Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Stila Backstage Palette

Shimmer on Backstage with Stila

Stila Backstage Eyeshadow Palette ($28.00 for 0.39 oz.) is an eyeshadow palette with six shimmering shades that range from pale peach to rich teal.  The palette was inspired by the trends seen at Fall Fashion Week, and all six shades are new and can be used either wet or dry.

I’m so pleased to be able to say that THIS is a palette worth purchasing.  The formula of the eyeshadows is exactly like Stila’s normal line.  After my experience with their last palette, I was a little wary of this one.  The texture is incredibly soft (which may take some getting used to if you’ve never used Stila eyeshadows before), pigmented, and almost creamy despite being a pressed, powder eyeshadow.

  • Chiffon is a shimmering medium peach with light yellow undertones.   This is the only shade that seemed a little more on the glittery side; chunkier shimmer rather than very fine.
  • Flamingo is a red-based fuchsia purple with a light iridescent fuchsia sheen.  It’s like a pinker version of MAC’s Stars ‘n Rockets.
  • Pacific is a medium-dark blue with a lighter blue shimmer-sheen.
  • Luster is a mauvey-plum with a slight gray cast and golden sheen–this is a shade I can get down with, because it’s very different.
  • Poetic is a light mauve with a silvery sheen.  It reminds me of MAC Shale.
  • Coal is a rich, darkened teal with a soft teal sheen.

The palette itself has a brocade texture/patterning on the outside but is made out of paper.  There is no mirror inside (which doesn’t bother me, but as many palettes have them, I thought it was worth noting), just a quote. Each eyeshadow is approximately 0.065 oz., which is a little more than your average single eyeshadow, but the palette is priced at just $28 (or ($4.67/each), so it’s a great deal and represents Stila as a brand–quality and all.

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  • Product: 28/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you love jewel-toned eyeshadows with soft, buttery textures, Stila’s fall palette is a winner.


See more photos & swatches!

Stila Backstage Palette
Chiffon, Flamingo, Pacific, Luster, Poetic, Coal

Stila Backstage Palette
Chiffon, Flamingo, Pacific

Stila Backstage Palette
Luster, Poetic, Coal

Stila Backstage Palette

Stila Backstage Palette

Stila Backstage Palette

Stila Backstage Palette

Stila Backstage Palette

Stila Backstage Palette

Stila Backstage Palette

Stila Backstage Palette

Stila Backstage Palette
Chiffon, Flamingo, Pacific; Luster, Poetic, Coal

Stila Backstage Palette
Chiffon, Flamingo; Luster, Poetic

Stila Backstage Palette
Flamingo, Pacific; Poetic, Coal

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62 thoughts on “Stila Backstage Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Jessie

    This seems like fun for the fall :)

  2. elizabeth

    Thanks, Christine! Do you know if Luster is similar to anything from MAC or another brand? I really like that color but all the other colors in this palette are wayyyy to similar to colors I already have :'(

  3. Josiane

    Ohhh I like it!

  4. Azaza

    Oh wow that such a beautiful pallete

  5. Katherine

    ohhhhh sti-la-la! I love this!!!

  6. I was totally doing well on my no-buy (unless I had a gift card) and now I want this… thanks a lot, Christine =P

  7. These are stunning. Especially Luster, Poetic and Coal..

  8. Marie

    Thanks for the swatches and review. This definitely looks interesting!

  9. This is great. It reminds me of Urban Decay palettes, but the problem with UD is that they keep putting the same shadows in each palette. I really don’t need 10 Maui Wowies. New shades = awesome.

  10. Lisa

    I wish they would sell Luster as a single!

  11. I love it, especially the poetic shade, so pretty and natural!! thanks for the review and swatches :)

  12. Nichole

    i actually just picked this up last week. i really like it!! love the colors, the texture and the intensity! great palette for fall!

  13. coal and poetic are amazing

  14. Gabrielle

    I love this palette! I’m really thinking about purchasing :)

  15. Amanda Enn

    There are only 6 colors… ? :/

  16. dee

    don’t know where to put it and i don’t have twitter, so….Urban Decay is on HauteLook today. Primer Potion is $4.50!

    • We have a whole section for deals (see the sidebar – there’s an icon for “deals”), but thank you for keeping us in mind to share 😀

  17. Well, now seems the PERFECT time to add Stila to my collection! Love this palette!

  18. Reminds me of the NARS Palette called something with Paris…

  19. LU

    I love coal, is it available as a single shadow?

  20. Vijaya

    Oh my goodness, are those shadows as big as they look or is it my imagination? The only color that doesn’t catch my fancy is chiffon, and that’s alright because the others just blow me away. It’s not expensive, either. This is going on my list of fall must-haves.

  21. Annie S

    is luster a permanent shadow?

  22. This is gorgeous, a must have for me! Love Stila eyeshadows and these look so pretty.

  23. Fiaspice

    I hope mu local Sephora will have them (we don’t always get everything from Stila). I love “Luster” it’s a shame it can’t be bought alone.

  24. Bernice

    Coal looks fantastic !

  25. Megan

    I want this just for the quote on the inside! very pretty!

  26. oh my goodness, they’re all so beautiful. there’s so much MU out this fall. how am i going to save up for it all ? lol.

  27. Carrie Ann

    Pretty colors. The packaging is also lovely. It seems like a great value.

  28. Cheyenne

    WOW! I love Coal, Luster and Poetic. I also love this packaging! I have never tried Stila though…maybe this will be a first. :) I gotta try a little bit of everything if I ever want to be a cosmetologist!

    Btw I don’t need a mirror either xD I have a door mirror that I use. I find mirrors to be pointless (for me).

    Thank you Christine for another great review!!


  29. diddlez

    what is a good dupe for stila’s poetic?

  30. Ashley D.

    Wow, I’m loving all the colours here.

  31. Mariana

    wow, Luster looks AMAZING!

  32. Sarah

    sooo pretty. Coal seems like a lighter kind of version of loaded from the new ud pallette. Same idea i love both colors so much

  33. Farheen

    Do they sell ‘Coal’ as a single?

  34. Sharday

    This palette is so pretty! I just may get it!

  35. kellie

    caaaaaan you do a tutorial or show some pics of you wearing a look with this palette??? plzplzplz

  36. Elysia

    I love flamingo!

  37. amy

    The colours are pretty but I have lots of colours like it from various brands: The Balm and MAC. The colours are lovely but not too unique.

  38. omg,the colors are so pretty

  39. liz

    i bought this and i love it! all the colors suit my skintone really well and i love how bold and bright some of them are.

  40. Beth

    Okay. Now I AM going to get this. How…I do not know…so many things to buy, only so much time to do the OT I should do to get them!

  41. michelle

    I saw this brand @ ulta but being unfamiliar with it I didn’t even consider wasting $$ on a product I might regret buying. Is this brand worth it?

  42. Mais

    Can you tell us what mac dupes are for Pacific and Coal?

  43. Annoula

    Christine – you need to make a look using this palette it is just gorgeous!

  44. Sarina

    Is Coal similar to Loaded from UD I love ny BOS 3?

  45. DarkGlamour17

    I just bought this today so I’ll be getting it next week! I’m SO excited! :) :) thanks for the swatches that’s what sold me!

  46. embeast

    Just a head’s up – this is on sale for $12 (!!!) at Stila’s website right now.

  47. elizzz_zha

    Which one is better between backstage pallate and Barbie Loves Stila All Doll’d Up Eyeshadow Palette? If I look at the swatch these two pallette have similiar color…

  48. Lindsey

    Any current dupes for Luster?
    Still loving this palette!