Stila cosmetics recently launched a new very reflective shadow, Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow, that definitely makes a statement. These shadows are unlike anything else on the market, messier than any other shadow I've tried and make me wonder if they are safe for long term use.
I have to start by saying that the shadows are beautiful. You can wear them different ways, like sheered out and smooth or more opaque and chunkier (yes, shadows can be chunky!). Either way, they last for more than eight hours and never crease. But you what weirds me out about them?
They are moist. I know, "moist" is one of the creepiest words in the language. Creep ranking aside, these shadows are moist. It's the only tester at Sephora I honestly have ever hesitated to put my finger in. People abuse testers and since this comes with a liquid primer, I'm certain people have dumped in the liquid primer, taking the shadows from moist to full on wet. And since it starts out feeling moist, is it going to sour or turn into something fishy over time? I wasn't sure if these were beautiful shadows or a science project in the making.
That didn't stop me from picking up Metallic Dusty Rose shade and one called Vintage Black Gold. They are gorgeous.
Metallic Dusty Rose is a gorgeous, metallic nude that shines as if your skin was infused with a mirror. If you are fair like me, it adds a hint of color too. Dare I say, it might be too shiny for work.
Vintage Black Gold is gorgeous and gives beautiful smoky eye. This is probably my favorite color in the collection.
When you purchase a color, here is what comes with it.
You get a mixing tray, the liquid primer and the shadow. Here is how it works. You scoop out a tiny amount of the shadow. I've been using closed tweezers as a scoop. You mix that shadow with one drop, the tiniest drop you can eke out of the dropper, with the shadow. More liquid, less shadow makes a sheer color and less liquid, more shadow makes a more opaque color. You can also apply it straight to your eyes for an all out diamond-encrusted textured look.
The colors are mesmerizing. The wear is fantastic. The textures are unlike any other shadow on the market. Don't stick your own fingers in the testers. Instead, pick up your favorite color and play mixologist at your vanity. If you've picked one up and created your own look, share your look on the Facebook page! I would love to see what you've created!
Need more inspiration? Check out the swatches below.
Pick these up for yourself for $32 each.