Stila has four ten shade palettes on offer and each looks beautiful in it's own right. The In the Moment palette (Stila, £25) is home to beautiful purple and violet shades with some trusty neutrals and bronzes. The In the Light palette (Stila, £25) is often hailed as an alternative to the infamous Naked palettes from Urban Decay. The In the Know palette (Look Fantastic, free delivery, £25) looks perfect for anyone who loves a more natural look but still wants to experiment with shades, and then there's the In the Garden palette* (Look Fantastic*, free delivery, £25)
Stila In the Garden Eyeshadow Palette: With a mossy-green casing, the In the Garden palette is beautifully themed and inspired around colours we can find in our very own gardens. I'm a Country bumpkin and a bit of a nature geek, so the In the Garden palette completely caught my eye as a stand out palette, with a combination of shades unlike any of my other palettes. The palette itself is made of very sturdy cardboard, super durable and not likely to break or fall apart any time soon. Exceptionally lightweight, a perfect palette for travelling with an adorable quote on the inside lid of the palette, "A confident woman knows her inner beauty will captivate you, and her eyes will mesmerize you" - Sarah Lucero. Included in the palette is a Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner, too. The Smudge Stick liners are fantastic; I treated myself to a set last Christmas (Stila Seeing Stars Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner Set, £25) and the longevity is unrivaled by any other waterproof liners I have tried. Alone, the Smudge Proof liners retail for £13, making them a fantastic addition to an already very purse-friendly palette.
The selection of shades really is beautiful. Each reminds me of the kind of colours you'd see in your garden, but all year round. With a lovely formula that's easy to work with, the shadows range in finish from matte, subtle shimmers and frost finishes. The pigmentation is great, although much better when applied above a primer or eyeshadow base. Chinois is a matte pale beige with a good formula and pigmentation but best used as a base or inner-corner neutral, shimmer-free highlight. Breeze, which has a soft frost finish, is a really gorgeous shade that is perfect for a wash of colour over the lids when used alone, but also works great teamed with other shades in the palette. Bark, which has a shimmer finish, translates differently onto the skin than it appears in the pan; a lovely deep, cool toned moss shade. Right up my street! Freesia, which has a very slight frost finish, is where the shades get more oomph and what appears to be a violet toned blue in the pan, translates more to a starry night sky blue. Very lovely with my brown eyes so a shade I think would suit other brown eyed beauties, too! Rosette is just gorgeous, a really lovely violet shade with the tiniest undertone of gold and a lovely metallic finish. Nectar is another matte beige shade, and for me it's the only 'meh' shade in the palette - it's practically identical to Chinois. Honey is absolutely stunning and reminds me of the infamous Half Baked shadow from Urban Decay, a gorgeous honey gold shade with a metallic finish. Sage is exactly as the name suggests, a gorgeous sage green, brighter than Bark, with a soft shimmer finish. Moss is personally the shade name I think Bark should have had, and Moss be named Bark (but we'll leave the shade names to Stila!) as it's a deep brown with plum undertones and has a lovely sheen finish with tiny flecks of glitter. Last but not least, we have Juniper, a rich forest green with an almost opalescent finish. The Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner featured in the palette is Starfish, a black liner with pearlescent hints of green and gold; it finishes the palette off perfectly.
I am so besotted with the palette and all the shades within. I will definitely be adding the three other palette varieties from Stila onto my palette wish list (which is ridiculously long), as I'm impressed with everything from the packaging and design, shades and formula, to the pigmentation and great longevity - with a good eye primer, these last all day with no creasing and the formulas are so buttery soft, there's no worry over fall out. The shades are also incredibly versatile, being appropriate for both dry and wet use. If the ten beautiful shades and waterproof eyeliner weren't enough, the palette also comes with an 8 page look book with how-to guides to creating a variety of looks. All of this for £25? What a bargain! A really fantastic palette.
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