Friday, 17 June 2011

STILA Backstage Palette: Review, Photo, Swatches

This review is for something I've had and played with for a few months already.
I got this tiny palette for a really good deal on eBay after reading the rave about it. I must say this product totally blew me away!

What you get is a tiny cardboard package that looks kind of like an organizer. It is very compact and I guess it would be ideal to just toss it in a pocket bag. It has a magnet that keeps it closed and no mirror inside, just an inspirational quote by a well-known make-up artist. You get six full-sized eyeshadows totalling 11 grams, which is not a bad amount for the money. 

Now, down to the product itself. The eyeshadows have amazing pigmentation and there’s a lovely balance between shimmery and satiny finishes (no matte shades though). What really gives full score for me however, is the colours that Stila decided to put inside this palette.
My attempt at describing the shades, left to right, top to bottom:
-       Chiffon: soft light peachy pink (shimmery)
-       Flamingo: medium fuchsia (satiny)
-       Pacific: medium blue (satiny)
-       Luster: golden mauvy brown (satiny)
-       Poetic: dusty pinkish taupe (shimmery)
-       Coal: deep teal (shimmery)

I really think that these colours are absolutely great all together in a palette. The ones on the bottom row are especially unique and in all likelihood my favourites. They are all very wearable in a variety of combinations.
This palette has the perfect balance between brights and neutrals, warm and cool colours, so I can see this working for either daytime and nighttime looks and on a variety of complexions. There is no complimentary accessory inside, no mirror or brush whatsoever, but what really counts is that this palette is truly adorable! Swatches below:

L-R: Chiffon, Flaming, Pacific, Luster, Poetic, Coal

Tried and tested, they do not crease (I do wear an eyeshadow primer though) and fallout is not a big deal either.

Have you tried this Stila palette yet? Are you loving it or leaving it? Say it in the comments!


  1. cool!! i have never tried stila shadows before but they look awesome. i can't wait to see you wearing the heck out of them. Coal looks specially wonderful

  2. Yes these were my first Stila shadows (no Stila in Italy, have to order online etc.) and I'm super impressed. I've been on an eyeshadow craze recently so I'll do what I can to do a FOTD soon!
    thanks for commenting, i really appreciate it =)