Stila In the Light Eyeshadow Palette review, swatches and a FOTD!

Posted by Lipglossiping On May - 9 - 2012

All-in-one neutral palettes have never been more popular, they’re a quick solution to the eternal morning dilemma of eyeshadow selection when all you really want is an extra five-minutes in bed.  Stepping firmly on the bandwagon with their latest palette release is U.S. brand, Stila in the form of their In the Light eye shadow palette*.

A cardboard palette, lightweight and without a mirror makes this a slightly more portable (if flimsy) choice than the Urban Decay Naked franchise.  The palette contains 10 pans of colour, both a mix of shimmer and matte shades.  Each pan provides 1.4g of product, around the same quantity per pan as the Urban Decay offering, but two less pans in total.  The stock images that you will see online of the palette don’t reflect the true shades within, both bliss and sunset do not swatch pink as described in the official colours and shown in the stock photo.  All shades can be used both wet and dry.

The ten shades vary in pigmentation and texture, some feel quite soft and creamy whilst others are more firmly-textured and require building up to achieve rich colour.  None feel chalky and they all share excellent blendability.  There are four matte shades in total: Bare, Bliss, Sandstone and Ebony allowing you to create a fully matte look with a range of neutral shades if you so wish.

I like this option a lot… it allows me to create a fully matte eye look as my base before adding in a ‘pop’ of something more shimmery without going into disco territory.

 

The shades are mostly warm-toned with the exception of Night Sky and Luster.  Also included in the palette is a 0.28g black, retractable eye pencil (smudge stick) which provides rich colour with a smudgable but long-lasting formula.

A quick FOTD showing Bare, Bliss and Sandstone with a pop of the inimitable Kitten on the inner corner to brighten the eye area.  Kitten has long been one of Stila’s most cult shades, and I can see why, it’s a very pretty champagne highlight that opens up and lifts the eye area when used as a highlight.

The Stila In the Light eyeshadow palette is available to buy instore at SpaceNK, online at BeautyBay and Escentual.  It’s also available at Stila’s freshly-launched website: stila.co.uk – priced at £25.00

* press sample


22 Responses to “Stila In the Light Eyeshadow Palette review, swatches and a FOTD!”

  1. Celine says:

    I have this! It’s pretty great, and I love how it comes with a booklet to create different looks. My favourite shade is “kitten”, and my favourite look to create from the book is the cat eye. I pair up that look with my red lip shade. The only downfall of this is that you need to be careful due to the packaging. If you are too rough, some shades will crumble like some of mine :( The liner it comes with is a great colur, but I’ve honestly have a better eye liner that doesn’t smudge even in the waterline, where this one I find smudges some.

  2. Anamika says:

    pigmentation and the eye makeup look great..

  3. liloo says:

    a brave effort from stila BUT i can’t feel disappointed about the matte shades.
    is it really hard to do good matte shades then? :(

  4. Rashidah says:

    Your face looks so young and fresh

  5. This looks like a really sensible palette. I don’t even mean sensible in a bad way – it’s a good thing, a sensible sort of purchase. Looks just great on you! :-) x

  6. Was just thinking, ‘what the hell, mine doesn’t have a shade called Bubbly in it…’ – I wondered if mine was a US version and I think it must be as I have the same shade but it’s called Champagne.

  7. Becca says:

    I have this under the name NaturalEyes palette, which features the shade Champagne instead of Bubbly. I’m sure it’s the same colour, given the synonymous name… anyway, I have to say, I rarely reach for this one. I never know what to pair lustre or night sky with, champagne & kitten look virtually the same on me, and gilded gold turns bright red as soon as I apply it, whether I use it wet or dry! All of that said, I think the look you’ve created here is beautiful, so maybe I’ll dig out my palette and give it another chance.

  8. Candy says:

    I looooove the look you did with this palette! So pretty! ^^” xoxo

  9. Sydney says:

    You look beautiful!

    And Kitten is gorgeous. That is going straight on the hitlist.
    Also like Sunset but I am ‘so over’ natural palettes these days – perhaps I shall have a look for them singularly.

  10. Clara says:

    Love this!! I feel like we all keep accumulating neutral shadow palettes lol! This looks really pretty though, it’s going on my wishlist! :)

  11. EmmyJean says:

    I love neutral eyeshadow palettes, but they all come with a matte black…I have like 5 matte blacks now!

  12. Jayne says:

    Looks beautiful and a really useful palette. I’m tempted. Also, I just LOVE your photography.

  13. Tamara says:

    I picked up one of these for a friend of mine and she’s a huge fan.

    Love the added FotD, very soft & pretty. :]

  14. rashmi says:

    beautiful it is 😀 😀 … loving the swatches and your FOTD dear 😀 ….

  15. Kayley says:

    SO tempted by this palette despite already owning the original Naked palette. These colours look like they’d suit me a lot more though and would be more wearable. I also lean towards matte colours normally so I am EXTREMELY tempted.

    I think it’ll have to happen eventually!

    Thanks for the review. :) x

  16. Sandra says:

    I have this in the In the Garden version. It has muted green packaging. I got mine for only
    $22 on Amazon US. Nice palette, and at less than $2 per eyeshadow when the included Smudge Stick in Starfish is considered, it’s definitely worth what I paid for it. Although I’ll never use the Smudge Stick :-) This one also has a mix of mattes & shimmers, but more greens & purples. Nice shades, although not as great as Stila’s eyeshadow pan refills, which I love & get very cheap.

  17. Did you use a primer underneath these??

    And these are SO gorgeous, it made me go out and buy it haha. I AM SO HAPPY WITH IT. Thank you for your wonderful,amazing swatches and you look gorgeous <3

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  19. Halide says:

    Hi please could you say what blush and lip colour you are wearing in this post? they really go with the eye colours, would really appreciate it as looking for a good blusher at the mo. thanks!

  20. […] Ulta: The Stila “In the Light” palette. My wonderful boyfriend got this for me for Christmas, and it’s just amazing. I’ll have to do some swatches on that later. In the meantime, here’s a link to inspire you to possibly buy it for yourself: (http://www.lipglossiping.com/2012/05/stila-in-the-light-eyeshadow-palette-review-swatches-and-a-fotd&#8230;). […]

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