Lately I’ve came across some great finds in the beauty department of Winners; a few months ago I picked up the Mac Amber Times Nine palette for $23, and a little over a month ago I scored Stila’s Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Check palette in Fair/Light for $23 as well. This palette looked beautiful and the products I have tried from Stila were pretty limited, so I was pretty excited to test this out!
From the Stila website:
The Perfect Hue for the Perfect You!
Easy to use eye and cheek palettes filled with neutral hues that are just perfect…for you! Long-wearing, one swipe eye and cheek colors expertly curated to work with your skin tone to create the perfect neutral look. Choose from four distinct palettes that house five eyeshadows and two blushes in matte, shimmer and pearl finishes; customizable to create the look or looks you want.
- Curated to work with your skin tone, but each palette is wearable on all skin tones. Choose the palette closest to your skin tone for a natural look or one level up for a more dramatic look. The possibilities are endless!
- Color True Pigments look exactly as you would expect on your skin. What you won’t see? Ashy or unnatural tones.
- 78% pigment saturation offers incredibly vivid, long-lasting color.
- Triple milled powders and mica allow for exceptionally smooth application – no need for a primer!
$39 USD / $51 CAD for 0.49 oz / 14 g. This palette contains 5 eyeshadows and 2 blushes.
I must say I really like the packaging of this palette; the gold is pretty of course, and it has a subtle cheetah print on top. It feels sturdy and is nice and compact for travel.
The back of the palette details the shade names and application suggestions / instructions.
No noticeable scent.
EYE SHADOW – MICA, ZINC STEARATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DIMETHICONE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, ISOPENTYLDIOL. (+/-) TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CL 77891), IRON OXIDES (CL 77491, CL 77492, CL 77499), CARMINE (CL 75470), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CL 19140), MANGANESE VIOLET (CL 77742), ULTRAMARINES (CL 77007).
BLUSH – MICA, ZINC STEARATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, DIMETHICONE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, ISOPENTYLDIOL. (+/-) TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CL 77891), IRON OXIDES (CL 77491, CL 77492, CL 77499), CARMINE (CL 75470), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CL 19140), MANGANESE VIOLET (CL 77742), ULTRAMARINES (CL 77007), RED 30 LAKE (CL 73360). CONTAINS CARMINE AS A COLOR ADDITIVE.
FORMULAS & PERFORMANCE
As mentioned, this palette contains 5 eyeshadows and 2 blushes. The eyeshadows are all matte, with the exception of 1 – Breathtaking, which is described as a champagne pearl. It’s also an exception in terms of it’s texture – it’s soft, creamy and pigmented. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the other 4 shadows. While they are easy to blend, I find them slightly dry and lacking in pigmentation. Alluring and Breathtaking are particularly disappointing; Alluring almost blends out to nothing while I really need to dig my brush into Breathtaking to get it to show up at all. Dynamic and Glamorous can be built up, but I found it took me a while to do so. As a result, it’s a struggle, if not impossible to do anything but a soft, muted look with these shadows. That’s not always a bad thing, but I was hopeful that this could be my new go-to travel palette. I have taken it with me on my last two trips and while it did the job, I spent more time on my eye makeup than I would have preferred to. I prefer to bring something with me that requires less effort.
The blushes, on the other hand, have impressed me. They are soft, silky and smooth and have very nice colour payoff. They blend nicely and can be applied subtly or built up for a more intense look. If their single blushes are on par with the ones included in this palette, I’d definitely consider purchasing some of them.
Performance-wise, I have no complaints. While it states these can be worn without primer, I didn’t bother testing them that way because given my super oily eyelids, it’s never worth the risk (nor has that ever been proven true). With my beloved Too Faced Shadow Insurance, these shadows lasted me a full day of wear (10 hours), after which I started to see some slight fading and creasing. The blushes performed well too, with some signs of fading around the 8 hour mark.
One of the claims of this (and the other palettes) is that they can work on any skintone – unfortunately I’d have to disagree with that, for this palette at least. At most, I think these eyeshadows would work for those with up to a Medium skintone but not likely for anyone deeper than that – the shadows just aren’t pigmented enough. The blushes offer more colour payoff and are more versatile. The other palettes in this collection look like they have deeper and potentially more pigmented colours, so I suspect this one is the sole outlier when it comes to that claim.
I think if you are of a fair or light skintone AND like soft, subtle looks you would enjoy this palette. I like it, but I don’t love it – and I personally don’t think it’s worth the full price tag. I do think it’s pretty cool that they have created palettes that cater to each skintone – that’s a pretty rare feature, but it’d be nice to see that become more common-place. If I came across one of the other palettes in the line, I’d definitely be open to giving one of them a try with the hope that they’d offer me more pigmentation-wise.
What products have you tried from Stila Cosmetics?