During Sephora‘s recent VIB sale, I decided to go for the Stila Eyes Are the Window Soul Palette, which I have been eyeing for a while. I have been looking for a versatile, neutral eye shadow palette made up of shades I would actually use. I wanted a palette that I would get a lot of wear out of both for day and night, and with a mixture of not-too-warm matte and shimmer shades. The Stila Eyes Are the Window Soul Palette is beautiful and definitely meets those requirements, and I can’t wait to create some different looks for it. I know I will get a ton of use out of this palette.
The rose gold and gold packaging is so pretty, and super sleek but sturdy feeling. The palette and twelve shadows are a good size, and I really like how the shadows themselves are spaced out. I hate when palettes have a ton of wasted empty space. It doesn’t come with a brush or any kind of applicator, but since the palette is so compact that is OK with me. The whole palette is a little smaller than my hand. The palette does include a really nice large mirror.
The shadows are so pretty and perfect for creating a variety of neutral looks. I do wish the darker colours were a little more pigmented so they could be used to create a darker, smokier eye, but overall the shadow pigmentation is good and I like the shade range. I haven’t tried wetting the shadows yet, which would probably help with that. The shadows are also really smooth. The only colour I don’t see myself using a lot would be Light, as it just doesn’t really show up on my skin tone. I especially love the shimmer colours, including Stila cult fave Kitten which I didn’t own before. There are four versions of the Eyes Are the Window Palettes, and from reading reviews on Sephora, it seems some of the other versions are not as good as the Soul version.
(L-R: Light, Individual, Being, Kitten, Affection, Character)
(L-R: Thought, Heart, Peace, Vitality, Substance, Essence)
A few weeks ago, I won a Birchbox Customer Appreciation Day contest that included a gift card to spend in their online store! It was pretty exciting, and definitely helped make a very stressful week a LOT better. Cue dorky photo of me with my prizes:
One of the things I chose with my gift card was the the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it, but I love glittery eye shadow and I wanted to expand my matte eye shadow collection (because of my glitter love), and since it’s half and half, I went for it.
The palette includes 6 micro glitter shades, 1 shimmer shade (top middle), and 7 mattes, and has a good mix of warm and cool toned neutral shadows. If you’re looking for subtle shimmer – this palette is definitely not for you. The only shade I probably won’t really use much is the bottom middle shade, which is basically the same colour as my skin. It also comes with a double ended brush which is actually a pretty good brush, unlike most free brushes that come with palettes. The packaging is quite bulky but sturdy enough for traveling (although I would definitely tape it closed – if it opened there would be glitter everywhere…forever).
I must admit I was unsure of this palette at first – especially the glitter shades. I found they didn’t have that much colour payoff and had quite a lot of fallout. All that changed however when I used them wet! When applied wet and pressed onto the lid instead of swiped, these shadows are very pigmented and glittery, and look amazing. I’ve been layering the glitters dry over the matte colours during the day for just a hint of sparkle, and then ramping up the glitter factor on nights out by applying wet. A good primer is definitely necessary for these shadows. The matte colours aren’t chalky, but the darker colours do take a little more effort to blend. I do wish there were maybe a couple more shimmery colours that aren’t full on glitter, but I really like the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette overall!
I wanted this weirdly named but beautiful limited edition eye shadow palette by Nars for months, visiting it often on the Sephora website and googling reviews and makeup looks. It was sold out at one point, which made me want it even more. Luckily Nars And God Created the Woman came back in stock, and I finally convinced my boyfriend to get for me Christmas (a.k.a. I bought it while I had a 20% off code and then let him know he owed me $50). It has six neutral and versatile shades that go well together, and also came with a decent brush and a mini tube of Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base. It is a pretty tiny palette, about the size of a pack of cards, but I was expecting that and it will be good for traveling.
The shades are (clockwise from top left): Alhambra (shimmery rose champagne), Bellisma (matte grey taupe), Kalahari (shimmery light bronze), Galapagos (warm brown with gold glitter), Coconut Grove (matte cool toned brown), and Night Clubbing (black with gold glitter).
The eye shadows are very pigmented and blend easily. The matte colours do not apply as chalky as they appear in swatches, and the glitter shades definitely do not look as glittery as they do in the pan when applied.
In the look below, I am wearing Kalahari all over the lid, with Bellisma in the crease, and Alhambra as a highlight on the inner corners. The bottom three colours in the palette are definitely darker than the eye shadows I’m used to wearing, but I’m trying to step up my eye shadow game in 2014 so I’m looking forward to experimenting with them!