This post has been a long time coming. I bought the Stila Eyes are the Window Spirit and Soul Palettes in August 2014, on a pre-birthday vacation run to ULTA for travel sized body wash and shampoo. The palettes had just come out and while the reviews were mixed, I’m a big fan of all things Stila, and especially Stila shadows. So, I splurged and bought both for myself. And obviously I took them on my trip the next day, so my pics are post-first use (sorry! It was my birthday, birthdays come before beauty blogging!)
So, I’ve had the palettes since that time. And they’re pretty much the bee’s knees. I love them. I use them all the time. Yes, they’re a bit powdery, but that’s true of all Stila palettes. The colors are very pretty, I’m a sucker for the shimmer of Kitten, and I pretty much have one of them on my vanity at all times. I rarely travel without at least one of these palettes, and I get compliments on my makeup all the time when I’ve used them.
One thing that I’ve noticed is that I tend to use the lighter shades together. I’ll use Kitten all over my lid and a little bit of Wheat on the outer edge and Golightly in the crease for example. I really only venture into the darker tones when I’m using them along my lash line.
I only use these shadows over a shadow primer, usually the NYX Eye Shadow Base but sometimes Too Faced Shadow Insurance. With a good primer, the fallout isn’t an issue and the colors last all day. If I want a pretty intense look then I’ll use a glitter shadow primer such as ELF Glitter Primer or Too Faced Glitter Glue. The glitter primer really grabs on to the shadow and makes the shimmer much more intense.
Here’s a peek at me today, pre-doing my hair (and yes, I’m due for my brow shaping, my appt is on Friday!) I have Light over my entire lid, then Vitality on the mobile lid. Thought is in my crease. I then lined my upper lash line with the Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Damsel, and picked up a bit of Being and Character on my smudge brush. I smudged the liner and shadow on my upper lash line and then my lower lash line. I finished the whole look with Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara.
What’s your favorite go-to shadow palette?