October 4, 2017

Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set Review & Swatches

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I was quite excited to haul the new Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set that released with Stila’s Holiday 2017 Collection. I’m a fond fan of the Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadows so, getting three more in a smaller size sounded brilliant to me. Because let’s be honest, liquid or cream eyeshadows go bad fast so as much as I love this formula I fear I won’t be able to use the full-sizes before they go off. This set includes three shades each of which is nearly half the size of the originals. That sounded cool for me. A variety of shades in smaller sizes works for me.

Here’s a look at this set.

Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set is $25 and includes three 0.07 oz in the following shades:

  • Diamond Dust
  • Kitten Karma
  • Smoky Storm

Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set Swatches (Diamond Dust, Kitten Karma, Smoky Storm)

Oddly enough, as much as I love this formula, I only own a few shades. WHAT? I know! I’ve been meaning to haul more but was just waiting on a sale. I’m glad I waited because with Holiday 2017 they released two different sets that include a variety of shades.

This formula is a brilliant, liquid glitter eyeshadow formula that launched a few months ago for Spring 2017. The shadows come housed in a square barrel with an attached sponge applicator that saturates well with the formula. Just because these are smaller doesn’t mean the sponge applicator is smaller. It’s quite large and it saturates with plenty of product that allows easy application on lids. Typically I stroke it on my lids with the applicator and I blend with my finger.

The formula is a mix of chunky glitter and pearl particles that has a lightweight gel consistency. I never struggled with the blending process during application of these and the same holds true for the smaller version. I can blend happily away for several seconds as these don’t set right away but when they do they don’t crease nor fade during the wear and they remove easily at the end of the night. The formula applies and adheres well on my lids without the need for primer however, unlike the larger size I did experience a little bit of glittery fall out. Not a lot but there was some little flakes that feel on my cheeks and face. The formula of the smaller versions seemed consistent with the larger sizes I own but I didn’t really love Diamond Dust. It was a little watery and you could see the gel separating from the glitter during the swatching and application process.

Be warned, these are a GLITTER eyeshadow which means they contain LOADS of glitter. These are intensely shimmery and quite gorgeous but they are not for glitter or shimmer haters. The good news is these are perfect for upcoming Holiday parties, celebrations, and evenings out but the bad news is they probably aren’t something you’ll want to wear to work or in daily looks at the office. These are very dramatic! I also love how well they play with other eyeshadows. You can easily apply a powder on your lid and follow up with a little of the Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow patted on top. Or you can even apply the Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow all over the lid and accent with a powder or a cream at the outer lid area to add a little contrast.

Stila Smoky Storm Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow

Stila Kitten Karma Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow

Stila Diamond Dust Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow

One thing I did wish was that these set had some new shade to try. You get three colors that are all part of the permanent range. I’d have love to see at least one brand new color but none the less they are shades I don’t already own so cool.

Overall, the Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set is well worth a pick up if you love glitter or just love the Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow formula. This is a great way to experience this formula for the first time or add a few shades to your collection if you love the formula already.

Stila Written in the Stars Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set is available now at sephora.com, ulta.com, and stilacosmetics.com.

Muse Approved.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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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  • Danadoo

    Yayyyyyy, I’ve been waiting for a rewiew on these, they have been in my sephora shopping cart for a week now and I will definitely be buying them… They are soooooo gosh darn pretty!!

  • Christina

    Kitten Karma and Smoky Storm are pretty pigmented, so it’s easy to wear them alone. I haven’t picked up these two because I know I won’t be able to come anywhere near finishing them (I own too much eyeshadow), so this is a great way to try a few shades. I think I might buy a couple and split them up as stocking stuffers as well!

    • Isabella Muse

      Agreed! A lot of the shades I’ve tried are plenty pigmented to use their own. That’s a great idea πŸ˜€

  • Kimmwc03

    I got the six pack of shades which were all new shades to me. I already own Rose Gold Retro and Kitten Karma in the full-size.

  • Agona

    Can you put these ontop of a shadow? I had some glitter pigments I was playing with but when I put them ontop of a shadow, it broke it up so I wasn’t sure if you’re supoose to put something down like this first and apply your other powder colors.

    • Isabella Muse

      yeah mentioned in the review over or under is fine πŸ™‚ I apply powder and pat a little gently on top or sometimes apply this and powder on top! You have to give it a few seconds to set before doing so though!

      • Agona

        I’m definitely tempted then! I was really disappointed when my Etude House Wonder Fun Park Pigments didn’t work out because they caused my base shadow to crease/go muddy–the glitter is so much fun though!

        • Isabella Muse

          the wonder fun pigments were a little different though! More like MAC pigment in consistency! I def see them creasing on top of powder. The Stila ones have more of a creamy or gel-like base. They take a few to set but once they do they should be good to go. But, of course, I’m speaking from a dry lid area ;-D If you have oily lids things might go a little different also if you have a monolid creasing might be an issue with such a chunky, flakier glitter yanno?

          • Agona

            That makes sense! Very tempted now…my poor wallet. I’ve made a couple large purchases these last couple of weeks already due to all the holiday releases!

          • Isabella Muse

            lol I hate the holidays! makes us all broke πŸ˜€

  • isabel

    So pretty! BTW, what lippie(s) are you wearing in these pics (especially the first pic!)?

  • Jodi

    Looks awesome! ( especially on the lower lash line – which is something I’ve never considered before ). Didn’t know I “needed” these till I saw them on The Muse! They appear to have the potential to slice up the eyelids though … are the glitter bits sharp? I’m remembering a horrific experience when my lids were lacerated by my efforts to blend out / remove glitter shadow .

    • Isabella Muse

      It’s funny you mention this Jodi because I was going to address in my review. It’s actually not sharp glittery bits. I totally know what you mean about those causing issues! Not to mention get into your eye and cut god forbid. But hope, none of that. The glitter is chunky but it has a finer texture if that makes sense πŸ˜€ They also remove easily and don’t get into my eye during removal (or application).

  • Dani

    I’m wearing Smoky Storm all over my lids today and I read this on lunch at work… I LOL’d at the “they probably aren’t something you’ll want to wear to work or in daily looks at the office.” So true… but I’m a rebel.

  • kel h

    i love these but i can’t believe how fast i am going through my smoldering satin! and forget getting the deluxe samples for me. after 2 weeks they are empty. guess i am really loving these. already have a list of the new ones i want to buy!