Stila, it has been awhile….about a decade infact…**gasp**. In my twenties my makeup bag was bursting with Stila products. I’m not sure what happened but slowly over time I replaced each one with other brands and didn’t go back, until now. Whilst browsing Beauty Bay‘s eye palettes, I came across this 12 shade all matte eye shadow palette from Stila and I feel like its a love rekindled. There are 4 versions of the Stila Eyes Are The Window Palettes – Mind, Body, Spirit and Soul, each containing different shades, textures and finishes, and all inspired by the spiritual notion that true beauty is revealed from within. I was looking for a compact day-to-evening all matte eye-shadow palette and this ‘Stila Eyes Are The Window Palette – Mind’ seemed a potential perfect fit.
Packaging – A shiny beautiful gold case with magnetic closure (I love it when there is no fiddly opening on a palette), once opened the lid is a sturdy large mirror that stands up easily, and before you in the palette lies your 12 matte eye shadows, 3 to a row across. The size of the palette is a square 10cm x 10cm (4inches x 4 inches) which makes it the perfect makeup bag size, ideal handbag size and very practical travelling size. On opening the palette there is even a clear film sheet over the shadows with a quote from Albert Einstein too.
Shades – High pigmentation as you would expect from Stila, and a soft, buttery texture, although the odd shadow is a little powdery which can mean blending some of the shadows can take a little work, but a great colour payoff and a long-lasting formula. Each shade can be worn wet or dry.
Brilliance – Off White/Cream
Imagination -Soft Pale Pink
Genius – Light Soft Peach/Flesh-Toned Beige
Understanding – Dusty Pink
Perception – Sunset/Burnt Reddish Orange
Wit – Warm Caramel Brown
Observation – Taupe/Greyish-Brown
Instinct – Cool Toned Slate Grey
Reason – Charcoal Grey/Soft Black
Thinker – Deep Brown with Burgundy Undertone
Creativity – Dark Chocolate Brown
Intellect – Warm Toned Mauve/Brown
Value for Money – On Beauty Bay this palette is currently priced at £30.00 (GBP) which I think is an absolute bargain. If you are a makeup artist building your kit and are looking for an all matte eye palette this one is definitely worth a look, especially for Bridal work. Its a perfect Valentines Gift without breaking the bank, and a perfect payday treat for that little something gold and shiny.
All in all I am really impressed with the quality, performance and price of this palette. I do think at £30.00 it is actually quite a bargain for such a compact sized all matte eye-shadow palette that packs a sophisticated punch (if there is such a thing as a sophisticated punch!). A mixture of warm and cool toned shades that can easily transform you from day-to-night, and with a little something for everyone. ‘Stila Eyes Are The Window Palette – Mind’ has certainly rediscovered and rekindled my forgotten love for the brilliant brand that is Stila.