The Stila Eyes Are the Window Eyeshadow palettes are available in four variations, namely: Spirit, Mind, Body and Soul. Today’s review will be about the Soul.
The palette came in a big box, stuffed with bubble wrap. Inside, there was a small blue box with the brand logo, which looked pretty cute. In the case there were the eyeshadows themselves and a small lookbook.
The eyeshadows come in a plastic pink gold case. Actually, I hoped the case would be made of metal. The case shows dirt and fingerprints easily, I’ll count that as a drawback. However, the case is little enough to be travel-friendly, I thought it would be twice as big. The latch is magnetic. The box itself opens 180 degrees. On the back of the package is a sticker with the names of shades.
The palette contains the 12 most iconic shades of Stila. They can be applied wet and dry, as the inscription on the back of the package states. The eyeshadows in each row are arranged from light to dark, so you can simply use them in this order. The eyeshadow are covered with a transparent protective film, on which Leonardo Da Vinci's quotation is stamped.
The texture of the shadows is velvety, they are mostly highly pigmented. The palette contains two matte shades: Puppy (an excellent transition shade, which I use even for the contouring) and Chinos (white, bad pigmentation), along with 10 shimmery metallic shades. In comparison with matte shades, metallic ones are much more pigmented.
These are decent eyeshadows which do not roll off and do not fade during the day. My makeup stays put throughout the day, although it hardly depends on the eyeshadows, maybe I just have sticky eyelids, on which each eyeshadow lasts. They are perfectly blendable, maybe because 10 of 12 are shimmery. Usually, I have problems with dark matte shades, regardless of the price.
The lookbook is curated by Sarah Lucero, but I haven’t tried any of those looks yet, I have to use my imagination first...
I would have divided the hues into 4 categories: matte, mild shimmer, medium and very shimmery.
Kitten - pinkish champagne, very shimmery and very beautiful.
Puppy - a matte beige-brown for transition and the eye crease.
Pigalle - a cranberry shade with a slight shimmer.
Oasis - golden champagne, a very shimmery shade.
Jezebel - Peach with a hint of pink, medium shimmer.
Barefoot - A pinkish brown hue, medium shimmer.
Wheat - Very shimmery
Golightly - Olive-bronze, average shimmer
Espresso - Gray hue with a greenish undertone, a bit shimmery.
Chinois - Creamy white with matte finish.
Slate - Lavender gray with metallic tint. It’s a very beautiful shade with medium shimmer.
Pewter - Royal blue with metallic undertone and medium shimmer.
I’m no makeup guru, so my makeups might be interesting only for beginners.
Conclusion. It’s my go-to palette with wearable shades. Initially, I was afraid of cranberry and peach, because I have bright eyes, and I did not know how it would look. In fact, everything turned to be different: the blue shades make my eyes look tired, more like bruises, when the red and golden hues give me a fresh look. Now it seems to me that shades could be more fun, when I ordered it I did not think about it, maybe my next palette will be brighter and bolder. I won’t order other eye shadow combinations from this collection, as they seem to be all the same.
The palette cost me 28 pounds.