Monday, 12 January 2015

Stila 'Eyes Are The Window' eye shadow palette - review and swatches

Stila eyes are the window spirit

Hello!
If you've been reading my blog for any period of time you know that eye shadow palettes are my biggest obsession, I absolutely adore them and they're the one makeup item I get super excited about. So there was not surprise that under our Christmas tree I found  a palette (or two), my Santa knows me very well :)
Stila is a new brand to me but I've heard lots of good things about their products so I was really excited to get my hands on one of their eye shadow palettes.
'Eyes Are The Window' range consist of 4 palettes named 'Body', 'Spirit', 'Mind' and 'Soul' which are part of Stila A/W 2014 collection to celebrate 20 years of Stila as a brand.

"Create endless uniquely beautiful looks with our new Eyes Are The Window™ palettes. Inspired by the spiritual idea that true beauty comes from within, each one has 12 luxurious eye shadows to enhance your inner beauty."

I have the palette called 'Spirit'.
As you can see the packaging is a gorgeous rose gold metal-like casing with the name of the brand on top and names of the eye shadows on the back.
The palette has a large mirror inside, secure, magnetic closure and comes with a little booklet with three different eye makeup looks.


Once you open the palette you're greeted by 12 beautiful eye shadows with shimmery, metallic or matte finish. Also there is a plastic overlay with a quote by Leonardo DaVinci:
 
"Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art"
 
which is a nice touch and makes you feel almost like a great artist with a makeup brush in hand :)

stila eyes are the window spirit

stila eyes are the window spirit

I've heard some mixed reviews about these palettes, from great ones to bad ones so I was quite anxious when I first started swatching the eye shadows. But I was pleasantly surprised as the quality of them is really good. The shimmery, metallic shades are buttery soft and very pigmented, the matte and semi-matte shades are slightly powdery and the colour needs to be build up for the require intensity but they perform very well on the eyes, even if they don't swatch as good as the shimmery shades.
After using the palette to create my eye makeup many times already I can honestly say that all these eye shadows blend beautiful, you have to be careful not too over blend the semi-matte shades though as they might end up looking a bit muddy. The longevity of them on my eye lids is about 8 hours, after this time, roughly, I noticed very slight creasing. But that's without a proper primer as I normally only use on my eye lids the same concealer that I use under my eyes. There is a little bit of fall out due to their soft consistency so if I'm doing more intricate makeup I like to do my eyes before applying foundation. But that's how I do with any eye shadows.

stila eyes are the window spirit

Here are the swatches of the eye shadows from first and second row from the top, no primer underneath.

stila eyes are the window sprit swatches

Kitten - the iconic rosy champagne shimmer, absolutely gorgeous!
Puppy - matte light brown, not crazy pigmented but buildable and perfect for the crease colour.
Pigalle - muted marron/burgundy shade, matte with golden fine sparkles which doesn't really translate on to eyes. This shade needs to be build up to get the intensity like in the picture.
Oasis - pale gold shimmer.
Jezebel - peachy gold with metallic finish, beautiful!
Barefoot - golden chocolate brown with shimmer.

Swatches of third and fourth row from the top without primer.

stila eyes are the window spirit swatches

Wheat - pale sand shimmer.
Golightly - antiqued bronze shimmer.
Espresso - matte cool toned dark brown with fine shimmer which, again, doesn't really show up on eyes.
Chinois - matte cream, very pigmented for such a light eye shadow.
Slate - silver taupe shimmer, stunning!
Pewter - charcoal dark grey with subtle silver shimmer.
 
In overall I really like this palette, it's compact and beautiful outside and inside. I've been using it nearly every day for the past 2 weeks and I'm happy with the performance of the eye shadows. Obviously, it's a neutral palette but there are some warm and cool toned eye shadows and you can create any neutral look you wish. Today I'm wearing Slate all over my lid with Pewter used as my liner and smudged  on my lower lid, Kitten in my inner corners and Chinois on the brow bone. This look takes me no more than 5 minutes and looks really beautiful.
Stila 'Eyes Are The Window' palettes cost £30 each and you can buy them from different online stores or Boots and M&S in UK.
 
What do you think of this palette? Do you own any Stila palettes? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section :)
 
Dagmara
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20 comments

  1. Wow that is a lovely looking palette too, I had seen someone talking about this on YouTube and thought then it looked so nice. Great price too for all those shadows. I love Kitten, such a nice colour :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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    1. Kitten is so gorgeous! It looks awesome all over lid with a bit of liner on the lash line :) x

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  2. I remember temptalia giving some of these stila palettes awful reviews so I haven't bought any. Glad this one worked for you! X

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    1. I've read that bad reviews too but then I saw Marlena from Makeup Geek showing them as one of her favourite Christmas releases and I think the quality of most of these eye shadows is great :) x

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  3. I don't own anything by Stila! I have ben tempted in the past by their palettes but put off by the cardboard packaging. These look lovely though. Thank you for the swatches.
    Ting | www.thetingthing.com

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    1. I agree that the other palettes have not the best packaging but this new ones are really beautiful! Thank you for commenting! x

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  4. I love Stila. In the Moment, In the Garden, In the Light, In the Know are palettes I own. The quality is outstanding. I also have two primers and two blushes (excellent). Their eyeliner is superb also. It's a wonderful make. Start making this year's Santa list now!

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    1. I definitely need to explore Stila as a brand, all the palettes you mentioned are on my list :) x

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  5. I actually don't own any makeup from Stila, it's honestly a brand I tend to forget about. I love the shades in here, eyeshadow palettes are seriously becoming my weakness, I just want them all! The packaging is stunning also, makes it look super luxurious x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. I used to overlook Stila as well but now I'm very curious to try more makeup from them as, in general, people love their products! Eye shadow palettes are definitely my biggest weakness :) x

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  6. Gorgeous colours, and I love the gold packaging!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. The packaging looks so much more luxurious, I love it!

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  7. Oasis and Golightly look like gorgeous colours! I love the packaging too. I've only ever tried the Stila Lip Glazes, I really do need to try more from their range.

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

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    1. I want to try more from the brand as well! I love the eye shadow palette, there are some pretty stunning shades. x

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  8. Such a pretty palette and £30 is not too bad considering the amount of shades you get. Thought about buying it when I saw posts about it being released but totally forgot about it. Will have to check it out in Boots next time I go shopping. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. I think the price is not too high and the quality, in my opinion, is great, there are some stunning shades. It's been my 'go to' palette for weeks now :) x

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  9. I love the variety of colours in the palette and the packaging is so lovely! :) x

    Brenda BusyBee | Makeup Revolution & Benefit Giveaway

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    1. The packaging is beautiful, it looks more luxurious than it is :) x

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  10. I wanted to purchase that palette, but didn't have the bones for it. It is absolutely gorgeous, but I have found Stila often lets me down :(

    Angie x |~ Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog ~

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    1. It's my first Stila product but the quality of this palette is fantastic :) x

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