Everyone has been going coo coo bananas over the latest Stila release, or more specifically, the liquid metal eyeshadows from the latest collection. I haven’t tried them myself but they do look bloody gorgeous, giving a huge injection of metallic, sparkly colour in a range of pitch perfect shades. So as there’s enough expert voices giving you their two cents on which shade to opt for I am instead shining a wee spotlight on another beauty from the same collection which has been standing awkwardly in the shadows whispering ‘I’m gorgeous too, love me’! And here it is – the Matte n Metals Palette.
There’s a good mix of 6 matte and 6 shimmer eyeshadows here with pinks, creams and some nice rich metallic shades, all housed in a pretty checkboard style palette. The pigmentation is grand across the board (weakest on the black shade) but the overall finish here is sheer and subtle and that will either float your boat or sink it entirely Titanic style. The formulation is smooth but powdery and I found every time I used this palette I had to cleanup my face a bit afterwards which was a pain in the arse. On the upside, they blended well and lasted the day with zero creasing. I love a subtle eye, so a palette like this works well for me but I think it would struggle to have the right amount of vibrancy for darker skin tones or for anyone who just loves a really rich metallic finish. Even though I’ve been reaching for it a good bit, Urban Decay and MAC have spoiled me in the eyeshadow department lately and this can’t match them for quality. Frankly, if you adore a shimmering metallic shade that can be seen a mile away, you will be bitterly disappointed here. This is a sheer palette that’ll work for pale skin and those who love a subtle look and even though I tick both those boxes, I’m still finding it slightly lacking considering it’s €50.
If you fancy taking the plunge, the Matte n Metals Palette is available from ASOS here for approx. €50
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So girls have you tried anything from the latest Stila collection?