I know what you're thinking. Beth - how late on the bandwagon do you want to be?! In fact, I can't even see the bandwagon anymore I'm that late. Stila's 'In the Light' palette was a firm favourite on many a blog a few moons ago, wasn't it? Being the controlled, sensible blogger I am (haha, whatevs...) I resisted temptation and made do with the collection of palettes I already own. I'm quite fussy when it comes to palettes - I only ever buy them if I know for a fact i'll use them (I'm not one for impulse palette purchasing!) and I usually stick to my trusty Urban Decay varieties. However, Christmas rolled around. Motherbear began digging for hints regarding beauty goods... I stumbled upon a pin on Pinterest of an eye makeup look someone had created using this Stila palette and all of those lustful feelings returned. Needless to say, on Christmas morning - I was a happy girl when I unwrapped this little beauty. It wasn't an easy task to track one down before Christmas - I really struggled finding one anywhere and my mum was lucky enough to be able to have one sent to our local department store from London where there was only 1 available. Eek! But was it worth all that trouble of hunting it down...?
Well... YES! Of course it was! I adore this palette. I mean, just look at it?! There's something in there for everyone - from barely there neutrals, to pretty champagne toned shimmers and bronzes to full on smokey eye shades. I really love the addition of 'Night Sky' - a beautiful gunmetal blue shade - it looks lovely against the warm, bronze tone of 'Sunset' - which happens to be my favourite shade out of the entire palette. It seems to really set off the green tones in my eyes and I've been wearing it non-stop just recently. I has a reddish undertone to it when worn on the eyelids and it really does look stunning. Another favourite has to be Stila's ever-famous 'Kitten'. I can see why this is such a raved about shade. It's perfect for everyday wear and looks lovely when worn in the inner corners of the eye to brighten and open up your peepers. 'Bliss' is also a beautiful shade - I love using this in the crease of the eye to bring some definition and warmth and it also makes for a lovely blending shade.
Stila's eye shadows seem to vary in texture. The majority of shades in here are buttery soft and really pigmented - just what I look for in an eyeshadow. They transfer amazingly well and show up pretty much true to pan. The only one I was a bit unsure of is 'Gilded Gold' - it doesn't seem as buttery as the rest and transfers much lighter on the skin than in the pan. But it's still a lovely antique copper shade and one that I will get a lot of wear from - I'm such a neutrals girl... 'Bubbly' is also a favourite of mine. I love gold shades - and this one is lovely and creamy in consistency and transfers perfectly onto the lid. The Stila Smudge Stick is also a lovely little addition to the palette. It compliments the tones in the palette really well and is perfect for adding definition to the eyes. Oh - and how cute is the quote on top of the mirror?! As a self-confessed Pinterest quote addict, it's a nice little girly addition and finishes off the whole palette perfectly. Never one to say no to a quote, me...
I'm so glad I finally got my bloggery mitts on this palette. It really is a stunner. I love the mix of shades and it's perfect for a neutrals girl like me! Aside from their cream blushes, this has been my first experience with Stila and I will certainly be looking into more of their eyeshadow offerings in future. I love how all of their palettes have names and themes too! For £25.00 - it isn't the cheapest of eyeshadow palettes. But when you consider the fact you're getting 10 extremely wearable shades plus the addition of the smudge stick - it's really quite reasonable and it's one that's become a firm favourite in my collection. You can find the Stila 'In the Light' palette on Feel Unique (link) and also on Beauty Bay.
Have you tried the 'In the Light' palette? What's your favourite Stila shade?