Ahhh Summer would not be complete without some uber awesome palette from Stila to fill my warm, humid days.
The new Stila Pro Artist Palette No. 1 fits the bill perfectly. Six exciting Stila eyeshadows in one palette? Yes, please, I’ll have one.
What Is It?
A palette that contains six Stila Eyeshadows created and designed with pro artists in mind.
Price wise this is a damn fine value as you’ll get six shadows to play with so it ranges out to around less than $5 per a shade. Likey!
Shades included are:
- Prize (soft gold shimmer)
- Sparkle (golden bronze shimmer)
- Kitten (shimmering nude pink)
- Grand (taupe shimmer)
- Lucky (deep teal shimmer)
- Moxie (vibrant purple sheen)
If you have no prior introduction to Stila Eyeshadow this is the way to go as you do get a fair bit of variety in the palette. It follows the normal Stila Palette graduation as it starts off with warm, sandy shadows for Summer and ends with more vibrant, bolder shades so you can go really natural or fun and funky depending on your mood. The shadows are typical Stila fair with a super buttery formula which borders the realms of a cream. Stila shadows are one of the most unique formulas in the US market as they do sport a really lovely texture which is rich in pigmentation plus a formula which feels like a cross between a cream and a powder. The warmer shades in the palette lean towards being more of a frosty finish where as the darker shades (Lucky and Moxie) are more of a velvety finish. The shades all have a bit of sparkle but nothing glittery or shimmery just a subtle twinkle. I’m partial to the warmer shades in the palette since they all pair up well together or used separately to create a friendly beach look.
Packaging sadly turns into a sad affair. This is a matchbox style which has a flip top that tucks into a flap towards the bottom of the palette to keep it closed. It’s a real struggle to keep it closed since the lid doesn’t fit into the flap without struggling, lifting it, and just causing major damage to the entire thing as you fight with it to get it closed. I don’t mind the cardboard much as I own many palettes that are cardboard however if it would close I’d be more than happy with it but the constant struggle to lift the lower flap so I can tuck the lid under it is a pain.
If you’re more than familiar with Stila you may feel the shades in the palette are a bit of a rehash particularly Kitten which makes an appearance in ALOT of Stila Palettes. The shades are the typical sandy beige versus vibrant colors so it does lean towards being a tad uneventful if you’ve collected alot of palettes from the brand already.
One thing I’m not keen on when it comes to some of Stila’s light shades is the frosty finish. I really can’t pull off frost too well and many of their more lighter, prettier shades (such as Kitten) have a frosty finish I’m not keen on.
Who Might Like It?
- Stila Palette Fans (It’s a given that you’ll want it if you’re a Stila fan like me!).
- Anyone who never tried Stila before and wants a variety of product to work with (Hey, six shades is a great way to tackle the brand and get to know their shadows!).
- Anyone who wants a lot for a little (Price wise this works out great!).
- Anyone who wants lighter, warmer shades of color beach-y colors for Summer (this has at least four to choose from!)
Who Might Not Like It?
- Anyone who isn’t keen on cardboard packaging or packaging that proves difficult to pack and travel with.
- Anyone who already owns alot of Stila shadows.
(Prize on the lid, Sparkle in the crease)
I’m actually glad I own this as I really like the shades included and I believe, to my knowledge, I only have Kitten (I’ll have to check around to see if I have any of the other shades but I don’t think I do). I actually love the shades as they remind me of the beach however, as I said, the packaging really is a bit of a deal breaker for me. Overall, quite a nice palette but could use some packaging improvement to get my complete seal of approval.
Anyone haul it?