BA STAR smoky eyeshadow palette

I’ve been on the hunt for a good brown eye shadow palette for awhile now. The problem? I want high quality on a budget. I’ve seen plenty of pretty quads and trios at Sephora, but I’ve been a little leery to drop a lot of money on something I’m not quite sure about.

When BA STAR offered to send me a sample of their smoky eye shadow palette, I was seriously excited. I hadn’t heard of them before–probably because they’re billed as performance makeup–but I was definitely looking forward to playing with it.

BA STAR smoky eye shadow paletteI won’t lie. As soon as I got it, I knew I would never use the glitter gels (the six-year old has totally called dibs on them though). While I’m sure they’d be great for dancers and cheerleaders, I can’t really imagine them at the grocery store or picking Sam up from after school activities.

The other three? Yeah, I was feeling them.

The first time I tried it out was when I met my friend for brunch for my birthday. We were in the middle of a conversation when she stopped talking and said “You look really pretty today.” Um, score one for BA STAR. I wore it again last weekend at Ellie’s birthday party. My brother’s girlfriend walked up to me and said “You look really pretty today.” SOLD.

Seriously, I’m a huge fan. The back of the palette instructs you to apply the darkest shade from your lash line to the crease, then blend with the middle shade and highlight your brow line with the lightest color. I did just that, also adding a little of the lightest shade to the inner corners of my eyes (since I’ve read that makes you look more awake–and we all know a busy momma needs that).

The result? Shimmery, smoky goodness that made my green eyes pop.

BA Star smoky eye shadow palette reviewObviously, these aren’t the greatest shots and do the makeup no justice, but it’s the best that I can do while sick with two wild things home and causing a general ruckus.

As if the results and the compliments that go along with them aren’t enough, this pretty little palette retails for $8.75. Even better: they’re offering my readers a 50% off discount code to try it out. Just head over to the BA STAR website and enter code BBSMOKY.

If you do check it out, make sure you come back and let me know if you loved it as much as I do!

This is a sponsored post. I received a free sample for the purposes of this post but all opinions are mine. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t write about it… unless of course I really didn’t like it. Then I would’ve given you a whole other kind of post.

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.