Review: Stila In the Moment Eyeshadow Palette
Fun fact: purple is the best color (After all, who doesn’t love a good non-spectral hue?). This is objective. You can trust me. Sometimes I talk about science on this blog.
Fun fact #2: neutrals are the staple of all eyeshadows. An eyeshadow collection without neutrals is like a kitchen without salt. It’s possible for forego them, but it becomes much more difficult to create an appealing product. Even if you walk around looking like the Sugarpill Cosmetics facebook page all the time, you’re gonna need a black and a white and gold.
Unfortunately, packaging-wise, this product feels really cheap. I’m not sure who thought, “Lavender cardboard! That will entice people to purchase this product! And, for good measure, we’ll put metallic hearts on the front, just to drive home the fact that this is totally for adults.” That person, however, should probably not have a job in product design.
Instead of having a mirror on the inside cover of this palette, Stila decided to include a vague platitude by the company’s global director of education Sarah Lucero that reads, “Cherish the beauty of the moment.” (Without the capitalization, of course. Stila’s computers do not have shift keys.)
When I was in sixth grade, we started each class with a discussion of a famous quote. Towards the end of the year, my teacher caved and began to let class members make up their own quotes to discuss. Because sixth graders are not very deep, every single quote was either directly plagiarized (I remember someone pretending that they made up the quote “All roads lead to Rome”.), an obvious derivative of an otherwise famous quote (E.g. “You only get fifteen minutes of fame, so you better not waste it!”), or so uninspired that they have completely slipped from my memory. I feel like Sarah Lucero would have felt right at home in my sixth grade class.
Personally, I don’t use the mirrors on eyeshadow palettes, so I don’t really care that it’s absent, but I know it’s really, really important to some people, because I guess they always do their makeup on the bus or something. If you care, then, know that there is no mirror.
The top row of shadows are sort of the more purple-y shades. They are as follows:
Instinct is a very intense frosty, cream that leans towards being a pale pink or a pinkish beige.
Impulse is a pale lilac, also with a frosty finish.
Glance is a rich, cool, medium-toned purple. This one has more of a satin finish.
Improvise is a dark plum filled with lighter purple hunks of glitter.
Catalyst is black with purple glitter.
All five of these shades are really beautiful. Glance is maybe a bit less pigmented than I might wish, which is a bummer since it is such a pretty color, but it works fine as long as you pair it with a top-notch primer.
The bottom row is filled with neutral colors:
Desire is a matte, pale peach. It is a shadow that tends to get a layer of grime and oil on top that ruins the pigmentation and has to be scraped off after a few uses. It’s also not very pigmented even when it’s clean!
Wonder is a pink-leaning tan with a satin finish.
Spontaneous is a shimmery copper.
Whim is a shimmery warm brown. I don’t find this shade to be as pigmented as I would like.
Captivate is a cool, frosty brown filled with metallic glitter. Again, this shade is a little bit disappointing. It seems that the opacity decreases way too quickly as you blend the damn thing.
The palette also contains a full-size Smudge Stick eyeliner in Tetra. Smudge Sticks usually retail for $20 for 0.1oz. I personally would not pay $20 for a Stila Smudge Stick, but it’s something to keep in mind if you have been lusting after the Tetra eyeliner.
The Smudge Sticks do twist up, which is nice. Tetra is very smooth and feels nice during the application, but, given the fact that it is literally called a “Smudge Stick”, I actually don’t think it smudges particularly well.
Tetra is an eggplant shade with purple glitter.
Here are some looks I’ve done using this palette:
Overall, I really like this palette, although it’s a bummer that some of the colors are not as saturated and beautiful as I would have preferred. In particular, Desire, Whim, and Captivate were not up to par. There are so many fantastic neutral palettes out there that I hold neutrals to a really high standard. I think it’s particularly egregious when a brown eyeshadow misses the mark since I kind of feel like we should have brown eyeshadow figured out by now. I also personally don’t have a lot of use for the Smudge Stick in Tetra, as I pretty consistently lean towards crisper lines for my eyeliner save for tightlining (and you can’t exactly tightline with purple glitter!). And, of course, the packaging is awful. Still, most of the colors are beautifully pigmented, the crappier shades can be built up as needed, and the shades chosen more generally are excellent. I definitely get a lot of use out of this palette, flaws aside.
Stila’s In the Moment Eyeshadow Palette retails for $39 for 0.49oz, putting it at a totally acceptable $79.59 per ounce. (The bonus Smudge Stick is an additional 0.01oz.)