Ok, I admit, Stila has overdone the entire Travel Girl/Beach Girl Palette thing. We all agree that they aren’t the best formula in the world and we all agree they do sport the cutest packaging…!
And many of us will agree we’ve overindulged in these palettes a time too many. Honestly, no matter how bad they get, somehow, someway, that collector’s disease rides me hard and I end up needing to own every single one of these damn things.
It’s a terrible thing people.
Recently, Stila introduced two exclusive Ulta palettes for the Holidays (I believe these are available at Ulta only but don’t quote me) and of course, I had to go on my merry way and purchase them.
Let’s have a look at one of them today.
The Stila A Few of my Favorite Things Palette is a nude, natural palette that features a few delicate peaches, some natural shades of brown, and sadly a big old Kitten Highlighter.
Someone recently expressed complete disgust over applying Kitten on their face in my comment box and essentially with these Kitten-like powders that’s exactly what you are doing. As really, they have the texture and feel of the eyeshadow so why in the world would you want all that frostiness on your face? Let’s be real, it’s hard to do it on eyes never mind your face. So indeed not only is the release of Kitten in the palette annoying because the shade is simply overdone to the max but also because they pimp it as a highlighter/illuminating powder. If you can work it on your cheeks, props girl (or guy), props! If not, well, you just scored yourself another Kitten Eyeshadow to add to the growing pile.
Now I’m going to go ahead and throw it out there and you can agree or disagree with me. All of these palettes have been a mixed bag but for the most part they are decent in the formula department. Nothing you’d write home to your dear old mum about but decent enough to enjoy and not to rant about too much. In the case of a A Few of my Favorite Things I will say it’s the worst of the palette releases thus far. I have…what…maybe 12 or 14? Perhaps more of these $10/$14 palettes and they all have their ups and downs but this one was just down, down, down.
Kitten is the highlight of the palette in terms of formula and pigmentation. It’s a lower quality than a normal pot of Kitten but not by much. It’s rich in pigmentation, has a smooth buttery formula, and is very typically what Stila is about.
However, everything else here has a weaker formula. The eyeshadows run on the sheer side and in most prove difficult to pick color up here without the aid of a sponge applicator to build shades up. The exception is Creme Brulee (a chocolate brown with gold sparkle) which had decent pigmentation and Chocolate which is a matte chocolate brown liner shade which also has decent pigmentation and a workable formula. Marshmallow (soft beige matte) and Bon Bon (light golden peach) are both quite sheer.
The worst offender is the blush shade in Peachy (light peach) which is a very dry formula that yields very little color even with the heaviest hand applying it.
The color selection is a good one with alot of potential but what falls short here is the formula. I was slightly surprised as I expected either decent or very nice as hey some of these palettes have proved very nice in the past. I didn’t however expect poor and in this case the quality was just very bad.
If you can hold strong and not give in to the evil pokemon disease, I’d say avoid it and spend your $14 on something else.
If you already did purchase it do share your thoughts as perhaps you had better luck than I did.
I look forward to hearing it!