Be Stila My Beating Heart …

I believe Stila is exiting as a beauty brand from the UK, I’m not sure I’m surprised at this news, I’ve always liked the looks of their products, but have never really been grabbed enough by them to make them a regular purchase.  This wasn’t helped by the discovery that I’m allergic to their lipglosses, which really are their star product. But Brandalley had a sale of Stila products recently, and the prices were waaaaay too good to resist, so caved in and bought their Marrakesh eye palette.

Look how pretty these colours are:

Pictures with flash and without

Two lovely pinks, a gold and a rich brown. Brandalley’s shipping times can be a bit slow, so by the time they arrived, I’d been waiting for several weeks, and I was desperate to try them.  But … look at the swatch:

All shades were swatched once with a humongous amount of shadow on the applicator. Hmn, I thought,  not very pigmented, and exceptionally sparkly.  So I set to work creating an FOTD from them:

I’m wearing four different shades of eyeshadow in this picture, which is not something I do often, but I was trying to build up something besides sparkle on my eye. The gold is in the inner corner, the pinks are over the lid, and the brown in the crease and as an eyeliner.  This is also applied over a primer, and with a not particularly light hand.

Very disappointed, both with the pigmentation, and the sparkliness that verges on glittery, I couldn’t build up any depth of colour no matter how much I applied, and when some of the powder got into my eye (not something that bothers me too much ordinarily) my eyes were stinging for hours.

Sorry, Stila. I wanted to love you, I really did.


  1. 24th October 2009 / 10:56

    I wonder why yours came out like that? I replied in a very shortened form to you on Twitter but I'm giving you an essay here :p

    I bought the Noire palette from the sample sale for the bargainous price of £4. I have a pinky blush, a pinky base, a blue shadow (quite nice) and a black glimmery liner. The colour payoff of those is great, you get the colour in the pan.

    I'd try to find some more swatches as you may have a dodgy one, BA may return it..

  2. 24th October 2009 / 11:15

    I got the same palette from brandalley too. As of yet i have not used it/swatched it/tried it. As soon as i do, i will let you know if i have the same problem!

    I love stila though 🙁 their prices are stupid ordinarily for us in the uk, but the discounts are too good to resist!

  3. 24th October 2009 / 11:24

    Look forward to seeing how you get in with it, Ally!

    Will have to investigate BAs returns policy, thanks for the nudge, Rhamnousia.

  4. 26th August 2010 / 23:27

    Hi i thought they looked quite nice quite natural they have been discounted in aus too thanks for the tip on irritation that would be my main concern. Have you had any problems with hourglass

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