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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Review & Swatches: Stila Magnificent Metal Foil Finish Eye Shadows


Stila Magnificent Metal Foil Finish Eye Shadows

Stila has added to their line of Magnificent Metal Foil Finish Eye Shadows for the spring - it looks like metals are here to stay! Given the long-term lifespan of the trend, I thought I would give their shadows a try.

The Magnificent Metal line promises cream shadows that dry down to a power finish with multifaceted shine. Used with the All Day Liquid Eye Primer included with the shadow (a shadow, primer, and mixing pan are included in any given set for $32) the finish becomes glossy and can be layered to create an opaque metallic shadow. The shades I have are: 

Metallic Pixi Dust: A cool champagne with a green shift
Metallic Jade: A deep jade green
Metallic Lilac: A soft, cool lilac
Metallic Golden Pink: A light baby pink with gold undertones
Metallic Peach: A warm, peach-leaning champagne

Among the 5 shades I have, nearly all were smooth creams that applied evenly, and were easy to work with. The exception is metallic golden pink. It has a flakier consistency in the pan and can lead to a spottier application that turns chunky when mixed with a liquid medium. Beyond this texture inconsistency, however, the line as a whole brings an easier way to incorporate a high fashion, flashy finish into your everyday eye routine without having to worry about creasing or fallout.

Although you get a mixing medium (that can also be used with any pigments or powder shadow you already own), a foiled shadow, and a mixing pan, $32 might be a lot for anyone who won't use these regularly. If that's the case, you might consider NYX's glitter (although after a brief search, I'm not sure they are still in existence), or BH Cosmetics Loose Makeup Glitter, to get a quick fix when you need it. Those that like to add a pop of shine to the center of the lid or inner corner regularly however, might find investing in a shade like metallic peach or metallic pixi dust worthwhile given how easy these are to use!

Are you feeling the metal finishes for the coming seasons?

Stila Magnificent Metal Foil Finish Eye Shadows

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