Friday, January 27th, 2012

By Polly, Local Contributor, English

Polly is a 22-year old recent graduate who hails from England. She studied East Asian studies, so she learned some Japanese and even spent six weeks in Japan last summer–she loved it and hopes to return one day.

She currently lives with her family and waitresses while trying to decide on her future career. Polly is fortunate to have a wonderful boyfriend who spends countless hours with her at Boots and makeup counters–even if it is done so begrudgingly! Check out her blog, Beauty Mish Mash!


Pink Gold, Charcoal, Gold Iridescent,
Fine Glitter Dust in Silver, Old Gold, Winter Berry

How Barry M Dazzle Dusts Changed my Life – and 5 Ways to use Them

The title may sound a little melodramatic, but I always wonder whether my life would be just a little different if Barry M’s Dazzle Dusts (£4.59) hadn’t sparked my make up obsession. Would I be like the rest of my family, who can all fit their make up collection in one small, neat, fuss-free make up bag? What would I have done instead of spending hours obsessively searching for swatches on the computer? And, perhaps the most painful question of all, how much money would I have saved? Whatever the answers may be, if I could go back in time I certainly wouldn’t tell my 16-year-old self to carry on walking past the pretty, sparkly colors at the Barry M stand.  I still can’t tell my 22-year-old self to keep walking either, no matter how empty my purse is!

So, in a tribute to Barry M’s Dazzle Dusts, I am going to dedicate this post to them and share five ways in which I use them!

1. Eyeshadow

There are so many colors to choose from that I can’t imagine running out of new combinations for the eyes! And despite the image that Barry M is all about bright colors–as I have come to know the brand–I’ve realized that there are quite a few subtler ones that you can easily use for everyday! In my look below, I used Dazzle Dusts in Gold Iridescent and Old Gold to create a really basic, toned down look.

2. Eyeliner

It is so easy to make any eyeliner color imaginable by using a mixing medium (I use Illamasqua Sealing Gel (£10.50)) and combining it with a Dazzle Dust. Use an eyelining brush to apply the mixture for your very own customized color of eyeliner! My favourite colors to use are bright blues or rich chocolate browns. I used the Charcoal Dazzle Dust to make the eyeliner in my look below!

3. Blusher

The Pink Gold Dazzle Dust makes for a beautiful rosy glow on my skin, as it is a peachy-pink with a lovely gold sheen–you can see it applied as a blusher in my look below. If you want a really glittery highlighter, try the Gold Iridescent Dazzle Dust!

4. Lipgloss

To make a colored lipgloss, simply take a clear lipgloss and mix it with a Dazzle Dust. There are so many pinks and reds to choose from. In my look below I used Winter Berry, which makes a gorgeous vampy shade for the lips.

5. Nail Varnish

You can use Barry M Dazzle Dusts/Fine Glitter Dusts with nail varnish to create an effect like the one shown below. I used Barry M Cyan Blue Nail Varnish (£2.99) and then blew Barry M’s Fine Glitter Dust in Silver (£4.59) over the base of the nail.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the five ways I use Barry M’s Dazzle Dust! I’d love to hear about your favourite colours from the range, or if you’ve ever tried any of these methods!

Check out swatches and see these in action! 



Barry M Fine Glitter Dust in Silver, Barry M Dazzle Dust in Old Gold,
Barry M Dazzle Dust in Gold Iridescent, Barry M Dazzle Dust in Pink Gold,
Barry M Dazzle Dust in Winter Berry, Barry M Dazzle Dust in Winter Berry mixed with clear lipgloss,
Barry M Dazzle Dust in Charcoal, Barry M Dazzle Dust in Charcoal mixed with Illamasqua Sealing Gel




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45 thoughts on “How Barry M Dazzle Dusts Changed my Life + 5 Ways to Use Them

  1. Avatar of fabiola fabiola

    OMG, that blush looks amazing, I’ve been thinking to place and order on barrym, because I want the lip paint #52, since it’s been said it is a dupe for candy yum yum, but I didn’t want to place and order for only a lipstick, but this products are beautiful. Thank you.

    • Yes, the blush is gorgeous – as soon as I saw it I just had to have it! And the lip paint in 52 is a really good dupe for Candy Yum Yum, I actually did a comparison post on my blog – I can hardly tell the difference between the colour once they’re on, but did find the Barry M lip paint quite drying. But the colour is so amazing that I’d still definitely recommend it ^_^

  2. Josiane

    It is nice on the lips!

  3. I love Dazzle Dusts. I wish I had more than 3. I have to rely on an english friend to send me them in trade for american makeup.

    • Well, they’re dangerously addictive when they’re so readily available, so maybe that’s a good thing! Barry M do ship internationally from their website though, I just don’t know how expensive it would be…

  4. Jenn

    I have about 4 of these I think…actually a couple you have! I love the lip look you did, never thought to try that, and I have that color! Thanks for this post….wish I lived somewhere they sold them…I got mine off ebay.

    • Winter Berry is definitely one of my favourite colours, I think it’s quality is actually slightly better than other dazzle dusts for some reason! I hope you can get hold of some more, they’re so fun to play with!

  5. Avatar of Leah Leah

    Wow, you have beautiful skin! What blush are you wearing?

  6. Avatar of Leah Leah

    Oh, wait, nvm. I found out

  7. I love this post! I never remember to explore using my makeup in more ways than the original one! Thanks for reminding me.

  8. Avatar of amanda Amanda

    aww, what a darling she is! love this post. gotta go on ebay and find myself some barry m’s now! hahaha, if only they sold their products here in canada :(

    • Thank you Amanda! Barry M do ship internationally if you don’t have any luck on ebay! I hope you get some fun colours!^_^

    • Christine B.

      i live in canada and get barry m from asos (free shipping) and devucosmetics.com which ship from canada.

  9. I managed to get a few DDs in a MUA swap, and I’m so glad I did! I wish Barry M was sold in America. :/

    • Yes, Barry M is one of the good points about living in England! It’s so frustrating when you can’t easily access a brand that you like :(

  10. Cass

    Your eyes, amazing.

    • Melanie

      I totally agree! Awesome eyes! I would like to see more pictures with focus on her eye makeup.

      • Wow, thank you Cass and Melanie! It was just a really simple look, I used Gold Iridescent all over the lid, and Old Gold in my outer v, then lined with the Charcoal Dazzle Dust and Sealing Gel Mix. I’m glad you like it!

  11. Avril

    Micabella is also awesome for these, and I promote for i-candy, which is also… I just don’t know if our pigments can be nail varnishes

    • Yes, I’m sure that these techniques could be used with other brands of pigment too, I’ve tried some of them with Illamasqua and MAC pigments as well :) It’s good because it means that there are so many colour options!

  12. Love this post! My favorite so far! I just wish they had these in the US….

    • Thank you Cynthia :) I know, it’s a pain when you can’t get make up that you want… and reading international blogs makes it soo tempting!

  13. Cynthia

    wow this is the best of the contributor posts! Its really fun, there’s plenty of clear pictures and best of all I can totally see myself using all of these!

  14. I love this post and you are SOOOO beautiful! I really want to try these sometime… If I ever get to go to the UK it’ll be Sleek hauling time!

    • Thank you Victoria!:) Yes, these would be at the top of my recommendations for someone visiting the UK! I hope you can try them sometime!

  15. Sarah

    Your skin looks flawless!
    What foundation are you wearing?

    • Thank you, Sarah! I was wearing MAC Studio Fix Fluid mixed with Soap and Glory’s Bright Here Bright Now Balm, set with Bare Minerals Mineral Veil!

  16. I’ve never really taken to dazzle dusts but I think you might have just converted me!!! Definitely going to go and check these out again next time I’m shopping :)

  17. Iben

    Your skin is insanely beautiful! So jealous!

    • Wow, thanks Iben! For this photo I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid mixed with Soap and Glory’s Bright Here Bright Now Balm – it always gives such a good finish, and it seems to have come out especially well in these photos!

  18. Dame Elizabeth

    Great post!!!

    I’m 21 and I also developed a major Barry M addiction when I was 15-16!! I have a lot of these Dazzle Dusts but I have actually stopped buying them – until now! I’m going to get some of the shades you’ve suggested when I go to Boots next…can’t wait to try the blush and nail effects!

    • Thank you, Dame Elizabeth!:) Yay, I hope you find some colours that you like! I rediscovered them in the past couple of years and I’m so glad that I did!

  19. Hilary♥

    Awesome post ♥ I would love to try these but Barry M is not sold in Italy :( And apparently there’s no way to place an order online unless you live in the UK. *sighs*

    • Aww, I think you can order internationally, they give an email address on their website to contact.. if not you could try ebay, it sounds like some other people have had success there!:)

  20. Avatar of Sarah Sarah

    You can also use Vaseline all over the lips and simply pat the dazzle dust over it :D I feel so silly for avoiding buying any more of these thinking they could only be used in one way! PS – if you’re not in the uk, their website ship internationally (so does sleek)!

  21. Cute nail idea!! Never thought of trying that out!! I love Barry M too, I use the dazzle dusts with a damp brush to get super bold, incredibly pigmented eye shadow effects, for my evening make up looks. I’m not so keen on the glitter dusts though. The glitter just disappears after very little wear, and leaves a not-so-pigmented shadow behind.

    Great post xx

    • Thank you, Edie! I agree that the dazzle dusts are much easier to work with than the fine glitter dusts…hello fall out central!! I love how pigmented they are too, but I haven’t tried using them damp yet – I’ll try it next time I do a dramatic look, thanks for the tip!:)

  22. bri

    how much a piece in us dollars?