July 7, 2011

Stila Striking in South Beach Review, Swatches, Photos

Stila Striking in South Beach should appeal to my girls that love a good blue palette. Sadly, it didn’t want to corporate with my aging eyes. Damn I miss the days I could rock blue.

Let’s check it out anyway because you know I couldn’t not BUY it. I need a complete set of the Beach Girl Palettes….my beauty junkie ego demands it!


One of five new budget palettes for Summer 2011 from Stila featuring four shadows, blush, and a bronzer!

As I mentioned in many of my prior reviews of these new palettes I find they are a great deal. At $14 they are $4 higher than the original $10 price tag of the Travel Girl Palettes however these are a step above in formula as well as products you are getting. The palettes each feature a quad of nicely pigments shadows as well as a bronzer and blush. Compared to those $10 palettes you are getting a bit more here in terms of product (blush and bronzer versus a single cream blush), instructions (how to get the look) for application, plus a mirror all of which the original palette lacked. So yes, I have ranted the price jack but I appreciate more product and other extras so the $4 more is well worth it.

I like that Stila brought back the Stila Girls for these. Each palette features a Stila Girl on the cover of the compact. I had heard that Stila wanted to do away with the girl’s because it was too immature and was less likey to garner the interest of a mature audience. I don’t know if this is true or not but I’m just happy to see them embracing their roots as one of the reasons I fell in love with the brand was because of the Stila Girls.

Striking in South Beach includes:

Eye Shadows:

  • Ocean Drive (gray)
  • Wave (periwinkle)
  • Nightlife (black)
  • Cabana (purple)

Cheek Color:

  • Art Deco (bright popping pink)


  • Sabe (muddy brownish red)

The shadows range in texture here and I felt like they weren’t as nice as some of the other Beach Girl Palettes I tried. Wave is a tad on the chalky side and Cabana suffers a bit of a problem with patchy blending. Both Ocean Driver and Nightlife have a velvety smooth texture that blends easily. All the shades are richly pigmented and yield good color payoff.

Sabe and Art Deco are both pigmented and blend easily as well with a fine formula.

The palette is nice however…

I’m not partial to all this blue and I do think many folks may have a difficult time playing with it particularly makeup newbies as the colors prove a tad difficult to blend. In my experience with the this palette I find the shadows blend out muddy and it’s difficult to get a good contrasting eye look using them!

  • Fans of BLUE!
  • Those who like a smokey blue eye look!
  • Those wanting a good travel companion palette that’s lightweight but includes essentials for a sultry evening eye look!

  • Makeup newbies (I think the application proves difficult for those new to shadow application).
  • Those who aren’t interested in a one trick pony (a single eye look is pretty much all you can get out of this due to the limited shade range).
  • Those wanting a well contrasted eye look (I find the colors are difficult to contrast with).

Stila Striking in South Beach fails to make my A Grade but it will probably be a hit with girl’s that really dig blue. The shadows are a mixed bag here with some being good and some proving a tad chalky plus they fail to contrast well without looking like you have a single color in place. It’s not necessarily something you need unless you’re really interested in owning a complete set of these palettes but for those who can easily say no, well, just say no because this lacks anything special and the formula isn’t all that fabulous either.

Which Beach Palettes are you loving at the moment?

Picked up this one?

Loved it?

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 or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • jackie

    I think this eyeshadow looks really pretty on you! Doesn’t look aging at all…

  • Sarah S.

    I agree with Jackie! I love blue with brown, so it follows that blue shadow makes brown eyes pop. But, in person I don’t like blue on myself either because they tend to look like dark rings around my eyes (need more sleep).

    • the Muse

      same sarah ;-D I def get the eye bag omg tired look from it ;D!

  • Carissa

    I wasn’t impressed with the first beach palette, the colors didn’t last on me & the shadows didn’t seem like they blended well. Think I will be passing on Stila from now one, haven’t found anything to like in the last couple of years, before that this brand was my holy grail 🙁

    • the Muse

      awww sorry carissa which one was the first again…brain fart here. These def aren’t Stila’s normal higher range but I didn’t have issues with them until this one. Aw I’m so sorry you’ve been so disappointed lately. Maybe Fall 2011 will be a good year for Stila to come back into your heart? :D!

  • Eli

    This is the first Stilla Palette that catchees my eye. The combination is awesome 🙂

  • Emily

    I don’t know why you always say you’re to old to rock blue eyeshadow. It really compliments your eyes. You just have to be a little more thoughtful when wearing it.

    • the Muse

      aw thanks emily appreciate the vote of confidence!!!!!!!!!! Hugs! ;-D

  • Gabriella

    Aging…? Jokes.
    Lol I think you should rock blue, it really does look fantastic on you!!

    • the Muse

      aw shucks thanks Gabriella you’re too kind and great for my ego haha HUGS! Happy Weekend!

  • elizablue

    looks super-pretty on you! a great everyday look for someone with an edge and makeup expertise. and you yourself are NOT too old for blues–i think people can rock blues forever if they’re done right and the right shade!

  • Majick

    this is seriously BEAUTIFUL – the colors are gorgeous on you. I for one am glad you got it. LOL Since I didn’t break on any of the others I think I can safely pass on this but I will be checking my huge LORAC case and doing this look with them. I think there is a try of blues that may match these tones.

    MUSE ROCKS! (blue) 😉

    • Majick

      um… typo – that would be a TRAY of blues. I def need an edit button. LOL

  • Harshleen

    It looks really good on you Muse! I am not a fan of blue shades so will skip this one. I have the Stunning in Sayulita palette which I purchased after your lovely review and loving it 🙂

    • the Muse

      yay harshleen glad to hear you’re liking Stunning, that was way nicer than this one imho!

  • LaurenLoveSeattle

    I bought this the other day and I swear its purple. Am i color blind? I got lots of compliments from my co workers. My favorite summer one yet is the second one with the green liner

  • Jovanna

    I personally love this palette, but that’s because I blend in purple with the blues, or the magenta in the backstage palette. I get tons of compliments. I also love the grey, I was wayyyyyyyyyyy excited for this palette.

    • the Muse

      that’s fab news jovanna ;-D I’m so glad you’re enjoying it!