Review: Bare Escentuals Buxom Stay-There Eyeshadows in Bull Dog, Mutt

By Voxy  

Yes, more blue eye photos. Sorry. And there will be probably one more set at least in the next week or two, because I have another blue liner to review.

After my terrible disappointment with Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams, I was hesitant about opening my heart to another non-powder eyeshadow. I’d been so devastated I swore never to date a cream or gel eyeshadow again. Fortunately, right when I was ready to rebound, along came Buxom Stay-There Eye Shadows, which had such an interesting texture and were so nicely pigmented that I yielded to temptation.

Buxom Stay-There shadows are one of the most oddly textured products I’ve seen. They’re … spongy. Spongy and slightly moist. Bizarre. I’ve tried applying with a brush and with fingers and have gotten about the same results. If you want to use them as liners, obviously a liner brush is required.

I picked them up in two shades: Mutt, which Sephora describes as a bronzed taupe, but which I just think of as “beige,” and Bull Dog, which is a brilliant indigo blue. (Is this a tribute to Yale’s bulldog football mascot, or is it just a coincidence?)

Mutt is strangely translucent: if used alone, it makes my eyes shimmer but also makes the lids look a little oily, even over TFSI. They are not actually oily, they just look that way. It’s a good base to build a bronze eye on top of, though; it just doesn’t really hold up on its own as a freestanding color. Bull Dog fares better and gives more opaque coverage, but since I never wear blue eyeshadow by itself, I’m always using other products with it anyway. They are reasonably blendable until dry, and then they do stay put pretty well thereafter. I had only slight creasing when wearing these over TFSI, and the shadows stayed mostly true to color for the whole day. If anything, Bull Dog outperformed Mutt in that regard.

Will they be permanent additions to my eyeshadow armory? Probably not; I do think this is just a rebound relationship for me. Sorry, Buxom. Bull Dog is a fantastic blue, which is great but I don’t wear blue all that often (even though the most recent photos on this blog might seem to imply otherwise). Mutt is a perfectly serviceable shade but I can get the same effect from other products. Voxy says pick up one of the more vibrant colors if you find one you like — you probably won’t be disappointed with its performance — but skip the neutrals.

Close-ups, swatches, and an eye look using Bull Dog (warning, it’s a bright one):

Left: Bull Dog; Right: Mutt

A little bit unnaturally wide-eyed so you can see the colors better.

Other products used: TFSI; MAC Pearlglide eyeliner in Petrol Blue; UD deluxe eyeshadow in Frigid (crease) and regular shadow in Virgin (highlight; from the Naked palette); Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.


Buxom Stay-There Eye Shadows in Bull Dog, Mutt: $17 each, Sephora exclusive.

Provenance: Purchased

Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Fair.

Purchase again? Probably not. Once is, I think, enough.

(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)

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  1. avatar marigolds
    Posted September 15, 2010 at 11:47 am | Permalink | Reply

    That blue eye look is utterly GORGEOUS on you. With plum in the crease? LOVE.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted September 15, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you! I’m glad it came out OK.

      I want to play around more with Bull Dog as a liner.


  2. avatar Laci
    Posted September 12, 2010 at 10:13 am | Permalink | Reply

    I was very disappointed in the Buxom shadows. I bought Schnauzer because it looked like it was such a pretty purple, but I felt like I used so much product and got very little color payoff. And on me, it creased before I could get my mascara on (even using UDPP). I sadly had to return it and the brush.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted September 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Oh, Laci, I’m sorry to hear it! Thank goodness for Sephora’s return policy.

      I agree, the amount-of-product-to-color-intensity ratio is skewed; the texture of the product also makes it hard to understand how much you are really getting on the brush. That sounds dumb, but if you sweep your brush over a pressed powder shadow, you know about how much is going to get on the brush with one swipe. Here, not so much.

      Chaosbydesign likes the Shiseido cream-to-powder shadows; I want to try them but would prefer not to buy unswatched and none of my local stores have them. I did find an excellent cream eyeshadow that I’ll be reviewing shortly; the color range is limited but the product is freaking fantastic.


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