If you’re wondering what to use that 20% Stila F&F discount on, I have a suggestion. (You knew I would.)
One of the best eyeshadow purchases I’ve made since starting this blog (and since starting this blog there have been MANY eyeshadow purchases, all of which are your fault — yes, you) is Stila’s eyeshadow trio in Goddess. In the photo at the top, that’s the one furthest to the left.
Because Goddess was so divine (get it? ow, stop throwing things), I decided to get Bella (center) and Venus (right), neither of which are as good as Goddess, but both of which have at least one exceptionally nice color in them. They are all shimmery/metallic, but not unwearably so, and you can always tone down the shimmer a bit with some matte powder.
In theory, these eyeshadow trios have one shade to use as a highlighter under the brow (the lightest shade), one to use over the full lid (the medium shade), and one to use in the crease (the darkest shade). In actuality they don’t always go together all that well for me. Let’s talk about Goddess. The medium shade, the one for the lid, is an exceptionally gorgeous golden copper. Not too red, not too orange. As someone with cool/pink skin, bronzes are sometimes really hard for me, but this is beautiful. The crease shade in this compact is also very nice, though it’s a bit darker on skin than it appears in the compact. The highlighter, however, is a silvered gold, which is a little too cool to go perfectly with the rest of the palette. You can make it work, but I wish they’d picked something a tiny bit warmer.
Bella and Venus aren’t quite as usable, mostly because I think the various shades are too far away from each other, particularly in Venus. That shade on the far left is so cool it’s almost grey, the crease shade is quite warm but very dark, and the highlighter shade is very, VERY light. However, as I said, they each have at least one great color: Bella’s warm pink lid color is gorgeous, as is Venus’ dark crease shade. They go with each other quite well.
These shadows have excellent staying power and blend easily. I advise pressing or rolling the brush into the pan rather than swiping it; the shadows are not super-firmly pressed, so it’s very easy to accidentally kick up a lot of shadow dust, and this is not a product to waste.
The swatches came out a little strange, but they’re as accurate as I can make them. On my laptop they look awfully light, but on my desktop computer the colors are pretty accurate.
Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good. $20 is a bit much for one eyeshadow pan, but you get three colors, so that mitigates it somewhat. And you know my rant about cosmetics containers being too big anyway.
Purchase again? Goddess, absolutely.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)