I may not be held liable if you have a bad reaction/irritation to this product. Using the product on your eyes will be done at your own risk and own discretion.
Reviews of other Pink Cosmetics products:
Pink Cosmetics Solid Brush Cleaner review
Pink Cosmetics Floral Bath Soak review
Pink Cosmetics Lip Scrub review
Pink Cosmetics Designer Fragrance Bath Bombs review