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I hope that you had a fantastic Christmas with family, friends, and loved ones, and ate loads of food! I had a really lovely day and saw my family on boxing day which was fantastic, as always.
One of my gifts that I’d asked for was the Stila ‘Written In the Stars’ gift set which contains three mini Stila ‘Glitter & Glow’ liquid eyeshadows. I’ve been lusting after the Stila liquid glitter eyeshadows for a while, but they’re relatively expensive at £23.00 each. So when I saw that they had a Christmas set that contained three of the different colours, I knew I had to have it.
What you get and first thoughts
The set cost £25.00 and contained the following ‘Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow’ shadows:
- Diamond Dust (silver with multi-coloured glitter)
- Kitten Karma (champagne with silver copper glitter)
- Smoky Storm (light grey with silver glitter)
I have a google docs list that contains all of the makeup that I want, the prices, and what retailer I can get them from, and both ‘Kitten Karma’ and ‘Diamond Dust’ were on my list. Therefore, I thought this set would be perfect to try out the shades to see if I liked them before taking the plunge to buy the full-sized product.
The first thing that struck me about these shadows were how small they are. I found that the box was really large compared to the actual products. I’ve just compared the ml in the full-sized product compared to these ones and these are half the size of the full-size shadows (the minis are 2.25ml, the full-size are 4.5ml). Based on this, the set is a really good deal as half of the full-sized product would cost £11.50, therefore three would cost £34.50, instead of the £25.00 retail price of this set. Nevertheless, these seemed really small.
Personally, I would describe this shade as holographic, as it does has a multicoloured (I would say rainbow) shift. However, please correct me if I’m wrong.
Online, I don’t tend to comb through the descriptions if I’m buying products and just go by the pictures. Therefore, I thought that this shade was going to be a pure silver glitter. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was holographic (because who doesn’t love holo? – Cristine eat your heart out), however I do think this makes it more difficult to use in an eye look and I have stayed away from using it so far for that reason. Plus this shade is quite bright compared to the others so I’m unsure when I will get use out of it.
I did find that this one swatched the most sheer, which makes sense as it’s described on the Cult beauty website as a ‘sheer silver’. I have used this in the inner corner with ‘Smoky Storm’ on the rest of my lid and it didn’t seem anywhere near as sheer as in the swatch, however it’s worth being aware that this shade may potentially be slightly sheer and need layering or a shadow underneath it.
When I saw the colours, this was definitely the one that I was most excited for as it’s a really pretty champagne rose gold colour. I’ve been into doing pink and red eye looks at the moment so I was excited to incorporate this into one of those eye looks.
I used this colour on Boxing day and found that it went on better than ‘Smoky Storm’, and I got a much crisper line – this may have been because I got used to the applicator. However, I didn’t find the shade on my eyes to be true to the colour shown in the tube. When first applied I found that it looked like the rose gold in the tube, but when it dried down it became much more of a true gold shade. I had a very similar problem with ‘Smoky Storm’.
I do really like this colour, I just wish that it stayed true to the colour that it is in the tube.
Although this wasn’t a colour that was on my wanted beauty list, I recently saw Tati use it as part of an eye look on YouTube and really liked how it looked so I was excited to try it out. On the day that I received these, I didn’t have anything planned so I thought I’d use this one for a less dramatic glitter eye to just run some errands. However, I can assure you, there’s nothing subtle about your eyelids glittering for the Gods.
Despite this being the deepest shade of the collection, I once again found that once it dried on my eyelids it seemed to become a gold colour. Now I have nothing against a gold glitter, but when it’s supposed to be a deep bronze shade, it does annoy me a little. I still really liked it, I just wish it was the same colour as the tube, especially as the swatches made them look so different.
Tips and Final Thoughts
My first, and most important tip for this product, is to look down into a mirror whilst you’re applying the product. This allows you to easily trace out your crease and stops the product from smudging. Stay looking down until you can no longer feel the product wet on your lid. If you look up, or basically anywhere apart from down, it will transfer or smudge and it’s difficult to remove mistakes when the product has dried. Glitter may look beautiful, but it will be on you for the rest of time – so make sure it’s in the right places! If there are any stray glitter pieces that you see stuck elsewhere on your eyelid I recommend taking a spoolie and gently scratching at the glitter piece until it is rubbed away. However, if you can’t get it off easily then you’ll have to give up, and I’m afraid you’ll have to accept the glitter is now a part of you.
I find that these wear all day without flaking much, as long as you don’t rub your eyes. However equally I find that if the application isn’t as good on the eye, then small pieces of glitter will begin to move around. So it’s important for the initial application to be precise. Another tip is that when you’re blending the edge of the glitter into the rest of your shadow, try to press or gently pat the shadow in instead of buff it over the glitter as this can cause flaking.
Overall, I really love these. As someone who hates glitter (I know, ironic isn’t it), these Stila ‘Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow’ liquid eyeshadows make it really easy to get the beautiful effect of glitter without having to deal with anywhere near as much mess. However, the whole colour situation does annoy me a little, I’m unsure whether I just need to give them a really good shake to get the colour better distributed, or this is how these are. I found that once dry, both ‘Kitten Karma’ and ‘Smoky Storm’ seemed to become the same gold colour. Nevertheless, I would definitely recommend these if you’re interested in glitter eyeshadow but don’t want to use loose glitter, or if you want to get a really precise glitter application. I wish that Stila would bring out these minis individually as a permanent product as I’m definitely interested in trying more from the collection but I’m unsure if I can justify £23.00 per product. However, I will keep trying these out and see if there’s a shade, or more than one, that I really like and potentially may purchase the full-sized version of.
That brings us to the end of this review on the Stila ‘Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow’ liquid eyeshadows! I really hope that you enjoyed it, if you did then please give it a like, I have some other Stila products that I will be reviewing in the future. Be sure to drop a comment below about your experience with these shadows; and if you think that my blog contains content that you’re interested in then please subscribe, I post twice a week!
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