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Today I’m coming at you with another review, specifically another Stila review.
I bought this palette from TK Maxx a while ago (somewhere around December 2017/January 2018) for £5.99. I got it in the shade ‘Sunrise Splendor’. Whilst I bought this relatively cheaply, this palette retails for a whopping £29 on the Stila website.
I’ve had the title of this review in my drafts since January 15, and the reason why I haven’t reviewed it sooner was because of how much I dislike it. Usually when I don’t like products, there is something redeemable about it, and typically I’m still looking forward to reviewing it. However, this was a whole different story and I’ve been dreading writing about it. I don’t normally write about my opinions of the product in the introduction, so if you’re just looking to find out if this product is good or bad, then you now know that personally I think it’s bad. If you want to find out why I think it’s so bad, then carry on reading.
As with all Stila products, the packaging is golden all the way through. The outer cardboard in the same shade of gold as the palette inside, the only difference being that the cardboard box has the brand name, full product name and weight, and the palette only has the brand name on the front.
Inside the palette are each of the lip and cheek shades, which are all varying shades of pink. I picked up this palette because I tend to wear pink-toned lipsticks, so I figured I would get a lot of use out of this. I was especially excited to try out the first two pink-nude shades, and the last, deep berry, shade.
As I’ve said in my previous reviews, I really like Stila’s packaging because I love gold, so this was no different.
On the Stila website, this product has the following description:
‘A fresh arrangement of Convertible Color Dual Lip & Cheek Cream palettes, each hand-picked with five of our all-time favourite shades. They blend like a dream, leaving lips and cheeks petal soft with pretty pops of translucent colour. It’s the key to easy, monochromatic make-up. A must-have in every Stila girl’s make-up bag!’
So in terms of swatches, the arm swatch is from left to right in the palette (starting with the nude pink shade and moving towards the berry shade). This is the same for the lip swatches, from left to right is the shades from left to right in the palette.
I find this palette a little odd in that the shades in the palette and the shades swatched seem to look absolutely nothing like how they do on the lips.
Every single shade seemed to come off really pale and were all pretty similar in shade, apart from the last one.
As you can tell for the introduction, I really dislike this palette.
Now reading the description, it says ‘translucent colour’ which is probably part of the reason why I don’t like the palette very much. I just found the colour payoff wasn’t very good, every one seemed to pull the same pale pasty pink shade. This pale barbie pink is absolutely not a shade that suits me at all and I expected the colours to be far more pigmented, and different from eachother.
The only shade that I would even think about wearing is the final berry shade, but even then that colour wasn’t the tone I expected it to be. I also don’t particularly like the formula, I found it to be a bit odd in that it was a balm-like texture, but accentuated every dry part on my lips, and dried into every crack.
I don’t think this is a particularly versatile palette, despite it’s claims. Whilst I do think it might be okay to use on the cheeks, based on the arm swatches, I personally don’t like using cream products on my face, and I bought this to use on my lips. Based on my experience, I also don’t think this would be a particularly good palette for those with darker skin tones – especially on the lips.
Overall, this is palette was hugely disappointing to me and I have never reached for it. It took me ages after doing the initial arm swatches (and trying one shade on), to actually get around to swatching every shade on my lips, because I disliked it so much. I’m unhappy that this palette turned out the way that it did for me, and honestly I don’t think it’s even worth the £5.99 that I paid for it, let alone the £29 that Stila are selling this for on their website. It’s not frequent that I don’t get on with a product so much that I would say that, but I just don’t think this is worth it at all, which is a shame. Don’t get me wrong, I love Stila, and I use their glitter eyeshadows (you can read my review for those here), and one of their MATTE’ificent lipsticks (you can check out a review for that here), all of the time – this one palette was just a let down.
So this now brings us to the end of this post, I’m sorry that it was so negative, my reviews aren’t usually like this! I hope that you enjoyed reading it, regardless of the product not working out for me. I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on this palette if you have tried it, so please leave a comment below if you have! If you did enjoy this then please give it a like. Also please be sure to follow my blog if you don’t already, you can follow using a WordPress account or via email and it will keep you updated with when I’m posting – I post twice a week!
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