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I am a big fan of online beauty blogs and I had heard that not only Stila do fantastic eye shadows, and that Stila were also being discontinued in the UK. Stila is an American company, and is big in the United States, with their most popular product being their lip glazes, but the Kitten shade of the eye shadow range also has a massive cult following. I was then especially excited to find a single pan of Stila eye shadow in Shell reduced in T K Maxx. The item was sealed so I sadly could not test it before buying. However as it was reduced from £14 to £3.85 I was more than happy to run to the tills with my bargain purchase before anyone else could get their grubby mitts on it. *** Packaging *** This is actually a loose pan shade, so there is not much in the way of outer casing. It is literally a thin metal pan with the colour name on the back in an outer brown card box with a plastic window so you can view the colour before purchasing. The pan itself is designed to fit in Stila's palettes or any other magnetic palette such as a Z palette. It fits fine into my Z palette so the packaging does serve its purpose. *** The Eye Shadow Itself *** Shell is a shade which in the pan is dusky pink in colour with a silver glitter. Swatched only a little of the pink colour remains, but a lot of glitter seems to be deposited, which seems to end up all over the eye. The overall effect is sparkly, and the pink which lacks pigmentation, gives an uneven finish to the eye. In fact I would argue my eye looks unhealthy, a little like I had been rubbing it too much due to an allergy, even though the product did not irritate my skin itself. Only when wet does the eye shadow colour show up on my lid to give a pale pink colour to my lids. The shade when applied wet was visible for around two hours, and did crease m I have since tried to find an alternative use for the shade, however I have hit some obstacles with my light to medium skin tones. My first thoughts was due to the shimmer that it could be used as a highlighter, however due to the pink tinge, it is not as light as I would prefer, however it may work for more medium/ olive tones as a highlighter. My other thought was whether this could be used as a blush, however due to the intense glitter and lack of pigmentation, the pink did not show on my skin. If you are fair toned and are looking for a very glittery blush then this may work. The product is easily removed with a standard eye make up remover or wipe. To be fair there isn't much to remove, and like other glitter heavy products the glitter seems to easily migrate. *** Price and Availability *** Stila is starting to be reintroduced into some Boots stores in the UK, however a quick look online does not show any sign of them selling Shell as an eye colour currently. I have found it on Amazon at an eyewatering £25, I must admit I am unhappy at paying £4 for this product, so I certainly wouldn't recommend it at that price. In Stila's favour the 2.6g of product you get in a pan would be great value for money if the product was any good. Other premium makeup brands such as Mac and Urban Decay normally fill their pans with approximately half of that, somewhere between 1.2-1.6 grams. With regards to the texture I have found it to be quite chalky, and when picking up with a brush I seem to kick up a lot of dust which makes me worry I am wasting product. It did not apply particularly smoothly, and did not transfer easily from pan to brush to lid. ***Overall*** I can not recommend this eye shadow in any form the pigmentation, texture and wear. I know when I have found a bad product when one of my few advantages is that a basic pan packaging serves its purpose. After my first Stila experience I am not sure if I wish to spend my hard earned money on further Stila eye products. I have found very few redeeming features with this eye shadow, so I award it one measly star.
TThe "Stila eye shadow pan" has a great selection of classic neutrals, trend-setting shades in mattes and shimmers! I bought this product for £9 which is about $15. The eye shadow is a lot cheaper than most of my eye shadows I have purchased, which is a good start. The colour "poppy" is a gorgeous baby blue shades which although looks very light stands out incredibly and after I applied the product my eyes looked brighter and defined. I always soak my eye shadow brush before applying this product because I think the best effects from applying eye shadow are when applied damp because it applies a lot easier (it applies more like a cream) and also it stands out more. This eye shadow is pigment-rich; Just like Urban Decay( well known brand for their amazing pigment rich eye shadows) Maybelline load their eye shadows with so much colour and very few binders (there the things that hold the shadow together) So the eye shadow makes your eyes look amazing and vibrant. Its defiantly one of my favourite eye shadows, before buying this product I was sick to death of buying eye shadows that didn't stand out and looked dull. There is a large selection of shades available in this eye shadow from beiges to kiwi shimmering green with yellow. My favourite shade in this product is Melba which is a peachy colour. This eye shadow is so soft, which is a wonderful advantage to this product as it's no longer a chore for me to put eye shadow on (I'm afraid I hate applying eye shadow it drives me insane) I suppose it could be a major disadvantage to my bank balance because I love applying the product I apply maybe too much so I'm sure this will run out very soon and then I'll be back at the shop buying more! Ahh if only it was free! The product has great staying power and does last all day long even at the Gym! By the way I don't often wear make-up at the Gym it's just I'd been out for a meal and then popped to the gym afterwards and the only thing that stayed on my face was my eye shadow which kind of says something!
I read about these eyeshadows in vogue magazine and thought I would try it because it had good reviews in there and I have oily skin so whenever I buy eyeshadow it creases in the eyelids but this claimed to be different.. and it is! I chose a soft brown colour as prefer natural shades and when you get it its in a nice packaging which looks pretty modern and cool and is compact to put into a handbag etc. The eyeshadow felt really matt and powder like which I loved and when applied was so easy as it goes on really well and you dont need to put loads of it to have good coverage. I had been on a night out the first time I tried it, and it lasted all night without reapplying and it didnt crease into the eyelids at all, it stayed perfectly applied. I now where it most days and it lasts all day without any creasing which is fantastic in my opinion. The eyshadow was around £8.00 when i bought it and the value for money is good as it lasts. It is also fragrance free so if you have a delicate eye area it should be sensitive enough not too irritate.
There is something addictive about these eye shadows. Case in point, I currently own about 15 of them. I keep telling myself I don't need anymore. Every so often, though, my evil twin ends up splurging for "just one more." The best thing about them is the selection of colors. The shades range from subtle neutrals to shimmery bright jewel tones and everything in between. With over 50 to choose from, everyone should find some to flatter her features. Here are descriptions of a few personal favorites: "Barefoot Contessa": Deep brownish burgundy with a subtle gold shimmer. Perfect for the crease. "Puck" A medium gray-plum, subtle and sheer yet lovely. Hard to describe! "Eden" A matte creamy mauve-beige, perfect for daytime lids. "Lempicka" A shimmery pastel yellow. Something different for my grey-green eyes. The only shades I don't care for are the ultra-shimmery ones such as "Kitten" and "Grace." While these colors are lovely, the amount of shimmer is excessive to the point that tiny sparkles migrate from my lids to everywhere else on the face. I can always tell this has happened when people start peering at some part of my face. All the less shimmery shades I've tried, however, have nice staying power. Moreover, they are easy to apply and blend. They are fragrance-free and non irriating even when used to line the eyes. Another advantage to Stila shadows is that they can be used both wet and dry. Stila doesn't even make eye liner crayons, since the shadows are intended for this purpose. You just need to find the right brush, as no applicator is included with the pots. Which brings me to my next point, the packaging. The eye shadows are flat pans which are surrounded by recycled carboard pots. The pots tend to dent too easily. In the US, you can also purchase any shade in a pan refill. These are slightly cheaper than the pots. Stila sells several types of palettes ranging from 4-pan to 12-pan size. The palettes are magnetized. You just pop the pans in there. Voila! The pans stay put since the bottoms are metal. It is not difficult to take the shades out and replace once they are used up. Some of the palettes have limited edition cover art and are quite the collector's items on Ebay It is possible to extract the pans out of the pots if you later decide to go with the palette system. It just requires a flat knife and a great deal of caution. I am not sure whether if the pan refills and palettes are availibe in the UK. The Stila line is availible at Space NK. I also saw them at the new Boots beauty hall in Heathrow's Terminal Four at duty-free prices. If you want to see the shades, try gloss.com or sephora.com.
At first I was lured by the gorgeous packaging and girly 'look' of the stila range. Not a great wearer of eyeshadow I wanted something light and subtle to compliment my dark brown eyes. I selected KITTEN for its pale golden colour and shimmery finish. I wear it both on my eyelids and a little bit at the inside corners of my eyes to lift my face. It last well after application and gives my face a more glowing look. I'm not that great at putting on alot of makeup and tend to go for simple, low maintenance looks and this would be one item I wouldn't miss on a night out. Only complaint would be that it's very crumbly and doesn't survive the handbag treatment very well. because of the box being made of cardboard you get the impression that it may fall to bits
Individually pressed shadows, from neutral tones to bright fashion hues / Long lasting and easy to apply /