Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in an assortment of a slightly earthy set of more neutral shades. The eyeshadow formula is described as “luxe,” “long-lasting,” and “high-intensity” that “deliver rich color with a luxurious satin finish.” They can be used wet or dry, but I wouldn’t use the majority with a damp brush, because it creates a stiffer, hardened surface on the top that you’ll have to remove if you want to use the eyeshadow again. I was able to use the more frosted shades with a damp brush without issues later on. The frosts, in general, perform better than the other shades, as they have a denser texture, but they still tend to be powdery. The mattes have a thinner, drier consistency that feels soft in the pan but just doesn’t translate as intensely on the skin. It is a huge improvement from Body, but there’s still a lot of powdery shades with hit or miss pigmentation. I feel like it’s a palette that absolutely requires a primer to do the heavy-lifting and/or a damp application (in the case of the frosts) to be workable. At this price point, though, there are too many misses.

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Stila Soul Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Eyes are the Windows Eyeshadow Palette Soul
C+
Product
7.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
8
Application
4.5
Total
79%
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Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette ($49.00 for 0.51 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows in an assortment of jewel-tones. The eyeshadow formula is described as “luxe,” “long-lasting,” and “high-intensity” that “deliver rich color with a luxurious satin finish.” They can be used wet or dry, but I wouldn’t use the majority with a damp brush, because it creates a stiffer, hardened surface on the top that you’ll have to scrape or rub away (paper towel works well) on the satin/matte finishes. I found this palette to be incredibly powdery, poorly pigmented, prone to fading, and a generally frustrating experience. I wouldn’t have paid $10 for this, let alone the $49 I actually paid for it. I bought all four (like a complete and utter fool), but I’ve only tested two for wear so far, and I think this one is the worst, but tentatively speaking, I don’t have high hopes for the others.

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Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Eyes are the Windows Eyeshadow Palette Body
F
Product
5.5
Pigmentation
5.5
Texture
5.5
Longevity
6
Application
3.5
Total
58%
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Stila Fall 2014 Collection

Stila Fall 2014 Collection
Stila Fall 2014 Collection

Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette ($49.00) (New, Permanent)

Inspired by the spiritual notion that true beauty is revealed from within, Stila created endless looks with these Eyes Are The Window™ Shadow Palettes. The carefully curated palette features 12 luxurious eye shadows in finely-milled powders that deliver high-performance color that can be worn wet or dry. Encased in exquisite, jewelry-inspired compacts™, a blend of rose, yellow, and white golds, this shadow palette includes a look book curated by Sarah Lucero, Stila’s Global Executive Director of Creative Artistry.

  • Mind
  • Body
  • Spirit
  • Soul

Magnificent Metal Lip Gloss ($24.00) (New, Permanent)

  • Citrine Sheer peach champagne with multidimensional shimmer
  • Moonstone Sheer cool pink with multidimensional shimmer
  • Kitten Sheer nude pink with multidimensional shimmer
  • Pink Sapphire Sheer lilac toned pink with multidimensional shimmer
  • Rose Quartz Sheer golden rose pink with multidimensional shimmer
  • Garnet Sheer burgundy red with multidimensional shimmer

Mile High Mascara ($26.00) (New, Permanent)

Revamp lashes with this jet-black mascara, infused with plumping plant extracts and emollients for lush, glossy lashes. The color glides on effortlessly, leaving eyelashes with ultimate length and volume that will not smudge, budge, clump, or flake off. The propeller brush grips, lifts, and lengthens lashes, while the patented V-shaped bristles delicately wrap lashes from roots to tips for ultimate curl.

Availability: Now at Sephora, ULTA

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Makeup Look: Makeup Geek Smoky Eye

Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look
Makeup Geek Smoky Eye Look

I haven’t done a smoky eye in awhile, so I wanted to try it with some of the products I had tested recently as well as with some shades I’ve worked with in the past. Then, I wanted to experiment with pairing a warmer lip with a smoky eye, as my typical go-to is something cooler-toned, like a rosy beige or more bubblegum-like pink.

Eyes

I first applied Makeup Geek Rockstar Eyeshadow on the inner third of the lid and blended upwards over the tear duct, towards the brow bone. Then, I patted on Makeup Geek Prom Night Eyeshadow to the center of the lid to brighten and create a gradient towards the outer lid. I used Makeup Geek Corrupt Eyeshadow to darken the outer corner and crease, which created a smoky effect. I softened the crease color’s edge by applying Burberry Trench Eyeshadow to the brow bone. I defined the lower water line with Marc Jacobs Beauty Blacquer Highliner Gel Crayon, and then I used bareMinerals Skinny Dip Eyeshadow smudged on the lower lashine.

Face

Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation (002 and 003) set with Guerlain Les Voilettes Loose Powder. I applied Stila Kitten All-Over Shimmer on the tops of cheek bones.

Lips

I applied Guerlain Gaetane Rouge G Lipstick all over the lips, and then I topped it off with Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss for added shimmer and shine.

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5 Must-Have Eyeliners for Summer

I have a definite weakness for colored eyeliner! I love how it can add a pop of color with very little effort. Here are a few shades I’m loving for summer this year…

  1. Urban Decay Chaos — bold blue
  2. Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) — bright teal
  3. Stila Mint Julep — mint
  4. Milani Perfect Purple — sparkling purple
  5. Sephora Sun Tan — coppery bronze

>> See side-by-side swatches here! <<

Makeup Look: Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner

Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner
Neutral Eyes with Teal Eyeliner

Last week, a few readers said they missed seeing looks posted on the blog (as in, cohesive ones!), so I’ll try to post some periodically–depending on whether there’s time for a more “free” day.  Sometimes there are so many products to test, I can’t give up the facial real estate 🙂  On Saturday, we spent all day with my husband’s family, which is usually a 14-hour minimum, so it’s a day where I prefer to just go with something that works.  I remember several readers wanted to see Stila Smudge Stick Mint Julep in action, so I thought this might a good opportunity to showcase that as well.  Going forward, I will try to post looks using recently reviewed products, but this was a very “for me” look more than anything, so hopefully you can forgive the excess of older products in it.

Eyes

A lot of the times if I’m not specifically testing something for wear, then I’ll reach for products that I really, really love that are, more-than-likely, discontinued or long ago limited editions. I love the two shades of cream eyeshadow Tom Ford released a year ago so much that I keep them in my basics/regular routine drawer, and I always take them with me when I travel. I’m so used to not using primer these days, but when I know I’m going out and about all day and am not testing, then I’ll still start with a primer!

I used NARS Smudge Proof spread all over the lid to the brow bone with a finger tip. I also like to take a little and apply it to the lower lash line for extra hold for the eyeliners I’ll use as well. Next, I applied Tom Ford Escapade Cream Eyeshadow to the first two-thirds of the lid, starting from the inner lid and moving outwards. Tom Ford Pink Haze Cream Eyeshadow was applied to the outer third of the lid and into the crease, blending outwards and upwards. To soften the edge of the crease eyeshadow, I applied Burberry Trench Eyeshadow to the brow bone (this is my go-to highlighter). For the lower lash line, first I applied Marc Jacobs Beauty Ody(sea) (62) Highliner Gel Crayon, and then I applied Stila Smudge Stick Mint Julep underneath the inner two-thirds of the lower lash line and along the water line. The effect made it look as if the eyeliner was glowing–I was quite in love with it! For lashes, I used a mascara fan brush to apply MAC Opulash Mascara.

Face

Normally, I find primer an unnecessary step with my skin type (normal-to-dry) for regular, everyday wear, but yesterday was going to be a longer, 14+ hour kind of day, so I started by applying Hourglass Mineral Veil all over my face. Then, I mixed two shades of Guerlain Parure de Lumiere Foundation with half of a pump of Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion as my base. For blush, I applied Troy Surratt Duchesse Blush  on the apples of cheeks. I set with Urban Decay Naked Loose Finishing Powder and finished with Guerlain Wulong Pressed Meteorites Powder.

Lips

I mixed two shades of OCC Stained Gloss in Aurora and Dune (reviews are forthcoming).

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