I'm a huge fan of eyeshadow in general, especially eyeshadow with a fabulous texture and easy blend-ability. Stila claims their "award winning" eyeshadow has a "high-quality formula and texture" that can "be worn wet or dry." From my experience, Stila's eyeshadows do deliver on most of their claims, though texture varies from eyeshadow to eyeshadow. Let's take a look:
From left to right: Puppy, Kitten, and Twig
Stila Puppy: Matte medium beige. On light skin tones, this would make a great all-over lid color or a subtle crease color. On all skin tones, Puppy is a great blending color. The texture isn't as soft as Kitten's, but it also isn't hard or chalky. It's also very easy to blend, though the pigmentation isn't as strong as it could be.
Stila Kitten: Frosty nude champagne with plenty of shimmer, but no chunky glitter. Kitten has tones of pink, peach, gold, and silver, but not one of these colors is too intense. On my pale skin, it looks like a shimmery skin tone color, though slightly paler than my complexion. While many people dislike Kitten's frost, I rather enjoy it's brightening effect. In fact, it's such a great multi-faceted color! I use it as an all-over lid color, inner corner highlight, and even a brow bone highlighter. I think it would work on all skin tones, though it might look a bit too frosty/ashy on darker complexions (to solve this, I would just use a lighter hand and perhaps not overdue the highlighting). Kitten is the soft, buttery (dare I say creamy?) texture that Stila eyeshadows are famous for. In fact, the Kitten is so soft that if you push on the pan too hard, you'll probably dent the poor shadow. Though the color pay off and blend-ability is wonderful, there is more fall-out than harder shadows.
Stila Twig: Shimmering mahogany brown. This is an incredibly unique crease color! On the eyes it appears brown....but it has that extra oomph!, which is its mahogany (almost dark cranberry) shimmer. Twig is almost duo chrome; in some light it just looks like a dark brown, but then BAM! you see the gorgeous maroon shimmer. It's got a great satin finish with no chunky glitter. The texture is harder, like puppy, but seems to have better color payoff and not much fallout (if any).
There's a couple looks I like to do with these eyeshadows, mainly kitten on the lid and inner corner, twig in the crease, and puppy to blend it all together. It's a very natural, yet put together look.
Stila's eyeshadows can be purchased at Stila counters and their online website (http://www.stilacosmetics.com/), Sephora, and Ulta Beauty (though they only seem to be available in store). I received mine in a discounted Ulta set, called "Stila: Ladies Who Lunch." You can buy the eyeshadow in the pan or in a plastic compact for $18. The pan is magnetic and can be removed from the plastic compact and placed in a palette (like the Z-palette). Each eyeshadow has 0.09 oz or 2.6 g of product (For a comparison, a MAC eyeshadow in a compact is 1.3 g and $15).
- Brand: Stila
- Product: Eye shadow
- Shades: Puppy, Kitten, and Twig
- Price: $18 each
- Package Quality (out of 5 stars): **** (Mostly love the packaging; I just don't like how the case can be easily scratched, but that's just me being nit-picky)
- Overall Rating (out of 5 stars): *****
- Recommend: Yes!
- Repurchase: Only if I run out. But each eyeshadow has enough product to last me awhile!
- Side Note: Love the names of these eye shadows, especially Kitten and Puppy. Naming eye shadows after animals is kinda funny!
- Grade: A
Disclosure: These products were purchased by me for review purposes. I was not paid or compensated in any way. All opinions are my own.