Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
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.

Pink Diamond is a light pink with warm undertones and a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was sheer; applied damp, it was semi-opaque. It was soft but powdery. It faded after seven hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Topaz is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. Applied dry, it was sheer, and applied damp, it was more opaque. It was powdery but blendable, and it lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Garnet is a medium-dark plum with a eparly sheen and warm undertones. Applied dry, it was ultra sheer and very stiff/dry–impossible to blend–and applied damp, it was semi-opaque but still difficult to blend on the skin. It lasted for six and a half hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Quartz is a peachy-pink with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. The texture was incredibly powdery, which made it hard to work with as it can’t be used dry without an adhesive/creamy base underneath it, as it is very sheer and prone to disappearing the moment you try to blend it. Applied damp, it had better color payoff but you really have to wet the brush repeatedly to keep it from drying. It had noticeable fading after six hours of wear. It is a little warmer compared to Pink Diamond. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Aquamarine is a soft, bluish-aqua with a pearly sheen and cool undertones. It was sheer applied dry, and then semi-sheer applied damp. It was faded after five hours of wear, and it looked awful applied, because it was uneven and sheer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Emerald is a darkened, cool-toned green with flecks of green and teal shimmer. The texture was stiff, dry, and difficult to blend and use on the eye. Applied dry, it was very sheer, and applied damp, it was semi-opaque. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Amethyst is a light-medium, pinky lavender with a frosted finish. The texture was so, so powdery and a little chunky. It was sheer dry, then just slightly less sheer damp. It faded after five hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tanzanite looks to be a medium-dark purple with subtle warm, pink undertones and a bit of a bluish-teal sparkle, but it’s hard to know since it was barely a veil of color when swatched, wet or dry. I tried to test this one the best I could for wear, and it seemed about three to four hours before it was just kind of a faded, slightly creased, mess–but I could barely get color on in the first place. This shade is beyond unacceptable. I might have breathed a little fire after using this one. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Midnight Quartz is a cool-toned, muted purple with a satin finish. This one was just like Tanzanite: almost imperceptible dry… or wet. It was dry, stiff, hard to blend or apply. What little I managed to pack onto the lid was all but gone after four and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Moonstone is a brightened, silvery-white with a frosted sheen. Though very powdery, it at least had semi-sheer color payoff when applied dry and opaque color payoff applied damp. It was faded after six hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Sapphire is a medium-dark blue with subtle, green undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff applied dry, opaque color coverage applied damp. This shade was only somewhat powdery, and it lasted for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Diamond is a dark, neutral-to-cool-toned gray with a frosted finish. It was mostly opaque both wet and dry, though slightly powdery and surprisingly, not as blendable as expected either. It wore well for seven hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Pink Diamond Eyeshadow
Stila Pink Diamond Eyeshadow

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Stila Pink Diamond Eyeshadow

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Stila Garnet Eyeshadow
Stila Garnet Eyeshadow

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Stila Garnet Eyeshadow

Stila Rose Quartz Eyeshadow
Stila Rose Quartz Eyeshadow

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Stila Rose Quartz Eyeshadow

Stila Aquamarine Eyeshadow
Stila Aquamarine Eyeshadow

Stila Aquamarine Eyeshadow
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Stila Emerald Eyeshadow
Stila Emerald Eyeshadow

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Stila Amethyst Eyeshadow
Stila Amethyst Eyeshadow

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Stila Amethyst Eyeshadow

Stila Tanzanite Eyeshadow
Stila Tanzanite Eyeshadow

Stila Tanzanite Eyeshadow
Stila Tanzanite Eyeshadow

Stila Midnight Quartz Eyeshadow
Stila Midnight Quartz Eyeshadow

Stila Midnight Quartz Eyeshadow
Stila Midnight Quartz Eyeshadow

Stila Moonstone Eyeshadow
Stila Moonstone Eyeshadow

Stila Moonstone Eyeshadow
Stila Moonstone Eyeshadow

Stila Sapphire Eyeshadow
Stila Sapphire Eyeshadow

Stila Sapphire Eyeshadow
Stila Sapphire Eyeshadow

Stila Black Diamond Eyeshadow
Stila Black Diamond Eyeshadow

Stila Black Diamond Eyeshadow
Stila Black Diamond Eyeshadow

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Body Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette

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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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Wow. I played with this in store yesterday and didn’t have the same level of problems with it. I wasn’t sold on the color mix, but looks like I dodged a bullet!

Maybe there are production issues? Some were worse than others, but even the ones that swatched better were quite powdery!

When I was scrolling down, I thought the eyeshadows didn’t look too bad when wet but then I came to Tanzanite. I thought for a second that you had posted a picture of a stain you might have gotten after an eyeshadow but nope that’s actually the eyeshadow. I didn’t think it could be that bad but yep it totally is.

Ughhhhhh of course the palette I was looking forward to the most gets an F. Thanks a lot Stila. I don’t understand why companies put out $$$ palettes when the shadows suck. Is it that hard to make and test a kick ass formula before putting out palettes? I know I personally wouldn’t mind waiting longer for new products as long as they’re amazing and worth that $$$ price tag!

I haven’t tried Stila’s eyeshadows in a few years, but I don’t remember them being like this, and I know a lot of people liked their “in the” palette series – so I thought this would be decent.

At least you’ve helped countless readers avoid doing the same! I’m really grateful, because these were the colors I was most excited about. I saw the palette and GASPED. But now I know not to buy it. Thank you Christine!

So glad you reviewed this, I did see some swatches on vampy varnish and it looked awful. I was really intriguied by the color selection and packaging, but I am so glad I can save my hard earned money for something better because my first response was to buy it, buy it buy it, so glad I waited. Guess I will be spending my money on an hourglass blush or lorac pro 2 instead.

Just no redeeming value to this palette at all for me. If just one or two shades had been REALLY bad, but the rest were REALLY good…. but those were just the icing on the cake. 🙁

Wow, this is hideous. I thought the shades looked nice in the pan but I’m glad I waited for reviews! None of the ones I have seen are favorable.

I thought it was interesting that you had a really powdery formula and then a DRY STIFF UNMOVABLE one in the same palette.

Two F’s today! Haha, Christine are you in a bad mood? I would be if I paid $50 x 4 for these palettes. What is with blue shadows having such poor quality overall? Someone needs to invent a better pigment/ingredient to use for those.

That’s such a shame. These palettes caught my eye after losing interest in stila for years. After stila started selling many of the cheap travel palettes all made in china (the reason they can be cheap) this brand dropped off my radar. I do see more mid range brands manufacturing products in china, for example, tarte shadow quads, tarte off the cuff amazonian cheek palette, Anastasia contour kit… Made in china doesn’t necessarily mean low quality but you get what you pay for. For $49 though there are so many good options.

Oh, that’s terrible. 😐 I have the In the Garden palette from Stila, and the quality of the eyeshadows is just fine. That’s a shame about these new ones.

I had always planned to try/review those at some point, but they’re older now so when these came up, I was like, “Okay, I can do these!”

The lighter mattes are a tad powdery across the brand, but not to the extent seen here. I generally don’t have much issue with the darker shades. Really surprising that they’d release something this bad for a permanent item.

I returned my in the garden for being shitty so im worried all of the stilas shadows will be a flop, especially considering these new releases 🙁

THANK YOU! This palette was so beyond disappointing. I bought this and the all matte one, which was horrible as well, but this one more so. At nearly $50 this quality, pigmentation, texture of.these shadows are unacceptable. I’m shocked they actually rolled.these out, as they are so bad it TOTALLY turns me off to the brand. I returned both of these. A $5 Wet n Wild palette is far and above better quality.

Oh wow, WHAT HAPPENED HERE??? Didn’t they test their own products out before putting them on the market?

Kudos for putting looks together for the palette, Christine. I can only imagine how painful it must have been.

I don’t typically endorse returning products, but in cases where the product is so bad, really to the point of being unusable, I have to say this needs to go back… If it were one or two shades that were simply mediocre, I’d personally suck it up, and work with them; however, these shades are worse than what you’d get from one of those cheap little palettes for tweens, which are horrible at best! I’ve swatched better at Claire’s…

“Horrid” would be a step up, LOL! Those three are completely unacceptable, and this is coming from someone who’s willing to “make” things work. Aside from using a colored base to make those purples “work”, which completely defeats the purpose, there’s no other way. The worst part, at least for me, is the purples would otherwise be the whole point of buying this palette! The rest of the shades/swatches look mediocre, and with a good base/primer would be usable, and if the purpleswere at least comparable to those, I’d keep it, but they are completely useless!

After testing a lot of eyeshadows without primer, I’m actually REALLY impressed at just how well a lot of them work–wear is sometimes shorter, but often, application is nice, color payoff is fairly good, etc.–when it’s just a good eyeshadow. It’s only the average or poor performing eyeshadows that truly need primer to even apply decently.

I have to completely disagree with this I had no problems swatching this in the store and the color payoff without primer was amazing, with primer it is even more gorgeous! I liked it so much in the store that I bought it Friday and have been using at all weekend with a ton of compliments. I was either going to get this or the Country from Too Faced and I am thrilled that I picked this one over the Country one. It could my my skin tone though I am super white, eyes are blue and I have a ton of jewel tones in my closet. In my experience the shadows are buttery and creamy so maybe it is a manufacturing thing? I’ll probably get Soul as well because like the Body when I swatched the color payoff was amazing without primer for me.

I’m so sad this wasn’t a hit for you, I feel it is a gorgeous collection addition to have bummer. Is there a way you can return it since you aren’t loving it? I have heard that it really is a hit or a miss for people. I’m super stoked to see the other ones when you do test though and hopefully you will find one you love or at least like.

I know from experience, particularly with NARS, that when a shadow is new & untouched, they can be a bit stiff/dry, and not swatch well, and get better after a few uses, but I at least get some color. However, the purple swatches are all but transparent, with a few specks of glitter. I can’t imagine them getting much better… If they were splotchy/patchy, I could at least hold out hope they’d eventually get better, but I have to wonder how many layers I’d have to go through to get to the pigment, and would I hit pan before even getting a chance to wear them?

I caved and purchased 2 of the 4 palettes(Mind and Soul) at Ulta since they were offering triple points. So far I have only tried Soul, but I really like it. I swatched Body at the store and it was terrible. Such a shame.

Sorry to hear that Body was bad for you in store, too, Nancy! But at least I’m not alone. I have all four, so we’ll see how much better the others are (I’m pretty confident this was the worst).

As they say, follow your first instinct. Actually, my first reaction when I saw the new Stila palettes was to buy this one, Body, since I love purples. Then I swatched it in store and it was so awful that I passed. But I did purchase Mind (mattes) and Soul (neutrals) and liked both of them well enough. However, I read a few positive reviews (and lovely swatches) for Body so I reconsidered and order it on line. I haven’t gotten it yet but I am hoping its not a dud.

I think it’s totally insane that Stila advocates wet/dry usage with these, which would utterly destroy the Mind palette. I didn’t realize it was wet/dry, so I did 48 swatches just dry, then proceeded to test. It was only when I looked at the press release for an official “this is what it does” bit that I saw it. I don’t know why – when I went back to re-do swatches for the Body palette last night, I had to scrape off layers from all of the satin/matte finishes.

I purchased this a couple weeks ago and thought I was crazy. I wasted $50 but will be returning it. The quality for the price is awful. The Revlon PhotoReady Primer + Sparkle in Muse is a PERFECT dupe for the blues and purples and it is much more pigmented. I just reinvented the wheel at a hefty price with the Stila version.

I just don’t understand how these eye shadows can look so deep, dark and pigmented in their pans, but then when swatched they don’t even look like anything? I’m just baffled…

I think I know why–it’s because it’s pressed, meaning it’s layers upon layers of powder stuck together. The same way a loose eyeshadow can look SO PRETTY in the pot but then it might be crummy in a swatch, it’s because it’s all “together” and not being used. The same thing happens with polish and lipstick: it’s all deep, and opaque, but then it’s actually difficult to get it to the bottle shade. It only looks good left alone, but then used, it becomes thin and “blegh” looking so to speak. Rather frustrating sometimes!

i just KNEW this palette was going to get bad reviews… Stila, for me, has never done a solid eyeshadow. nothing has changed, what a bummer because the colors could work out so well. thanks for the review, Christine! you are the first web site I check out every day!

I’ve liked a few palettes/eyeshadows that I tried many years ago, but I don’t have much experience with the brand’s eyeshadows in the past few years!

Thank you!

This sure is a disappointment! I’ve never had that much luck with Stila eyeshadow at all in The past, I’ve stopped buying from them at all. I wish you could return this!

These palettes are $64 in Canada – yes, SIXTY FOUR dollars! Coincidentally, I was just looking at them this morning on Sephora’s site and trying to decide between Spirit and Soul. Maybe I’ll decide between Nothing and More Nothing and just get Tisse Rivoli if the others are as bad as this one (the blue on the bottom row is pretty but who doesn’t have several similar shades to those already? I do and I rarely wear blue eyeshadow!). At the Sephora event 2 weeks back, the Stila rep told me that all their “In the” palettes were being discontinued and replaced with wonderful new palettes. Yes, very wonderful…..more expensive AND crappier!

I am so sorry you wasted your money, but I am selfishly glad you did! I was ready to dish out $50 on this rubbish, but you have saved me money Christine! Thank you for such an honest review, I expected SO much more from Stila.

Meant to add that we all know purples can be difficult colours to get right but, honestly, it’s embarrassing how bad Tanzanite and especially Midnight Quartz are….seriously embarrassing to that brand. Midnight Quartz looks so rich and intense in the pan and I had to look twice to see ANYTHING on your skin. If I’d never tried Stila products before and was new to makeup and this was my only exposure to the brand, I would never try purchasing a single product from them, as it would colour (pardon the pun) my opinion of the brand.

I kept thinking that an experience like this can change how you view high-end makeup or at least the brand. $49 isn’t peanuts at all. Most palettes are $35-60. It’s not hard to find a quality palette at ~$50!

Which Stile palette will you review next – of the four in the collection? Crossing fingers it’s Mind. Soul is all neutral which many other brands replicate from UD and Spirit has all repromoted eyeshadows. Mind seems like a unique palette, in comparison.

Oh my god!! Wow. This I didn’t expect. I have two of Stila’s palettes they released within the past couple of years (In The Know and In The Moment), and they’re really lovely, pigmented and smooth. But this?? In your own words, Christine: beyond unacceptable.

I was so looking forward to this release, too. The packaging looked so pretty and the colors look so vibrant in the pans…. I don’t think I’ve ever seen shadows so poorly pigmented as a few of these are. Major bummer, Stila. You’re capable of better than this.

I heard really good things about those, but I haven’t tried any of the “In the” palettes – I had my eye on them to try sometime, but when these launched, it seemed better to review these since they’re new and shiny (and are less reviewed). I guess not!

I swatched these in store, and was so utterly disappointed. I was really hoping Stila would step up their game, and was excited to see their new packaging. But these shadows are so much worse than their old shadows! They’ve definitely taken a step in the wrong direction 🙁

I tried all of them, but nothing seemed worth the price tag, you know? I might have picked up Mind an Soul if they were priced, say, $25 as opposed to the $49 they go for.

Ahh thats too bad, I was all set to buy this one and would have at the VIB event at Sephora a couple weeks ago but they hadn’t been released in Canada yet. I love the colour combination and its the first palette I’ve seen in awhile where I would have used ALL the shades. Oh well!

Strange that the quality of the shadows is so poor given that their “In the” palettes are quite nice. Maybe they switched factories for these new palettes. It’s odd that some folks are experience the exact opposite with their palettes. Makes me wonder if something happened to your palette somewhere along the line before you reviewed it that affected the quality (such as exposure to extreme temperatures during shipment). I can’t imagine that their quality control department is so shoddy to allow Tanzanite & Midnight Quartz onto the marketplace.

Actually, I have a question: when you review a product and it is truly awful, does the company reach out and offer to send you a replacement just in case you got a dud? Even the best production lines can produce a lemon once in a while so it can happen.

Hi Nadine,

Usually companies do not acknowledge poor reviews (at least not directly to me), and the few that do, rarely blame manufacturing and just suck it up – they say they’ll bring my feedback to the product development team, etc. I bought this, so I don’t think Sephora is going to just offer me a replacement out of the blue, LOL!

Christine, your blog is truly amazing. You just saved us all a lot of money, and you have the most detailed, thorough reviews on the web, IMO
This palette has a really beautiful color scheme, so it is extremely disappointing and relieving at the same time to see these horrid swatches. I am so sorry that you spent $200 of your money on this:(
Some of these have absolutely no pigment(cough Midnight Quartz cough), and honestly, I wouldn’t take this for free. It’s so surprising that Stila released these w/o testing!! You know, I really thought these palette’s would be Stila’s way back on the radar for many. Despite the quality, I have to say you created beautiful looks!

I am not surprised at all. My first high end purchase ever was Stila Lip Glaze. I was so excited, and was so let down that my first splurge was for a useless product. It was a brush that deposited gobs of unpigmented petroleum jelly. The Elf lipshine has much better pigmention and it is a dollar. I have never bought another Stila item again.

Sorry to hear you had such a bad experience with Stila! My favorite product from them are their Smudge Sticks – so, they’re definitely capable of making a good product. Just not here, apparently!

Your review has confirmed that not so great things I had heard about these from other reviewers. So sad. 🙁 I love Stila’s In the Light Palette.

Yep – I heard only raves for the “In the” palettes, so that’s why I just bought all four of these! Wish I just tried one and seen how it went first, lol!

Wow, this is incredibly disappointing. If they plan on making these palettes a permanent part of the Stila product lineup, the shadows need to be reformulated. Why would anyone spend $50 on a subpar palette when there are so many amazing palettes? Even the Sleek palettes are better than this, and they’re only $12. It’s especially strange because Stila’s shadows are normally very soft and pigmented. I owned two Stila eyeshadow palettes in the past and both were good quality.

They messed this one up so badly. This is all my fave shades in one, but the quality is truly disappointing. Well, at least I save some money. I will say the packaging is superior to the regular cardboard stila packaging.

Aww, don’t call yourself a fool! You were swayed because they looked so pretty. I almost took the bait on this one, but I had a feeling it would be bad.

What a disappointment! I was really hoping this palette would live up to the new look as the colours look nice but wow poor pigmentation! Thanks for the review!

I actually have some older purple eyeshadows from Stila that look exactly like these ones with the same level of pigmentation.. So no surprise there. I also have a couple of older blue eyeshadows from Stila that look similar to the blue ones in this palette, but the pigmentation and texture are amazing with the ones that I have.. So that really stinks that these ones suck so much. The matte palette does look more interesting, so I look forward to reading your reviews!

I was really looking forward to the other palettes, and I’m praying that the Mind palette isn’t this bad, but my expectations have lowered severely. Stila usually has really nice eyeshadows, it’s so weird that they would release such a dud palette. I hope the other palettes turn out nicer!!

This is very…uncharacteristic of Stila, I would think? I mean all brands have their misses (MAC, I’m looking at you) but lately Stila usually has a lot of hits but this is the most massive miss I’ve seen in a while. I’m really hoping the other palettes end up being better quality.

I really don’t have much experience in the past few years with their products or even their eyeshadows in general, so I’ve heard good things about the “In the” palette series, but outside of those, not so sure.

I’ve never been a Stila fan so this would not have tempted me.

But you can call all 4 (!) The Complete and Utter Fool Palettes.

Hey, I’ve had compete and utter fool years!

Too bad they are not even good enough to donate or give away.

On to the next palette, hopefully a winner!

When I saw colors in that palette I was nearly sold, but then negative reviews started to appear one after another… Good thing I didnt get it, I’m sorry for everyone dissapointed.
But why my beloved purples 🙁

Huh… this is really interesting. I have the old “In the Garden” palette from Stila and I really hate it. But I purchased Soul and Spirit and they are actually quite beautiful. The two together give me a tremendous range of neutrals, and they are quite pigmented and smooth. Based on that, I thought perhaps Stila turned a corner on their eyeshadows… but maybe not completely. This palette is AWFUL! Now I’m curious to swatch it in store. How could they allow this to be produced? So strange. Thanks for saving me $$, Christine. I like Soul and Spirit so much that I was tempted to pick up this one. I will not now. Haha. 🙂

You’re one of the few who’ve said they disliked that palette, Sarah! I’ve heard primarily raves, and it was on the strength of those reviews that I bough tall four of these!

What a pretty array of colours, and LOL on some of the swatches. I’ve strayed away from Stila for years and you can definitely bank on that trend continuing.

Ouch. This looks awful! I feel so bad that you spent your money on these. I hope the other ones work out better.

I was so surprised by this review. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. I have this, and I love it. With primer (I didn’t try without, and now I won’t ), it lasted 12+ hours on me. The colors are gorgeous. I’m much more light skinned, but they showed up very pigmented on me (again, I only tried with primer). I’m wearing the topaz and the three purples right now & it’s 90+ and humid here. I hope the other palettes go better for you (I don’t have them), so you didn’t waste all that money. It’s so frustrating when you by something spendy and it’s unusable for you.

Thanks. The quality sounds so inconsistent, from what people are saying here. That is unacceptable. 🙁

I’ve always had good luck withStilasshadows, though they aren’t my favorite brand. However, I think I’ll skip the other three palettes.

Oh, no! I’m so sorry to hear about your experience with these! This was the only one of the four palettes that I was interested in. =(

Is there even a chance that the colors might preform better if used over, say, Pixie Epoxy? I just can’t understand how they can look so pigmented in the pan and swatch almost invisibly on the skin.
~Cat

For some shades, maybe, but there are more satin/matte finishes, and I don’t really find Pixie Epoxy to be great for those finishes. I would go for a white cream eyeshadow like NYX Milk. You really need the big guns for this! But honestly? For $49, I don’t think you should have to work that hard.

You’re right, the product should preform better without the need to work for it. I decided to let go of my dreams of having this palette and purchased the Laura Mercier Les Petits Bonbons baked eyeshadow palette instead. I’ve only been able to find a handful of swatches for the colors online so it’s a bit of a risk… but the swatches I have found are quite lovely. Besides, it seems like a really great deal now that the price is more than 50% off! (I really need to STOP buying eyeshadows now!! They are my greatest weakness!!)

Thanks! 🙂 I just found out that it won’t arrive until next Friday! (!?!?!?!) I think they’ve strapped the palette on the back of a tortoise and pointed it in my general direction… :-/

Oh no this one is horrible!! 🙁 I just bought the Spirit palette and it is absolutely amazing! I hope you like that one and the Soul palette. This one is just unacceptable lol

I really wish Stila had taken the time to make these shadows as high-quality as they are beautiful. So far, the reviews I have seen are not great, to say the least. I’m not big on pre-made eyeshadow palettes, as I am picky and only feel justified purchasing if I believe I will use the vast majority of colors. However, I wanted to give my $196.00 plus tax to Sephora as soon as I saw these. They are GORGEOUS!! I did swatch these in store and love everything about them, but the reviews make it hard to justify spending this much money on a product this expensive. Oh, Stila. I hope you review all of the palettes; I am still hoping one or two of them will be decent enough to warrant picking these up during one of the Sephora sales.

If you can return, it might be worth buying one that you swatch and seem to love. Some readers have said they love their other palettes – and a few have loved the Body palette, too – but I’ve seen more raves for the other palettes.

Oh dear, I was just at ULTA today and picked this one up and also the one in “Mind”, will let you know if either of them work out. I did find a solution to the wet shadow leaving that hard film though, it happened with one of my really pretty limited edition DIOR 5 color palettes, the lady said they could be used wet, but when I did that, I could no longer even USE the shadows!! So one of the makeup artists at the makeup counter told me to use scotch tape and pat it over them, and it WORKED!!! it picked up the hard stuff without removing hardly anything except that stiff layer and now they are good as new!!! So going forward if I EVER plan to use a shadow wet again, I am going to put several swatches on my wrist and dip my brush from there rather than in the pan, ha ha!!

Oh dear lord, Christine. And you bought all 3. I am so sorry! I was SO excited about these, this palette in particular – not any more! I never understand what companies are thinking when they greenlight the release of poorly performing products. WORD WILL SPREAD! People will be upset, especially the ones who paid full price for the products, and then when the company does release something decent, no one is going to give it a second look. Terrible move.

What a disappointment! I wonder what happened during the development of this for it to turn out so badly!

“I bought all four (like a complete and utter fool)” is my favorite part of this review! LOL Sorry to hear it sucks – I was interested in these so I’m looking forward to the other reviews. But I appreciate your efforts to make me smile 😉 It worked.

Definitely better to take a more measured approach – buy one, see how you get along with the formula, before buying all, lol!

How disappointing! I was a bit sceptical of the new-look Stila but I’m sad to be proved right 🙁

Are you going to review any Topshop makeup at some point? I believe it is available in the US now, and it’s actually a really great-quality range, much better than say H&M makeup (though H&M ‘lip tints’ are actually a reasonable lip tar dupe). Their lip products in particular are just fantastic, and some really exciting colours.

This is SUCH a bummer, because I love these colors in the pan and would totally love to buy this palette if I didn’t know I would throw it out the window in 3 seconds. For the record, I’ve read other reviews of this series of palettes and it seems like everybody has had similar problems with this one (that is, it’s the WORST). Cmon, Stila. Pretty color + decent texture isn’t that hard to pull off.

WHOA! My sister and I swatched some of these palettes at Ulta yesterday and it looks like we managed to only swatch the decent shades since we definitely didn’t touch tanzinite & midnight quartz. I guess this is off my wish list! Maybe I’ll go for an additional Nars lipstick instead 🙂 thanks Christine! And sorry you had to pay for this…excuse my french, please…crap.

UGH!!!! I only have one Stila palette – In The Light – and it’s really nice. I still wouldn’t say mind blowing but worth the $50 for sure – esp given it came with a Smudgestick liner. This is a total fail.

Yep, yep! I have heard a lot of good things for the “In the” palettes. I’ve wanted to review, but since they’re permanent and I have plenty of palettes to review, I’ve held off on buying any… then when these came out and I saw how excited readers were, I figured it was my chance to review some Stila palettes in a timely fashion! (The reality is the “In the” palettes have been out for awhile, so there are tons of reviews already!)

Ugh, I’m so sorry you paid for these! It looks like my $10 ELF palette had more pigmentation! Hope you can return them

How disappointing. On the other hand, a big thank you to you, because if it weren’t for this review, I’d have purchased all four palettes. I thought Stila had some of the best eyeshadows out there…

I definitely wish I had just bought one, maybe two, to try and see. I know better than to buy ALL when I haven’t had a lot of experience with the brand, lol!

I love their single shadows but have learned to avoid most of their palettes, so I’m not surprised, but still amazed to see how bad this is. It’s a shame.

We’ll see – I usually don’t return since I buy for reviews more than anything else, but when they’re so horribly bad, I always think that the brand needs to see more returns for the product and maybe get a hint.

I had a few ‘dud’ shades in my In The Light palette, but I just scratched the top layer off with some tweezers and then the pigmentation was there. Perhaps the same is the case with these palettes? Great, in-depth review regardless 🙂