Monday, March 20, 2017

Product Review -- Stila Matte 'N Metal Eye Shadow Palette

The last thing I probably need in my makeup collection is an eye shadow palette with soft, natural colors in an even mix of matte and metallic finishes.

Because let's face it -- I have more than enough of those to last the rest of my life.

But as soon as I saw the shades in the Stila Matte 'N Metal Eye Shadow Palette, I was kind of obsessed.

I have been a big fan of pinky or rosy brown and copper shades over the past few months, and the Matte 'N Metal Palette has plenty of those.

I also appreciate having an even amount of both matte and metallic shadows because that means I don't have to go pulling out another palette or single shadow to do a complete eye look.

So even though the palette is on the pricier side -- $49 -- I decide to pick it up.

It comes in a gold plastic compact with an embossed checkerboard design and the Stila logo in the center. Inside, there is a decent size mirror that stays open by itself so it's ideal for traveling with.

Stila Matte 'N Metal Eye Shadow Palette
The palette contains 12 eye shadows, with 6 matte and 6 metallic shades.

The shadows include: Vintage, a matte pinky beige; Velvet, a matte pale pink; Feathered, a matte pale sand; Fringe, a matte light taupe; Suede, a matte mid-tone mauve pink; Velour, a matte mid-tone warm tan; Bohemian, a metallic light pewter; Retro, a metallic rose gold; Sequin, a metallic gold; Smolder, a metallic smoky gunmetal; Sizzle, a metallic rosy copper; and Flare, a metallic bronze.

Stila Matte 'N Metal Eye Shadow Palette

I've always had good luck with Stila eye shadows, and I find that the ones in this palette are pretty much the quality that I was expecting.

The metallics are especially nice, with a smooth, creamy texture and rich pigmentation. The matte also have a soft, smooth texture, and while most are nicely pigmented, the two lightest shades, Vintage and Velvet, are a little sheer. For me, that isn't too big a deal because I actually prefer a sheer application for a brow bone highlight, which is what I use both of those shadows for.

Fringe, Suede, and Velour are my favorite matte shades, with Suede probably edging out the other two. I love using it through the crease for a soft, natural look that's a little different than the usual brown crease colors.

From l. to r.: Vintage, Velvet, Feathered, Fringe, Suede, and Velour

From l. to r.: Bohemian, Retro, Sequin, Smolder, Sizzle, Flare
Velour works well in the crease when I want a warmer look, while Fringe is a pretty transition shade.

Overall, though, Retro and Sizzle are my favorite shades in the palette. For my pale skin, Retro is lovely on the lid while Sizzle makes a beautiful warm crease shade.

What I really appreciate, though, is that the palette doesn't just mix mattes and metallics -- it has warm and cool tones so you can can create a variety of looks, despite the fact that all of the shades lean toward the natural end of the spectrum.

That said, this isn't a must-have palette for everyone. You may already have similar palettes in your collection because I don't find most of the shades all that unique. It is a very convenient palette to travel with, though, due to the mix of mattes and metallics, so if you need a palette to take with you on the road, this is one worth looking into.

If you just like pretty rosy, natural shadows, you may want to check it out too.

It retails for $45 on the Stila website, Ulta, and Sephora.

Have you tried the Stila Matte 'N Metal Eye Shadow Palette? What's been your favorite eye shadow palette recently?

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