First, let me say I purchased this because, well if you see any of the videos showing eyes with this product, you will drop your jaws in awe. Yes, INSPIRING!
Now leaving the blinding road and moving on to share my experience and thoughts about Pat McGrath's beautiful, glimmering eye design kit, Dark Star 006 Dark matter
Here it what I received:
Dark Matter pigment
Astral White pigment
Cyber Clear eye gloss
Black SmudgeLiner eye kohl
(ruler in cm to give you perspective on the size of the products)
And here are the pigments (in the order listed above) close up so that you can see how they shimmer and sparkle (yes, they do look almost exactly like the photos)!
So on to my story...I thought I'd watch her great videos over and over and achieve similar results, and that is not the case. Not because I don't think the products are good, but because I think these are not basic products made for the mass. The pigments are dry, but not at all flaky, more like soft flint.
I'm a "budding" makeup artist (MUA) and as with Natasha Denona's last eyeshadow "Star" palette, I would say you need to know a bit about technique, pigments and using gels to achieve professional and tantalizing results before embarking into using these.
So due to the price, and it's quite expensive (over 100$/€ with shipping), if you aren't a professional MUA or don't have to be the unique one at the party with THE eye look, I would suggest DIY'ing it and purchasing Makeup Geek pigments, a translucent gel and a L'Oréal kohl crayon and call it a day.
That said, if you have you're own personal expert MUA or are a professional MUA with lots of experience AND don't have time to create textures and products to achieve awesome results, well Pat McGrath's Dark Star 006 kits (and there are three gorgeous ones to choose from) are for you! The one with the UltraViolet Blue pigment will simply call you like a siren, so beware!
While I wrote this article, I looked over the list of products in the kit and told myself, you WILL learn how to work them and you WILL make this worth the cost. Because whether something is worth it or not is about whether or not it brings value to you. And even if momentarily my personal satisfaction hasn't been met, I value supporting an artist with talent and very unique, scintillating products in a small and selective industry as the makeup artistry business, in particular where there are so few blacks present. She like her products shines above the rest!
I'll have to update you when I do achieve an eye-stopping look with her latest gems. Peace!