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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Stila In the Light Palette

Stila In the Light Palette

Don't rely on the back of the palette for an accurate color depiction...
Just in case my reviews of the NAKED palette or the Nude 'Tude Palette left you wanting more nudity, I have another neutral palette review coming your way! Stila's In the Light Palette doesn't rely on the typical buzzwords to draw the consumer in and, because of that, I feel like it gets overlooked when people talk about neutral palettes. But, in reality it's an awesome neutral palette with a stellar cast of shadows and one star player that is Stila's must-have shade. Let's get to swatchin'!

Top Row from the left: Bare, Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, Sandstone 
Bottom Row from the left: Bubbly, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky, Ebony  
To start, this is a true neutral palette; no colors in sight! There is, however, a nice mix of textures and lovely combination of browns and grey/blacks. As a lover of mattes, one of the first things I did when I opened it was counted how many there were. Four is the answer and they are all great, practical mattes: cream, taupe/camel, chocolate brown, and black. The matte browns can multi task as brow powders as well, which is great and makes for one less product you need to bring on a trip, should you take this palette. Another multi-tasker and cult classic among Stila lovers is Kitten (top row)! This shimmery, champagne shadow is renowned for its shimmer and universally flattering hue. You can use it as an inner corner highlight, brow bone highlight, and even as a face highlight on the cheeks, nose, and cupid's bow.

Overall, the shadows are wonderfully pigmented and creamy. The one color that was the slightest bit off was Bliss, the taupe/camel, but even that didn't fall terribly short in the payoff department.

This palette also comes with Smudgestick in Damsel, a standard matte chocolate brown. I didn't swatch it, but I have a review of their Smudgestick in Peacock here. Overall, they are wonderful liners that are pigmented and stay for ages - great for the waterline!

While bot the NAKED and Nude 'Tude Palette come with 12 shadows, Stila's only comes with 10, but they are relatively large at .05 oz of product per shadow (same as the Naked palette and more than the Nude 'Tude). Also, rather than coming with a brush, like the other two do, it comes with a Smudgestick that is valued at $20. So, for $39 ($3 more than theBalm's palette and $10 less than Naked), you get 10 shadows and a full sized liner. Whether or not this is a good deal is up to you and depends on what you are looking for in a neutral palette.

* I won this product through the one of the monthly Makeup Geek Look Challenges, but it in no way shapes my opinion on it.

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