January 19, 2011

Stila Dramatic Eye Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

I purchased the Stila Dramatic Eye Palette during the Stila Online Warehouse several weeks ago. Sadly, it’s now gone from the site however I have a funny feeling during their next sale it’ll pop up again however if you simply can’t wait to try it after my review I do suggest E-bay as I’ve seen a few valid sellers that have it available for as little as $10!

The Dramatic Eye Palette is pretty much the same design as the $10 IT Girl Palette released a few months ago. It contains three shadows and the set I purchase also included a brush and eyeliner pencil. I can’t recall what I paid for the entire set but it was in the realms of $14 I think!?

Here’s a brief review and swatches if and when it pops back up at Stila.

A trio of eyeshadow along with some extras from Stila!

The It Girl Palette definitely started the revolution for these style palettes which in turn led to the introduction of the Travel Girl Palettes. Personally they should have released more of these as the quality appears way better than the Travel Girl but of course, packaging isn’t nearly as cute.

This comes in a slim line hard plastic black shell case. It’s compact, has the Stila name printed on it, and for the most part is basic and easy to store and travel with. I’d prefer the Stila Girls like any other packaging junkie but I don’t mind this compact in the least in all honesty.

Inside you’ll find three shadows that all have a very smooth, velvety formula a la Stila’s original formula although one shade in particularly stands out above the rest texture wise which of course, would be Kitten. Yes, I know, tired of Kitten aren’t you? It is indeed in this palette….you also get two other shades in contrasting shades of a blush-ish royal purple and a grayish lilac. These two shades go together brilliantly however Kitten’s introduction with the two may throw a few people for a curve ball and leave them wondering the best way to combine all three.

You also get a Stila Kajal Eye Liner in a mini size in the shade Smoky Quartz. Formula is buttery smooth and applies sans tugging and smudges out beautifully well. It wears very well on my eyes and quite long as well without any fuss or drama.

And finally a Stila Brush 4 was included which is a precise liner brush however the fuller bristles remind me of a lip brush!

Definitely felt the entire kit was mismatched so if and when it does come back online for purchase be aware as the liner doesn’t feel like it goes with the palette, the included liner brush seems an odd choice to include with the palette (maybe a shadow brush would have been better?), and the shades of the palette are indeed a bit on the mismatched side of things!

  • Anyone who likes quality with a cheaper price tag (quality is definitely here on all three pieces in the set).
  • Anyone who likes a smoky purple look (with good skill you can create a lovely smoked out look).

  • Beginners may find it difficult to put together a look with these items (I know I did and don’t considered myself a makeup n00b).
  • Anyone who can’t wear darker shades (Kitten is the extent to the lighter shades included everything else could bring out those dark circles under your eyes).

I threw it in my cart on a whim due to the price tag however I’ll probably make very little use out of the palette or the eyeliner brush in all honesty. I’ll perhaps use Kitten but I already have about 100 pots that I don’t really need more. I guess it was just a spontaneous purchase on my part.

Those who have never tried the brand might wish to indulge as it’s a good selection at the price or even those who like a more smoky look. Sadly, I thought the shades would prove a bit more flattering….but not the case.

Good deals sometimes aren’t always that good.

Anyone haul this during the Warehouse Sale?

What did you think?

Do share!

About the Muse

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.

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  • Eli

    I think that a wonderful look can be created with those – the light blue on the whole lid, the dark blue in the crease, and kitten in the centre of the lid, as an accent, as well as on the lower lash line ๐Ÿ™‚

  • cassie

    They had those at Costco months ago when they were selling the warm palette. They had it packaged as a cool palette.

  • Savannah

    I know what Cassie is talking about, I got it!
    I used Kitten all over the lid, the lighter blue in the midtone area, and the darker color in the crease. With a black liner on my upper lashline.

  • sara jo

    I suppose them putting kitten in everything keeps me from buying things. This saves me $ so I should be grateful.

  • beauty is only skin deep but ugly goes clear to the bone

    hmm, I’m surprised but liking this.

    I’d probably go w kitten wash, lighter shade v and the dark wet to line (kajal on the waterline maybe? dunno)

  • Jenny

    Iยดve got Kitten eyeshadow & Smoky Quartz eyeliner, and the blue-ish eyeshadows make me look sick, so this saves me money! lol

    But for a girl who loves blue and gray eyeshadows this is a fantastic palette, and the kajal eyeliners from Stila I think theyยดre one of the best in the market (with the Urban Decay 24/7 liners, of course).

    • the Muse

      ;-D the shades might appeal to some but I dunno, these weren’t too flattering on me Jenny so def agree, sickly ๐Ÿ˜› kajal are def a highlight ;D