Star Violet is one of those tricky eyeshadows from MAC; I hated it a LOT when I first started using it because of the way it appeared on the lid. Once I accepted that this is just the way this eyeshadow is, I was able to get more out of it. If you’re expecting a bold, vibrant color, this isn’t it. However, Star Violet is great for making seamless transitions between colors and blends beautifully. A great primer is highly suggested for the full effect (I use and swear by Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance). I personally wouldn’t recommend using this one alone, as it works best when paired with other colors – think of Star Violet as the “supporting actor”, not the movie star.