Depending how you look at the Stila DayDream Palette it’s either really exciting or really ho-hum. I happen to fit into the realms of being kinda excited about it and kinda meh about it. Stila released a massive palette like this last year and I generally liked it but fast forward to this year and it gets a bit repetitive and easily duped.
I will say the Daydream palette, in terms of packaging, is visually pleasing. I say “visually” since it actually isn’t practical or user friendly in some cases but more on that later. The price is a very nice $18 as well so if you’re seeking to gift something a little special this is quite cute.
Let’s take a look!
Stila makes some incredible makeup but they continue to introduce cheaper, budget friendly options and it does decrease the overall value of the brand. One or two inexpensive pieces are a treat but just like eating your favorite food every single day of the week…it gets tiring fast. Most of these items are Made in China as well, this isn’t something that necessarily bothers me but some beauty junkies are pretty politically correct about where their makeup is from which is understandable.
I love the design of this palette. It’s a little smaller than a CD and features a color wheel design. It’s made up of some fairly nice shades that range from nudes and naturals to a few cooler shades. You get 22 shades total and yes, Kitten is one of them. Interesting enough this version of Kitten isn’t up to par with the normal pot you’d purchase from Stila as it has a lighter, less frosty formula and finish. Actually, all the shades have a very light, silky feel with a hint of shimmer. Overall, I liked the texture of the shades but they are pretty sheer and they need a little helping hand to get the best possible color pay off here so a sponge applicator is recommended to pack color on nicely.
As lovely as I think the packaging is it isn’t entirely practical. The wells of each shade are pretty tiny and brushes and sponges don’t fit easily inside them so picking up color becomes a bit b*tchy. The outer rims of the compact feature the biggest wells and these are a tad easier to get at but the further you head into the circle the smaller the pots get. The shades in the very middle have the smallest wells and prove the trickiest to get to.
I didn’t swatch all the shades, apologies, as it just seems overkill and I admit I got a little lazy so I just did a few shades. The colors don’t exactly swatch great and they end up looking all the same so I took the lazy girl’s way out and didn’t bother. I think they have a fairly nice round up of shades here and there isn’t any question you can create a few nice looks but if you prefer more bolder shades of shadow and want a highly pigmented formula this will disappoint.
Overall, the DayDream Palette has a few nice factors but there are issues with the formula and the packaging. It could make a nice gift for a teen or someone just starting out in makeup or heck you might even want to check it out for yourself if you prefer lighter, less vibrant shades of shadow but if you’re expecting the performance of a regular Stila Eyeshadow this doesn’t bring that to the table. I admit I actually toe the line here myself so I both love and dislike this one….
Did you grab it?