Stila: Eye For Elegance Liquid Shadow Set

It’s that time of year again… You know, the time when there are all kinds of gorgeous holiday sets out that you can’t resist?! Well, this might be one that you CAN resist if you aren’t into metallic or glittery things. Personally, I don’t like actual glitter all that much, so this seemed like a good way for me to try these shadows without dropping $24 on one individual shade. Between the two formulas, you can create several different looks and get a feel for Stila’s liquid shadows, so it’s definitely worth picking up if you want something new and sparkly to play around with, especially for the holidays!

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Left to Right:   Shimmer & Glow – Kitten, Grace, Twig   |   Glitter & Glow – Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

The packaging is cute and gives of very holiday-ish vibes, so you could just pop this into someone’s stocking without even wrapping it… Like I probably will because I am shamelessly lazy. The ingredients for each shadow are listed on the back of the box and also on Stila’s website. All of these shadows have the same type of flat, yet soft and flexible, paddle-shaped doe foot applicator. It’s small enough that you can get a precise application without making a glittery mess, but still big enough that you don’t have to dip it into the tube over and over again to get out enough product to cover your entire lid (with most shades, anyway).

There’s also a caution/warning on the box regarding eye irritation. When I tried one of these a while back I think it may have made my eyelid a little red and itchy, but I also tried it with a new base, so I can’t say which caused the irritation. I haven’t had any bad reactions with any from this set so far. Do be careful with the Glitter & Glow shadows, though, especially if you wear contact lenses. Getting the little glitter particles in your eye can be absolute torture! The best way to avoid this is to gently pat these onto the eyelid and build up the product if needed, rather than slapping a ton of product on at once, then trying to blend it out because that’s when you’ll get issues with fallout. Even with a perfect application, the Glitter & Glow shadows did have some fallout but most of it fell onto my cheeks or lashes and didn’t get into my actual eyes.

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There are two different formulas in this set. One is the Glitter & Glow formula, which some of you may already be familiar with… According to Stila, this is a “dazzling, ultra-sparkle finish”. It’s pretty glittery but the pigmentation and coverage varies between each shadow. For the most part, these perform well and are comfortable to wear. The other formula in this set is their new Shimmer & Glow liquid eye shadow, which Stila describes as a “high shimmer, non-glitter shadow”. They’re more highly pigmented and metallic and do not contain any glitter. I like these because you can blend them out if you want a softer, more subtle type of sheen, or you can just wear them with their full opacity in all of their metallic, shiny glory.

There are three liquid shadows in each formula in this set for a total of six. There’s not a ton of variation in colors but every one of these is wearable for any skin tone. All of the shadows in this set are available to purchase separately and full sized, except for Peachy Sheen, which seems to be limited to this set… Not that it matters, because Peachy Sheen is honestly garbage and not worth being offered individually. As far as I know, the Shimmer & Glow shadows are not yet available to purchase in stores but you can get them from Ulta’s website. According to the Ulta website, the Shimmer & Glow shadows will be in stores on January 4th.

This set sells for $45 and contains 0.07 fl. oz / 2.25 ml of product in each liquid shadow, which makes this a $72 value (according to the Sephora and Stila websites, anyway). You can purchase these from Sephora or the Stila website.  If you are visiting the Stila website for first time from your phone, iPad, or another browser, it will offer you a 20% off code if you sign up for their updates and newsletter, but you can always use the code and unsubscribe from the emails! There aren’t really any other shadows that I’ve used that I can compare these to, but I do think this set is a decent value. Also, keep in mind that this set IS limited edition, so if you’re wanting to save some money and try these out without buying the full size versions, pick this up while you can!

Stila is a cruelty-free company, by the way 😉

Note: I’m not posting dupes for these just yet, as I haven’t tried any other eye shadows like this. If or when I discover some, I’ll add them to this post. If you can think of any, please leave them in the comments section below!!

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig

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Shimmer & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Kitten, Grace, and Twig. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Kitten

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Kitten

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Kitten

Kitten:   This Shimmer & Glow shadow is described as a “shimmering vibrant nude pink”. It’s a light, warm toned, pinky nude with a metallic finish that has a finely milled type of multidimensional reflects but is NOT a glitter… I think it’s just the pigment used to make this formula. The reflects is visible in the tube and on the applicator, but it still adds to the shimmery effect once it’s applied. You can apply this under a powder shadow but it also looks beautiful on it’s own, especially worn all over the lid and inner corner.

The formula is lightweight and pretty liquidy so it’s easy to apply. It takes a second to dry down, so just make sure it sets before you look up or do something that may transfer the product to another area of your eyelid. Color payoff is great but it does seem to look a little more pinky toned on my skin than it does in the tube. Coverage can be made sheer by blending this out with a fluffy brush, but if you apply it directly to the lid with the applicator, the coverage is fully opaque using very little product. Worn all over the lid, I got about 7 hours of wear time before it began to crease or fade.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Grace

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Grace

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Grace

Grace:   Grace is referred to as a “shimmering rose gold”. It’s a light-medium, warm toned, tan rose gold with the same type of very finely milled, multidimensional reflects that Kitten has. It’s pretty metallic when worn without blending it out, but I actually really like this when I apply it all over the lid, then blend it out and up into the crease a little just to diffuse the edges and make it more sheer. It’s also gorgeous when worn at full opacity on the lid and inner corner.

Grace has the same texture as Kitten, so it applies easily and evenly. Coverage is full and color payoff is great, although these shadows seem to darken a little once they set. It’s nothing drastic, though. Wear time was around 7 hours when applied straight to the lid with the applicator without blending it out at all, and a little over 8 hours when I sheered it out.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Twig

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Twig

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Twig

Twig:   Twig is a “shimmering warm chestnut brown”… It’s a dark, very rich, warm toned brown with hint of pinky-bronze sheen to it. I feel like because this isn’t as light as the other two Shimmer & Glow shadows, it doesn’t seem to have quite as much sheen but it’s still very pretty and is easily worn by all skin tones. I LOVE this shadow all over the lid for a bronze, smoky type of look. It’s also super pretty if you pop this on the lid and blend it out with a fluffy brush to sheer it down, then blend a little along the lower lash line with a soft pencil brush.

It has the same consistency as the other two Shimmer & Glow shadows, so it’s lightweight, comfortable, and applies easily. Color payoff looks pretty much the same as it does in the tube and Twig doesn’t seem to darken as much as the two lighter shades in this kit. Coverage is totally opaque without having to use much product at all. Wear time when blended out is close to 8 hours and more like 7 hours when worn at full opacity.

Overall Rating:   4.6 / 5

Application:   4

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Left to Right:   Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

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Left to Right:   Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

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Left to Right:   Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, Next to Notte

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Glitter & Glow Shadows from Left to Right: Peachy Sheen, Smoldering Satin, and Next to Notte. Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Eye Shadows swatched on MAC NC20 skin.

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Peachy Sheen

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Peachy Sheen

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Peachy Sheen

Peachy Sheen:   According to the Stila website, Peachy Sheen is a “sheer warm peachy beige with silver and gold glitter”. It’s a light, warm toned peachy nude base with a cooler tone to the silver and gold glitter particles. It’s also definitely very sheer, as you can see in the swatch and on the applicator itself. Because it’s so sheer, it ends up just looking half-assed and patchy unless you really put some effort into the application. Even then, it takes FOREVER to get much coverage or to get the glitter to look even on my lid. It looks better if you’re applying it over something like a shimmery MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot (I tried it over Vintage Selection), or even one of the lighter Shimmer & Glow shadows in this set… That way you can just dot on a little bit of glitter for a more subtle type of sparkle. Honestly, I don’t see myself reaching for Peachy Sheen at all.

The texture of this particular shadow is thin and the glitter particles aren’t as, I don’t know, scratchy as they look, but it still doesn’t apply very smoothly. Some of the glittery bits will flake off once the shadow sets and dries if you try to layer this a lot or use a brush to try to blend it out once it’s set. Color payoff would probably look like it does in the tube IF you could actually get enough product out to show the base color. Like I said, it’s supposed to be sheer, but coverage is very, VERY minimal… Like on a ridiculous level. I would say wear time was around 4 hours before it started to fade, but it’s honestly hard to gauge because it was so patchy and practically non-existent on my lid to begin with.

Overall Rating:   2 / 5

Application:   1

Coverage:  1

Color Payoff:   1

Texture:   2

Wear Time:   2

Packaging:   5

Value:   2

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Smoldering Satin

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Smoldering Satin

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Smoldering Satin

Smoldering Satin:   This Glitter & Glow shadow is described as a “deep tan and silver glitter”. I meeeean to me, it’s more of a medium, cool toned taupey-mauve with a HINT of tan as the base color, but the glitter is indeed silver. It’s pretty and it’s very wearable with a lot of different looks and will work well for any skin tone.

The texture of Smoldering Satin is a little thicker than Peachy Sheen so it does apply more easily. It can be a little tricky to layer (if you even need to) because sometimes trying to apply more of this product over itself can actually remove some of the glitter from the first layer you applied, or even cause some glitter fallout… Just be sure to go in with a light hand! Color payoff is good but it does seem to look a little darker and cooler toned on the applicator and on the skin than it does in the tube. Coverage is nearly full, I’d say it’s about 70% opaque with one layer of product, but you can go in and gently add a little more if needed. Wear time when worn all over the lid is around 6 hours before it began to crease. After the first two hours or so, I started to see some glitter fallout, which was a bit annoying.

Overall Rating:   3.6 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   3

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

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Next to Notte

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Next to Notte

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Next to Notte

Next to Notte:   This is a “deep red with pink glitter” and is a rich, slightly cool toned, medium-dark, plummy-red with glitter that reflects somewhere between pink and magenta. It’s a really fun color, especially if you want to use it with a bold, smoky look or something like that for the holidays. It’s definitely the most colorful shadow in this set, which may not be for everyone but since this comes in the set, it’s worth trying out, even if it’s not something you’d typically wear!

The texture of Next to Notte is the smoothest of the three Glitter & Glow shadows in this set. It’s not like the glitter particles are any different, but as you can see on the applicator, this one is a bit more creamy and the product seems to be thicker and more pigmented. Color payoff is good but like all of the other liquid shadows in this set, it does look darker and maybe a little more plum toned once I applied it to my skin. Coverage was alright but still not fully opaque, so some layering may be necessary. This shadow wore well on the lid for around 6-7 hours before I had any issues with creasing or fading. I did have a bit of glitter fallout throughout the day, though.

Overall Rating:   3.7 / 5

Application:   3

Coverage:  3

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   3

Packaging:   5

Value:   4

 

*** This post expresses my own honest opinion. I purchased these with my own money and did not receive any type of PR or compensation for this review. ***

 

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