I’m a little out of order here as I’m reviewing the Stila Haute in the Hamptons Palette first when in fact it’s the second palette release. Oops…I like to live dangerously!
Hate to tease you but I purchased this about…two weeks ago? Stila had a preview of it for a single day but removed it from the site. It should be back again in June I believe.
The good news?
At least you know whether or not you need it as you get an early review of it from yours truly.
Let’s peep it!
A new budget friendly palette from Stila that features a complete face look!
As you know these palettes started popping up last year and each was $10 with four shades of shadow and one Convertible Color. This year they removed the Convertible Color replaced it with two powder blushes and kept on the four shadows. The price has gone up $4 this year however the quality is considerably better compared to the $10 versions.
Here’s the deal…
I love they did away with the Convertible Color. It was too messy to have a cream and four powders in one smaller compact. It was a good choice to remove it.
I liked the $10 price tag however I don’t mind the price raise because the quality has improved compared to those original palettes so the extra $4 bucks is well worth it.
The palette is a super small rectangle and features a Stila Girl on the cover. Very cute, very travel friendly. Inside you’ll find a small mirror, instructions for application, four shadows, and two powder blushes. Last year, I ranted a bit about the lack of instructions on creating looks. These were included on the Stila website however this year the instructions for a complete look are included in the palette below the mirror. I value this feature in a major way as sometimes I def lack the imagination to complete a look without a little guidance.
I wasn’t particularly in love with Haute in the Hamptons but that’s a personal preference. One reason was they included a blue shade to use on the lower lash line which I personally feel aged my eyes. However, I will say the other shades in the collection if I just toss out the blue, create a very nice look.
- Sand (Creamy Matte Beige, great for brightening up tired eyes on its own!)
- Linen (Dirty Gold Shimmer)
- Blue Skies (Navy-ish Blue)
- Route 27 (Brown with Greenish undertone)
- Hydrangea (Warm Pink)
- Montauk Highway (Dusky Brown Rose)
For the look you’ll start with Sand all over your eye, follow up with Linen in the crease, line the upper lash line with Route 27, and the bottom lash line with Blue Skies. It’s a really simple look to complete. Personally I’ll avoid using Blue Skies in the future on my lower lash line but the other shades I generally enjoyed particularly Linen and Sand.
As I mentioned above the quality has improved on this palettes. They aren’t quite up to the regular Stila Shadow formula but they do come close. The shades have a soft, velvety texture that blends easily and has a very nice color pay off. The blushes also feature a very nice pigmented formula but are a heavier formula so a little goes a long way.
I think they did a fine job with these palettes and although I hate to see the $10 price tag go I don’t mind paying more for better quality!
The palettes are still Made in China. Personally it’s not a big deal for me but it deserves mentioning for those who aren’t keen on cosmetics that are Made in China.
- Those wanting a travel friendly palette for a quickie holiday or getaway.
- Those who liked the original Travel Girl Palettes (if you liked those, you’ll LOVE these as quality as improved dramatically)
- Beauty budget girls (if you’re looking to indulge in Stila at a discount, here’s your chance).
- Those who aren’t keen on makeup that is Made in China.
Overall, I wasn’t particularly a fan of this color selection but other than that the palette proves a worthy purchase and well worth a Muse Approval. Stila did a fine job with these and the overall quality has improved dramatically compared to last year’s release. Don’t get me wrong I loved the sweet $10 price tag but I find I’m not too bothered at all by the extra $4 since the quality is considerably better and the shadows just have a way nicer texture and feel.
Is Stila Haute in the Hamptons on your Summer wishy list?