Thursday, August 25, 2011

Stila In the Light Palette

I thought this palette was called the Natural Eyes Palette, but it must have been renamed since I first bought it. For 39$ (118$ value), you get ten wearable eyeshadows, a mini lookbook, and a full-sized exclusive Smudge Stick in Damsel.

in its packaging
back of the packaging
ten eyeshadows
ingredient list
a page from the lookbook
back of the palette
swatches (from left to right): Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, and Sandstone
Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, and Sandstone

  • Bare - matte light peach; decently pigmented with chalky fallout
  • Kitten - shimmery golden peach; smooth application and richly pigmented
  • Bliss - light reddish brown; similar to Bare in terms of pigmentation
  • Sunset - shimmery red brown; pigmented with some fallout
  • Sandstone - matte brown; less pigmented than Bare or Bliss, but color is very buildable

swatches (from left to right): Champagne, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky, and Ebony

  • Champagne - shimmery pale gold that's richly pigmented
  • Gilded Gold - beautiful brown with golden sparkle throughout; has some fallout
  • Luster - brown that's almost black with purple and gold sparkle; feels a bit gritty but doesn't have much fallout; this color surprised me the most since it took some layering to get a good swatch of color
  • Night Sky - gorgeous blue; has iridescent sparkle; pigmented color payoff with smooth application 
  • Ebony - matte black; most disappointing color as it took several layers to get swatch

Champagne, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky, and Ebony
Champagne, Gilded Gold, Luster, and Night Sky
Damsel Smudge Stick
swatches of Damsel
"Believe in the beauty of the future." --Sarah Lucero

Much to my relief after trying to make the Color Wheel palette work for me, the majority of eyeshadows in this palette have good color payoff or can be made to work. It offers versatility with enough colors that are appropriate for both daytime and nighttime looks. Plus, it comes along with a full-sized Smudge Stick (worth 20$) that has fantastic color payoff and is an overall great eyeliner. My negative points only deal with the packaging. It seems to be made out of paper and cardboard, so I wish the packaging felt sturdier. Also, I'd like it if the magnetic closure was a bit stronger as well. No real discontent though, because product-wise it's a good buy.

tokki rating: A-

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