New launches from Stila always makes me excited because I really enjoy using their makeup. This new palette comes in three different shades, ranging from very fair skin to quite dark skin. They state that if you want your makeup to look natural you need to choose the palette for your skin tone. If you want more of a dramatic makeup look, you need to choose a palette darker than the one for your skin tone. I chose the one just darker than my skin tone, Light/Medium.
Firstly, let's talk about this packaging for a second. The packaging is square, slim, and is faded gold with animal print on it. How stunning!
Inside the palette is a large mirror, two blushes, and five eyeshadows. The eyeshadows consist of three mattes, one matte with the slightest hint of shimmer, and one metallic shadow. The pigment and colour payoff are good, and the metallic taupe stole my heart from the minute I laid eyes on this palette.
From left to right: matte sandy beige shade perfect as an all-over lid colour or brow bone colour (Artistic), a vanilla shade (Dazzling), a rich chocolate brown with red undertones (Spontaneous), a metallic taupe (Ambitious), and a cool-toned chocolate brown (Mischievous). The eyeshadows last very well throughout the day. The other day I applied eyeshadow primer and wore Artistic all over the eyelid and brow bone with a heavy dose of Ambitious over the lid, and it stayed put for an impressive eight hours.
At first I wasn't too fond of the blushes (Charming and Angelic), but they've since grown on me. Charming seems too bubblegum pink for me, and Angelic seems too brown, but mixed together they look beautiful on my cheeks. The staying power on me is not that great, but then again, no blush really lasts very long on my skin.
Overall I like this palette, but I don't think that this is Stila's best work. I think some of their other palettes are just as good quality, or even better quality. However, this palette's packaging is very pretty and sturdy and you get two blushes and a big mirror, all for under R400. If you have your heart set on one of these palettes, rather hold out for a promotion like I did. I bought this at the Woolworths Beauty Fair when they had a 20% off special if you bought two makeup or skincare products.
Do you own this palette? What do you think? Let me know in the comments section.
Until next time!