Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter Review, Photos, Swatches

01/08

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter
Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter

Admiral

Stila Admiral Glitter & Glow Highlighter ($30.00 for 0.20 oz.) has a translucent base with fine, mint green pearl and larger flecks of blue, green, and pink sparkle/glitter. It had sheer coverage, as described, with a light amount of glitter “coverage,” but it did not look like much on its own. There was a subtle illumination, but up-close, it looked more like specks of sand than truly sparkly to my eye (which can sometimes occur with sparser or larger-sized glitter-based products).

The texture was thin and watery with decent spreadability, but it was harder to apply as a lot of product stuck to my fingertip or my sponge applicator. If I attempted to blend out the product after it had dried down, a lot of it came loose and moved around, so it had to be applied last. Left in place, it had little movement over the nine hours it wore well for.

Formula Overview

$30.00/0.2 oz. - $150.00 Per Ounce

The brand says it's supposed to be a "complexion-enhancing formula [that] contains a sheer base with a multicolor mix of pearls and visible flecks of glitter." It can be used alone or layered over other products. The brand reiterated that the Highlighter formula is "not pigmented" compared to their Glitter & Glow Eye Shadows, which I appreciate. Similarly, the brand clearly stated that these should not be used on the eyes due to sizes of the glitter used in the cheek highlighter. I find this to be an odd product that I expect to work for a few but largely, it didn't work as described.

The do have sheer bases with light-to-moderate amounts of glitter; some are chocked-full of glitter and others are sparser. The ones with less sparkle and glitter did not work well alone; they looked more like random bits of grit on the face rather than a highlighter as it illuminated nothing. The ones with lots of sparkle and glitter could be used alone. They seemed to be better layered, but the effect that these added was rather minimal.

The more glitter there was, the more prone to migration/traveling, and these absolutely have to go on last and cannot be blended with a brush or else most of it comes off and goes wherever it is destined to go (nose, chin, trapped in one's brush). The formula was thin and more watery, though it did not take too long to dry down. It was more challenging to apply as the glittery bits tended to adhere a bit too easily to my fingertips while a sponge absorbed the wetness quickly and then the glitter dried more on my sponge than on my skin.

They're a bit larger (but more expensive) than the Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows, which run $24.00 for 0.15 fl. oz. or $160.00/oz.; the Glitter & Glow Highlighters are $30.00 for 0.20 oz. or $150.00/oz. My advice is to opt for one of the eyeshadows, where some of them are sheerer and often can be sheered out if desired, and could be used on the eyes OR the cheeks as a more glittery highlighter.

Browse all of our Stila Glitter & Glow Highlighter swatches.

Ingredients

Water, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Glycerin, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Caprylyl Glycol, Bis-C16-20 Isoalkoxy TMHDI/PEG-90 Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Tin Oxide, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491).

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Product Availability

Stila Admiral $30.00/0.2 OZ.
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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder
On eyes:
  • Viseart Tryst Eyeshadow Palette
  • Urban Decay Scorch Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Cream and Sugar Le Marc Lip Crème

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Do you think this would be worth purchasing to use as an eyeshadow/eyeshadow topper the way I have been using Perelina by them? I know these are marketed as highlighters but to me the only difference I see is that it is in a bigger container…

Hey Ginger,

The brand actually states not to use these on the eyes due to the size of glitter used – this probably means that it is not eye safe, and it could lead to scratching the cornea.

So they can do a highlighter with mint, blue, and green in it, but not a dang eye shadow? Between these and the offensive G-word name, I feel like Stila is out to yank my chain.

This had so much potential… I love these “unconventional” highlighter shades, and I’m finding greens to be quite flattering, but not so easy to find.

Super pretty color, but the look of gritty sandy junk on my cheeks is so not the look I’d be wanting to own! But that’s okay, I have KVD Emerald and Saphyre for a pretty, and much more refined sparkle.

I was going to order the 2 of these Admiral and Painted Lady are supposed to be exclusive to Sephora when they released them on the Sephora app. I decided to wait because in the post Trendmood put up it said that you can apply them over top of Stila’s putty highlighters for a more visible highlight. I personally have not purchased the putty highlighters and to have to buy these at a $30.00 price point and then have to buy the putty ones also to get a nice effect is just too much work.

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