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:
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!
You may recall me mentioning that the Stila site had undergone some construction and soon after it returned they had a little sale with 20% off (which is ongoing until the 21st of this month)!
At the time nothing of too much interest was wowing me from the site but I did happen upon the new smoky palettes and decided I might as well snatch them up with the discount.
Stila’s Smoky Eye Palettes
I had already purchased the original smoky eye palette some months ago and was pretty pleased with it so I dove in and purchased the two newest colors.
I’m going to say you don’t need these unless you wanna splurge a little. There isn’t anything to wow you about the palettes and you don’t need to rush off and purchase them right away (wait for the Stila Warehouse Sale).
The pro side of the purchase is that the shadows are very pigmented and the liner cakes these come with are quite good however you really don’t absolutely have to have these.
I’m just diseased thus they ended up in my stash of cosmetics
I do give them a good solid review because Stila makes some very good shadows and you get quite a nice palette for the price! With the discount I only paid $32 a palette.
If you’re a minimal girl or you don’t like alot of nonsense when it comes to your eye makeup these are perfect. They do exactly what they promise to do which is create an elegant smoky eye look that’s perfect for the day or evening.
These are also pretty darn nice if you have a difficult time achieving a smokey eye look. They also happen to have a little button you can press that allows you to listen to a tutorial recording giving you step by step instructions on how to apply the shadows.
Pretty nifty eh?
The Emerald Palette
The Bronze Palette
The Original Smoky Palette
L@@K The Muse was even thoughtful enough to make you a video to show you how the talking tutorial works!
Overall these are a nice edition to any collection and they make eyeshadow application a snap on the days that applying makeup seems too much of an ordeal!
From year to year as collections come and go and change and rearrange I like to look over what I’ve stashed away over the years and compare price increases, quality, quantity, etc…
Some of my most favorite cosmetic possessions are from Holiday Collections and every year I am always excited to see what new items will be introduced.
Allow me to take you back on a journey into Christmas Past Collections! Maybe some of these are in your own personal stash, maybe you remember when they were released, and maybe you are still lemming them and hoping to find them on MUA or E-bay or some out of the way place that may still carry that particular item that has been on your wish list since it’s release from a Christmas that’s since past.
I’ve only taken on a few select pieces from my Holiday Collections! Hell if I did them all it’d make a bible of an entry Do enjoy the ones I’ve included in this post!
This year Smashbox hasn’t a single item that I’ve been tempted by but I remember being quite excited about last year’s Holiday Collection that was entitled Winter Nights.
The collection consisted of two parts, single cosmetic items plus kits and palettes named after legendary nightclubs.
Smashbox The Winter Lights Series
Avalon Consisted of two double-ended mini eyeshadow and shimmer duos. The picture of Avalon can be seen above on the far right hand side of the group photo!
Consisted of a white leather carrying case which included a double ended palette (one side lips and one side shadow) plus three brushes
Consisted of a similar white leather carrying case as the Spider Club and included a lipgloss trio and lip pencil
The Derby Consisted of a cream eyeliner trio and a flat end liner brush
The single cosmetics collection included a soft lights powder in Smashing Halo which was a soft shimmering white that showed up pink on your cheeks! It’s gorgeous and remains one of my favorite items from Christmas Past Collections! Also released was a shadow duo in shimmering shades of white and brown, a duo cream liner which included a shimmering gray liner and a shimmering white liner, and finally another of my favorite items, the Lux Shimmer Overlay which is a shimmering gold gel that can be apply to lips, eyes, and face.
Smashing Halo, Dual Liner, Dual Shadow and Lux Shimmer Overlay
Smashbox, in my opinion, has not released a nicer collection than this in a long time.
I can’t recall a time that Stila has introduced a Holiday collection that I have actually wanted. It’s been too long a time that I’ve really had any hard lemmings for a Stila holiday collection! This year is another year of snore and thankfully so because it saves me money in the long run for other more interesting collections.
I believe it was two years ago (or last year I can’t really recall which) that the Stila Star Studded Event All Over Shimmer coffret was introduced. This consisted of four shimmers in a gorgeous box with a draw that pulled out to reveal four brushes! Really a lovely set!
Stila Star Studded Event All Over Shimmer Set
Stila also did the grand collection which really needs no introduction from me. As you can see with your eyes while it was titled so!
The Stila Grand Collection
Benefit has since resorted to just throwing together gift sets that include age old favorites. They take a little dandelion, a bit of bad gal mascara, a lipgloss or two and slap it in a brightly wrapped bag, mark down the price and Happy Holidays! Not that there is anything wrong with Benefit’s version of Holiday cheer but a special product or two is always appreciated by the masses. Two years ago (again I believe it was two! I have so many collections I tend to forget when items were released) they had introduced two pretty little kits one of which the Muse happened to pick up which was entitled Dancing Darlings. The kit included 4 mini shimmering lip glosses in gold, pink, bronze, and white! Benefit I speak for all of us please do something like this again!
Tarte introduced a quad of four shimmers in a hard plastic case which was lovely! I believe this was around 2-3 years ago and I remember happily being able to purchase this at such a nice price because the shimmers are normally expensive and here was a little kit that included not 1 but 4 shades! The glistening powders you received were cute little pots that could stack into the plastic case all together!
Tarte also graced us with the Glitterati set which contained a mascara, silver glitter mascara, and silver glitter liner!
Tarte’s Glitterati Set
Tarte’s Glistening Powder Set
While in jolly old England last year around the middle of November I went to Pout and purchased three palettes from their very interesting Holiday lineup! One of which I don’t believe was introduced here in the states. Masque de Jour, Masque de La Nuit, and Spoilt Senseless each included a trio of shadows, a cream blush, a gloss, and a brush for application! I have high hopes that Pout will do a similar style palette this year!
I believe, correct me if I am wrong, the Limited Edition Gold Shimmer Brick from Bobbi Brown was introduced last holiday season! However, I purchased mine in the summer at Nordies who still had one lonely palette in stock. This year I’m actually kind of excited to see the pink limited edition Shimmer Brick they are putting out!
Ahhhh Givenchy. I remember going nuts searching out the Prismissime palette all over this bloody city. It was sold out virtually everywhere but by some chance I got it around the first week of January when it popped back in stock at the Times Square Sephora plus I happened to nab the elusive Lash Pearls to go with it!
Bare Escentuals gave us the lovely Rose Gossmaer Gift Set which the Muse uses daily and adores! This year they bring us a new set entitled Precious Diamonds which is virtually the same style kit with a new exciting powder.
Bourjois Paris gave us thee most gorgeous shimmering shades of gold and silver loose powder shadows with it’s Suivez mon Regard Eyeshadows.
Dior gave us a few backstage items that the Muse had trouble locating and finally, bless her weak heart, she was able to locate both at Nordies. The coveted Lash Pearls and the limited edition Glitter Top Coat in Gold for lips (they have since released a silver version as well).
I can remember a time when Dior was a bit of a funky, fun brand. It’s since been introducing more elegant, couture themed palettes. The Diorglam palettes were on of the few items that were released in both colors something us statesiders are not used to getting!
Prescriptives got exciting one year with it’s Startlight Shimmer Powder and Brush set! I can remember lemming this little set quite hard
Around this time last year MAC surprised us with it’s anticipated Couture collection and the masses ran to the stores to snatch up these highly coveted items! The Muse only happened to get four pieces from the set. Those were the Richmetal Highlighter and believe you me she regrets not nabbing more from the collection!
And finally MAC introduced us to it’s Formal Black Holiday collection which included gorgeous palettes in lovely black compacts with a swinging beaded tassel and the elegance of a compact that made you the envy of your friends when you whipped it out for a touch up!
I hope you enjoyed this look at Christmas Past I’ll bring you Christmas Present in a future entry. It’s only October but already the shops are filling up with an array of treats to tempt and tease your credit card and cash right out of your very wallet. Heck, you don’t even have to hand over either they will gladly walk right up to the counter for you and make their own purchases
What are your favorite Holiday Collections from Christmas Past?