Product Review: Barry M Dazzle Dusts

Name: Dazzle Dusts
Brand: Barry M
Price: £4.59

From Barry M’s website:
A spectacular collection of breath taking loose, highly pearlised powder available in a profusion of colours to enhance your eyes, cheeks or lips. Each little pot contains multiple facets of intensive reflective colour that glides on smoothly adding sparkle and sheen. These luscious shades can be applied bright and bold or shimmering and subtle, with over 60 original colours to choose from everyone can find a favourite pot or two or three…

What I liked:
– available in lots of beautiful shades
– good color payoff
– very shimmery
– easy to apply and blend
– the packaging
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– may be too shimmery for some people
– they need a primer to adhere well to the skin
– application can be messy

I can’t believe that, even though I’ve been raving about Barry M Dazzle Dusts for almost three years now, I haven’t written a review about them yet! Well, it’s high time to remedy that, don’t you think? So, let’s get started! The Dazzle Dusts come in more than 70 colors (and they are all permanent!) and are packaged in small, round and sturdy glass jars.

Although it doesn’t say anywhere on the packaging how much product it contains, and the jars look quite small, there is actually enough color in there to last you for a lifetime. And although the jars don’t have a sifter, they aren’t as prone to powder ending up everywhere when you open them and are also quite handy for travelling! I’ve travelled with them a couple of times and there were no spillage problems at all!

But let’s see swatches and descriptions of the colors I have at the moment, shall we?

(from L to R: #15 Aqua, #75 Lime, #86 Pink Shimmer, #76 Yellow, #77 Orange and #84 Cherry Red)

#15 Aqua is a shimmery and pigmented blue/green with gold shimmers that really looks like sea water. #75 Lime, instead is my least favourite shade out of all the ones I have. It is a beautiful shimmery lime green but it is also very sheer and very prone to fall out. Granted, all loose pigments have fall out problems, but this really beats them all by far! You also need to pack it on to get a bright color. #86 Pink Shimmer looks like a soft pink on Barry M website but it’s actually a pigmented, shimmery and bright fuchsia.

#76 Yellow is a bright, shimmery yellow. It applies quite sheer but it can easily be built up for more intensity. #77 Orange is a shimmery, bright true orange with great color payoff. #84 Cherry Red is a shimmery and bold true red. It is medium pigmented but because of how bright it is, it is very, very hard to pull off on the eyes. I like to use it sparingly on the lid and pairing it with the yellow and orange which makes it more wearable but it’s definitely not a shade for the faint of heart!

(from L to R: #65 Green Iridescent, #10 Grey, #14 Khaki, #20 Baby Blue, #68 Turquoise and #78 Kingfisher)

#65 Green Iridescent is a sheer white chock full of green shimmers and is perfect to highlight the browbone. #10 Grey, is a medium shimmery grey with a nice color payoff, not too pigmented but not too sheer either. #14 Khaki is one of my favourites. Very pigmented and shimmery, if you sweep it on, it is a dark olive green, while if you pat it on, it turns into a stunning and bright forest green.

#20 Baby Blue is, like the name says, a pretty, shimmery and soft baby blue shade. This too is very sheer but it also easy to build up if you want a more intense color payoff. #68 Turquoise is another favourite of mine. This pigmented and shimmery medium blue is infused with a gold sheen and looks either blue or gold depending on how the light hits it. #78 Kingfisher is a bright, shimmery medium blue and is just very pretty.

All of the shades are chock full of shimmers, which can be too much for some people, but I personally love that. But despite the shimmers, they have a very fine and soft texture that’s not gritty at all (although I heard that some of the other shades can be slightly gritty) and are easy to apply and blend. They also have a good color payoff but the shades aren’t as bright as they look in the pot. The color is quite soft at first but you need to build it up if you want it to really pop (or just use them on top of Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy).

Like all loose eyeshadows, they perform better on top of a primer, which makes them better adhere to the lid and also minimizes fall out which can occur with these. In addition, they also last all day with the help of a good base. The lighter shades can also be used to highlight your face and decollete or mixed with lip gloss to add some shine to your pout. You can even add them to your nail polish if you want to! They are just very versatile and handy pigments to have around and are so cheap too!

Available at:, and Superdrug stores throughout the UK

Barry M Dazzle Dusts are inexpensive, shimmery loose eyeshadows that are available in more than 70 permanent shades! They have good color payoff and can be applied sheer for a nice wash of color on the eyes or be built up for more intensity. They also have a fine and soft texture and can be used on the face, cheeks and nails too! However, they are prone to fall out (like all loose eyeshadows are) and need a primer to adhere well to the lids.

Rating: 4/5

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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      La Bisbetica, Turquoise is gorgeous, isn’t it? I hope Asos will add more shades soon, there are so many I want! I do my eye makeup first for the same reason as well. That way, even if fall out occurs I can remove it without ruining my makeup.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Stavroula, I can’t wait to read your review and see the swatches of the ones you have. :)

      Do get Kingfisher, it’s a beautiful medium bright, I love it. And Petrol Black is one my wishlist. 😉

  1. Vonvon says

    Hi gio! How have you been? :)

    I have access to Barry M products now but each time I go into a Superdrug or a Boots which carries them, I just don’t have the desire to buy them. I don’t know why, but may be because many of the colors I have similar ones in pressed eyeshadow form already.
    May be the next time they have the 3 for 2 offer, I’ll get some to try.

    Aqua, Pink Shimmer and one of the blues would be on my list.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Hi Vonvon. I’m fine thanks and I hope you are doing better too.

      I’m jealous that you can go into Superdrug and buy them whenever you want. Every time I’m in the UK, I go there too and always come home with at least a couple of them. I think a lot of them are dupable but some shades are quite unique, like Turquoise. I haven’t seen many blues with such a beautiful gold sheen, it is really stunning. Do try a few of them when the 3 for 2 offer is on. :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Trisha, yes they do, some more than others though. Still, that’s a problem with loose eyeshadows so I don’t mind too much.

  2. says

    I’ve always wanted to try Barry M products when I saw several YT gurus using them, but my loose e/s or mineral e/s days are a bit over for now! The colors are gorgeous though I wouldn’t mind using them for Avant Garde look!

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Nikki, I go through periods when I use loose mineral eyeshadows a lot and then abandon them and use only pressed. And then, after a while, it’s back to pigments again lol. If you should ever get back into loose eyeshadows as well then do try these ones from Barry M, they are awesome and some of the colors are very unique and perfect for Avant Garde looks. :)

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Celina, they are very pretty and useful indeed! It’s a shame they are more expensive in Australia though. I hope they will do some discounts/sale soon so you can take advantage of that and buy a few. It’s so hard to choose which ones to get, there are so many beautiful shades available.

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      LatestGirls, the colors are beautiful both when swatches and applied on the eyes. I hope you’ll get a chance to play with them in real life, they are beautiful. But if you look in the looks section of my blog you can see me using them in quite a few looks. :)

  3. Sana says

    I’ve been lusting after these, and some other Barry M products, for a while– just kidding! I only found out about them yesterday, and I REALLY want some!
    I live in the Middle East, so even if I do happen to find them at a Boots store nearby, they will probably be overpriced, like all other makeup products that are far cheaper in their countries of origin. Nevertheless, I am a sucker for colour, and these Dazzle Dusts are top of my wishlist now!
    Thanks for the review! It was really helpful in making me want them even more!
    PS. My favourites are Khaki, Turqoise, Aqua and Lime ;P

    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Sana, those are beautiful shades. It really is a shame that they are overpriced outside of the UK, but maybe you can buy them online? I think their website ships internationally but you may wanna double check that. They really are wonderful pigments, so pretty and bright!

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