Sometimes I do this weird thing where I hesitate to take interest in super popular things. Like, I didn’t start reading Harry Potter until book 3 came out because I just couldn’t imagine the books would live up to the hype (they did). Whether it’s hype anxiety or me being a hipster for two seconds, I’m not really sure, but it kept me from giving in to Glossier for a good long while. Glossier Lidstar was the product that finally broke me down because I had to have the shade Moon. It’s truly one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen. I figured if I was already placing an order for Moon, I might as well order a few more things, right? I’ve already reviewed the Generation G Lipstick if you’re curious about that one. Today, however, we’re talking about Lidstar, specifically the shades Moon and Lily.
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First, let’s talk a little bit about what Glossier Lidstar is. It’s a sheer, shimmery, liquid eyeshadow. Some shades are more opaque than others. For example, Lily is more opaque than Moon, but ultimately it’s still sheer. If you can’t get down with it being sheer, shimmery, and/or liquid, I really don’t think you’ll like these, period.
Let’s also talk a little bit about what Glossier Lidstar isn’t. As much as Glossier is an “effortless, I just naturally look like a supermodel” type of brand, I really wouldn’t consider Lidstar to be super beginner-friendly. There’s just something about liquid eyeshadow that makes it seem like it’s going to be such a quick, simple product. In reality that’s rarely the case because let’s be honest, liquid eyeshadow is a pain in the ass sometimes. There’s just so much that can go wrong. It can be patchy, difficult to blend, have poor staying power, and just overall be way more trouble than it’s worth.
As far as liquid eye shadows go, Glossier has actually done a great job with Lidstar, but at the end of the day, it’s still liquid eye shadow, and it does have some drawbacks. So if you’re attracted to this product because you want something easy, maybe think twice before jumping headfirst in to this. I’ll explain in more detail later who I think this product is best for and why, but I thought it was important to preface the meat of the review with this word of caution so you don’t have unrealistic expectations for this product.
Glossier Lidstar is packaged in a plastic test tube. The top twists off to reveal a wand with a flocked doe foot applicator. The packaging is effective and travel-friendly, but it can be a little bit annoying to store. I find myself wishing I could set it down on the bottom, but because the end is rounded I’m forced to either lay it on its side or upside down. It’s not a big deal, but it’s worth mentioning because it does slightly irritate me.
Moon is an incredibly sheer beige eyeshadow that’s filled with subtle blue, green, and pink micro-shimmer. Yes, micro-shimmer. The pieces in here really aren’t even big enough to be called glitter, but they are noticeable enough to add a really cool effect to the eyeshadow. I’m hard-core in love with Moon, but the vast majority of people aren’t going to like it. When I say this is sheer, I mean it in the truest sense of the word. The effect this gives is just a multi-dimensional sheen, it doesn’t even look like a color. If you’re looking for a light gold eyeshadow, this ain’t it, babe. If, however, like me you love the look of an editorial glossy eye and wish there was some way you could achieve that look in a way that was practical for real life, there’s a very good chance you’ll like Moon.
As far as performance goes, it does blend out easily, but unless you’re careful it may end up blending out too much. My best tip for this is to apply the product to the back of your hand and then dab it on with your finger or a flat brush rather than applying it to your eyelid with the wand. This makes it easier to control. I also like to add one layer, let it dry, then add another to make it a little more opaque. The texture isn’t runny, it doesn’t go patchy (at least this shade doesn’t, but I’ve heard from other people that some shades are patchy), and it doesn’t feel chunky or sticky. When it’s dry, it feels just like any other powder eyeshadow, so it’s not really a sensation that will feel odd to you at all.
I don’t like the way Lidstars apply over eyeshadow primer simply because I feel like the liquid texture disturbs the primer underneath. This is especially noticeable if you like to use a tinted primer. I avoid applying them over powder eyeshadow for the same reason, though I’ve had absolutely no issue in applying them as a lid color when I’ve already used a powder shadow in the crease. They blend into each other just fine, and it doesn’t leave a line of demarcation or bunch up. Lidstars also layer nicely over each other.
I have very oily eyelids, so it’s rare that I’m able to wear an eyeshadow without primer and still have it look good after a few hours, let alone a whole day, but Glossier’s Lidstar actually does last on me. I suspect it has something to do with the way it dries down completely. It works so well on me that I’m actually able to use it in place of a primer and have it extend the wear time of my powder eye shadows.
Lily is a sheer lavender with purple micro-shimmer. It’s still sheer, but it’s definitely opaque enough that it shows up as a purple eye shadow on the skin. The color itself actually reminds me a lot of Urban Decay Grifter, which is such a throwback for me because it’s a shade I wore a ton as a teenager. (Did any of you have the original skull palette way back in the aughts??) Because this shade is more opaque, it doesn’t suffer from the same “this looks like nothing, why did I spend money on this” issue that Moon does. I think that if you like the color, you’ll probably be happy with Lily.
This performs exactly the same as Moon. It blends easily, has a long wear time, and isn’t patchy. I can easily make it through a full day of wearing this shadow without creasing, which is a pretty big deal for me. ColourPop eye shadows are the only other product that last this well on me without a primer.
Overall, I really love Glossier Lidstar and am definitely interested in purchasing more shades. It performs well, I like the colors, and it manages to avoid some of the common pitfalls of liquid eye shadow. I don’t think these are something everyone will love though, so before you click ‘add to cart’ keep a couple of things in mind.
You’ll probably like this if…
- You’re in to the sheer wash of color look
- You prefer a minimal, though not necessarily natural eye look
- Shimmer is something you enjoy
- You have a little bit of experience working with liquid eye shadows, this isn’t your first rodeo. Alternatively, this may be your first liquid eye shadow, but you’re ready and willing to put in a little bit of work to learn how to use the different format. I think that because it is such a well-developed formula, it’s a good liquid eye shadow to start with if you’re ready for it. It’s just not something I would recommend to someone who’s new to eye shadow in general.
- You’re interested in using this as a base for another shadow
Skip this if…
- You prefer intense, opaque shadows
- You’re strictly interested in matte eye shadows
- You don’t think you’ll be willing or able to put a bit of effort/attention in to the way you apply eye shadow. You’d much rather just stick to a simple powder.
- You think the packaging might get on your nerves to the point that it makes you regret buying the product
- You’re new to eye shadow and/or you were just looking for something effortless. If that’s the case, I’d go with the Julep Eyeshadow 101 Creme to Powder Eyeshadow Stick instead.
$18 at Glossier.com or Glossier stores. You can also purchase 2 shades and save $6, making it 2 for $30.
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