Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Review & Swatches: Stila In The Light Palette

Stila have released three new palettes this season - In The Garden, In The Moment, and In The Light.  They contain rich jewel tones, smoky shades, and wearable neutrals respectively.  In The Light definitely ticks all the wearability boxes, but not in a boring or one-dimensional way.

Encased in champagne cardboard, In The Light contains ten eyeshadows and a chocolate brown smudgestick eyeliner.  The packaging bears a quote from the brand's spokeperson, Sarah Lucero, and while it's certainly pretty and visually appealing, it's also a little bit flimsy - the light cardboard casing wouldn't survive being transported in a busy makeup bag.

Top row, left to right: Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, Sandstone
Bottom row, left to right: Bubbly, Guilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky, Ebony

The shades generally lean towards the ultimately wearable brown spectrum, although Night Sky, a blueish grey, is a nice addition that's not, well, brown.  There's a good selection of tones available, and a variety of finishes - four matte shades, three metallics, and three slightly sparkly satin shades.

Left to right: Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, Sandstone

Left to right: Ebony, Bubbly, Guilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky

Unsurprisingly, the metallic shades are the most highly pigmented - they glide onto the skin, imparting a beautiful shimmering shot of colour.  The satin shades apply much more sheerly, which I think is actually quite appropriate given the shades involved - Luster and Night Sky would certainly be more difficult to apply subtly if they were any heavier on the pigment.  The matte shades are all soft and creamily blendable, although Bare is such a close match to my skintone that it's hard to see it in the swatches!

Overall, this is a nice little palette containing some very wearable shades which makes for easy application in the morning if your brain hasn't quite kicked in yet (mine rarely does).  The shadows are reasonably buttery, the included eyeliner long-lasting if a little stiff to apply, and at £25, you're getting a reasonable amount of product for your money.  The only let down for me is the packaging - I would far rather something a little more durable.

If this palette tickles your fancy, you'll find it at the Stila website, where it will cost you £25.

Disclosure: PR sample

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