Review: Stila Palette

I’ve been racking my brain all week long trying to find something to blog about. Since I’ve been trying to use products I already have rather than buying new ones, I looked through my collection to see if something inspires me enough to blog about it. And here we are!

Today, I’ll be talking about one of my favourite purchases – the Stila In the Light Palette. This product holds a special place in my heart simply because it’s the first high-end product I ever owned.

I purchased the palette off feelunique.com for €32.50 – at the time I didn’t know of any sites that ship this product other than feelunique, so maybe you should try a couple other sites that might sell it for slightly cheaper. The product comes in a sleek, rose gold coloured packaging which is so beautiful. Moreover, the palette opens/closes magnetically and therefore is secure and great for travelling.stila-palette

The palette is made up of 10 gorgeous shades; 4 matte and the other 6 shimmery. In addition, it also comes with one of Stila’s famous waterproof smudge stick liners.  The colours are all powder eye-shadows and all have a great consistency. In my opinion, they are really pigmented (the swatches below don’t do them justice) and even though they are a powder, none of them have a chalky application. On the contrary, these eye-shadows glide on really nice and smoothly, and are super-blendable. What I love about the colours in this palette is that you can really buff them out to your desired look, from subtle to smokey these colours will work effortlessly.

Additionally, the eye-shadows stay do stay on for a long period of time (and that’s saying something in Malta!) and rarely crease. Probably, them sometimes creasing has to do with the climate here in Malta (in fact, in Winter they don’t crease at all!) since it’s super hot and super humid. I have worn them on their own, with a primer and also with a cream shadow under and most of the time there is no creasing whatsoever, but I thought it was still worth a mention.

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The colours I would say I use the most are ebony, bliss and bare. I also use sandstone and kitten quite a lot too. I actually use ebony (a very dark-almost-black-blue) as an eyeliner, creating a soft yet smokey line which looks really put together and is actually faster to apply than actual eye liner. The first shade, bare, is perfect for washing out any redness or veins on your eyelids and is also the perfect colour for highlighting under your brows. Bliss, sunset and sandstone are the colours I use mostly for blending and buffing out those harsh corners. I sometimes use bliss on it’s own just in the crease for a subtle definition. I can’t review this palette without mentioning cult favourite, kitten – I use this in the corner of my eyes (and sometimes exactly in the centre of my lid) to make look bigger and more awake. I can’t even begin to describe your gorgeous this colour is. It’s the right amount of pinky-champagne and I just LOVE it!

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I do like the smudge stick but I haven’t used it that much since most of the time I either use a black liner or ebony (from this palette) as I find it suits me more.

Below you can find swatches of each colour but I apologise in advance for how they turned out – the swatches really don’t do the palette justice – it’s just that i had to swatch them on my arm AND take the photo so it was a bit awkward and uncomfortable. Also, the lighting is not the best, but hopefully you get the gist. The swatches are in the order they are in the palette (per row) so I didn’t label the swatches because otherwise you actually wouldn’t be able to see the swatch itself (I hope I’m making sense).

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Do you have this palette? Which shade is your favourite? If you enjoyed this post, like it! Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Elaine xo

 

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Review: MUA Palettes

 

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So today I’ll be writing about two drugstore palettes that I LOVE. As a full-time Uni student, I am constantly dealing with money constraints which let’s face it, is very frustrating when you have a somewhat expensive hobby. Unfortunately, even though most drugstore brands are relatively cheap, constantly purchasing new stuff may add up to be quite pricey. This is where these palettes come in.

As you may have read in the title of this blog post, these two palettes are by Makeup Academy (MUA). MUA is basically a UK based drugstore brand with good products and very cheap prices. In total I believe they have 16 palettes ranging from £4 – £8. BARGAIN! The two palettes I have are the Ever After Palette and the Heaven and Earth Palette. Considering that they are just £4 a piece, these two are amazing. Pigmented and long-lasting eyeshadows that do not crease.

Ever After Palette

Okay, so the Ever After Palette consists of 10 matte eyeshadows. For day to day, I tend to prefer matte shades over shimmery ones as give more of a subtle look. Then again, with matte shades, you can build them up for a night out without looking too shimmery. The palette has 4 pink based shades, 3 brown ones, a cream-yellow colour and a dark blue shade – a variety of warm and cool tones for you mix and match. As far as consistency goes, all the shades are powder and give that nice velvety soft finish, without being at all chalky.

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The palette is easy to use and comes with a two-side applicator. The packaging is your average plastic casing – but you have to keep in mind that you’re only paying £4 for it and ultimately, it’s the quality of the eyeshadows that really count. But the quality of the packaging aside, the casing is actually quite secure so it won’t be a problem when travelling.

On the whole, I love this palette and definitely recommend it, not only because it’s at an amazing price, but because it gives you the ability to create a variety of looks, from subtle and natural to smokey and glam. A must have in your makeup collection!

Ever After Palette Swatches

 

Heaven and Earth Palette

Something you should know about me – I LOVE neutral-looking eyeshadows. This is actually the first palette I bought from MUA and damn, did they make a good impression. Unlike Ever After, this palette is made up of 12 shimmery shades. They go on beautifully pigmented and surprisingly easy to blend. Once you get a bit of use out of them, you may notice that they’re not as shimmery as they were before – even though there’s a shimmer throughout all the product, I think that are sprayed with that extra shimmer on top. It was something worth mentioning, but not something that really bothers me as I do like shimmery eyeshadows that are not too ‘in your face’. Just like the other palette I mentioned, the shadows give a nice powdery-but-not-chalky finish and stay put from roughly 5-7hours.

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The palette also comes with a two-side applicator and has the same packaging as the Ever After Palette, but then again, it’s just £4 (yes, i know I can’t get over this). The one thing I would say I don’t like from this palette is that the eyeshadows aren’t named or numbered – I know, it might not bother most of you, but I do like knowing the name/number of the eyeshadow I’m using.

I obviously recommend this product, especially if you’re a neutral loving girl like me. It just gives you the perfect natural look!

Heaven and Earth Palette Swatches

I would also like to apologize about the quality of the swatches – I didn’t have very good lighting to work with so the colours didn’t show up too great on camera.

Do you have any of the MUA palettes? Enjoyed this review? Like the post! Share your thoughts and comments below!!

Until next time,

Elaine xo