Stila Countless Color Pigments are the type of product that visually draw you in. The kaleidoscope of tie dyed shades really captures the eye and makes you want them rather badly. However, Stila Countless Color Pigments aren’t just about the pretty! They are also quite an interesting concept and are made for not only eyes but cheeks as well which make them quite appealing. Who doesn’t love a multitasking product?
As much as I wanted to love them I found in the end they weren’t all that great.
Le sigh! Countless Color Pigments in theory not only look great but sound it too! These vibrant color pigments contain three shades each which you can use individually or together to create a variety of looks.
You can swirl a brush in all the shades and sweep it across your cheek bones or pick up color with your shadow brush and apply them together or individually for a variety of eye looks. The great thing about them is they never go muddy in the pan. So even though you’re swirling shades together you can simply brush a large powder brush across the surface of the shadows once you’re done and the original design is restored. Nifty eh? I can’t say many highlighter and shadows that merge colors into one pan like this can say the same!
I think the colors are stunning! Truly works of art! For example, I purchased Finale and thought it would make a stunning blush! And even Lyric which also had me thinking of ways to use it on my face. I honestly purchased many of the shades with blush use in mind. Unfortunately, I find the colors are a little too bright and apply a little too patchy on my cheeks to look natural. It could be a case of a little too much pigmentation? I’m not really sure but no matter what I do I end up with clown cheeks. The formula is a little chalky with a satiny feel but aren’t like Stila’s traditional velvety, buttery eyeshadow formula in the least.
Lyric, Encore, Finale, Acoustic
Above is how the swatches look when swatched together and below you’ll find them individually swatched.
After my poor experience using the shades as a blush I decided to go ahead and start creating eye looks. Again, I experience a rather poor application. I’m really not sure what it is but the shades just lay on my lid wrong. They look un-blended, dry, and age my eyes slightly. Even though I wanted to use different shades in the pot to contrast with I found it impossible to do as the shades won’t blend out well together. If you want to use all three shades or even two in an eye look you end up with one shade only as they all blend together and in some cases end up looking muddy! You’re also going to realize at some point the colors don’t go so well together anyway…like the bright pink and lovely orange of Lyric look beautiful in the pan but creating a contrasting eye look with these shades is 1. difficult and 2. if you do end up blending them out correctly it’s more of a clown-y look like you’re headed to the circus. I’ve learned pink and orange look amazing in the pot just not together on my eyes.
In the end, Stila Countless Color Pigments reel you in with beauty but not a quality formula. The performance on these shadows slash blushes is just a challenging and poor user experience. The colors look stunning but applying them seemed impossible to get down correctly.
Skip them unless you find them on sale.
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