Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Stila - In the Light Palette

As you may or may not know I am a big fan of Stila (well I have been given the nickname as the Stila Freak) I was browsing the Stila Website as I like to do every couple of  days weeks and I spied this little beauty.  The In The Light Palette. Every so often I have paid a visit to Stila in Boots Liffey Valley (officially the happiest place on earth) to see if the palette is in stock.  Last week Stila had the new Autumn collection in and on the stand the price for the palette was listed... but no palette. I decided to take matters into my own hands and have a nose in the drawers.  I hate doing things like that because I think I am going to get in trouble and as I was having a nose I felt eyes on me, I was paranoid and swung around only to see a cut out of Justin Beiber staring me down.  The Beiber freaked me out.  Ignoring the Beiber I was like Indiana Jones and rescued the palette from the drawer.  I skipped my way to the counter (if you think for one moment that I didn't actually skip to the counter you're underestimating my love for Stila).

This palette reunites me with Stila's "stand out" shade Kitten. Over the years I have had a few pans of Kitten - it used to drive me bonkers that Stila would include Kitten in every set that was released but as I have been Kitten free for quite some time I realised what an amazing neutral shade it is.  One of the things I love about Stila is they want to enhance your natural beauty, it's all about beautiful skin and and improving yourself, having fun with makeup without looking like you have slapped three tons of makeup on.  Basically you look like yourself but..... hotter.


Here is what Stila have to say:
The new In the Light palette is a beautiful collection of Stila's award-winning eye shadows in wearable, neutral shades for every skintone that can be worn wet or dry.
The palette also includes an exclusive Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Damsel, a matte chocolate brown, and a 6-page lookbook with detailed how-to tips and tricks.
Shades include:
•Bare - matte ivory shade
•Kitten
•Bliss - matte beige pink
•Sunset - shimmery canyon pink
•Sandstone - matte light coco
•Gilded Gold - golden brown with shimmer
•Luster - dark aubergine with gold shimmer
•Night Sky - blue with shimmer
•Ebony - black
Exclusive 


As with most of Stila's eye shadows, they are soft and I practically purred as I swatched Kitten. The matte colours (Bare and Sandstone) were my least favourite colours but I have mostly a hate/dislike relationship with matte shadows.  (Apologies for the bad swatch of Bare it seems to be mixed with a bit of brown).  The quality of these shadows seems to be smoother and softer than the summer Beach palettes (although I did like them too) so if you're looking for buttery shadows you should check this out.    I love the shade "Night Sky" which is a beautiful wearable blue.  While I wouldn't compare this to Urban Decay's Naked palette if you missed out on UD I would recommend having a look at this.
Smudge Stick shade in Damsel (a matte brown) can be worn in a line or smudged out, this is really soft and smooth.  I have been really loving Stila's Smudge Sticks - I love the quality and longevity. 

Stila is available from Boots where this palette costs €32.00 and Asos where the palette is £25.00.  Stila is also available at HQ Hair but they don't seem to have the palette in stock as yet.
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