A few months ago when I purchased my lot of Novel Twist from MAC I decided to wander into Sephora where I came across two Stila palettes that I fell in love with and purchased!
It had been a while since I had seen the Stila girls on any packaging so upon seeing it pretty much sold me without even peeking inside either palette to see the colors (Sometimes packaging is all it takes for a general cosmetic junkie to get excited!).
The Look Books are a $40 package which include everything you need to create the perfect face. You get three shadows, one blush, and a Stila IT Gloss.
Not a bad deal in my opinion.
After getting these home I wandered onto Sephora’s website and came across two MORE Look Books! So altogether four were released! After that I quickly e-mailed my fellow Stila addict Iris and explained that these were available did she want them to which she replied that Japan had already gotten them! Oh well so much for sharing the love with my good bud (damn US we’re always behind in everything!).
A few months pasted and my obsession with obtaining the other two books was pushed towards the back burner while I pursued the Holiday Collections I was so desperately wanting!
When Sephora’s Friend and Family Discount rolled around I remembered that my little Wish List had contained the other two books I hadn’t previously gotten so they quickly ended up in my cart! Hey, 20% off sweetened the deal so I most definably wanted these while the saving was good (although they’ll be plenty of time in the summer to kick myself in the arse for paying the price I did when they’ll probably be available at the Stila Warehouse sale for like $5 each! *groan*)!
This is a rather long story isn’t it?
To the goods!
Stila Look Books
So as I was saying these are a total value. You’re getting full size shadows, blush, and a full size gloss (no minis here)!
Stila IT Glosses
What more could a girl want (lots I know)?
There isn’t any creativity behind the names of these little palettes so they just basically range as Stila Look Book 1-4!
Stila Look Book 1 features a lovely brunette on the cover and inside we have some yummie delightful shades to work with! This palette comes with rose blush, heather, grace, and espresso eyeshadow and an IT Gloss in Smashing.
Rose is your standard dusty rose color that will be flattering on most skin shades. Grace shadow is a lovely taupe beige color while Espresso contrasts this shade perfect and is a deeper brown! Mostly I think they are wanting you to use Espresso as a liner shade but I think you can safely get away with using it as a contrasting shadow by offsetting it with Grace. Grace is a shimmering shade while Espresso is a matte. Heather is a soft beige pink color that’ll be perfect for using as a wash of color all over the eye prepping it for the darker shades in the palette. And finally the gloss with this is Smashing which is a bright shimmering pink and seems quite out of place with the colors of the palette but hey the Muse never says no to pink gloss!
Look Book 2 comes with lame, oasis, and coin eyeshadow, tint blush, and enchanting IT Gloss. The Tint blush is nothing to write home about and it sadly looks like it may be lacking pigment (I haven’t tried it yet) but the shadows are yummie so that more than makes up for the blush! Lame shadow is a shimmering gold, Oasis is a shimmering pink, and Coin is a soft chocolate brown which is matte for the most part but does have tiny flecks of gold. Coin and Gold go well together but Oasis you may find a little difficult working into the look but with a little creativity you’re sure to create a great look with the colors! Enchanting gloss, out of all the palettes, is the one that I like the least. It’s pretty enough but it contains no shimmer the finish is more of a pearl which isn’t a favorite of mine. The color is a cross between a pink and a peach!
Look Book 3 is another disappointment in the blush department. The blush included with this palette is Fade and it’s a bronze color and we all know how I feel about bronze! The only redeeming color in the entire palette is Shell shadow which is a shimmering dusty pink color. The other two shadows included are Puck and Dahlia. Puck is a gray brown color that isn’t all that exciting. Dahlia is a navy blue matte color which again does nothing to make me jump around! Sadly the entire palette is a mix up color combination if every I did see one and it’s going to take some hard work to come up with a good look using it. The redeeming factor would be the IT Gloss included in Sweet which is a rosy brown shimmer that’s very pretty!
And finally Look Book 4 which has some very gorgeous colors and could be my favorite of the lot! This contains a blush called Heat which is a dusty rose color that’s very pretty and natural on! It also includes eyeshadows in icon, twig, and nude. Icon is a pretty peachy, brown, pink shimmer while Heat offsets this color and is a deep reddish brown shimmer and finally Icon which is a shimmering nude. All the colors in this palette just go great together plus none are matte which is a plus for me! The gloss is an odd choice for this look as it’s a peach shimmer but it’s beautiful and I’m positive I’ll find a look to use it with! The color of the gloss is called Inviting!
Over all these have some great value for your buck as you’re getting 5 full size products plus cute packaging! If you’re a serious collector of Stila you’re going to want these badly! If you’re a casual shopper you may want to buy at least get one (might I suggest #4)! It’s alot of product for the $40 and a nice deal!
Of course if you happen to live in California the Muse highly recommends waiting for the blessed Stila Warehouse Sale!
These palettes are Muse Approved for purchase!
A big thanks to Ann for this!
Stila is having a Virtual Warehouse Sale with discounted cosmetics from 50%-75% Off! It appears this is a private sale but after Ann told me about it I did a little snooping around and located the link for you!
Click here to take part in the sale!
Quite a few goodies to be had but hurry things are selling out fast!
‘ello ‘ello lovely readers!
Today I bring you a review of one of my favorite “simple” makeup products. Stila Convertible Color is just the thing I need when I am in a rush, to lazy for a full makeup look, or just looking for the right pinch of color for my cheeks!
Stila Convertible Color is available in a slew of fantastic shades to suit any skin and complexion type. I believe most shades are flattering on all skins tones since the colors are so transparent and sheer yet natural and pigmented.
Convertible Color is supposed to be your one stop shop for adding color to your cheeks and lips but I personally only use it on my cheeks as I find it feels quite weird on my lips and some of the colors just don’t work well.
Convertible Color quite reminds me of a Tarte Cheek Stain in a compact but with fewer touch ups inbetween uses! The texture is almost gelly like with a creamy base and it lasts ages on me. I rarely have to run into the washroom to layer on some more it just lasts and lasts and lasts. It also gives me a great illusion of looking like I’ve had about ten hours of sleep when I’ve only had about two! My cheeks look dewy and fresh upon application. The completed look always makes me look gorgeous and flawless! My favorite way of using this is after finishing my morning face wash routine (scrub, tone, moisturize)! If it’s a weekend and I’m just running out to do errands I have a quick shower, tie my hair up, wash my face, moisturize, and slip some Convertible Color onto my cheeks and away I go minus foundation! Simple, Easy, Fast!
As I said early this does quite remind me of Tarte Cheek Stain but the texture is slightly thicker and almost sticky when you first apply but as your skin warms the cream it sinks in quite nicely and the sticky feeling subsides. The difference is if I use Tarte Cheek Stain I’ll be touching up five times a day where as with this it lasts from morning to afternoon and beyond!
Overall, it’s a fabulous little product and definately makes life in the cosmetic world a whole lot easier!
Sheesh Stila sure wants us to be happy this Holiday Season! They are having yet another SALE!
The Muse likey the sales
This is the 4th sale since the site has been upgraded a month or so ago! First we had 10% off, after that we had 20% off, and finally they reverted back to giving us 10% off and NOW they are giving us the option to save $10, $20, or $30 on our orders!
The current promo code is SAVEMORE and is broken down as follows:
$10 off $50
$20 off $100
$30 off $150
Thanks Stila we love you too!
There is some slight confusion about Stila’s newest trios and palette in regards to where these actually came from!
These are advertised as “Asia” only but for the record I don’t think they have ever graced the beautiful shores of Asia!
From what I have gathered they were more along the lines of “Asian” inspired and not Asian Exclusive. If you didn’t already know Asia has it’s own little niche for the Stila market and the Stila girls are somewhat alive and kicking within Japan however they are no longer here on the shores of the US. The general impression when the palette and trios were released was that “wow we are getting some Asian exclusives” when the actually case is “wow we are getting some Asian Stila fan “inspired” goodies”.
So don’t ask me what it means to be Asian Stila fan inspired because I haven’t a clue! I’m taking a wild guess that the beautiful girls within Asia were wanting these colors sold in a trio or a palette and thus the Asian “exclusives” (I use the term exclusive very lightly) palettes were born or we can stop making this complicated and just say they look like Holiday palettes to me!
Anyway that’s all rather long and boring but the good news and the non-boring news is that your Muse has nabbed all of the Stila offerings and is here to review them!
The first and my personal favorite would be the Belle of the Ball palette. Yummie is an understatement my friends. First of all let me say I am so pleased to see the Stila girls gracing these packages that I am beyond myself with excitement (it’s the little things that get your Muse excited).
I should mention that this palette is absolutely, positively, amazingly gorgeous! It has 4 perfect shades of glittering, shimmery, yummie, pigmented eyeshadow! It contains a shimmering white, a shimmering aqua greenish color, a shimmering gold, and a shimmering darkish sky blue. You wouldn’t think “holiday” upon seeing these at first but I’m slowly thinking of fantastic ways to use these for the holiday season and hey they’ll make great Spring and Summer colors too!
If you’ve been debating on this for a bit I’d say do yourself a big favor and grab one while they are still in stock! This one, in my humblest opinion, is too good to pass up!
Next up the Eyeshadow Trio in Cool. Cool is nice and pigmented and all the good things you’ll find in a Stila eyeshadow however it’s not a must have. It’s got three gorgeous shades that aren’t overly shimmery which disappoints me. You’ll get a soft lavender, a dark blue, and a creamy white and if you’re like me you’ll basically sit for a while and ponder over how these colors go together. Sigh. Dontcha just hate that?
It’s a nice trio all together and I’m glad I purchased it but it’s not nearly as nice as The Belle of the Ball palette and it can be skipped unless your a serious Stila collector.
Another trio for you but this time in warm colors. Another miss on this in my opinion and unless you’re a collector you can sincerely and seriously skip on it. Warm comes with a peach, beige, and a brown color all of which are kinda boring in the shimmery department. These aren’t exactly matte but they aren’t exactly shimmering shades either. Definitely pigmented that’s for sure!
And lastly a Blush Duo in Peach & Pink. Another you can chalk up to as very nice but nothing to get too excited about! Both shades look a bit on the sheer side, I haven’t yet tried them so I’m not sure. Very nice shades but they might not completely work for my skin tone we shall see!
These are all beautiful items and if you’re a Stila collector you sure are going to want all of them for sure! But if you aren’t so keen on Stila I’d most definitely get my hands on the Belle of the Ball palette as it’s a keeper and a really beautiful palette!
Overall, it’s nice to see the Stila girls gracing the packaging again and I’m loving all of these but the only must have in the lot would be the Belle of the Ball palette!
Tell the Muse!