Stila In The Light
Stila In The Light palette is yet another neutral toned palette I reach for quite often (for someone who loves those vampy, dark shades I mean, and the colourful ones of course). I like it mainly because it features a combination of both mattes (Bare, Bliss, Sandstone, Ebony) and shimmer/glitter shades (Kitten, Sunset, Champagne, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky). Whereas Kitten and Champagne do have more of a sheen once applied. This palette looks quite cool/neutral toned in the palette but goes on rather warm on me. Especially Gilded Gold, which looks nothing like gold on me, it has a strong warm base actually. I do have to say, that I like this palette – shade wise, but to be honest, there is a lot of fall out, especially with the shimmer shades. I wouldn’t use those without any base (like Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy or a cream eyeshadow), the shimmer/glitter particles tend to move and well, fall onto your face. Also, the mattes have decent pigmentation (the black, Ebony, however, is the worst black eyeshadow I have tried. It is dry, not really pigmented and goes on really patchy, for my swatch I used four layers), the shimmery shades are somehow sheer and I only use my finger to apply those, otherwise they are a bit too sheer for my liking.
I haven’t experienced any fading or creasing with this palette but I use a base anyway (NARS, Pixie Epoxy when working with those shimmer shades). The texture is rather dry but soft in touch if that makes sense. This may lead to some powdery residue, aka the fall out I mentioned earlier. I really like the cardboard packaging, as it is lightweight and good for travelling. All my swatches are applied with my finger, without any base. I used two swipes for the mattes (excluding Ebony, four layers), three for the shimmers.
Overall, I would say it is a solid neutral palette, despite the fact, that I am not that much into those standard neutrals (also, rediscovering some neutrals but still … you can never have enough of those transition shades, for blending, etc). I can create a lot of looks with this one and play up the shimmers quite well using a cream eyeshadow underneath for example. It’s more of a like than love situation here, mainly due to the fall out, the shimmery shades could be a bit more pigmented and well, that black eyeshadow. If you would like to take a look at my favourite black eyeshadows, I reviewed and swatched them here.