Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday Riley Prismasilk Eye Color in Moon Dust review + swatches


          It's Sunday: what better to post than a review of  Sunday Riley Prismasilk Eye Color in Moon Dust? Sunday Riley is a relatively new cosmetics company that's found its way into the heart of luxury cosmetics lovers. I was lucky to win Sunday Riley Moon Dust prismasilk eye color from a Best Things in Beauty giveaway (see Charlestongirl's review of Moon Dust here). Today I'm sharing my review, photos, and swatches of Sunday Riley Moon Dust with you!


         When I first opened Sunday Riley Moon Dust indoors, I was under the impression that it was a regular white shadow. However, outdoors it was more like an off white or very pale beige. The sunlight and camera seems to amplify this beige color in my photos.


          I was initially surprised at Sunday Riley's choice of packaging. Clear plastic lids are commonly seen on drugstore products. That said, it is convenient to see the color inside, and the construction is more luxe. As you can see below, the clear lid is actually a very thick slab-like lid. At one point while photographing, I saw the faintest little rainbow being cast on the shadow by a prismatic effect. The lid has the Sunday Riley 'SR' logo indented, while the shadow pan itself has Sunday Riley embossed in it. The texture of the shadow in the pan seems firm. Not much is kicked up when I run my brush on it, although product is coming off the surface.  
         When seen in the pan outdoors, Moon Dust can take on a pale beige color as seen above. When worn or swatched, it takes on a greyer tone. This might be because the beige is absorbed into the background tone of the skin, thus highlighting the grey tones in the shadow.  I've swatched Moon Dust next to some other white eyeshadows in my collection so you can get a better handle of the color. You can see that Moon Dust is significantly less pure white than the icy white of Sephora Aspen Summit and the golden white of NARS Exotic Dance (reviewed here). The off white/ beige character is similar to Urban Decay Virgin (from the NAKED palette). Urban Decay Virgin, however is more strongly pigmented and a more frosty peach beige. Sunday Riley Moon Dust has a slightly more soft satin grey color.

           Moon Dust goes on very sheerly, though it does spread evenly and well. It took me multiple brush strokes to build up the swatch below. When worn on my eyes, the color was practically invisible, save for a subtle lightening effect. The eyeshadow has a formula suitable for wet or dry use, so I used a wet brush. This worked quite well to build up the color to a soft white-grey. I could see where Moon Dust gets its name from!


         Overall, I'm excited to have tried Sunday Riley Moon Dust. The subtle grey-white suits my taste and I do appreciate the effect of barely-there and brightening shadows. Though I do like Moon Dust, I would recommend a try-before-buy since the color does seem to be sheer, which is not everyone's cup of tea. Thank you to Charlestongirl for the wonderful giveaway and thanks for reading! Have you been eyeing  or trying any Sunday Riley colors? Do you have a favorite off-white eyeshadow?

Love, Dovey.

15 comments:

  1. I want to try one of these shadows someday! This looks like it would be a great inner corner highlight.
    My fave off-white shadow is Stila Kitten. I love that shadow!

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    1. Hi Tracy, I agree! It's very subtle... it would work well with other cooler colors :). Kitten is a color that I've heard so much about; I need to seek it out!

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  2. I still haven't tried Sunday Riley's e/s yet. I do love their skincare line. My favorite is Nars Abyssinia ( I am sure you know this one very well:)) and Inglot #353M...I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award, come check it out:)

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    1. Hi Rola, NARS Abyssnia is really pretty! I don't have it in my collection, but I know what you mean :)

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  3. I haven't tried Sunday Riley yet. Moon Dust is very pretty & looks understated - more glow than sparkle. I agree with you that it will work well as a highlight with cooler colors! Enjoy our new addition to your collection! I love Charleston Girl's giveaways - she always has lovely items!

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    1. Hi Kristi, well said! It's definitely more glow :) I <3 Charlestongirl's giveaways too. They're so generous!

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  4. I'm dying to try out some Sunday Riley products. I have my eye on a few eye shadows and lipstick. I have to have at least one Sunday Riley product in my collection just because my daughters name is Riley and she was born on a Sunday.Plus the products look like good quality.

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    1. Hi RileyMariesMom, What a cool coincidence! I love product names that are relevant to my life; if that was me, Sunday Riley would become a must!

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    2. My birthday is next month and I think I'm going to pick up at least one as a present for myself. I really like the Burnt Eggplants and French Press. They cost a little more then what I typically like to for a single, but you seem to get a good amount of product for it. I'm hoping the Sunday Riley site will have these it sometime soon.

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  5. I jumped on the SR bandwagon bigtime! I bought 7 - sight unseen - from Barneys online. Burnt Eggplant, is stunning, my favorite. Lady Godivaand Sanders are almost identical in color. Casablanca is a pretty bluegreenish black color. I agree with you about Moon Dust being very sheer on the eyes.

    My problem is that most of them are packed very hard and a little difficult to get onto your brush. You almost have to dig into them to get anything on your brush. I guess I just expected them to be smooth and buttery, and most of them are not. Burnt Egglant is the exception, it's soft and creamy and stunning. But I dropped that one and it broke my heart into a million pieces.

    If you're interested, I would recommend buying one or two to see how they work for you.

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    1. Hi Beth--- wow! You really dove in :) I did have a bit of a problem too getting the shadow to kick up. When it did come off, it went on smoothly. It's interesting to know that different colors in the collection behave differently. I'm so sorry about your shadow loss--- I can imagine what that must have been like :( Were you able to recover anything?

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  6. It's pretty! I have yet to try one of these. I do want one, but oh man, I have so many shadows ._. My favorite off white shadows are all in palettes, I think.

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    1. Haha story of our lives, right? There are so many whites and off whites out there. Who would have known there's so much variety in a non-color? :)

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