January 11, 2008

Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder Review

I have a mixed review for the Stila Illuminating Finishing Powder for you! I’m currently having a love/hate relationship with these.

The texture is lovely. They are made up of a very fine shimmering powder that glides on your face near perfectly. If you try these on the back of your hand you get a rather gorgeous shimmering effect but sadly that doesn’t apply to your face. Upon applying to your face the shimmer is barely noticeable which is somewhat disappointing. It does however create a rather subtle glow on your face.

The great thing is wearing these on a clean bare face works some kind of magic. I tried it and it gave me a beautiful highlight and it really helped with the shadows and dullness my skin sometimes has.

I haven’t yet tried it but these would probably make a great base for your eyeshadow as well or on their own as an eyeshadow and they are truly beautiful shades!

I’m not entirely sure why I’m not completely in love with them as of yet. I think some of it stems from the fact that they appear so much more beautiful and shimmery on the back of my hand but the same effect doesn’t apply when I use it on my face! However, I have read it all depends on what brush you use when applying these so hopefully with a little patience I’ll find the perfect brush to use!

Overall, they are really pretty powders! Not nearly as good as MAC Mineralized Skinfinishes but not bad either.

At $32 USD per a powder these aren’t cheap sadly however they do have the potential to be great! I’m just testing the waters at the moment so I’m caught between loving and hating them!

The packaging is excellent on these in my opinion. It’s a hard aluminum case with an easy pop off lid! It’s quite simple yet cute!

I can’t yet give these a Muse approval for purchase but I am slowly falling in love with them!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • psychoexgirlfriend

    Hey Muse, welcome home! I didn’t even realize you were back and I see three new pages of entries! ๐Ÿ˜€ I liked the Stila Illuminating Powders too but thought they looked too much like MSFs to bother – especially with MSFs are cheaper.

  • the Muse

    Hey ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks love! How are you?

    MSF’s are FAR cheaper! I find these a bit different as they aren’t as chunky glitter wise!

    I do like ’em so far but it’s going to take a while for me to love ’em!

    I’m debating ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Katie

    Hey Muse can i just say first off I LOVE YOUR SITE!!
    sad news… i’ve been using these powders forever i had them in all three colors. just simply in love with the product.
    I was in sephora the other day to pick up my makeup bag staple in bronze (which i use as my bronzer btw) and the lady working the stila counter told me they had been discontinued!
    my heart is broken. Can you recomend another powder like this??

    • the Muse

      hey katie aw thanks! xoxo! I appreciate that and so glad you’re loving my babble.

      Before I give you another rec for these try out beautyticket.com and allcomesticswholesale.com both carry these powders are HUGE discounts ;D