Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows- Is It Worth It?

A few weeks ago, I saw a video on Facebook showing Stila’s newest product- Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows (which is a mouthful of a name, right?) I was immediately super intrigued- they’re so shiny! So metallic! So ME! I had to try them. I went to Sephora yesterday and picked two up- Comex Gold, which is a warm orangey gold, and Vintage Black Gold, which is a charcoal black with gold sheen. The price was a lot steeper than I was expecting- $32 each! Even so, I really wanted to try them out.

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Each package comes with the eyeshadow, a bottle of Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer, and a mixing tray.

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The bottle of liquid eye primer really disappointed me, because it’s small to begin with, and comes only half full. I can’t imagine that being nearly enough for the size of the shadow! I feel like you would run out of the liquid primer waaaaaay before the shadow.

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Applying these is weird- you’re supposed to put a drop of the liquid into the mixing tray, then mix in some of the pigment to create a paste. The shadow itself is a weird consistency too, its not a pressed eyeshadow or a loose pigment.. its almost moldable, if that makes sense, but is still flaky. It’s also weird to getting the right consistency when mixing with the liquid, as its easy to use too much liquid and then it applies uneven, or too much shadow which is harder to apply.

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I realized after I took photos that you are supposed to apply this with your fingers, and on top of that its actually really hard to apply with a brush because the shadow kinda just balls up and doesn’t stick to the brush. 


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I noticed that the shadow creased very quickly on my eyes, but I could smooth the shadow out with my fingers (I was afraid it was going to dry and flake off if touched, but that didn’t happen). At the same time, it didn’t feel like it was setting. 10 minutes after applying, the eyeshadow still felt sticky. I did notice that I had to keep fixing areas that were creasing, and then shadow would stick to my fingers instead of my lid, which caused more problems. On top of that, these really didn’t blend well with other eyeshadows. I tried to blend some matte browns out on the edges, and the shadow just wasn’t having it.

Honestly, I can’t say I would recommend these. If they were around $15, I might say the shimmer was worth the price, but for $32, I can’t say its worth the effort you have to put in to use these. They are gorgeous shades, but the amount of product you get and the amount of work it takes to get them to look decent just isn’t worth the price in my opinion. I know that these have a 4 star rating on Sephora, so I don’t know, maybe I’m doing something wrong? The colors are gorgeous and I absolutely love the shine and shimmer and metallic finish they have, but I feel like there are other products out there that can give a similar effect without all the hassle and price tag.


Available for $32 each from Sephora.

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  • Andy

    I watched a video on these and there’s another method of applying them in which you apply the liquid primer on your eyes and then with your finger you apply the eye shadow, it’s supposed to make it more pigmented I believe.

    • xsparkage

      hmm.. that honestly sounds like it would be crease city. i dont know, i dont like products that you have to try all different techniques to get them to look semi-decent :/

      • Andy

        If you go to product’s page on Sephora, the video is right now under the product on the left hand side. It’s actually a video directly from Stila I think. When they show the technique you used, the shadow doesn’t look that great either. It’s kind of a dud product overall.

      • Cara

        i think makeupgeek did a really in depth video on these as well. you might be able to see what she does.

  • Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    yuck =( Color-wise Vintage Black Gold is so pretty… but you can spend $1 on makeup that works better than these =( A shame, I would expect so much more from Stila!

  • Quyne KayVi

    Maybe they’re meant to be a top coat over a matte or shimmery color? But yeah, judging from your review, I probably wouldn’t wear them alone or even purchase them.

  • Randi

    Oh wow. I had an iffy feeling about these when you posted your first picture on Facebook, and now that I know I’m right, I won’t be looking into these. I feel like you can get either the same shade or similar with the Bare Minerals mettalic shadows, no hassle with application and they don’t crease to death. Thanks for the review, Leesha!

  • Grace

    Thanks Leesha! I’m from Ireland so I shop online. We don’t have Sephora so I went to the Stila website, I almost purchased three of these until seeing you review! Thanks for saving me 96 dollars!!

  • Laci

    For that price, I’m buying Chanel and not Stila.

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    • xsparkage

      i applied it just like the video :/

      • zara89

        Then it’s totally NOT worth it. It’s a shame and a waste of money…thanks a lot for the review

      • yoshimi

        But you say in your tutorial that you used a brush not your fingertips?

  • Enrie

    Honestly, I’m not nearly intrigued by these and I haven’t tried them, but since you have it and it would be a shame to waste the money why don’t you try to put a drop of the liquid straight into the pot, and then “rub” your finger into it and press it on the lid? I don’t know if it would work with this consistency, but this is what I would do :)

  • Zadidoll

    Dominick applies these with his finger over shadows.

  • sisi

    I love the concept and I think that the copper one looks really pretty, but that price is crazy!

  • gracy

    dupes for this eyeshadows, please!!

  • Kristen

    i work at sephora, we had a stila event today and we all had to wear these. what a mess! plus- by the end of the day my eyelids were itchy (?!?!) and now they’re stained green from the emerald color. awful. :(

  • Kristen

    aaalso, the brand rep told us he doesn’t use the liquid primer but applies these over a regular shadow in the same color by patting them on. works a lot better but I’m still not a fan.

  • oflifeandlists

    Vintage Black Gold looks beautiful but these seem too much of a hassle for it to be worth it.

  • Caseysaur

    Creates a nice scaley effect lol

  • Kat

    What a mess! I will definitely be giving these a pass.

  • Hannah Wilson

    I’ve gotten a similar effect from the metallic HIP shadow duos. I had one of each (bronze, gold, and copper) and the metallic sides were soft and easy to apply, great payoff, etc. They didn’t have the glitter pieces that these have but they are so cheap and great for a metallic look.

  • Veronica

    I think Comex Gold looks like Amber Lights from Mac, but more metallic. =)

  • Steelnpurple

    Skipping..a lot of work and a lot of mess for that price tag!

  • Maggie b

    Don’t use the primer at all and just go directly in the pot with your finger lightly, the sweep on your lid. I find this the best method for me and I get tons of compliments when I wear them to work! I love these, but unfortunately find that the primer is worthless.

  • Andrea Lux

    I totally agree don’t use the liquid. Apply all of your shadow first and then apply this over it with your finger and you only need the tiniest amount. It lasts all day for me and I have minimal fallout with this techique.

  • Rebecca Wraxall

    TIGI cosmetics makes something like the liquid (much cheaper and in a much bigger bottle!) called liquid enhancer. Great mixed with shadows or pigments, and can turn either into a liner. Its only $17 retail for 1oz.

  • Phyrra

    It looks like such a hot mess.

  • Kat


    That looks terrible. If you can’t apply it, I don’t even want to know how it’d end up on my eyes!

  • beeeinyourbonnet

    Omg nooo I love this product! Try applying it dry over other shadows–I do that all the time (pat a tiny bit on with my finger), and it makes my eyes look like disco balls. The gold is my favorite.

  • Lynne

    I have vintage black gold and recently ordered two more colors (copper and merlot). I prime my lid first with UDPP, then mix and dab on the foil finish. I’ve never had a problem with it creasing; I wonder if you used too much of the liquid primer (I dislike how little they gave us)? I try to get the consistency of pudding or thicker, then do 2 layers, letting the first one dry in between. If these were cheaper I would own them ALL!

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