When you look at the true definition of ‘holographic’, which pertains more to objects than make up, it means that rather than looking flat, something has a depth effect and can appear to move. There are plenty of self proclaimed ‘holo’ make up products that are just shiny or glittery, which doesn’t make them holo. I remember the very first time that I used a holographic nail polish, it truly did have a three dimensional effect as though it was fluid and had infinite depth but the level of holo is very dependent upon the light that you’re in. Under a jeweller’s light (the ones they use in the display cabinets to make diamonds seem super shiny) a holo product will look utterly incredible. On a rainy Saturday morning in your kitchen, it will look absolutely dull.
In terms of being shade shifty (i.e. movement), the Barry M Holographic Eyeshadow Toppers tick all the boxes, as indeed they do in terms of having a very shimmery ‘almost’ depth type finish when you first apply them. That reduces a little bit as the product dries but otherwise, it’s pretty impressive to be honest. The last on these is impressive too – I thought the product might break down or fade quickly once on the lids but it doesn’t seem to (unless you have very oily lids, in which case I suspect it would) so if you’re still after the unicorn look, I can happily recommend these.
This first swatch is taken under my kitchen light (right by the kettle and a bottle of gin – it’s all class here and no, I’m not boiling my gin!) so you can see the reflectivity of the product when it’s under lights.
The second swatch taken in normal day light gives you more of an idea of the colours – from bottom to top: Supernova, Asteroid, Luna and Star Dust. They’re £4.99 each, launching 31st January.
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